Queensland in 2021: record wet in the southern Darling Downs; ninth-warmest nights overall

Rainfall was 9% above average for Queensland. Rainfall for 2021 was above average across the north, parts of the central west, extending down to the Warrego and Maranoa, Darling Downs, and South East Coast districts. It was the wettest on record for the southern Darling Downs.

Both mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures were warmer than usual for most of the state, except along the southern border. Mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures were in decile 10 (top 10% of historical records) in the north.

Wettest on record across the southern Darling Downs

  • 2021 rainfall was 9% above average for Queensland.
  • Rainfall for 2021 was above average across the north, parts of the central west, extending down to the Warrego and Maranoa, Darling Downs, and South East Coast districts. It was the wettest on record for the southern Darling Downs.
  • In early January, tropical cyclone Imogen brought moderate to heavy falls to the Gulf Country, Cape York Peninsula and north tropical coast, crossing the coast near Karumba in the Gulf Country on the 3rd. Normanton Airport had its highest daily rainfall on record on 4 January.
  • Tropical cyclone Kimi developed off the coast of Cooktown on 17 January, and while the system did not make landfall, moderate to heavy falls were recorded around the north tropical coast and eastern Cape York Peninsula for several days.
  • February rainfall was below average from the Central Coast to Wide Bay and Burnett districts, and adjacent inland areas. The lack of rain-bearing systems along the central to Wide Bay coasts were due to reduced moist onshore flow, as well as troughs developing further inland dissipating before reaching the central east coast. Though, a series of troughs moved through western, central and northern Queensland and generated widespread thunderstorms and showers.
  • March rainfall was very much above average across most of the southern half of Queensland. A deep inland trough moved slowly east from 14 March, and produced widespread moderate falls from north-west, central to southern parts of the state. On 17 March, an isolated, extremely heavy daily rainfall total of 550 mm was recorded at Byfield Childs Road in the Capricornia District in Queensland, with further falls for the following 5 days. Daily rainfall on 17 March was the highest daily rainfall on record for this site.
  • The combination of an inland trough and coastal trough along the south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales coast saw a very wet period commencing on 21 March in the south-east. Mount Tamborine recorded 212 mm on the 22nd, and a further 225 mm on the 23rd. As the inland surface trough and low moved eastwards, moderate falls were recorded across western and southern Queensland. Flooding occurred in some western and southern rivers. Warwick, Beardy Junction and Point Lookout had their highest daily rainfall on record on 23 March.
  • Rainfall in April was above average in northern Queensland, including the Cape York Peninsula, north tropical coast, and parts of the Gulf Country, but below average in the west, south-west and parts of the southern interior. It was followed by a dry May, where rainfall was below average across most of the state, except for the south-east quarter, and across parts of the northern tropics. Most of the state received little or no rain in May.
  • Late in May and during June, the weekly Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) index was persistently below the negative IOD threshold, and was established in mid July. A number of rain-bearing systems generated above average rainfall in western and central Queensland in June, and across eastern Queensland  in July. Both June and July were the wettest since 2016 for Queensland.
  • Rainfall in August was above average in the north and central coast of Queensland, and below average in the south-west and south-east quarter of the state. A negative IOD continued in August, and in the tropical Pacific Ocean, the chance of La Niña increased and a La Niña WATCH was activated by mid September. September rainfall was above average in the north, and in south-west and southern inland districts, but a continuation of below average rainfall was reported in pockets the south-east inland and Fraser coast. 
  • October rainfall was above average in western, northern and south-east Queensland, and below average along the north-east coastal strip and small inland pockets. Thunderstorms and severe thunderstorms were common throughout October in Queensland. Giant hail was reported, with hail up to 16 cm in diameter reported at Yalboroo (between Mackay and Proserpine) on 19 October, which is the largest recorded hailstone with a verified measurement in Australia.
  • It was the wettest November since 2010, and the seventh-wettest November on record for Queensland as a whole. Above average rainfall was recorded across virtually the whole state and areas of the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Central Highlands, northern and southern Darling Downs, and eastern parts of the Warrego and Maranoa districts had their wettest November on record. The highest monthly totals, in excess of 300 mm were reported in parts of the Capricornia coast, and the Wide Bay coast; monthly rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm were widespread across large parts of eastern Queensland. Rainfall deficiencies for the period commencing April 2020 have eased significantly over affected areas of western and eastern Queensland. La Niña became established in the Pacific Ocean in late November.
  • Rainfall in December was above average in southern inland parts, the south-east, central districts west of the Great Dividing Range, and in the northern interior and western Cape York Peninsula. Below average rainfall was recorded in parts of western and central western Queensland, while rainfall was close to average elsewhere. Widespread thunderstorms at the end of November saw Laguna report its highest daily rainfall on record on 1 December.
  • In stark contrast to the record dry 2019, parts of the southern Darling Downs had their highest total rainfall on record or their highest total rainfall for at least 20 years.

