Climate
Ballarat climate
Even if you don't live in Ballarat this section is worth looking at to see how similar Ballarat's climate is to your own climate.  That way you will be able to adjust the information on this site to better fit the climate of your home town.

The Ballarat region has dry hot Summers and cool wet Winters. The average maximum January (Summer in the Southern hemisphere) temperature is 24.9 °C, though there are
Map showing where Ballarat is in Australia
Ballarat is in the State of Victoria in the South Eastern corner of Australia.
 usually several days each summer where the temperature exceeds 35 °C. The average minimum January temperature is 10.8 °C. In Summer vegetable patches usually have to be watered fairly regularly to compensate for the hot dry conditions and deep watering of fruit trees will improve fruit yields.

In July (Winter in the Southern hemisphere) the average maximum temperature is 10 °C. Though the minimum July temperature is 3.2 °C on clear still nights the temperature can drop to as little as minus 5 °C with severe frosts resulting. It does occasionally snow, but it rarely stays on the ground for more then a few hours. A more typical pattern is for periods of overcast and wet weather which can cause the soil to become sodden.

The average annual rainfall is 691 ml.  The month with the lowest rainfall is January (38.6 ml) and the month with the highest is August (74.6 ml).

However over the past decade the temperatures have generally been higher than average and rainfall has both been lower than average and falling at different times of the year.  Autumn and Winter have generally been dryer than usual while Spring and Summer have been slightly wetter, mainly due to increased thunderstorm activities.


For more detailed climate figures see Ballarat Climate Statistics compiled by The Australian Bureau of Meteorology.