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Anzac Day dawn service weather around Australia

Anthony Sharwood, Monday April 22, 2024 - 16:32 AEST

Anzac Day is this Thursday, so we thought we’d give you a brief weather forecast for each capital city for those attending the dawn service.

And for those who live outside the capitals, just type your postcode into the search bar on the Weatherzone website or app for your local forecast.

The big picture

Overall, this is going to be a dry week for most parts of Australia.

The main weather action is midweek in the southeast of the country, as you can see on Wednesday's synoptic chart below, with a cold front whipping through Tasmania and Victoria.

This is what you could call a classic autumn cold front, meaning the showers, cold air and blustery winds won't penetrate as far north as they often do in winter.

But the front will still drag enough cool air northwards to make Thursday morning chilly for anyone attending a dawn service anywhere in southeastern Australia, Tasmania included.


Melbourne can expect a minimum of 10°C and a maximum of 16°C on Anzac Day but beware, that 10-degree temperature around dawn will feel a whole lot colder with westerly winds and occasional showers.  


Sydney will have mild minimums and a top in the high 20s on Wednesday, but cooler air will arrive overnight, making the Anzac Day minimum of 15°C feel a lot cooler in the southwesterly winds, on the way to a max of 22°C. At least it should be dry.


Brisbane could just about be the pick of the capitals on Anzac Day, with a min of 17°C, a max of 27°C, clear skies and light winds.


Locals will tell you that Canberra always has its first frost a week either side of Anzac Day, and it came on cue this Monday morning. Anzac Day will come close again, with a minimum of 4°C on the way to a top of 19, so rug up if you’re attending the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial.

Image: It's always chilly on Anzac Day morning at the Australian War Memorial In Canberra. Source: iStock.


Perth locals would love nothing more than an absolute deluge any day of the week right now, even on Anzac Day. You won’t be surprised to learn it's not coming this Thursday or any time in at least the next week. Expect clear skies and a minimum of 12°C on the way to a top of 25°C.


The cold front will clip Adelaide on Tuesday afternoon, dropping max temps by seven or eight degrees between the first half and the second half of the working week. There's not much rain potential, though, and Anzac Day has only a very slight chance of a shower, with a minimum of 10°C and a max of 19°C.


As we told you last week, the whole of Tasmania has been very dry to date in 2024, and while Wednesday looks showery for Hobart, Anzac Day should see a return to cool but mostly dry conditions with a minimum of 9°C and a top of 15°C. Winds should be blustery even around dawn, so wear an extra layer.


The NT capital is looking at a range of 25°C to 35°C. Did you expect anything different?

Lest we forget.

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