New South Wales in 2014: the warmest year on record

New South Wales experienced its warmest year on record in 2014, with several heatwaves and persistently warm conditions across the State. Rainfall was well below average in the northeast, and close to average elsewhere.

  • Warmest year on record for mean temperatures
  • Equal-warmest year on record for maximum temperatures
  • Fourth-warmest year on record for minimum temperatures
  • Below average rainfall, particularly in the northeast

New South Wales recorded its warmest year on record during 2014, with statewide average temperatures 1.41 °C above the historical average and slightly higher than the previous record set in 2009 (+1.37 °C). Both maximum (+1.76 °C) and minimum (+1.06 °C) temperatures were in the warmest five years on record for NSW, with numerous stations breaking records for one or more of these. The main feature of the year was the persistence of warm temperatures, with several significant heatwaves as well as the warmest spring maximum temperatures on record. Many stations broke daily temperature records during January and November. New South Wales has now seen 30 consecutive months with above-average temperatures, with the 2013–2014 mean temperature 1.32 °C above average and 0.22 °C above the previous record two-year period (2006–2007).

Rainfall averaged across New South Wales during 2014 was 465.8 mm, 16% below the historical average and the driest year since 2006. Rainfall was well below average in the northeast of the State and along parts of the southern border, with totals closer to average elsewhere in the State. Rainfall was generally average to below average throughout the year, with only March, August and December recording substantially above average rainfall while spring rainfall totals were the eleventh-lowest on record.

Notable events in 2014

This is a brief summary of major weather events; for more information see the appropriate Climate Summaries, Monthly Weather Reviews and Special Climate Statements.

Heatwaves and Bushfires

  • 1–3 January: Severe heat broke records in northern NSW by large margins, with 49.1 °C at Walgett the warmest temperature anywhere in NSW since 1939; this was part of an intense heatwave in central and eastern Australia.
  • 14–18 January: Prolonged heat broke records for consecutive hot days in southern NSW during one of southeast Australia's most significant heatwaves, with widespread fires including five houses destroyed near Wagga Wagga.
  • 28 January – 3 February: Further heat in southern NSW, including record high February temperatures at Cooma.
  • 14–27 May: An exceptionally prolonged autumn warm spell across much of NSW, including Sydney, Moruya and Gunnedah.
  • 21–31 October: Record-breaking daytime temperatures and consecutive days above 35 °C across much of NSW; contributed to the warmest October on record.
  • 14–15 November: Record-breaking November maximum temperatures, reaching 45.8 °C at Bourke, resulting in more than 7000 flying fox deaths in northern NSW as well as widespread fires.
  • 20–24 November: Record-breaking daily maximum temperatures and hot spells, particularly in the northeast.

Heavy rain and flooding

  • 24–27 March: Heavy rain across the east coast, with widespread flooding and part of a train track washed away at Oak Flats.
  • 17–19 August: An East Coast Low caused heavy rain on the central and south coasts, with 2-day totals of up to 304 mm at Robertson.
  • 26–28 August: Heavy rain and minor flooding on the north coast, with two-day totals of up to 248.6 mm at Ballina.
  • 14–15 October: An East Coast Low caused heavy rain, strong winds and high seas on the southern half of the coast, with more than 80 flood rescues including a passenger train trapped by floodwaters.

Thunderstorms and strong winds

There were numerous severe thunderstorms across the state during 2014, with particularly high levels of thunderstorm activity during March, November and December. Some notable events include:

  • 5 March: A tornado was reported in the Bega region, with a damage path of 1 km.
  • 30 March: Thunderstorms caused large hail and flash flooding in western Sydney, with major roof damage to structures in Katoomba.
  • 3 April: Strong winds removed the roof from a hotel in Bargo.
  • 25 April: Large hail damaged roofs and skylights on the Central Coast.
  • 23–29 June: Two strong cold fronts caused roof damage and downed trees in southeast NSW.
  • 5 November: Reports of large hail and crop damage at Comboyne.
  • 22 November: Reports of a tornado at Gol Gol, destroying 2–3 km of vines and crops.
  • 6–7 December: Widespread hail and heavy rain across Sydney and the south coast, with minor flooding in the Deua, Bega and Moruya rivers as well as localised flash flooding.

Cold snaps and snow

  • 16–17 July: A cold front caused snow down to 600 m in the Central Tablelands, leading to the closure of Orange Airport and the Great Western Highway.
  • 2–9 August: A cold snap broke minimum temperature records in southern NSW, with an equal-record spell of cold nights in Canberra.
  • 13–15 October: A cold snap broke records for cold daily temperatures in southern NSW on the 14th, with snow in the Blue Mountains.