Ninth-warmest mean minimum temperature on record

  • Queensland's mean temperature for 2021 was 1.03 °C above average for the state as a whole.
  • Queensland's mean maximum temperature for 2021 was 0.88 °C above average for the state as a whole.
  • Queensland's mean minimum temperature for 2021 was 1.18 °C above average, and the ninth-warmest year on record.
  • January saw mean maximum temperatures cooler than usual in a swathe from the southern Cape York Peninsula, the north tropical coast, down to southern inland districts, but close to average elsewhere in the state. Mean minimum temperatures were warmer than average in western and far northern Queensland in January, though areas in the northern Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country were much warmer than usual (in the top 10% of historical records).
  • February mean, mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures were warmer than average for the state as a whole. Low- to severe-intensity heatwaves affected large parts of the state during the month. There were some hot days were recorded around the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, and Central Highlands districts on 22 February resulting in Samuel Hill and Bundaberg Airport reporting their highest temperature on record.
  • Both daytime and night-time temperatures were warmer than usual in the north and parts of the east in March, though mean maximum temperatures were cooler than usual along the southern border due to periods of rain, and flooding in the area.
  • April saw warmer than usual days and nights in the north, but cooler than usual days and nights in the south.
  • Maximum temperatures were warmer than usual across large parts of the state in May, while mean minima were close to average.
  • June maximum temperatures were above average across northern Queensland, and in decile 10 (the top 10% of records) in parts of the Cape York Peninsula and north-east tropical coast; mean minimum temperatures were above average across the northern half of the state.
  • July saw very warm daytime temperatures state-wide, with record warm maxima across northern Queensland. Likewise, mean minimum temperatures were warmer than usual across most of the state in July.
  • It was the second-warmest August on record in terms of mean temperature, with large parts of the state recording mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures in decile 10 (the top 10% of historical records). In September, much of the north and west reported warmer than usual mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures.
  • The mean temperature, mean maximum and mean minimum temperature for Queensland in October were all more than 2 °C warmer than the 1961-1990 average. It was the fourth-warmest October on record for Queensland. Weipa had its highest temperature on record on 31 October.
  • November saw persistent periods of rain across the state, resulting in cooler than usual daytime temperatures south of Cape York Peninsula. Mean minimum temperatures were warmer than usual in eastern Queensland, due to thick cloud cover during the month. In December, mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures were warmer than usual in the north and west, with cooler than usual days in parts of the inland south-east districts.
  • The Gold Coast Seaway had its lowest mean daily maximum temperature since 2000.

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Extremes in 2021
Hottest day 45.9 °C at Birdsville Airport on 18 Dec
Warmest days on average 34.7 °C at Julia Creek Airport
Coolest days on average 20.6 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 7.7 °C at Applethorpe on 19 Jun
Coldest night -4.4 °C at Oakey Aero on 22 Jul
Coolest nights on average 9.1 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average 25.2 °C at Holmes Reef
25.2 °C at Horn Island
Warmest night 33.0 °C at Birdsville Airport on 19 Dec
Warmest on average overall 28.2 °C at Normanton Airport
Coolest on average overall 14.9 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 5081.9 mm at Tully Sugar Mill
Wettest day 550.0 mm at Byfield Childs Road on 17 Mar

