What is the weather like in Broome?
Located in northern Western Australia, Broome is 1,390 miles/2,240 km north-east of Perth and is located in the Kimberley region. With waters on both sides of the town, it is situated on a north/south peninsula. Broome is well known for beautiful Cable Beach (western side), Roebuck Bay and Town Beach (eastern side).
Broome experiences a tropical climate, which is considered as hot/semi-arid. There are two seasons, the wet and the dry. More and more visitors are coming to experience Broome in the wetter months to enjoy the quieter season where tourist numbers are typically lower (and often you can get great deals!). Broome is also the best place to venture into the Kimberley and experience the waterfalls flowing!
Broome's dry season (from May - October) is made up of warm days, balmy nights and perfect holiday weather most of the time.
Broome's wet season (from November to April) brings rain, hotter weather, humidity and from Jan-March monsoonal weather (possible flooding and cyclones).
Average Temperature & Rainfall
|Maximum temperature (°C)||33.3||32.9||33.9||34.3||31.5||29.1|
|Minimum temperature (°C)||26.3||26.0||25.4||22.6||18.2||15.1|
|Mean rainfall (mm)||175.1||179.9||102.4||26.6||27.1||18.5|
|28.8||30.2||31.7||32.8||33.6||33.8||Maximum temperature (°C)|
|13.6||14.9||18.5||22.3||25.0||26.4||Minimum temperature (°C)|
|5.9||1.7||1.4||1.3||7.9||53.1||Mean rainfall (mm)|
Dry Season - May To October
May is classed as the start of our ‘dry season’ and traditionally the most popular time to visit.
When those in the colder parts of Australia are experiencing winter, Broome days are generally fine with temperatures in the vicinity of the 20’s to low 30’s. Broome makes for a great winter escape location!
Humidity levels are low and the nights are cool with overnight temperatures ranging in the teens with temperatures rarely dropping below 5C.
Broome does not usually experience any significant rain at this time of the year.
Tropical 'Wet' Summer – November To April
Contrary to popular belief, Broome does not experience constant rain fall during the ‘wet season’ but generally heavy, short downpours usually in the afternoons or late evening with little (if any) rain before mid December.
The build up of humidity creates the perfect environment for mind blowing lightning shows and spectacular sunsets with most of the annual rainfall received from January through to March. Daytime temperatures during ‘the wet’ are in the mid 30’s, with the overnight temperature averaging around the mid 20’s.
Many tours operate year round although some attractions cannot be accessed due to closed roads and local flooding. Broome’s tropical climate of hot, humid summers and warm winters has something for everyone to enjoy. Whether it’s the perfect sunshine days of the ‘dry’ or the dazzling lightning shows of the ‘wet’, whatever the weather, relax, enjoy and … let yourself go.
This beautiful photo of a storm over Roebuck Bay is by Amanda Morris.
The Six Seasons of Yawuru...
The traditional owners of our land identify 6 seasons around the Broome region these consist of:
December to March is the wet season. During the rainy season you will experience magnificent sunsets and amazing lightening displays as the rain replenishes the land.
During April the rain begins to deplete and the weather is still humid and hot. Big tides and abundant water in the area encourage rapid growth in the natural landscape
At the start of May the cooler winds begin to come off the desert and dew forms at night, marking the beginning of the winter.
In June the beginning of the dry season is discernible with a drop in temperature, starry nights and blue skies.
The days start to warm up in September and the nights are still cool. A mist begins to form over the ocean and the area becomes
dry and thirsty.
The build up of the wet begins in October in anticipation of the rain. The humidity begins to build and the days heat up.
What is the time zone in Broome?
The time zone in Western Australia is Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), UTC +8.
Does Broome observe daylight saving time?
Daylight savings is not observed in any part of Western Australia, including Broome.
What time is sunset and sunrise in Broome?
Please read this Tides page for more information about tides and sunset/sunrise times.
How warm is the water in Broome?
Average sea temperatures range from 26.8 - 29°C (80.2 - 84.42°F). You should always read the signs when considering swimming in Western Australia. Adhere to advise given. Beaches are sometimes closed in Broome.