Thursday, 3 January 2008 - Annual Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC35R0

Year 2007
Warmest year on record for NSW and the Murray Darling Basin

Summary

  • Warmest year on record for NSW and the Murray Darling Basin (MDB) for average mean temperatures
  • Eleventh consecutive year of above average maximum, minimum and mean temperatures in NSW and the MDB
  • Strong monthly temperature contrasts with record heat in May and October, and near record cold in June
  • Below average rainfall for NSW and the MDB

Rainfall

The statewide average rainfall for 2007 was 542.8 mm, compared to the historical average1 of 566.0 mm. The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) recorded an average of 472.9 mm compared to the historical average of 503.5 mm. This is the seventh consecutive year of below average rainfall for NSW and the MDB.

Following the decay of the 2006/2007 El Niño event, the first six months of 2007 brought promising rainfall to much of NSW. This culminated in June when a series of East Coast Low events brought significant rainfall to the eastern half of NSW, including major flooding in the Hunter. However, dry conditions returned to the state in July and persisted across much of the state until November, despite the development of a La Niña event in the Pacific Ocean.

La Niña conditions were slow to develop through 2007 with the usual rainfall response inhibited by a counter influence from the Indian Ocean. The late development of the La Niña event in the Pacific resulted in a less than typical rainfall response across eastern Australia. Additionally, Australia's climate over winter and spring was influenced by unusually cool ocean temperatures to the north and northwest of the continent - a state known as the 'Positive Dipole Mode' of the Indian Ocean Dipole. The decay of the Positive Dipole Mode coincided with the return of above average rainfall to NSW in November.

Although above average rainfall was experienced at the start and end of the year, 2007 is still considered a drought year for NSW, and represents a continuation of the protracted dry period affecting the the southern half of the state since 1996, and the northern half since 2001.

Some sites had their highest total rainfall on record.

See a map of total rainfall. See a map of rainfall deciles.

Temperature

2007 has been the warmest year on record for NSW and the MDB (statewide average mean temperatures). It also marked the eleventh consecutive year of above average annual NSW and MDB maximum, minimum and mean temperatures, and a year in which the state experienced strong monthly temperature contrasts.

The annual mean temperature for the state was 18.4ºC, which is 1.1ºC above the historical average1 of 17.3ºC. This makes 2007 the warmest year on record for statewide average mean temperatures, exceeding the previous record of 18.3ºC recorded in 1914 and 2005. The annual mean temperature for the MDB was 18.8ºC, which is 1.1ºC above the historical average of 17.7ºC. This makes 2007 the warmest year on record for MDB average mean temperatures, exceeding the previous record of 18.7ºC recorded in 2005.

State mean and maximum temperatures were above average for all months of 2007 except June. It was also the warmest May on record for statewide average maximum temperatures, and October was the equal warmest on record for statewide average mean temperatures.

In a marked contrast to the record warmth of May and October, the state experienced the 2nd coldest June on record for statewide average maximum and mean temperatures. State minimum temperatures were also above average for all months of 2007, except June and July. The cold June temperatures were a result of highly unusual heavy rains in the tropics and subtropics, and a series of East Coast Low events. In contrast to June, large parts of southern NSW experienced record warm minimum temperatures during November.

The statewide average maximum temperature for the year was 25.1ºC, which is 1.2ºC above the historical average of 23.9ºC. This makes 2007 the eighth warmest year on record for statewide average maximum temperatures. It has also been the sixth warmest year on record for the MDB, with the average maximum temperature 1.2ºC above the historical average of 24.5ºC .

The statewide average minimum temperature in 2007 was 11.9ºC, which is 1.1ºC above the historical average of 10.8ºC. This makes 2007 the second warmest year on record for statewide average minimum temperatures. It has also been the second warmest year on record for the MDB, with the average maximum temperature 1.1ºC above the historical average of 10.9ºC.

The statewide average diurnal temperature range (the difference between the average maximum and minimum temperature) for the year was 13.2ºC, equals the historical average of 13.2ºC.

Some sites had their highest temperature on record.

Some sites had their highest mean daily maximum temperature on record.

See a graphical timeseries of NSW annual mean temperature anomalies.

See a map of mean maximum temperatures. See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.

Some sites had their lowest temperature on record.

