As a general rule, Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild and sometimes balmy springs and autumns, and cool winters. However, the city has a reputation for changeable weather and it is a good idea to be prepared with layered clothing and a possible umbrella. That being said, the best times to visit Melbourne are autumn (March-May) and spring (September-November). These shoulder seasons feature moderate temperatures and moderate tourist crowds. The city's autumn (March-May) offers glorious golden topped trees and comfortable weather ranging from the mid-70s to the low-60s. Springtime (September-November) offers blooming flowers and pleasant weather also ranging from the mid-70s to the low-60s.

Peak Season

Melbourne's peak travel season is during its summer (December-February) when hotels are packed and temperatures rise up into the 90s. The high season coincides with America's winter and visitors flood to Melbourne to take advantage of the warm weather. Melbourne's low season is during its winter (June-August) when the city is quite cold with temperatures ranging in the 50s and 40s. Melbourne residents make the most of their chilly winters in the warmth of cozy cafes and with a busy schedule of wonderful cultural events showcasing food and films.