Hot Weather Not On The Menu

by Roger Findlay

I’ve never met Tania Horne (the editor of Think Tasmania) in person, but I imagine her as being a fair-skinned person who prefers to keep out of the sun.  I came close to the reality a few weeks ago when Tania told me how much she hated the sweltering hot weather that Hobart served up.  Jeanette and I also detest the hot days that we get here in Gregory West (close to Albury).

Hot Weather - Bush Fires
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The hot weather in Gregory West: a key factor when deciding to move to Tasmania

This year however, the summer hardly started and now we’re enjoying the cool rainy days.  As we prepare for a future move, the weather in Tasmania has been a major consideration. It may surprise you that the region around Devonport, Ulverstone, Penguin and Burnie has come out on top, with the east coast a close second.

Hot Weather - Douglas River, Tasmania
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Goodbye hot weather: a perfect winter’s day at Douglas River on the east coast of Tasmania

Hot Weather: Temperature Facts in Tasmania

On the day that Hobart recorded a maximum of 39C, Burnie was 14C lower at 25C.  The following day Burnie heated up to 28C while Hobart cooled to 36C.  For both cities, this hot weather is infrequent and uncharacteristic.  I experienced a very hot New Years Eve in Hobart a few years back and the resulting storm that bettered the fireworks display!


From research, I found that the highest temperature recorded for Burnie since formal records began was 33.8C on January 31, 2009; but the normal high would be around 24C.  I also noted that the average maximum and minimum temperatures for the winter months vary by 6C and are warmer than Gerogery West!

Hot Weather - Boat Harbour Beach, Tasmania
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A perfect day at Boat Harbour Beach in the north west of Tasmania, even during winter!

Now… I know you’re going to tell me about the short daylight hours, wind and rain but at least I won’t need the “Typical Pom” knotted handkerchief on summer days!

Roger Findlay is our travel writer.  Literally!  He spends all his
holidays in Tasmania, then writes about the experience for Think Tasmania.
If you’d like Roger to visit you in the name of research
(so we can publish information about your business), please contact us.

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