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January is the hottest month - but also the wettest - with average daily maximum temperatures of 28.8C. Humidity can be high, up to 70 per cent in high season, but falls away once Autumn arrives.

Rain falls mainly during Summer months, as much as 300mm, but drops off to as little as 40mm in June and July. Rainfall records tumbled throughout 2010 and again in January 2011 when in excess of 474mm fell in 12 days to break the previous wet record set in 1996.

And the arrival of the La Nina weather pattern saw the Sunshine Coast’s days of sunshine drop by 21 per cent in December 2010.
That month’s total rainfall of 691mm broke the previous record high fall for December of 498mm that had stood since 1926.
In contrast, Winter months are sunny, mild and dry and still great for swimming and enjoying the many superb beaches on offer.

July is the coldest month, with an average daily maximum of 20.9C and a minimum of 10.2C. Termed as the low season, this time of year has become increasingly popular with tourists from cooler winter states in the south.

The hinterland around Maleny and the Glasshouse Mountains also enjoys a wonderful climate, although these small communities enjoy distinct seasons. Temperatures are around 3-4 degrees cooler in Winter and 2-3 degrees in Summer, with less humidity and fresher evenings than on the coast.

Click here for the official Sunshine Coast weather forecast from the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology.

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