Tamar River Valley and The North Coast, Tasmania
The north coast is the mildest part of the Tasmanian Island. Many vegetable crops are grown on the rich soils of the north coast, as well as apples. Sawmilling and pulp and paper mill industries are also located here.
Rainfall is moderate to high. In all areas except the Tamar River Valley near Launceston it is above 900mm ( 35ins ). In the Tamar Valley near Launceston ( *See below* ) rainfall is as low as 700mm ( 28ins ). The further west you travel, generally the more consistent the rainfall. The far west of the north coast may receive as much as 1200mm ( 47ins ) in parts. Rainfall is heaviest in winter, especially on the coast. There is a tendency for rainfall to be more evenly distributed in the drier areas.
Thunderstorms are a low 5 -10 per annum in most areas, only near the mountains is this slightly higher.
Summer daytime temperatures are mild by mainland standards, the normal range is 20 -24C ( 68 – 75F ). The Tamar River valley being away from the coast is slightly warmer. Winter daytime temperatures are cool, but not cold. Maximums are in the 10 -15C ( 50 – 59F ) range. Colder outbreaks do occur but never last long. Cold overnight temperatures are common in winter. Frost is common even at the seaside. The Tamar River valley is very frosty, frosts may occur here well into Spring.
Snow does not normally fall at sea level, although one or two very brief falls may occur once every few years. Only above about 200m would any falls settle.
LAUNCESTON – Second largest city in Tasmania. Located on the Tamar River. Centre of a rich rural valley.