Weather News

Hump day challenge: Rank Australia's capital cities by coldest May temperature

Anthony Sharwood, Wednesday May 12, 2021 - 12:38 EST

Australia, you can do this. Or maybe you can't.

The challenge is simple. Rank Australia's eight capital cities by the coldest May temperature ever recorded in each city.

We've also thrown in Alice Springs - the unofficial capital of Central Australia - to make things interesting.

So here are the lowest recorded May temps in the eight capitals (plus Alice Springs), listed from warmest to coldest. But which city recorded which temp?

13.8°C, 4.8°C, 4.4°C, 1.5°C, 1.3°C, -1.1°C, -1.6°C, -3.0°C, -7.5°C

Get to it. Answers are below the picture of the beautiful boatshed on Crater Lake near Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, which we featured in a story about remarkable autumn foliage last week. No cheating now!


Image: And that would be Australia's only native cold-climate winter deciduous winter tree, the fagus or deciduous beech. Source: Perry Mason.

OK, here they are:

Darwin 13.8°C
Brisbane 4.8°C
Sydney 4.4°C
Adelaide 1.5°C
Perth 1.3°C
Melbourne -1.1°C
Hobart -1.6°C
Alice Springs -3.0°C
Canberra -7.5°C

How did you go? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Uluru just got a new tablecloth

15:30 EST

Uluru has been shrouded by clouds and saturated with rain after Indian Ocean moisture took a journey across the Red Centre this week.

The little Aussie resort getting it done despite lack of natural snow

13:13 EST

You've got to hand it to us Aussies.

Get a sneak peak into the new Weatherzone Beta website experience while we continue to build out its full functionality.
Explore new datasets, map layers, 7-day charts, 12-month trends and much more!