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Extremes in 2014
Hottest day 49.1 °C at Walgett Airport AWS on 3 Jan
Warmest days on average 29.9 °C at Mungindi Post Office
Coolest days on average 9.1 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day -5.7 °C at Thredbo AWS on 1 Aug
Coldest night -13.0 °C at Perisher Valley AWS on 3 Aug
Coolest nights on average 1.6 °C at Perisher Valley AWS
Warmest nights on average 16.3 °C at Yamba Pilot Station
Warmest night 31.4 °C at Broken Hill (Patton Street) on 13 Feb
Warmest on average overall 22.3 °C at Tibooburra Airport
Coolest on average overall 5.4 °C at Thredbo AWS
Wettest overall 2355.6 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview)
Driest overall 184.2 mm at Hay Airport AWS
Wettest day 317.0 mm at Boat Harbour (Rous River) on 28 Mar
Strongest wind gust 154 km/h at Thredbo AWS on 9 Sep

Maps
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rainfall
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daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
Mean
daily
minimum
temperatures
Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Monthly maps
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January Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
February Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
March Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
April Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
May Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
June Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
July Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
August Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
September Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
October Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
November Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
December Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record highest daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Cooranbong (Avondale) 233.0 on 28 Feb 221.0 on 16 Apr 1927 104
Swansea (Catherine St) 230.0 on 28 Feb 205.0 on 3 Feb 1990 28
Eraring (Payten St) 240.0 on 28 Feb 189.4 on 9 Jun 2007 22
Wattamolla (Griffiths) 297.0 on 25 Mar 242.2 on 18 May 1995 22


Record highest temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Collarenebri (Albert St) 48.0 on 3 Jan 47.8 on 15 Jan 1939 101 27.6
Gunnedah Resource Centre 45.9 on 3 Jan 43.1 on 19 Nov 1968 67 24.5
Coonabarabran (Namoi Street) 44.0 on 3 Jan 42.6 on 4 Jan 1973 58 23.7
Burrinjuck Dam 42.5 on 16 Jan = 42.5 on 12 Jan 2007 50 20.6
Inverell Research Centre 41.1 on 3 Jan 39.9 on 25 Jan 2003 50 22.7
Mungindi Post Office 48.2 on 3 Jan 46.8 on 12 Jan 2013 50 27.7
Murrurundi Post Office 41.2 on 3 Jan 40.9 on 12 Jan 2013 50 23.3
Quirindi Post Office 45.1 on 3 Jan 43.4 on 2 Feb 2006 50 24.6
Scone SCS 43.8 on 23 Nov 43.5 on 27 Jan 2011 50 24.2
Tumbarumba Post Office 40.5 on 16 Jan 40.2 on 7 Feb 2009 50 19.6
Barraba Post Office 44.9 on 3 Jan 41.8 on 3 Feb 2006 49 24.5
Dunedoo Post Office 44.2 on 3 Jan 43.7 on 12 Jan 2013 49 23.9
Lostock Dam 43.7 on 23 Nov 43.5 on 13 Jan 2013 46 23.4
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 42.5 on 23 Nov 42.2 on 8 Jan 1994 46 24.3
Pindari Dam 41.5 on 5 Jan 41.2 on 21 Feb 2004 44 24.9
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 36.0 on 3 Jan 34.5 on 29 Dec 2013 43 19.5
Guyra Hospital 34.4 on 3 Jan 32.8 on 31 Jan 2003 32 17.6
Mudgee Airport AWS 42.5 on 23 Nov 42.2 on 15 Feb 2004 24 22.5
Tamworth Airport AWS 45.1 on 3 Jan 42.5 on 12 Jan 2013 23 24.7
Walgett Airport AWS 49.1 on 3 Jan 48.5 on 13 Jan 2013 22 27.5
Armidale Airport AWS 37.0 on 3 Jan 35.7 on 31 Jan 2003 21 19.4
Casino Airport AWS 44.1 on 15 Nov 43.2 on 12 Jan 2002 20 25.8
Inverell (Raglan St) 41.9 on 3 Jan 38.8 on 29 Dec 2013 20 24.0
Moree Aero 47.3 on 3 Jan 43.6 on 29 Dec 2013 20 26.6