Maps

Observed Anomaly Decile rank
Total
rainfall
Map of Rainfall totals Map of Percentage of normal rainfall Map of Rainfall deciles
Mean
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
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April Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
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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
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Record highest daily rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Byfield Childs Road 550.0 on 17 Mar 486.0 on 4 Mar 1983 94
Laguna 138.0 on 1 Dec 127.6 on 13 Dec 1982 84
Coolmunda Dam 105.0 on 30 Nov 92.6 on 29 Jan 1998 46
Warwick 93.8 on 23 Mar 90.8 on 28 Mar 2014 28
Beardy Junction 97.0 on 23 Mar 76.0 on 1 Feb 2001 26
Point Lookout 229.2 on 23 Mar 193.0 on 17 Apr 2012 25
Normanton Airport 262.6 on 4 Jan 154.4 on 28 Jan 2020 21



Record highest annual total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Texas Post Office 1143.0 1087.4 in 1892 131 657.5
Wondalli 979.8 963.9 in 1956 104 603.2
Applethorpe 1164.4 1070.0 in 1983 49 756.4
Maroon Dam 1486.0 1351.6 in 1983 48 914.9
Girraween Nat Park 1530.8 1118.2 in 1996 42 805.7
Carneys Creek The Ranch 1710.2 1520.5 in 2010 34 1047.3
Gairloch 3422.6 3333.8 in 2010 24 2310.9
Beardy Junction 1284.2 919.3 in 1998 23 683.1
Frankfield Station 780.0 694.0 in 1997 21 492.4
Miles Constance Street 934.0 887.0 in 1998 20 545.0

Highest annual total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Annual
average
Harrisville Mary Street 1148.8 1169.2 in 1956* 791.7
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 1092.4 1160.3 in 1959* 764.2
Yuleba Garden St 921.3 948.6 in 1959* 609.6
Glenroy Massie 1002.2 1035.4 in 1988 665.5
Greenbank Thompson Road 1349.0 1423.3 in 1988* 943.4
Leslie Dam 1017.4 1043.9 in 1983* 663.0
Whyenbah 830.8 848.4 in 1983* 448.8
Dalveen 1294.0 1297.5 in 1988* 856.6
Innot Hot Springs Township 1259.4 1519.8 in 1981* 883.9
Marnhull 759.8 908.6 in 1984* 619.3
Wentworth 773.4 986.4 in 1975* 499.7
Mt Tamborine Fern St 2234.3 2738.2 in 1988* 1565.3
Glen Harding 1223.5 1429.3 in 1991* 765.8
Moreton Telegraph Station 1790.1 1796.3 in 1979* 1374.7
Laguna 974.5 1037.3 in 1983* 670.7
Monklands 710.5 753.0 in 1984* 507.5
Rocky Point Sugar Mill 1772.7 1775.3 in 1988* 1342.4
Horn Island 2262.8 2683.8 in 2000 1768.6

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported




Record highest temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Bundaberg Aero 38.6 on 22 Feb 38.5 on 6 Mar 2017 45 26.8
Weipa Aero 39.3 on 31 Oct 39.2 on 20 Nov 2014 30 32.8
Samuel Hill Aero 38.7 on 22 Feb 38.2 on 31 Dec 2008 23 27.3



Lowest annual mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Annual
average
Gold Coast Seaway 25.2 25.0 in 2000 25.4



