We were recently asked the following question about the weather in Tasmania.
I currently live in Melbourne, Victoria, but hope to move to Tasmania one day.
I have visited Tasmania several times and always had a great experience but one thing that concerns / interests me is the real weather.
What is the weather really like in Hobart and Launceston – the 2 areas I am considering? How cold is Winter? What is Summer really like?
Would appreciate it if you could give me some answers.
Thanks for the forum – I hope we can all learn more about Tasmania.
Our response to Gabby
Tasmanian weather is indeed a topic that concerns many people moving to Tasmania or indeed just visiting Tasmania.
I personally grew up in Launceston so can comment on Launceston weather from personal experience. I also have lived in Hobart for approximately 15 years so can compare the two.
Launceston to me at least, gets hotter in the Summer and is a stiller heat. Hobart is a bit cooler in Summer than Launceston and tends to have a nice breeze off the Derwent River. Both Launceston and Hobart can get temperatures in the 30s but mid to high 20s is more common. Personally I really like Tasmanian Summer weather as it is nice and warm but not too hot.
In terms of Winter Launceston being in a valley is much colder than Hobart. Launceston gets more fog and frost than Hobart and also gets lower temperatures. Launceston can drop below 0 degrees and I would say overnight in Launceston is at least 4 or 5 degrees colder than Hobart.
Hobart can still get fog off the Derwent River – when I was living in NewTown then we sometimes got fogged in first thing in the morning. Fog however is much more common in Launceston.
Tasmania can have very nice and pleasant Winter days too with sunshine – it certainly isn’t all gloom and doom and cold weather. I have been known to dine at an outdoor cafe even in Winter on a nice day.
In fact I have even been known to get sunburnt in Winter on a terrific beach I really like at Binalong Bay on the East Coast of Tasmania, just near St Helens where I have spent a lot of time as a child – my Mums family comes from St Helens.
Personally since you come from Melbourne I don’t think you will find the weather too bad in Tasmania. Melbourne does get hotter in Summer and not quite as cold in Winter but on average it is fairly similar I think.
Tasmania can also be like Melbourne and have 4 seasons all in one day so it does pay to be prepared when going out.
So don’t be afraid of moving to Tasmania because of the weather – it really is quite reasonable and you can still have an outdoor lifestyle in the warmer months.
Feel free to ask any other questions you might have.
This question was on our discussion forum (which has now been replaced by this blog), and at the time we had a response from Mieke Van de Mollen about her experiences since moving to Launceston.
I am from the Launceston region on the River Tamar Gabby and I personally dont find the weather that bad. I find the weather more
consistent than Melbourne. The summers are glorious!
We tend to do all our cooking outside and during the winter still sit outside with a fire going.
I have moved over from WA where I am used to the heat and there is no whinging from me being in a cooler climate. I hope you will enjoy Tasmania Gabby