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Australia > Australian Capital Territory

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Climate

Warm to hot during the summer months with cool, crisp, and clear winters. Rainfall occurs throughout the year.

Canberra averages more hours of sunshine per year than any other capital city in Australia.
During spring, September-November, temperatures are balmy with cool nights and sunny days. Temperatures often average 6-190 Celsius and are dispersed with periods of rainfall, especially in November. The summer months, December-February, are the hottest, with dry days and nights. Temperatures can average 280 Celsius during this time, with January being the hottest month. Autumn and winter are suitable alternatives for visitors, with beautiful autumn colors erupting in Canberra’s leafy suburbs and parks. During the winter, June – August, temperatures can plummet to between 1-120 Celsius, and nearby slopes in the Snowy Mountains receive a good amount of snow.

Population
Australian Capital Territory has the second smallest population in Australia after Northern Territory. The state’s capital city is Canberra who is also the capital of Australia. Canberra has an estimated population of over 380,000 people.

Geography

The Australian Capital Territory is found on the Great Dividing Range’s western slopes, with spectacular green countryside surrounded by mountains. Canberra is situated in the northeast corner of ACT, while further south, the Namadgi National Park, with its forests, rivers, and waterholes, accounts for 46% of the Territory. It is not uncommon for snow to appear here across the ranges during the winter months, although summer can see temperatures reach 400C (1 040F). Lake Burley Griffin, a human-made lake, is the centerpiece of this constantly expanding modern capital. Hills, trees, and greenery remain prominent among an attractive, tidy, spacious, and efficient city as befits the national capital city.

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