Summary statistics for 2021

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean
for
2021
Diff
from
average
Highest
for
2021
Mean
for
2021
Diff
from
average
Lowest
for
2021
Total
for
2021
Average
annual
total
Rank
of
2021
Fraction
of annual
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Horn Island 30.9 +0.4 34.5 26 Dec 25.2 +0.5 21.3 5 Oct 2262.8 1768.6 high 128%
Scherger RAAF 33.1 0.0 39.3 7 Sep 22.6 +0.7 16.2 24 Jul 1951.0 1734.3 average 112%
Weipa Aero 33.1 +0.3 39.3 31 Oct 22.9 +0.9 17.0 24 Jul 2233.4 1922.7 high 116%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.7 +0.8 36.0 25 Dec     16.8 25 Jul 2173.2 2047.6 average 106%
Palmerville 33.5 +0.7 39.7 29 Oct 20.0 +0.9 11.5 23 Sep 1184.4 1029.3 high 115%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 34.0 +0.6 41.4 12 Dec 21.5 +0.8 10.2 11 Jun 723.2 784.7 average 92%
Century Mine 34.2 -0.4 42.1 4 Dec 21.0 +1.2 8.4 11 Jun 426.4 559.7 low 76%
Cloncurry Airport 33.5 +0.1 42.6 14 Dec 19.9 +0.8 5.5 12 Jun



Julia Creek Airport 34.7 +0.4 44.7 23 Dec 17.8 +0.5 1.7 10 Jun 363.2 457.5 average 79%
Lake Julius AWS 33.4   42.5 23 Dec 20.2   6.2 11 Jun 538.4


Mornington Island Airport 31.0   37.7 17 Oct 23.2   12.8 8 Aug 1176.6


Mount Isa Aero 33.1 +1.1 42.9 16 Dec 17.9 +0.6 1.4 12 Jun 352.0 459.0 average 77%
Normanton Airport 34.0 +0.3 41.4 5 Oct 22.5 +0.6 10.9 7 Aug 841.8 792.4 average 106%
Sweers Island 30.4 0.0 37.2 12 Dec 24.2 +0.7 15.1 10 Jun 1154.8 1225.9 average 94%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 33.1 +0.2 40.1 23 Nov 19.6 +0.5 4.7 7 Aug



Hughenden Airport 32.7 +0.3 41.2 24 Dec 17.8 +0.2 0.1 10 Jun 430.0 436.6 average 98%
Richmond Airport 34.2 +0.8 42.3 24 Dec 18.1 +0.9 1.8 10 Jun 372.4 459.0 average 81%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 30.0 +0.9 34.8 2 Dec 21.8 +1.0 12.9 21 Jun 2484.8 1997.8 high 124%
Cairns Racecourse 29.7   35.6 12 Dec 21.2   10.3 6 Aug 2737.4


Cape Flattery 30.1 +0.2 34.6 1 Mar 23.9 +0.5 14.9 24 Jul 1702.6 1366.4 high 125%
Cooktown Airport 30.1 +0.5 36.1 12 Nov 22.8 +0.7 12.8 24 Jul 1437.6 1546.5 average 93%
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.3 -0.1 36.7 11 Nov     20.2 16 Aug



Mareeba Airport 29.2 +0.2 36.7 20 Oct 18.8 +0.9 10.7 21 Jun 1031.2 829.6 high 124%
Walkamin Research Station 28.0 +0.6 36.0 12 Nov 17.9 +0.8 9.4 6 Aug 1165.4 1015.5 average 115%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cowley Beach (Defence) 28.4   34.4 24 Dec 21.2   10.9 6 Aug 3827.0


Innisfail Aerodrome 29.0   35.4 24 Dec 19.8   8.0 6 Aug



Mount Stuart (Defence) 29.6   36.6 16 Oct 20.4   11.7 6 Aug 1114.2


South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.5 +0.3 34.3 24 Dec 20.6 +1.3 10.4 6 Aug



Townsville Aero 29.5 +0.5 35.6 31 Dec 21.0 +1.1 8.1 6 Aug



East Central Coast (district 33)
Bowen Airport AWS 29.2   34.3 13 Dec 19.9   4.8 6 Aug 808.4


Hamilton Island Airport 26.6 +0.1 32.8 25 Dec 22.2 +0.3 16.1 11 Jun 1478.6 1467.1 average 101%
Mackay Aero 27.9 +0.5 35.0 12 Nov 18.6 +0.6 4.3 6 Aug 1706.2 1547.7 average 110%
Mackay M.O 27.5 +1.0 35.1 8 Feb 19.9 +0.8 8.2 10 Jun 1576.2 1594.8 average 99%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 27.7   35.2 8 Feb 18.3   4.5 10 Jun