Some sites had their warmest night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.

Some sites had their highest mean daily minimum temperature on record.

See a map of mean minimum temperatures. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Further information

Shannon Symons
Climate Officer
NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555
Email reqnsw@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
46.0 °C at Ivanhoe Post Office on 11 Jan
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
28.3 °C at Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
8.8 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
-5.5 °C at Thredbo AWS on 18 Jul
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
-17.0 °C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on 23 Jul
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
0.1 °C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
16.9 °C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS)
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
29.9 °C at Tibooburra Post Office on 4 Mar
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
2453.9 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview)
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
388.0 mm at Promised Land (Bellingen (Crystal Creeks on 21 Aug
Highest wind gust
146 km/h at Norah Head AWS on 5 Mar
146 km/h at Thredbo AWS on 29 May

Records

Record highest total annual rainfall
Total rainfall
for 2007 (mm)
Previous annual
highest
Normal
annual
Years of
record
Merriwa (Roscommon) 885.7 841.1 in 1976 595.1 30



Record highest annual mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for 2007 (°C)
Previous annual
highest
Normal
annual
Years of
record
Lake Victoria Storage 25.2 24.8 in 1981 23.6 69



Record highest annual temperature
Highest temperature
in 2007 (°C)
Previous annual
highest
Normal
annual
Years of
record
Burrinjuck Dam 42.5 on 12 Jan 42.4 on 23 Jan 2001 20.5 43



Record highest annual mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for 2007 (°C)
Previous annual
highest
Normal
annual
Years of
record
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 15.2 15.1 in 1988 13.7 149
Hay (Miller Street) 11.6 = 11.6 in 1914 9.9 126
Broken Hill (Patton Street) 13.3 = 13.3 in 2000 11.9 108
Grenfell (Quondong Rd) 11.5 10.9 in 1914 9.4 82
Nyngan Airport 13.4 13.1 in 2005 11.6 81
Burrinjuck Dam 10.8 10.5 in 1988 9.1 79
Hume Reservoir 11.4 11.3 in 1988 9.9 75
Corowa Airport 10.2 10.1 in 1974 8.8 73
Canberra Airport 8.3 7.7 in 1983 6.4 68
Sydney Airport AMO 15.0 14.9 in 1998 13.3 68
Trangie Research Station AWS 12.5 12.3 in 1938 10.7 63
Yass (Linton Hostel) 8.6 8.5 in 1998 7.2 56
Cowra Research Centre (Evans St) 11.4 11.1 in 1983 10.0 54
Wyalong Post Office 11.8 11.1 in 2003 10.0 48
Dunedoo Post Office 10.8 10.7 in 1981 9.5 46
Cobar MO 13.8 = 13.8 in 2005 12.7 45
Taralga Post Office 7.2 7.1 in 1998 6.0 45
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 11.8 11.5 in 1981 10.1 43
Quandialla Post Office 11.1 10.9 in 1990 9.6 42
Tumbarumba Post Office 7.0 6.6 in 1973 5.4 39
Cowra Airport Comparison 10.1 9.7 in 1983 8.2 38
Peak Hill Post Office 13.4 12.9 in 2005 11.9 37
Bowral (Parry Drive) 9.3 9.2 in 1998 7.7 36
Orange Airport Comparison 7.6 7.0 in 1983 6.1 36
Tocumwal Airport 10.5 10.3 in 1973 9.5 36
Gulgong Post Office 10.7 10.6 in 1983 9.5 30
Goulburn Tafe 8.6 8.1 in 1998 7.4 27
Griffith Airport AWS 11.4 10.9 in 1996 9.9 23
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 7.7 7.4 in 2003 6.4 20



Record highest annual daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in 2007 (°C)
Previous annual
highest
Normal
annual
Years of
record
Albury Airport 25.8 on 17 Jan 25.7 on 30 Jan 2006 8.7 25



Record lowest annual temperature
Lowest temperature
in 2007 (°C)
Previous annual
lowest
Normal
annual
Years of
record
Prospect Dam -0.6 on 17 Jul -0.5 on 13 Aug 2005 12.2 43
Pindari Dam -6.5 on 19 Jul -6.3 on 26 Jul 2002 10.0 37