Record highest annual mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Quirindi Post Office 26.3 26.2 in 1914 88 24.6
Cobar MO 26.9 26.8 in 2002 51 25.3
Barraba Post Office 26.2 = 26.2 in 2009 46 24.5
Thredbo Village 14.7 14.6 in 2006 30 13.5
Scone Airport AWS 25.6 25.5 in 2013 22 24.2
Tamworth Airport AWS 26.2 26.1 in 2009 21 24.7
Cobar Airport AWS 27.2 = 27.2 in 2013 20 25.8


Record highest daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Tabulam (Muirne) 26.2 on 4 Jan 26.1 on 7 Jan 1994 45 12.6
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 22.5 on 16 Nov 22.0 on 29 Nov 1980 43 7.3


Record lowest temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Hay (Miller Street) -3.8 on 3 Aug -3.6 on 7 Jul 2012 58 10.0
Hillston Airport -4.6 on 3 Aug -4.4 on 11 Jul 1958 57 10.9
Corowa Airport -5.0 on 2 Aug = -5.0 on 2 Aug 2012 43 8.9


Record highest annual mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 15.2 = 15.2 in 2007 155 13.8
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 15.5 = 15.5 in 2010 146 14.3
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 12.5 = 12.5 in 1914 136 11.3
Mungindi Post Office 14.3 14.2 in 1921 78 12.8
Sydney Airport AMO 15.1 15.0 in 2007 74 13.4
Cobar MO 13.9 13.8 in 2005 51 12.8
Montague Island Lighthouse 14.9 14.7 in 2001 36 13.9
Thredbo Village 2.8 2.7 in 1973 27 2.0
Guyra Hospital 7.3 7.0 in 1988 25 6.5
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 16.1 = 16.1 in 2009 25 14.2
Thredbo AWS 1.7 1.4 in 2007 25 0.8
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 12.9 12.8 in 2007 22 11.9
Ulladulla AWS 13.8 13.6 in 2009 22 13.1
Walgett Airport AWS 12.9 12.6 in 2007 20 11.9


Record highest annual mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Hay (Miller Street) 18.7 18.6 in 1914 132 17.1
Quirindi Post Office 18.3 = 18.3 in 1914 87 16.8
Gunnedah Resource Centre 19.8 19.7 in 2009 60 18.3
Inverell Research Centre 17.8 = 17.8 in 2009 54 16.5
Dunedoo Post Office 18.1 = 18.1 in 2009 52 16.8
Cobar MO 20.4 20.3 in 2005 51 19.0
Prospect Reservoir 18.5 = 18.5 in 2013 45 17.7
Bankstown Airport AWS 18.5 = 18.5 in 2013 44 17.6
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 19.0 18.8 in 2002 44 18.0
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 14.1 14.0 in 2009 40 13.0
Camden Airport AWS 17.7 = 17.7 in 2009 35 16.9
Montague Island Lighthouse 17.6 17.5 in 2013 35 16.7
Goulburn TAFE 14.4 = 14.4 in 2009 31 13.6
Thredbo Village 8.8 8.4 in 2013 27 7.7
Guyra Hospital 13.1 12.9 in 2009 25 12.1
Thredbo AWS 5.4 5.2 in 2006 24 4.5
Mudgee Airport AWS 16.3 16.1 in 2009 22 15.3
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 16.8 = 16.8 in 2009 22 15.9
Scone Airport AWS 18.0 17.8 in 2002 22 17.1
Ulladulla AWS 17.4 = 17.4 in 2013 22 16.8
Bega AWS 16.0 = 16.0 in 2009 21 15.3
Tamworth Airport AWS 18.4 18.1 in 2009 21 17.2
Cessnock Airport AWS 18.0 17.9 in 2009 20 17.3
Cobar Airport AWS 19.8 19.6 in 2013 20 18.7
Walgett Airport AWS 20.9 20.5 in 2013 20 19.7
Wanaaring Post Office 21.6 21.5 in 2013 20 20.4


