Seasonal Guides to Lord Howe Island

Seasonal Guides to Lord Howe Island

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Seasonal Guides to Lord Howe Island

What to expect during Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring on Lord Howe Island

Summer

Average Water Temperature 24o
Maximum Temperature 24.1o
Minimum Temperature 19.3o
Average Rainfall 102.9mm
Sunrise: Early Dec 5.11am – Late Dec 5.20am
Sunset: Early Dec 7.13pm – Late Dec 7.31pm

Average Water Temperature 25o
Maximum Temperature 25.4o
Minimum Temperature 20.7o
Average Rainfall 107.6mm
Sunrise: Early Jan 5.21am – Late Jan 5.47am
Sunset: Early Jan 7.31pm – Late Jan 7.25pm

Average Water Temperature 26o
Maximum Temperature 25.8o
Minimum Temperature 21o
Average Rainfall 102.4mm
Sunrise: Early Feb 5.48am – Late Feb 6.12am
Sunset: Early Feb 7.25pm – Late Feb 6.59pm

Snorkelling, Swimming, Diving, Hiking, Glass Bottom Boat Trips, North Bay Adventures, Mt Gower Hike, Hiking, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddling Boarding, Surfing, Bird Watching, Bus Tours, Walking

Sea birds are at their most frenetic. Kermadec Petrels are breeding on Ball’s Pyramid. Black-winged Petrels lay their eggs in the first weeks of January followed by tiny White-bellied Storm Petrels in late January. January also marks the hatching of the first Red-tailed Tropicbirds chicks as the Muttonbird, Black-winged Petrel and Common Noddies continue to hatch. Sooty Terns, Brown Noddies and Masked Boobies are fledging.

AUTUMN

Average Water Temperature 26o
Maximum Temperature 25.0o
Minimum Temperature 20.1o
Average Rainfall 127.7mm
Sunrise: Early Mar 6.13am – Late Mar 6.34am
Sunset: Early Mar 6.58pm – Late Mar 6.20pm

Average Water Temperature 23.5o
Maximum Temperature 23.4o
Minimum Temperature 18.2o
Average Rainfall 141.9mm
Sunrise: Early Apr 6.34am – Late Apr 6.24am
Sunset: Early Apr 6.19pm – Late Apr 5.17pm

May

Average Water Temperature 22o
Maximum Temperature 21.6o
Minimum Temperature 16.4o
Average Rainfall 147.6mm
Sunrise: Early May 6.24am – Late May 6.44am
Sunset: Early May 5.16pm – Late May 4.58pm

Snorkelling, Swimming, Diving, Hiking, Glass Bottom Boat Trips, North Bay Adventures, Mt Gower Hike, Hiking, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddling Boarding, Surfing, Bird Watching, Bus Tours, Walking

The summer birds colonies come to a close and Autumn marks the departure North for many sea bird species such as the Muttonbirds, Black winged Petrels and the Red Tailed Tropic Birds. March marks the noisy arrival of the Providence Petrels as they commence their breeding season. The White Tern ends it’s breeding season and many shorebirds assume their breeding plumage before also heading north.

WINTER

Average Water Temperature 20.5o
Maximum Temperature 19.9o
Minimum Temperature 14.8o
Average Rainfall 168.3mm
Sunrise: Early Jun 6.44am – Late Jun 6.53am
Sunset: Early Jun 4.58pm – Late Jun 5.00pm

Average Water Temperature 18.5o
Maximum Temperature 19.0o
Minimum Temperature 13.9o
Average Rainfall 135.2mm
Sunrise: Early Jul 6.53am – Late Jul 6.42am
Sunset: Early Jul 5.01pm – Late Jul 5.17pm

Average Water Temperature 18.5o
Maximum Temperature 19.0o
Minimum Temperature 13.5o
Average Rainfall 110.6mm
Sunrise: Early Aug 6.41am – Late Aug 6.11am
Sunset: Early Aug 5.18pm – Late Aug 5.36pm

Hiking, Glass Bottom Boat Trips, North Bay Adventures, Mt Gower Hike, Hiking, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddling Boarding, Surfing, Bird Watching, Citizen Science Activities, Bus Tours, Walking

The seabird colonies are mainly quiet now with many seabirds absent but at Muttonbird Point the Masked Booby can be observed. Providence Petrel chicks hatch in their burrows on the mountain summits. Little Shearwaters are still sitting on their eggs. On Roach Island, Little Shearwater chicks are hatching in deep burrows. By the end of August the Terns are landing at night on Admiralty Islands. In the last days of August, the first of the Muttonbirds arrive.

SPRING

Average Water Temperature 18.5o
Maximum Temperature 20.0o
Minimum Temperature 14.6o
Average Rainfall 127.5mm
Sunrise: Early Sep 6.10am – Late Sep 5.32am
Sunset: Early Sep 5.37pm – Late Sep 5.54pm

Average Water Temperature 20o
Maximum Temperature 21.0o
Minimum Temperature 15.7o
Average Rainfall 100.2mm
Sunrise: Early Oct 5.32am – Late Oct 5.28am
Sunset: Early Oct 5.54pm – Late Oct 6.46pm

Average Water Temperature 22o
Maximum Temperature 22.4o
Minimum Temperature 17.4o
Average Rainfall 112.3mm
Sunrise: Early Nov 5.26am – Late Nov 5.11am
Sunset: Early Nov 6.48pm – Late Nov 7.13pm

Snorkelling, Swimming, Diving, Hiking, Glass Bottom Boat Trips, North Bay Adventures, Mt Gower Hike, Hiking, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddling Boarding, Surfing, Bird Watching, Bus Tours, Walking

The Muttonbirds return in force preparing burrows then laying a single egg in the last weeks of November. The landbirds start nesting and the Red-tailed Tropicbirds are breeding along the cliffs. Masked Booby chicks are present in all stages of growth. Grey Ternlets and Providence Petrel chicks have fledged. The Black Winged Petrel is one of the last summer birds to arrive in November.

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