Summaries

Summary statistics for 2007
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean
for
2007
Diff
from
normal
Highest
for
2007
Mean
for
2007
Diff
from
normal
Lowest
for
2007
Total
for
2007
Normal
annual
total
Rank
of
2007
Fraction
of annual
normal
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 43.2 3 Mar 13.3 -2.0 22 Jul 208.4
Tibooburra Airport 28.0 43.1 11 Jan 15.1 0.2 24 Jun 264.6
Tibooburra Post Office 28.2 +0.8 43.7 3 Mar 15.1 +1.2 -0.1 24 Jun 313.4 224.1 high 140%
White Cliffs AWS 27.4 43.5 4 Feb 14.7 -0.8 19 Jul 235.6
White Cliffs Post Office 27.5 +0.7 44.2 11 Jan 14.0 +1.4 -1.2 19 Jul 230.6 244.8 normal 94%
Wilcannia 27.5 +0.9 45.6 11 Jan 12.7 +0.8 -2.8 22 Jul 238.1 259.1 normal 92%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 27.5 44.7 11 Jan 12.8 -2.9 22 Jul 242.0
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 25.3 +1.0 42.7 11 Jan 13.3 +1.4 0.4 23 Jun 312.0 252.7 high 123%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 25.2 42.5 11 Jan 12.6 -1.6 24 Jun 215.4 246.1 normal 88%
Lake Victoria Storage 25.2 +1.6 43.2 5 Feb 11.1 +0.3 -0.5 15 Aug 249.4 258.6 normal 96%
Menindee Post Office 44.2 20 Nov 12.3 +1.0 -2.5 23 Jun
Pooncarie Telecentre 26.8 45.0 4 Feb 11.5 -3.0 23 Jun 245.8 265.8 normal 92%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 44.2 12 Jan 14.0 -3.5 19 Jul 257.8
Brewarrina Hospital 27.7 +0.1 42.7 6 Feb 13.5 +0.9 -3.0 17 Jul 596.4 410.9 high 145%
Cobar Airport AWS 26.3 43.3 6 Feb 12.4 -4.6 19 Jul 419.4
Cobar MO 26.4 +1.2 42.9 6 Feb 13.8 +1.0 -0.8 19 Jul 370.8 395.7 normal 94%
Collarenebri 42.0 6 Feb 13.3 +0.7 -4.4 18 Jul
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 28.3 43.0 7 Feb 14.0 -3.0 7 Jun 503.3
Wanaaring Post Office 43.6 4 Mar 13.5 -2.9 19 Jul 286.0 277.0 normal 103%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 25.2 +0.9 42.6 30 Dec 10.9 +0.9 -2.9 24 Jun 313.4 320.4 normal 98%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 26.5 44.6 11 Jan 13.1 -2.1 23 Jun 220.8
Ivanhoe Post Office 27.5 +1.6 46.0 11 Jan 12.0 +1.4 -4.2 24 Jun 291.4 298.4 normal 98%
Central Western Plains (S) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 25.4 +1.0 41.8 6 Feb 11.8 +1.8 -3.3 21 Jul 498.3 456.4 normal 109%
Condobolin Airport AWS 24.6 42.5 12 Jan 10.7 -3.7 20 Jul 500.2
Peak Hill Post Office 25.5 +1.1 43.0 12 Jan 13.4 +1.5 -1.8 17 Jul 560.3 560.5 normal 100%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 24.6 41.7 11 Jan 11.0 -3.8 23 Jun 415.2
Central Western Plains (N) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 26.8 42.7 7 Feb 12.4 -3.9 16 Jul 698.2
Coonamble Comparison 27.0 +0.4 41.8 7 Feb 12.6 +1.0 -3.4 16 Jul 668.4 499.9 high 134%
Nyngan Airport 26.7 +1.1 43.4 12 Jan 13.4 +1.7 -2.6 17 Jul 465.4 441.2 normal 105%
Trangie Research Station AWS 25.7 +1.1 42.1 12 Jan 12.5 +1.7 -3.2 17 Jul 536.9 497.4 normal 108%