Summary statistics for 2014
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean
for
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest
for
2014
Mean
for
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest
for
2014
Total
for
2014
Average
annual
total
Rank
of
2014
Fraction
of annual
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 27.6   45.9 2 Jan 13.5   -0.7 3 Aug 194.4 248.5 average 78%
Tibooburra Airport 28.9 +1.0 48.4 2 Jan 15.6 +0.7 2.1 12 Aug 196.0 178.8 average 110%
Tibooburra Post Office 28.8 +1.4 47.6 2 Jan 15.3 +1.4 0.4 4 Aug 206.8 226.4 average 91%
White Cliffs AWS 28.1   47.9 2 Jan 14.7   1.1 13 Jul 270.0
Wilcannia (Reid St) 28.3 +1.7 45.1 12 Feb 12.6 +0.6 -2.9 3 Aug 262.6 263.0 average 100%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 28.3 +1.1 45.3 14 Nov 12.4 +0.3 -4.2 3 Aug 249.4 267.9 average 93%
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill (Patton Street) 26.3 +2.0 43.6 9 Feb 13.1 +1.2 0.1 2 Aug
Broken Hill Airport AWS 25.9 +1.4 43.4 1 Jan 12.2 +0.6 -1.5 3 Aug 233.0 253.4 average 92%
Lake Victoria Storage 25.4 +1.7 44.1 1 Feb     -2.6 4 Aug 255.8 261.9 average 98%
Menindee Post Office 27.6 +1.7 44.6 13 Jan 12.7 +1.4 -2.0 3 Aug 216.1 244.2 average 88%
Pooncarie Mail Agency     45.9 1 Feb 12.0 +0.8 -2.2 3 Aug 262.6 269.1 average 98%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Brewarrina Hospital 28.8 +1.2 47.2 3 Jan 13.4 +0.8 -1.7 11 Jul 369.5 414.5 average 89%
Cobar Airport AWS 27.2 +1.4 45.7 23 Nov 12.3 +0.7 -4.7 3 Aug 278.8 351.8 low 79%
Cobar MO 26.9 +1.6 45.2 23 Nov 13.9 +1.1 -0.8 3 Aug 310.4 396.5 average 78%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen     48.5 3 Jan 15.0 +1.2 -2.5 11 Jul 246.8 477.1 v low 52%
Wanaaring Post Office 29.6 +1.6 47.8 2 Jan 13.6 +0.7 -1.6 3 Jul 281.3 280.4 average 100%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 27.2 +1.2 44.3 14 Nov 12.9 +0.6 -2.5 3 Aug 238.8 209.9 high 114%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Airport AWS     44.8 23 Nov 10.6 +0.5 -5.3 3 Aug 436.4 417.3 average 105%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 24.9 +0.9 43.6 23 Nov 10.1 +0.2 -3.9 3 Aug 426.4 435.5 average 98%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 27.1 +0.8 47.6 3 Jan 12.5 +0.9 -2.0 12 Jul 496.4 548.8 average 90%
Trangie Research Station AWS 26.4 +1.8 45.0 23 Nov 11.8 +1.0 -2.9 12 Aug 435.2 496.4 average 88%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 29.9 +2.2 48.2 3 Jan 14.3 +1.5 -1.2 8 Jul 440.9 505.6 average 87%
Walgett Airport AWS 28.9 +1.4 49.1 3 Jan 12.9 +1.0 -3.8 3 Aug 270.2 437.5 low 62%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 28.1 +1.5 47.3 3 Jan 13.7 +1.4 -1.2 11 Jul 353.2 592.8 v low 60%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 26.2 +1.7 44.9 3 Jan     -6.0 12 Jul 523.0 689.6 low 76%
Narrabri Airport AWS 27.7 +1.1 47.8 3 Jan 12.6 +0.6 -3.3 12 Aug 458.2 559.1 low 82%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 26.9 +0.9 46.9 3 Jan 10.6 +0.5 -5.0 12 Jul 561.6 556.7 average 101%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 26.3 +1.8 45.9 3 Jan 13.2 +1.1 -0.4 8 Jul 554.2 638.2 average 87%
Quirindi Post Office 26.3 +1.7 45.1 3 Jan 10.2 +1.3 -4.4 12 Jul
Tamworth Airport AWS 26.2 +1.5 45.1 3 Jan 10.7 +0.9 -4.1 12 Jul 550.4 631.8 low 87%