Proserpine Airport 29.2 +0.3 37.0 25 Dec 18.2 +0.6 2.5 6 Aug 1259.0 1428.8 average 88%
Samuel Hill Aero 27.3 0.0 38.7 22 Feb 16.6 +0.6 1.7 22 Jul 2112.4 1486.6 high 142%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 29.9   37.9 20 Oct 18.0   5.4 29 May



Williamson 28.6 +0.3 38.9 22 Feb 17.3 +0.3 2.0 10 Jun 647.6 862.5 low 75%
Woolshed 26.0 -0.1 33.2 2 Oct     3.6 7 Aug 1475.0 1159.7 average 127%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.1 +0.2 35.8 22 Feb 19.1 +0.4 4.5 22 Jul 1211.4 988.6 high 123%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 30.9 +0.4 39.5 24 Dec 17.7 0.0 5.1 26 Jul 722.8 644.6 average 112%
Moranbah Airport 30.3   39.9 23 Feb 16.4   2.1 10 Jun 665.8


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 29.9   40.4 23 Feb 16.5   -0.2 10 Jun 591.6


Clermont Airport 29.6 -0.4 40.0 23 Feb 15.2 +0.6 -1.4 10 Jun 753.2 527.7 v high 143%
Emerald Airport 30.4 +0.5 41.4 22 Feb 17.1 +0.8 2.8 10 Jun 514.2 543.2 average 95%
Lochington 30.0 -0.2 39.8 23 Oct 14.6 -0.1 -1.0 22 Jul 693.2 578.7 high 120%
Rolleston Airport 29.6   40.5 23 Feb 14.8 +0.5 -0.5 10 Jun 553.8 560.9 average 99%
Springsure Comet St 29.1 +0.2 39.9 24 Feb 14.9 +0.5 -0.6 10 Jun 653.8 686.9 average 95%
Tambo Post Office     39.5 22 Oct 13.2 +0.5 -2.5 10 Jun 535.8 530.6 average 101%
Taroom Post Office 29.0 +0.5 42.3 23 Feb 14.3 +0.6 -0.8 22 Jul 779.0 668.0 high 117%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 30.6 +0.4 41.0 23 Feb     1.9 10 Jun 452.0 498.9 average 91%
Blackall Airport 30.4 -0.3 41.2 23 Feb 15.5 -0.1 -1.2 10 Jun 518.0 477.4 average 109%
Isisford Post Office 31.3 +0.4 42.9 23 Feb 16.1 +0.5 0.3 12 Jun 468.0 445.9 average 105%
Longreach Aero 32.2 +0.6 43.7 24 Dec 17.0 +1.0 0.2 10 Jun 312.0 430.0 average 73%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 33.7 +0.7 43.4 14 Dec 18.3 +0.6 2.4 11 Jun 395.8 401.3 average 99%
Carters Bore 32.5   42.6 14 Dec 20.0   4.2 10 Jun 260.6


New May Downs 32.5   42.7 14 Dec 19.3   4.8 10 Jun 413.6


The Monument Airport 32.7 +0.2 42.5 23 Dec 17.1 +0.3 1.1 10 Jun 307.6 318.8 average 96%
Trepell Airport 32.9 +0.1 43.8 16 Dec 17.6 +0.3 2.7 10 Jun 361.4 327.2 average 110%
Urandangi Aerodrome 33.5   44.0 15 Dec 16.6   0.5 12 Jun 242.6


Winton Airport 32.9 -0.1 44.5 23 Dec 17.4 +0.2 1.7 10 Jun 405.8 369.9 average 110%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie 31.9 0.0 44.5 18 Dec 16.9 +0.3 2.5 12 Jun 279.5 200.0 high 140%
Birdsville Airport 31.4 -0.3 45.9 18 Dec 16.4 -0.4 1.6 4 Jul 124.4 134.7 average 92%
Windorah Airport 31.3   42.8 27 Jan 17.7   3.7 10 Jun 253.2


Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 27.2 +0.4 38.6 22 Feb 16.7 +0.3 3.1 10 Jun 931.0 1002.1 average 93%
Gayndah Airport 28.7 -0.2 40.3 22 Feb 14.5 0.0 0.8 12 Jun 684.4 589.1 average 116%
Gladstone Airport 27.7 +0.3 38.7 22 Feb 18.4 +0.3 5.6 22 Jul 931.8 856.1 average 109%
Gladstone Radar 28.1 +0.3 39.9 22 Feb 19.1 +0.5 7.9 22 Jul



Lady Elliot Island 26.6 +0.9 32.3 8 Feb 21.0 +0.2 10.6 27 Aug 1050.8 1111.4 average 95%
Rockhampton Aero 29.3 +0.8 41.4 22 Feb 17.7 +0.9 1.8 12 Jun



Rundle Island 24.8 -0.1 31.0 24 Dec 21.1 +0.2 11.7 22 Jul



Thangool Airport 29.2 0.0 40.8 23 Feb 13.4 +0.1 -2.0 22 Jul 677.8 660.0 average 103%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 27.0 +0.1 37.1 22 Feb 13.0 -0.1 -0.7 22 Jul 1084.4 857.2 high 127%
Archerfield Airport 26.6 +0.2 36.5 4 Oct 14.9 +0.4 3.1 11 Jun 1214.8 1053.1 high 115%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 26.5 -0.6 35.8 5 Jan 13.1 0.0 -0.6 10 Jun 1387.6 911.1 v high 152%
Beerburrum Forest Station 26.1 -0.5 37.9 4 Oct 15.0 +0.2 4.3 11 Jun 1763.0 1414.1 high 125%
Brisbane 26.3 -0.4 36.6 4 Oct 16.6 +0.2 6.0 20 Jul



Brisbane Aero 25.3 -0.1 33.2 24 Oct 15.9 +0.1 4.3 22 Jul 1520.2 1042.3 high 146%
Canungra (Defence) 25.3   34.3 4 Oct 11.8   -1.3 22 Jul 1603.4


Cape Moreton Lighthouse 24.1 +0.7 32.3 24 Oct 18.5 +0.4 9.5 22 Jul 1466.8 1478.4 average 99%
Coolangatta 25.1 +0.2 33.4 24 Oct 15.8 -0.2 2.7 26 Jul 1907.8 1510.7 high 126%
Gold Coast Seaway 25.2 -0.2 33.8 24 Oct 17.2 -0.1 6.2 26 Jul 1777.0 1303.4 high 136%
Greenbank (Defence) 26.7   36.7 4 Oct 13.0   0.2 27 Aug 1379.6


Gympie 27.1 -0.1 38.2 21 Feb 14.0 +0.4 0.0 10 Jun



Hervey Bay Airport 26.5 0.0 33.5 22 Feb 16.4 -0.3 2.3 22 Jul 931.6 1018.8 average 91%
Kingaroy Airport 25.4 -0.5 36.8 22 Feb 11.4 0.0 -2.5 22 Jul 959.6 648.1 v high 148%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant     36.2 4 Oct 15.5 +0.3 4.7 10 Jun 1503.9 1091.8 high 138%
Maryborough 27.4 +0.4 38.2 21 Feb 15.3 0.0 1.6 10 Jun 1211.6 1132.8 average 107%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 25.9 -0.2 35.5 21 Feb 15.7 -0.2 3.0 10 Jun



Rainbow Beach 25.6 +0.1 33.2 24 Oct      
1429.4 1444.6 average 99%
Redcliffe     34.7 21 Feb 16.9 -0.2 6.2 22 Jul 1503.0 1082.7 v high 139%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 24.9   33.3 24 Oct 15.8   5.6 20 Jul 1599.2


Sunshine Coast Airport 25.4 -0.1 36.5 24 Oct 15.8 -0.1 2.3 10 Jun 1572.8 1483.4 average 106%
Tewantin RSL Park 25.6 +0.2 36.8 24 Oct 16.9 -0.1 4.9 10 Jun 1565.6 1558.2 average 100%
Tin Can Bay (Defence) 26.2   36.0 24 Oct 15.9   2.5 10 Jun 1310.6


