Queensland is widely known as Australia's "sunshine state", with its capital city averaging 7.1 hours of sunshine in winter. However do not be fooled, there is a great variation between the weather conditions in the coastal plain and inland.
Inland days are warm and sunny and the nights cold and frosty. Queensland's wet season lasts from December to March, when monsoons sweep down from Asia and cyclones are at their peak.
Along the coast rainfall is heavy, averaging more than 1000 mm annually, and up to 4000 mm in the north. Yet places like Mt Isa and the interior are dry and can receive less than 500 mm a year. Rainfall dwindles in the south-west corner, averaging 200 mm.
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