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Best weather Australia

Updated on April 3, 2014

Best Weather Australia

Having lived in Melbourne, Australia and San Francisco Bay Area, United States , I began to take an interest with weather, climate, and sunshine exposure.

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As one would guess, the weather can affect us greatly in terms of mood and temperament. In fact, there is a strong correlation between outdoor sun exposure (Vitamin D) and depression or mood disorder. Numerous research shows that sun exposure is very beneficial for health purposes.

Vitamin D is produced when the skin receives sun exposure (UVB rays), generally between 10 am to 2 pm in the northern and southern hemispheres. In the tropics, one can get Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays year round and between 8 am to 4 pm. Research shows that vitamin D is beneficial not just for bones and teeth, but also for the body’s immune system. Vitamin D dramatically stimulates production of potent anti-microbial peptides in our body, reduces incidence of viral respiratory infections (flu or cold), and prevents auto-immune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin D also may prevent cancer and depression. In a study in United Kingdom, a person with low level of vitamin D is most likely to catch tuberculosis than a person with a high level of vitamin D.

I have not found this data anywhere on the web so I am compiling this list of Australian Capital Cities

Since Australian capital cities generally do not experience snow or freezing temperatures, it is quite easy to deduce the best cities in terms of sunshine exposure.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology data provides over 50 years of statistical data on number of clear days, number of cloudy days, and number of days with rain over 1.0 millimetres.

Ranks of the cities with the best sunshine hours:

  1. Brisbane - with 182 days of non-rainy and non-cloudy days
  2. Perth - with 173 days
  3. Canberra - with 169 days
  4. Adelaide - with 149 days
  5. Sydney - with 141 days
  6. Darwin - with 137 days
  7. Hobart - with 108 days
  8. Melbourne - with 86 days

Melbourne Weather Truly Sucks

As one can conclude, Melbourne’s weather really sucks when it comes to sunshine exposure.

Weather Statistics - Australian Capital Cities

Australia Capital City
Annual number of clear days
Annual number of cloudy days
Annual number of days with rain >= 1 mm
Days without rains or cloud
Brisbane, Queensland
Perth, Western Australia
Canberra, Australia Capital Teritory
Adelaide, South Australia
Sydney, New South Wales
Darwin, New Territory
Hobart, Tasmania
Melbourne, Victoria
Source: Australia BOM - Bureau of Meteorology


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