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 21.6 +1.1 37.5 3 Jan 6.6 +1.1 -8.8 12 Jul 709.9 782.8 low 91%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 21.3 +1.2 37.1 3 Jan 6.6 +0.5 -8.2 9 Jul 537.0 761.5 v low 71%
Armidale Airport AWS 20.4 +1.0 37.0 3 Jan 8.1 +0.7 -4.5 8 Jul 549.8 765.8 v low 72%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 20.9 +1.4 36.0 3 Jan 7.9 +0.6 -5.5 8 Jul 642.4 840.6 low 76%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 21.0 +0.8 37.0 3 Jan 6.5 +0.6 -11.3 12 Jul 712.4 870.0 low 82%
Guyra Hospital 18.9 +1.3 34.4 3 Jan 7.3 +0.8 -5.8 2 Jul 665.7 914.5 v low 73%
Inverell (Raglan St) 25.2 +1.2 41.9 3 Jan     -6.2 12 Jul 610.8 780.9 v low 78%
Inverell Research Centre 24.6 +1.9 41.1 3 Jan 11.1 +0.8 -3.5 12 Jul 552.6 794.6 v low 70%
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 22.0 +0.6 37.9 3 Jan 8.1 +0.1 -8.2 12 Jul 776.2 851.6 average 91%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 23.4 +1.1 39.2 15 Nov 13.0 +0.4 2.7 1 Jul 1036.6 1274.6 low 81%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 24.9 +0.4 37.7 17 Dec 14.6 +0.3 0.0 9 Jul
Casino Airport AWS 27.3 +1.5 44.1 15 Nov 13.2 -0.2 -1.3 9 Jul 887.4 1036.3 average 86%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 25.2 +0.8 42.2 15 Nov 15.6 +0.3 4.1 9 Jul 1275.0 1490.1 low 86%
Grafton Airport AWS 26.4   42.8 15 Nov 12.8   -2.3 9 Jul 882.8
Grafton Olympic Pool 26.6 +0.8 42.5 15 Nov 14.4 +0.7 0.1 8 Jul
Lismore (Richmond Hill) 25.7 +0.5 40.6 15 Nov 14.8 +0.2 2.7 9 Jul 1043.4 1412.5 v low 74%
Lismore Airport AWS 26.4 +0.6 41.1 15 Nov 12.8 -0.1 -1.6 2 Jul 995.8 1168.4 low 85%
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 26.1 +0.4 40.6 4 Jan 14.9 +0.4 1.5 30 Jun 1180.9 1605.2 low 74%
Yamba Pilot Station 24.6 +1.3 35.6 17 Dec 16.3 +0.8 5.8 9 Jul 1096.5 1466.5 low 75%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 24.1 +0.8 34.2 30 Dec 14.6 +0.6 1.2 12 Jul 1291.4 1699.0 low 76%
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 20.7 +0.9 36.3 15 Nov 10.4 +0.5 -1.0 2 Jul 1457.8 1985.7 v low 73%
Kempsey (Wide Street) 25.4 +0.4 36.7 1 Nov 13.2 +1.0 0.4 9 Jul 951.8 1217.2 low 78%
Kempsey Airport AWS 25.4 +0.5 38.8 17 Dec 11.6 -0.1 -3.0 1 Jul
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 24.6 +1.4 34.9 17 Dec     8.9 3 Aug 1239.2 1489.3 average 83%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 23.0 +0.2 34.5 2 Jan 14.8 +0.5 5.5 9 Jul
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 24.2 +0.6 37.0 1 Nov 12.9 +0.2 -0.7 18 Jul
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 25.2 +0.9 42.5 23 Nov 12.7 +1.0 -0.8 9 Jul 2355.6 1717.5 high 137%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock Airport AWS 25.0 +1.0 44.5 23 Nov 11.1 +0.6 -3.7 9 Jul 662.2 729.9 average 91%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 23.8   40.1 21 Nov 11.6   -1.5 9 Jul 1104.0
Gosford AWS 23.4   40.6 21 Nov 13.3   0.4 9 Jul 1067.4
Maitland Visitors Centre     42.0 23 Nov 12.6 +1.0 -0.6 9 Jul 755.6 793.9 low 95%
Mangrove Mountain AWS 22.6 +1.0 42.1 23 Nov 11.7 +0.1 1.1 3 Aug
Merriwa (Roscommon) 24.7   43.0 23 Nov 9.3   -5.3 9 Jul 585.8 600.1 average 98%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 21.3 +0.8 38.2 23 Nov 11.0 +0.3 0.0 12 Aug 584.6 738.8 low 79%
