Broome only has two seasons. Locals call them The Wet and The Dry. The Wet generally lasts from November until April and The Dry from May through October.
Here’s a chart that shows you just how wet the Wet is and how dry the Dry is. Two extremes.
Amazing, huh? Rain galore in January and February, a little more in December and February, then nothing the rest of the year. In February 2018 five feet of rain fell on Broome in less than two weeks.
Add in the heat and humidity that mark The Wet and you can understand why the town is empty this time of year.
We hoped a monsoon would come in early this year and strike while we’re in Broome. Locals say they’re incredible sights to see, that the skies are aflame with lightning and stepping outside is like walking into a car wash. Unfortunately, we’re too early and we haven’t seen a drop of rain.
Looks like we’ll need to return in some future January or February.