Burketown exists in a monsoonal climatic zone characterised by distinctive 'wet' and 'dry' seasons. Traditional knowledge identifies a greater number of seasons and distinguishes between them in reference to elemental and living phenomena.
The 'wet' summer months from December to March are hot and humid with average temperatures in the mid thirties and maximums in the mid fourties. This period is characterised by abundant growth and activity of flora and fauna, including migrating species. Rain poses a hazard while driving with road closures possible.
The 'dry' winter months from May to October have warm days averaging in the high twenties and low thirties, little rain, and offer cooler evening temperatures and clear night skies.
Weather & Tidal Information
Burketown wharf tides are approximately 3.5 hours behind Karumba.
Albert River mouth tides are approximately 2 hours behind Karumba and are the most reliable.
Actual times have the potential to change depending on weather conditions.