Murrurundi Post Office 24.1 +0.8 41.2 3 Jan 8.8 +0.3 -4.0 3 Aug 703.1 831.3 low 85%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 22.8 -0.1 35.0 2 Jan 16.1 +1.9 7.0 2 Jul 1263.3 1348.0 average 94%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 22.4 +0.6 37.1 21 Nov 15.5 +1.2 6.2 9 Jul 1096.6 1123.1 average 98%
Newcastle University 24.2 +0.4 39.2 14 Nov     2.2 9 Jul
Norah Head AWS 22.5 +0.4 38.1 21 Nov 15.4 +0.3 6.7 12 Jul 1156.0 1164.6 average 99%
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 25.0 +1.0 43.9 23 Nov 12.6 +0.6 0.5 9 Jul 751.7 933.1 low 81%
Scone Airport AWS 25.6 +1.4 43.5 23 Nov 10.4 +0.4 -2.9 9 Jul 534.2 615.1 average 87%
Singleton STP 25.5 +0.5 45.1 23 Nov     -3.7 9 Jul 662.1
Williamtown RAAF 24.1 +1.0 40.1 14 Nov 12.8 +0.4 -1.4 9 Jul 863.8 1123.6 low 77%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 24.4 +1.3 42.3 3 Jan     -3.3 8 Jul
Mudgee Airport AWS 23.8 +1.3 42.5 23 Nov 8.8 +0.7 -5.7 13 Jul
Nullo Mountain AWS 17.7 +1.1 34.9 23 Nov     -3.2 2 Aug 836.2 946.5 low 88%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 21.9 +2.1 39.6 23 Nov     -5.0 6 Aug 521.7 638.2 low 82%
Bathurst Airport AWS 21.3 +1.1 38.8 23 Nov 7.1 +0.3 -4.3 3 Aug 587.8 609.7 average 96%
Katoomba (Murri St) 18.5 +1.7 36.0 23 Nov 9.0 +1.0 -3.0 30 Jun
Mount Boyce AWS 18.0 +1.1 35.5 23 Nov 8.4 +0.4 -2.4 2 Aug 926.6 959.4 average 97%
Oberon (Springbank) 18.1 +1.2 35.3 23 Nov 6.0 +0.8 -5.6 11 Aug 823.7 841.2 average 98%
Orange Airport AWS 19.1 +0.9 37.9 23 Nov 6.5 +0.4 -4.7 6 Aug 833.8 876.1 average 95%
Springwood (Valley Heights) 22.9   43.5 23 Nov     3.2 7 Aug 840.2 1087.1 low 77%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran (Namoi Street) 24.8 +1.1 44.0 3 Jan 7.7 +0.3 -6.1 12 Jul 527.4 750.7 low 70%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 23.5 +0.9 44.0 3 Jan 11.9 +0.5 0.2 2 Aug 602.0 676.0 low 89%
Dunedoo Post Office 25.5 +1.6 44.2 3 Jan 10.6 +1.0 -4.0 8 Jul 596.9 613.8 average 97%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 24.3   42.9 23 Nov 8.8   -4.6 3 Aug 520.0
Dubbo Airport AWS 25.6 +1.2 44.3 23 Nov 10.7 +0.6 -3.0 8 Jul 571.6 565.7 average 101%
Forbes Airport AWS 24.9 +0.5 44.1 23 Nov 9.9 +0.3 -2.8 3 Aug 591.8 493.1 high 120%
Parkes Airport AWS 24.6 +0.9 43.9 23 Nov 9.6 +0.5 -4.3 11 Aug 716.6 649.2 high 110%
Wellington (Agrowplow) 25.1 +0.8 43.0 23 Nov 9.9 +0.5 -3.0 5 Jul
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 24.4 +1.2 40.4 21 Nov 12.6 +0.6 -1.1 9 Jul 782.4 873.3 low 90%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 23.3 +0.3 38.6 21 Nov 12.6 +0.3 0.0 12 Jul 982.6 958.6 average 103%
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 23.9   39.9 14 Nov 12.2   -1.4 9 Jul 613.0
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 24.0 +0.7 40.0 23 Nov 12.6 +0.4 1.3 9 Jul 892.4 967.1 average 92%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 23.5 +1.8 36.5 1 Nov 15.2 +1.4 5.5 3 Aug 893.8 1213.8 low 74%
Sydney Airport AMO 23.6 +1.4 38.0 14 Nov 15.1 +1.7 4.9 3 Aug 989.8 1083.7 average 91%
Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) 21.3   35.3 2 Jan 15.9   7.4 3 Aug
Sydney Olympic Park AWS (Archery Centre) 24.1   39.9 21 Nov 13.3   1.6 9 Jul 943.8
Terrey Hills AWS 22.0   38.9 21 Nov 13.4   4.0 12 Jul 998.0
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 24.3 +0.5 41.6 23 Nov 11.6 +0.9 -1.5 9 Jul 692.6 676.4 average 102%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 24.2 +0.5 40.2 14 Nov 12.4 +0.4 0.4 12 Jul 715.8 750.3 average 95%