Northwest Plains (W) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 42.0 6 Feb 13.9 +1.1 -3.2 17 Jul 454.9 505.1 normal 90%
Walgett Airport AWS 43.2 6 Feb 12.6 -4.4 17 Jul 561.8
Northwest Plains (E) (district 53)
Baradine Forestry 40.7 6 Feb 11.6 +1.4 -3.5 17 Jul 565.5 623.5 normal 91%
Moree Aero 27.0 39.3 27 Jan 13.0 -3.8 17 Jul 517.8
Northwest Slopes (N) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 25.5 +1.2 39.9 13 Jan 9.1 +0.8 -6.8 17 Jul 721.0 688.7 normal 105%
Narrabri Airport AWS 26.7 41.3 13 Jan 12.5 -4.1 17 Jul 552.4
Pindari Dam 25.6 +0.8 38.6 13 Jan 10.4 +0.4 -6.5 19 Jul 703.8 756.2 normal 93%
Northwest Slopes (S) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 26.0 41.3 13 Jan 10.8 -5.8 17 Jul 622.0
Gunnedah Pool 26.1 +0.1 39.8 13 Jan 12.5 +1.6 -2.8 17 Jul 702.6 615.5 high 114%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 40.1 13 Jan 12.9 +0.9 -2.3 17 Jul 689.2 634.3 normal 109%
Quirindi Post Office 25.1 +0.6 39.0 6 Feb 9.2 +0.3 -5.6 17 Jul 677.5 684.7 normal 99%
Tamworth Airport AWS 25.0 39.6 13 Jan 10.4 -5.6 17 Jul 781.2
Woolbrook 20.8 +0.4 35.0 13 Jan 6.4 +1.0 -8.0 19 Jul 923.6 781.1 high 118%
Northern Tablelands (W) (district 56)
Armidale 20.1 32.8 13 Jan 6.4 -8.7 16 Jul 838.8
Armidale Airport AWS 19.5 33.1 12 Jan 7.8 -7.0 19 Jul 907.8
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 19.9 +0.5 32.0 31 Jan 7.7 +0.4 -7.0 16 Jul 884.6 844.5 normal 105%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 32.6 31 Jan 6.2 -10.7 19 Jul 901.2
Glen Innes Post Office 20.6 +0.4 32.9 13 Jan 8.4 +1.2 -6.4 16 Jul 871.6 857.4 normal 102%
Guyra Hospital 17.9 30.0 7 Feb 6.8 -7.1 16 Jul 1114.2 923.9 high 121%
Inverell 24.2 37.2 13 Jan 8.1 -8.0 19 Jul 865.2
Inverell Research Centre 35.8 31 Jan 10.6 +0.3 -4.4 17 Jul 865.2 799.7 normal 108%
Tenterfield 21.4 0 33.2 12 Jan 7.6 -0.5 -9.5 19 Jul 804.7 850.6 normal 95%
Northern Tablelands (E) (district 57)
Tabulam 22.7 +0.4 33.4 27 Jan 13.0 +0.5 0.4 13 Jun 1299.2 1234.3 normal 105%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 34.7 27 Jan 15.4 +0.3 3.2 19 Jul 1233.4 1770.1 low 70%
Ballina Airport AWS 24.5 33.0 27 Jan 14.1 0.0 19 Jul 1657.4
Byron Bay 32.8 26 Jan 16.9 7.1 19 Jul 1141.2
Casino Airport 26.6 -0.1 37.8 27 Jan 14.0 +0.8 -1.2 19 Jul 863.0 1094.6 low 79%
Casino Airport AWS 25.8 37.6 27 Jan 13.3 -2.2 19 Jul 897.0
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 37.2 27 Jan 15.2 4.0 28 Jun 1190.8
Grafton Airport AWS 25.8 36.7 27 Jan 12.6 -3.4 19 Jul 984.8
Grafton Olympic Pool 26.0 +0.2 38.0 27 Jan 14.0 +0.3 -0.5 16 Jul 1124.8 1049.2 normal 107%
Grafton Research Stn 25.8 37.4 27 Jan 13.9 0.9 16 Jul 1075.2 991.7 normal 108%
Lismore 25.2 35.8 27 Jan 14.7 2.9 19 Jul 1211.3
Lismore Airport AWS 26.1 36.8 27 Jan 12.8 -2.9 20 Jul 936.4
