Enjoying a tropical climate, Mackay experiences stunning weather year round with hot summers and warm, sunny winters. Cooled by breezes off the coast, nights can be quite cool in winter while summer sees the arrival of the wet season from December to March, when the majority of Mackay's 1.5m annual rainfall occurs. Maximum temperatures range from 30 degrees in summer to 21 degrees in winter. Occasionally, Mackay can be affected by the arrival of the cyclone season experienced further north. Arriving approximately once every couple of years from December to April, the impacts of these weather patterns is generally minimal with heavy rainfall and strong winds usually the worst of the conditions experienced.