Penrith Lakes AWS 25.2 +0.7 44.9 23 Nov 12.8 +0.5 0.1 9 Jul 693.6 714.9 average 97%
Prospect Reservoir 24.3 +1.1 39.9 14 Nov 12.7 +0.5 2.5 6 Aug 883.8 871.9 average 101%
Richmond RAAF 24.9 +0.8 45.3 23 Nov 11.5 +0.5 -3.3 4 Jul 683.6 721.7 average 95%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 22.7 +0.2 35.4 1 Nov 12.1 +0.7 -1.1 9 Jul 1113.6 910.4 high 122%
Bellambi AWS 21.5 +0.2 34.2 1 Nov 15.2 +0.5 7.7 12 Jul 1116.0 1113.9 average 100%
Bowral (Parry Drive) 19.4 +0.6 38.3 23 Nov 9.1 +1.2 -2.4 3 Jul 988.8 931.7 average 106%
Camden Airport AWS 24.7 +1.0 40.7 23 Nov 10.7 +0.5 -3.4 9 Jul
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 24.3   40.3 23 Nov 10.9   -2.2 9 Jul 608.0
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular) 21.2 +0.6 32.9 14 Nov 14.8 +0.6 6.7 4 Aug 1283.6 1234.2 average 104%
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 21.5   34.2 1 Nov 15.0   6.9 9 Jul 1031.8
Moss Vale AWS 19.1 +0.3 37.7 23 Nov 8.6 +0.6 -5.4 3 Aug
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 22.7 +0.5 40.1 14 Nov 12.2 +0.8 1.8 3 Aug
South Coast (district 69)
Bega AWS 22.6 +0.8 38.1 17 Jan 9.4 +0.6 -4.1 3 Aug 838.0 624.1 high 134%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 20.1 +0.9 38.5 3 Feb 6.6 +0.6 -7.5 5 Aug 730.4 640.3 high 114%
Green Cape AWS 20.0 +0.3 27.9 18 Jan 13.9 +0.6 6.0 4 Aug 706.0 613.1 high 115%
Merimbula Airport AWS 21.3 +0.6 30.6 15 Mar 10.5 +0.8 -0.6 4 Aug 983.4 754.9 high 130%
Montague Island Lighthouse 20.2 +0.8 28.5 1 Nov 14.9 +1.0 7.2 3 Aug 877.4 882.8 average 99%
Moruya Airport AWS 21.7 +0.4 35.3 14 Nov 10.7 +0.8 -2.1 6 Aug 1012.4 778.4 high 130%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 20.8 +0.4 31.0 1 Nov 12.5 +1.2 2.2 12 Aug 1098.7 955.7 high 115%
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 20.6 +0.6 30.2 1 Nov 12.9 +1.0 3.2 4 Aug 1097.6 917.6 high 120%
Nerriga AWS 20.4   39.3 23 Nov 7.7   -6.8 12 Aug 649.4
Ulladulla AWS 21.0 +0.4 32.9 5 Oct 13.8 +0.7 5.3 4 Aug 1293.2 1087.1 high 119%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 19.7 +1.3 38.7 3 Feb 5.7 +0.9 -7.7 4 Aug 755.6 647.0 high 117%
Bombala AWS 18.6 +0.8 39.1 3 Feb 5.6 +0.4 -6.7 4 Aug 698.4 552.6 average 126%
Canberra Airport 21.5   40.2 15 Jan 6.7   -7.6 5 Aug 568.6
Cooma Airport AWS 18.6 +0.5 37.6 17 Jan 4.4 +0.5 -10.6 3 Aug 658.6 525.5 high 125%
Cooma Visitors Centre 20.1 +0.7 38.9 3 Feb 4.6 +0.6 -9.6 3 Aug 588.0 544.6 average 108%
Goulburn Airport AWS 20.4 +0.8 39.0 23 Nov 6.4 +0.4 -9.1 12 Aug 644.0 544.3 high 118%
Goulburn TAFE 20.5 +0.8 39.0 23 Nov 8.3 +0.8 -5.2 12 Aug 712.4 628.2 high 113%
Mount Ginini AWS 12.4   31.1 18 Jan 4.0   -7.6 2 Aug 904.4 1040.5 low 87%
Taralga Post Office 19.6 +1.4 38.0 23 Nov 6.3 +0.3 -6.5 3 Aug 888.4 804.2 average 110%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 21.3 +0.5 40.0 16 Jan 7.5 +0.6 -6.1 5 Aug 682.8 611.4 high 112%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Perisher Valley AWS     28.6 15 Jan 1.6   -13.0 3 Aug 2117.6
Thredbo AWS 9.1 +0.9 26.5 16 Jan 1.7 +0.9 -10.4 12 Aug 1344.4 1430.3 average 94%