Murwillumbah 26.2 +0.4 35.6 27 Jan 14.8 +0.4 1.7 20 Jul 1126.8 1567.8 low 72%
Yamba Pilot Station 23.9 +0.6 32.5 2 Oct 15.8 +0.4 4.6 20 Jul 1205.1 1456.5 low 83%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 23.8 +0.5 36.2 27 Jan 14.2 +0.2 0.4 16 Jul 1616.0 1681.7 normal 96%
Dorrigo 20.1 31.3 27 Jan 10.0 -3.0 17 Jul 2025.1
Kempsey 25.2 +0.1 39.5 27 Jan -1.0 5 Aug 1202.9 1204.7 normal 100%
Kempsey Airport AWS 24.8 39.7 27 Jan 11.7 -3.6 19 Jul 1176.4
South West Rocks 24.1 +1.0 31.4 5 Feb 16.1 +0.5 6.1 14 Jul 1056.8 1477.9 low 72%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 23.0 37.5 27 Jan 14.3 4.0 17 Jul 1259.0 1220.6 normal 103%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 23.8 39.2 27 Jan 12.5 -0.9 11 Aug 1541.0
Taree Airport AWS 24.2 40.0 27 Jan 12.7 1.0 17 Jul 1201.5
Yarras 24.5 +0.2 38.0 27 Jan 11.8 +0.2 -0.4 18 Jul 2453.9 1643.1 very high 149%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 43.4 12 Jan 11.9 +0.7 -1.4 16 Jul
Cessnock Airport AWS 24.3 42.0 12 Jan 11.4 -1.6 16 Jul 974.4
Gosford 40.9 21 Jan 11.6 +0.6 -1.5 17 Jul 2152.4 1319.4 very high 163%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 44.6 12 Jan 12.0 +1.4 -0.7 16 Jul 829.5 641.7 very high 129%
Lostock Dam 24.0 +0.7 41.4 12 Jan 12.6 +0.5 1.2 16 Jul 1245.4 959.3 very high 130%
Maitland Visitors Centre 40.5 21 Jan 12.0 0.4 16 Jul 790.7
Mangrove Mountain AWS 21.8 38.8 21 Jan 11.9 -0.1 16 Jul 1917.8
Murrurundi Gap AWS 20.5 37.0 12 Jan 11.0 -0.7 19 Jul 949.6
Murrurundi Post Office 23.2 -0.2 39.5 12 Jan 8.3 -0.2 -5.1 19 Jul 966.1 829.9 high 116%
Nelson Bay 22.9 34.2 27 Jan 15.8 6.5 16 Jul 1317.7 1342.1 normal 98%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 21.9 +0.1 36.3 21 Jan 15.2 +0.9 4.9 19 Jul 1468.8 1130.7 high 130%
Newcastle University 23.9 40.2 21 Jan 13.8 1.8 16 Jul 1501.5
Norah Head AWS 22.4 36.5 21 Jan 15.2 4.0 17 Jul 1555.6
Paterson 24.7 +0.7 41.3 12 Jan 12.6 +0.7 0.6 17 Jul 989.8 917.6 normal 108%
Peats Ridge 38.2 21 Jan 11.9 +0.6 1.0 23 Jun 1944.8 1249.5 very high 156%
Scone Airport AWS 24.4 41.9 12 Jan 10.8 -3.0 19 Jul 814.0
Scone SCS 42.0 14 Jan 11.5 +0.5 -0.6 17 Jul
Singleton Stp 43.0 12 Jan 11.5 -1.0 26 May 754.1
Williamtown RAAF 23.8 +0.8 41.1 21 Jan 12.4 +0.1 0.7 17 Jul 1326.8 1122.1 high 118%
Central Tablelands (N) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 23.8 +0.7 39.4 12 Jan 10.7 +1.2 -2.8 17 Jul 796.4 648.0 high 123%
Mudgee Airport AWS 23.0 39.0 12 Jan 9.0 -5.6 17 Jul 723.8
Nullo Mountain AWS 16.5 33.4 12 Jan 8.5 -3.6 17 Jul 1184.8
Central Tablelands (S) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 21.2 +1.5 39.0 12 Jan 7.4 +0.7 -6.0 17 Jul 667.1 633.1 normal 105%
Bathurst Airport AWS 20.7 38.5 12 Jan 7.9 -5.8 17 Jul 672.2
Cowra Research Centre 23.7 +1.6 41.5 12 Jan 11.4 +1.5 -2.2 14 Jun 519.6 631.8 low 82%
Katoomba 17.8 +1.1 35.7 12 Jan 8.9 +0.9 -2.4 17 Jul 1962.4 1391.9 very high 141%
