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What will the weather be like during the Brisbane 2032 Olympics?

Anthony Sharwood, Friday July 23, 2021 - 09:37 EST

Obviously we can't tell you exactly what the weather will be like, day by day, 11 years from now – but we can give you the word on the likely conditions at this time of year.

The Brisbane Olympics will run from July 23 to August 8, 2032. This, as all Aussies know, is the heart of winter in Brisbane – a city of 2.3 million people which is the largest city and capital of the state of Queensland.

Like other Southern Hemisphere cities to have hosted the Olympics this century, Brisbane will host the games in the Northern Hemisphere summer or spring (Sydney was in September 2000, Rio in August 2016). That’s because, like those cities, Brisbane's winter is not too harsh.

Brisbane is located at a latitude of 27.4° south. The nearest large US city on an equivalent Northern Hemisphere latitude would be Tampa, Florida. Brisbane is not in the tropics, but it's not too far away.

Based on two decades of data from 1999 to 2021, here's a guide to what the weather will be like at the Olympics in Brisbane:

Image: For the benefit of overseas visitors reading this, the river that runs through Brisbane is called... wait for it... the Brisbane River. Source: @moremilu via Pixabay.

How cold exactly does it get?

  • Brisbane's average maximum in July is 22.1°C (71.8°F). In August it’s 23.4ºC (74.1°F). So, you can expect an average daily top temp of about 22.7°C (72.9°F). 
  • Brisbane's average overnight minimum temperature in July is 10.4°C (50.7°F) and in August it’s 10.8°C (51.4°F). So, you can expect temps to dip to around about 10.6°C (51.1°F). 
  • In other words, typical daytime temperatures would be ideal for athletic competition, while night times could get a little cool.

What about rain? 

  • Brisbane is a reasonably wet city by global standards. Its annual average rainfall is 1011.5 mm, which is almost 40 inches. But the good news is that winter is the driest time of year. 
  • Indeed, July is the driest month averaging just 26.4 mm (just over an inch) of rain, while August is the third driest month, averaging 35.4 mm (almost an inch-and-a-half). 
  • August is the month with the fewest rain days, with just 5.6 on average, while July has 7.5. By contrast, the wettest month (March) has 14.9 rain days. 
  • Brisbane is known for its severe thunderstorms from November through the first few months of the year, but storms are pretty unlikely in July and August. Meanwhile the moisture from cold fronts that dampens southern Australia in July and August rarely makes it that far north – though blustery cool winds often reach Brisbane. 

So all in all, these should be an Olympics played in perfect conditions. The famous old domestic tourism slogan for the state of Queensland used to be, "Beautiful One Day, Perfect the Next". Here’s hoping that's the case. 

Oh, and for the benefit of people reading this from outside Australia, you don't say "BRIS-BAYN". It's more like "BRIS-BN". Or just "Brissie".

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