Located in the southern hemisphere, seasons in Queensland are opposite of those in the northern hemisphere - summer months run from December to February, and winter from June through August.
Due to its size, there is a significant variation in climate across Queensland.
The coastal strip experiences a moist, warm temperate climate, influenced by the warm ocean waters. Moving west, past the Great Dividing Range, both the minimum temperature and rainfall decrease, and the days remain hot and dry. The far northern region sees a monsoonal 'wet' season.
Despite the varying climate zones, much of Queensland experiences two weather seasons: winter, in which a period of warm temperatures and minimal rainfall occurs; and summer, in which a period of hot, sticky temperatures, and higher levels of rainfall occur.
Average temperatures range from 60°F (15°C) to 84°F (29°C), with annual rainfall around 45 - 78 inches (1,149 - 2,006 mm) depending on the part of the state.
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