Lithgow 18.6 36.1 12 Jan 7.4 -6.9 16 Jul 966.9 783.2 high 123%
Mount Boyce AWS 17.0 36.1 12 Jan 8.5 -3.4 17 Jul 1452.4
Oberon 35.0 12 Jan 5.7 +0.7 -5.5 23 Jun 884.6 840.6 normal 105%
Orange Agricultural Institute 18.8 +0.9 34.6 12 Jan 7.9 +0.8 -5.5 17 Jul 840.3 918.4 normal 91%
Orange Airport AWS 18.6 35.6 12 Jan 7.0 -5.9 17 Jul 869.0
Orange Airport Comparison 18.8 +1.3 35.0 12 Jan 7.6 +1.5 -5.0 17 Jul 855.1 889.2 normal 96%
Springwood Bowling Club 22.2 38.1 12 Jan 11.5 -2.6 17 Jul 1188.7 1096.1 normal 108%
Central Western Slopes (N) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 24.1 +0.4 38.8 6 Feb 7.9 +0.5 -6.2 17 Jul 971.6 747.9 high 130%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 22.6 38.2 6 Feb 11.7 -0.3 19 Jul 647.2
Dunedoo Post Office 24.8 +1.0 40.0 11 Jan 10.8 +1.3 -3.6 16 Jul 732.9 612.2 high 120%
Central Western Slopes (S) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 24.0 42.3 12 Jan 9.8 -3.5 13 Jun 474.0
Cowra Airport Comparison 24.1 +1.1 42.1 12 Jan 10.1 +1.9 -2.6 13 Jun 504.0 594.2 normal 85%
Dubbo Airport AWS 25.0 41.8 12 Jan 11.2 -4.1 17 Jul 566.0
Forbes Airport AWS 25.0 43.3 12 Jan 10.4 -3.8 20 Jul 493.0
Parkes 25.2 +1.8 44.2 12 Jan 11.8 +1.0 -2.0 16 Jul 564.9 582.8 normal 97%
Parkes Airport AWS 24.2 41.0 6 Feb 10.3 -3.0 16 Jul 613.8
Wellington 24.8 +0.5 41.2 12 Jan 10.4 +1.1 -4.9 17 Jul 627.5 612.0 normal 103%
Metropolitan (E) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 23.6 +0.5 41.0 21 Jan 12.5 +0.6 -1.4 17 Jul 1040.0 875.9 high 119%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 23.1 40.3 21 Jan 12.6 -1.3 17 Jul 1190.0
Holsworthy Control Range 23.5 41.3 21 Jan 11.5 -2.7 17 Jul 1041.6
Parramatta North 23.7 +0.4 41.0 21 Jan 12.9 +0.7 0.0 17 Jul 1370.6 971.3 very high 141%
Riverview Observatory 22.8 +0.7 40.3 21 Jan 13.6 +1.4 0.6 17 Jul 1481.0 1131.3 high 131%
Sydney 22.7 +1.0 38.7 21 Jan 15.2 +1.5 3.7 17 Jul 1499.2 1217.0 high 123%
Sydney Airport AMO 23.0 +0.8 40.5 21 Jan 15.0 +1.7 3.0 17 Jul 1029.8 1086.2 normal 95%
Sydney Olympic Park 23.6 40.8 21 Jan 14.2 1.7 17 Jul 1322.4
Terrey Hills AWS 21.9 39.7 21 Jan 13.4 0.2 17 Jul 1302.2
Metropolitan (W) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 23.7 42.0 21 Jan 11.3 -3.5 17 Jul 1041.8
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 23.7 41.0 21 Jan 12.3 -2.3 17 Jul 1071.2
Liverpool 24.1 41.4 21 Jan 11.7 -2.6 17 Jul 1044.2
Penrith Lakes AWS 24.5 41.6 21 Jan 12.8 -1.3 17 Jul 1013.4
Prospect Dam 23.9 +0.8 41.0 21 Jan 12.6 +0.4 -0.6 17 Jul 1042.2 872.1 high 120%
Richmond RAAF 23.7 40.9 12 Jan 11.6 -3.4 17 Jul 1051.2
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 22.5 39.0 21 Jan 11.9 -1.0 17 Jul 1073.6
Bellambi AWS 21.4 34.4 3 Oct 14.8 4.1 17 Jul 1426.0
Bowral 18.8 0 36.9 12 Jan 9.3 +1.6 -2.7 23 Jun 1019.8 931.8 normal 109%