Thredbo Village 14.7 +1.2 32.5 17 Jan 2.8 +0.8 -11.0 3 Aug 1688.6 1751.8 average 96%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 23.4 +1.1 43.6 16 Jan 9.8 +0.8 -2.8 5 Aug 595.0 614.3 average 97%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 13.3 +0.8 32.4 16 Jan 5.8 +0.8 -6.1 11 Aug 1209.6 1138.0 average 106%
Hume Reservoir 23.0 +1.5 42.5 17 Jan 11.2 +1.3 -0.7 19 Jul 723.1 694.5 average 104%
Khancoban AWS 22.1 +0.8 42.4 16 Jan 7.7 +0.5 -3.5 3 Aug 899.6 906.6 average 99%
Tumbarumba Post Office 20.9 +1.3 40.5 16 Jan 6.5 +1.0 -5.9 3 Aug 894.0 977.5 average 91%
Wagga Wagga AMO 23.8 +1.7 42.8 16 Jan 9.9 +0.9 -3.3 13 Jul 477.4 565.7 average 84%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Cootamundra Airport 23.0 +0.7 41.4 16 Jan 8.0 +0.4 -5.5 3 Aug 645.4 594.1 average 109%
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 23.4 +0.9 42.1 23 Nov 9.3 -0.2 -3.4 3 Aug 615.0 621.6 average 99%
Gundagai (William St) 23.4 +0.8 43.1 16 Jan 9.5 +0.4 -3.6 20 Jul 585.7 623.6 average 94%
Quandialla Post Office 25.2 +1.5 43.6 2 Feb     -2.6 11 Aug 508.8 538.1 average 95%
Wyalong Post Office 25.1 +1.6 43.0 2 Feb 11.0 +0.9 -2.3 14 Jul 416.6 479.4 average 87%
Young Airport 23.2 +1.1 42.1 23 Nov 7.3 +0.3 -5.8 11 Aug 535.6 589.6 average 91%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 24.0 +1.4 43.5 17 Jan 9.7 +0.8 -5.0 2 Aug 523.0 542.2 average 96%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 24.6 +1.1 44.4 16 Jan 9.8 +0.3 -3.5 3 Aug 357.0 370.8 average 96%
Narrandera Airport AWS 25.3 +1.8 44.0 2 Feb 10.4 +0.7 -4.7 3 Aug 345.8 431.2 average 80%
Tocumwal Airport 24.0 +1.1 44.1 16 Jan 10.1 +0.5 -3.0 5 Aug 535.0 449.5 high 119%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 25.1 +1.0 44.1 16 Jan 11.8 +0.5 -1.8 13 Jul 376.4 400.4 average 94%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 25.1 +1.1 43.3 17 Jan 10.9 +0.8 -3.3 3 Aug 345.6 395.6 average 87%
Hay (Miller Street) 26.0 +1.7 44.5 3 Feb 11.3 +1.3 -3.8 3 Aug 222.7 367.4 low 61%
Hay Airport AWS 26.4   45.5 3 Feb 10.9   -4.7 3 Aug 184.2
Lake Cargelligo Airport 25.8 +0.7 43.8 23 Nov     -3.0 20 Jul 396.0 420.8 average 94%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Lord Howe Island Aero 22.5 +0.4 28.7 18 Feb 17.1 0.0 7.5 4 Jul 1256.4 1498.4 low 84%
Norfolk Island Aero 21.5 0.0 27.0 4 Jan 16.5 +0.2 10.3 11 Aug 1108.0 1296.7 average 85%

Notes

The annual climate summary lists the main features of the weather in New South Wales using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. Later information, including data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review, usually published in the fourth week of the month.

A Climate Summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Tuesday 6 January 2015. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages for individual sites are long-term means 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 10 years of record, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of long-term average rain.

The Rank indicates how rainfall this time compares with the climate record for the site, based on the decile ranking (very low rainfall is in decile 1, low in decile 2 or 3, average in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9 and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of average shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.

The ACORN-SAT dataset is used for temperature area averages.

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