University of Queensland Gatton 27.0 +0.1 40.4 22 Feb 13.3 +0.2 0.7 10 Jun



East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 20.6 -0.4 32.1 27 Jan 9.2 +0.2 -4.0 22 Jul 1164.4 756.4 highest 154%
Dalby Airport 26.2 -0.8 38.5 23 Feb 11.8 -0.2 -3.2 22 Jul 869.2 593.9 v high 146%
Goondiwindi Airport 26.2   39.8 23 Oct 12.8   -0.7 22 Jul 943.8


Oakey Aero 25.4 -0.2 37.8 23 Feb 11.1 +0.1 -4.4 22 Jul 805.4 614.7 high 131%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 21.5 -0.3 32.6 23 Feb 9.1 +0.3 -3.2 26 Aug 1092.4 764.2 v high 143%
Texas Post Office     38.0 22 Feb 12.0 +0.5 -1.2 22 Jul 1143.0 657.5 highest 174%
Toowoomba Airport 22.5 -0.8 34.7 22 Feb 12.5 -0.2 -1.0 22 Jul 960.2 709.0 high 135%
Warwick 24.2 -0.7 36.5 22 Feb 10.6 0.0 -2.5 22 Jul



West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 27.2 -0.7 39.8 23 Feb 12.9 -0.1 -1.4 22 Jul 934.0 545.0 highest 171%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 27.8 +0.1 40.7 23 Feb 11.7 -0.2 -3.8 22 Jul 773.2 630.7 high 123%
Mitchell Post Office 28.2 +0.6 39.3 28 Oct 11.8 +0.1 -3.7 22 Jul 777.5 569.5 high 137%
Roma Airport 27.8 -0.4 39.8 23 Oct 12.0 -0.7 -4.0 22 Jul 719.6 567.7 high 127%
St George Airport 27.4 -0.7 40.4 28 Oct 13.6 -0.4 -0.9 22 Jul 505.0 460.8 average 110%
Surat 27.5 -0.4 39.1 23 Oct 13.1 0.0 -1.4 22 Jul 612.7 572.8 average 107%
Warrego (district 44)
Charleville Aero 28.7 +0.5 40.3 27 Jan 14.2 +0.6 0.1 25 Aug 606.0 487.3 high 124%
Cunnamulla Post Office 28.6 +0.4 42.1 27 Jan 14.9 +0.6 2.5 22 Jul 409.3 372.6 average 110%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 30.1 -0.4 45.5 12 Feb 16.2 -0.5 2.6 10 Jun 195.8 182.5 high 107%
Thargomindah Airport 29.3 -0.5 43.8 27 Jan 16.0 -0.4 2.9 17 May 281.4 259.2 average 109%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Cato Island 25.7   31.3 23 Dec 22.3   15.7 26 Aug



Creal Reef 25.8   30.6 18 Mar 23.6   17.1 22 Sep



Flinders Reef 27.1   32.7 23 Feb 24.4   20.1 27 May



Frederick Reef 25.6   32.2 2 Dec 23.4   18.2 22 Sep



Holmes Reef 27.6   32.7 11 Dec 25.2   21.2 7 Sep



Marion Reef 26.7   33.0 6 Jan 24.2   19.0 10 Jun



Middle Percy Island 25.4 +0.2 32.6 22 Feb 20.7 +0.4 12.8 22 Jul 869.6 1167.1 low 75%
Willis Island 29.5 +0.9 33.2 2 Dec 25.0 +0.9 20.7 8 Sep 1201.5 1097.0 average 110%

Notes

The Annual climate summary lists the main features of the weather in Queensland using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. More extensive discussion of significant weather events, along with later information and data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Monday 7 February January 2022. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

In some situations, some or all of the rainfall is in the form of hail or snow. In these cases the totals given are for the water equivalent: the depth of liquid water that results from melting any frozen precipitation. There can be significant 'undercatch' of snow in strong winds, meaning the true precipitation can be higher than that reported.

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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

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