Camden Airport AWS 23.8 +0.2 41.1 21 Jan 10.9 +0.7 -3.1 17 Jul 1023.4 789.9 high 130%
Campbelltown 23.8 38.8 20 Jan 10.8 -3.2 17 Jul 947.2
Jervis Bay 20.8 33.8 21 Jan 14.5 5.1 16 Jul 1247.6
Moss Vale AWS 18.9 37.2 12 Jan 8.7 -5.2 23 Jun 873.4
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 22.4 40.2 21 Jan 11.9 2.7 23 Jun 1112.0
Wollongong University 22.1 +0.3 38.4 21 Jan 13.1 -0.2 1.2 18 Jul 1443.8 1345.5 normal 107%
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 22.0 38.2 21 Jan 10.5 -2.6 16 Jul 1013.1
Bega AWS 22.4 36.8 29 Dec 9.3 -3.3 17 Jul 882.0
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 19.4 39.9 12 Jan 6.9 -6.1 30 Jul 803.6
Green Cape AWS 28.8 9 Feb 13.5 6.5 4 Aug 690.4
Merimbula Airport AWS 21.0 35.0 22 Oct 10.2 0.0 4 Aug 811.6
Montague Island Lighthouse 19.8 +0.4 31.5 21 Jan 14.5 +0.7 6.5 17 Jul 850.8 889.2 normal 96%
Moruya Airport AWS 21.5 38.0 21 Jan 10.4 -3.0 16 Jul 889.0
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 20.8 +0.4 37.0 21 Jan 12.3 +1.1 1.8 17 Jul 907.2 959.0 normal 95%
Narooma Rvcp 20.4 36.0 21 Jan 12.8 3.5 16 Jul 1031.2 916.0 high 113%
Nerriga Composite 19.6 +0.6 39.0 12 Jan 7.1 +0.6 -6.1 23 Jun 932.4 768.5 high 121%
Ulladulla AWS 20.6 39.4 21 Jan 13.6 3.2 17 Jul 1430.0
Sthn Tablelands Gburn-Monaro (district 70)
Bombala 19.5 +1.1 38.0 11 Jan 5.8 +1.0 -4.7 17 Jul 642.4 645.5 normal 100%
Bombala AWS 17.8 37.3 11 Jan 5.8 -4.6 24 Jun 698.6
Canberra Airport 21.2 +1.6 40.5 12 Jan 8.3 +1.9 -4.7 17 Jul 565.8 618.1 normal 92%
Cooma Airport AWS 18.2 35.7 12 Jan 4.7 -8.2 16 Jul 499.4 502.1 normal 99%
Cooma Visitors Centre 19.5 +0.1 37.0 12 Jan 4.9 +1.0 -8.0 16 Jul 642.2 536.6 high 120%
Goulburn Airport AWS 20.1 40.1 12 Jan 7.3 -5.5 23 Jun 639.0
Goulburn Tafe 20.0 +0.4 39.5 12 Jan 8.6 +1.2 -3.8 23 Jun 678.4 622.5 normal 109%
Mount Ginini AWS 27.0 17 Jan 3.8 -8.0 17 Jul 1017.2
Taralga Post Office 19.2 +1.1 38.7 12 Jan 7.2 +1.2 -4.9 23 Jun 877.1 803.4 normal 109%
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 38.0 12 Jan 7.7 +1.2 -8.0 11 Jul 698.6 939.4 low 74%
Tuggeranong 21.1 39.3 12 Jan 7.8 -6.8 17 Jul 656.0
Yass 21.8 +1.1 40.5 12 Jan 8.6 +1.5 -4.0 23 Jun 648.6 646.3 normal 100%
Sthn Tablelands Snowy-Mountns (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 25.7 15 Jan 0.1 +0.7 -17.0 23 Jul 1263.0 1904.7 low 66%
Perisher Valley Ski Centre 26.7 14 Jan 0.6 +0.2 -12.5 22 Jun 1084.1 1783.0 very low 61%
Thredbo AWS 8.8 24.2 12 Jan 1.4 -10.3 11 Jul 1149.6
Thredbo Village 14.4 +1.0 30.0 12 Jan 2.2 +0.4 -10.0 6 Jul 1558.2 1772.2 low 88%
Southwest Slopes (S) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 23.5 42.4 11 Jan 10.0 -3.3 23 Jun 526.8
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 13.1 30.6 12 Jan 5.6 -6.1 22 Jun 1120.4
Hume Reservoir 23.5 +2.1 42.3 11 Jan 11.4 +1.5 -1.2 15 Jul 555.7 694.1 low 80%
Khancoban AWS 22.0 40.5 12 Jan 7.9 -4.1 24 Jun 851.6
Tumbarumba Post Office 20.7 +1.2 37.4 11 Jan 7.0 +1.6 -6.0 23 Jun 896.7 976.4 normal 92%
Wagga Wagga AMO 23.9 +1.9 41.6 11 Jan 10.1 +1.1 -3.2 22 Jun 466.6 570.2 low 82%
Southwest Slopes (N) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 22.8 +2.4 42.5 12 Jan 10.8 +1.8 -0.7 22 Jun 825.0 913.5 normal 90%
Cootamundra Airport 22.9 41.5 12 Jan 8.9 -5.4 23 Jun 565.6
Grenfell 23.5 +1.0 42.1 12 Jan 11.5 +2.1 -1.8 14 Jun 517.6 624.0 normal 83%
Gundagai 23.5 41.5 12 Jan 10.2 -3.1 24 Jun 583.0
Quandialla Post Office 25.3 +1.6 42.5 12 Jan 11.1 +1.5 -2.8 20 Jul 481.8 533.5 normal 90%
Temora Airport 24.0 41.5 11 Jan 9.6 -3.6 23 Jun 478.6
Wyalong Post Office 25.2 +1.8 42.4 11 Jan 11.8 +1.9 -3.0 23 Jun 356.4 478.0 low 75%
Young Airport 22.8 41.1 12 Jan 8.4 -3.8 16 Jul 516.2
Riverina (E) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 23.9 +1.4 43.4 11 Jan 10.2 +1.4 -2.4 22 Jun 430.4 539.3 low 80%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 24.4 42.5 20 Nov 10.4 -2.9 22 Jul 326.4
Narrandera Golf Club 24.5 +1.2 42.4 11 Jan 10.8 +0.9 -3.5 23 Jun 429.3 469.5 normal 91%
Tocumwal Airport 24.1 +1.3 41.9 11 Jan 10.5 +1.0 -2.7 24 Jun 286.7 445.6 low 64%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 24.7 43.0 11 Jan 12.1 -3.0 22 Jun 450.8
Riverina (W) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 25.4 +1.6 44.0 11 Jan 11.4 +1.5 -4.0 22 Jun 312.2 387.9 low 80%
Hay 25.3 +1.0 42.7 11 Jan 11.6 +1.7 -2.7 24 Jun 341.1 365.6 normal 93%
Hillston Airport 26.0 +1.7 43.0 11 Jan 11.1 +0.2 -3.0 23 Jun 384.0 365.4 normal 105%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 42.3 11 Jan 12.4 +1.5 -1.0 16 Jul

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Thursday 3 January 2008. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

A note about deciles: Deciles are used to give an element (in this case rainfall or temperature) a ranking. Deciles are calculated by arranging the totals in ascending order (from lowest to highest) then splitting them into 10 equal groups (thus the groups are called deciles). The first group would be in decile range one, the second group in decile range two, etc up to the highest annual totals (highest 10 per cent) being in decile range 10.

1Averages: Averages are based on the period 1961 to 1990 which is a convention of the World Meteorological Organisation

Normals are long-term averages based on observations from all available years of record, which vary widely from site to site. They are not shown for sites with less than 20 years of record for temperature and less than 30 years of record for rainfall, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.

Further information

Shannon Symons
Climate Officer
NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555
Email reqnsw@bom.gov.au