Queensland in 2020: warm across the state; dry in the east

Queensland temperatures in 2020 were above average across virtually all of the state. Rainfall was below average across northern and eastern Queensland, and close to average elsewhere. There was widespread rainfall and flooding to western and northern parts of the state at the start of the year and in the south-east in December.

Drier than usual year in the north and east

  • 2020 rainfall was below average across northern and eastern Queensland, and close to average elsewhere.
  • A tropical low in the Gulf of Carpentaria and a monsoon trough produced above average January rainfall in the northern tropics, and extremely heavy falls about the north tropical to Burdekin coasts. Some sites had their highest daily rainfall on record.
  • Heavy rainfall recorded across north-west Queensland in late January produced river level rises in the upper Georgina River. Floodwaters resulting from this rainfall extended downstream across the entire month of February eventually reaching Eyre Creek in late February.
  • Significant flood levels were recorded in numerous catchments during February most notably in the Georgina/Eyre, Logan/Albert, Condamine/Balonne and Warrego catchments. February rainfall was well above average across the south-east quarter of Queensland, from ex-tropical lows and active troughs.
  • In early March, a surface trough combined with an upper-level trough over central Australia, and the remnants of tropical cyclone Esther, entering western Queensland around the 4th. At the same time, a coastal trough was also located over the central coast of Queensland, and produced moderate to locally heavy falls in the Central Coast and Capricornia districts.
  • April saw below average rainfall across much of the central west to eastern Queensland.
  • It was very wet across the northern half of Queensland in May. A surface trough and moist onshore flow brought heavy showers onto the north tropical Queensland coast on the 20th, with locally heavy falls exceeding 250 mm around Mission Beach. Bingil Bay recorded 301.8 mm on 21 May.
  • Much of the rainfall was confined to the eastern half of Queensland in June, with little to no rainfall recorded in western Queensland. June rainfall was close to average in eastern Queensland, and below average central and western parts and the southern interior.
  • August to October rainfall was wetter than average for much of the west, and La Niña was declared active in the tropical Pacific Ocean by the Bureau on 29 September.
  • November was very dry, as La Niña temporarily weakened in the Pacific Ocean, and weather patterns were unfavourable for rainfall over the state.
  • Thunderstorm activity in December brought isolated moderate to heavy falls across southern and south-east Queensland. A coastal trough off the south-east Queensland coast generated heavy falls in the Gold Coast Hinterland and parts of the south-east coast from 12 to 18 December. Coolangatta and Sunshine Coast Airport reported their highest total rainfall for at least 20 years.

Fifth-warmest year on record for Queensland

  • Queensland's mean temperature for 2020 was 1.40 °C above average, and the fifth-warmest year on record for the state as a whole.
  • Queensland's mean maximum temperature for 2020 was 1.32 °C above average, and the eighth-warmest year on record for Queensland. A few sites had their highest mean daily maximum temperature on record or their highest mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years.
  • Queensland's mean minimum temperature for 2020 was 1.48 °C above average, and the fourth-warmest year on record. Some sites had their highest mean daily minimum temperature on record or their highest mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.
  • Queensland had its second-warmest January on record in terms of mean temperature, at 2.38 °C above average (record is 2.46 °C in 2019). Burketown had its highest temperature in 20 years on 19 January.
  • The hottest day was at Birdsville: it reached 48.7 °C on 5 December.
  • In February, Queensland's mean minimum temperature was 1.60 °C above the long-term average, the third-warmest on record. Thick cloud associated with the remnants of Esther saw unusually warm nights in the month.
  • By March, both maximum and minimum temperatures were close to average for much of the state, apart from warmer than average days and nights across the far northern tropics.
  • It was the sixth-warmest April on record in terms of mean temperature, and 1.59 °C above average Queensland's mean maximum temperature in April was 1.95 °C above the long-term average and the seventh-warmest April on record.
  • May was the only month of the year when Queensland's mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures were below the long-term average. A cold outbreak across the northern tropics and central parts of the state saw very cold days. Thick cloud and cool air across the north resulted 23 May being the coldest Queensland May day on record (16.94 °C, previous record 17.44 °C on 25 May 2012). A few sites had their coldest day (lowest maximum temperature) on record.
  • In June, Queensland's mean maximum temperature was the sixth-warmest on record, and 1.77 °C above the long-term average.
  • By September, the mean temperature was 2.60 °C above average, and the second-warmest on record for Queensland as a whole. Queensland's mean maximum temperature was 2.11 °C above average and the ninth-warmest September on record Queensland's mean minimum temperature was 3.09 °C above average, and the third-warmest September on record, and the warmest since 2010.
  • It was the second-warmest November on record for Queensland in terms of mean temperature. Low-, severe- and extreme-intensity heatwaves affected the state from the 15th to 17th, then from the 23rd to the end of the month. Birdsville, in far south-west Queensland, had a record November run of days above 46.0 °C from 26 to 30 November.
  • Low-, severe- and extreme-intensity heatwaves affected much of Queensland in December, with most of the state reporting several days or more in heatwave conditions.
  • A number of sites had their warmest night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record at either the beginning or end of the year.

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Extremes in 2020
Hottest day 48.7 °C at Birdsville Airport on 5 Dec
Warmest days on average 35.0 °C at Julia Creek Airport
Coolest days on average 22.1 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 8.0 °C at Applethorpe on 14 Jul
Coldest night -3.8 °C at Oakey Aero on 24 Aug
-3.8 °C at Applethorpe on 25 Aug
-3.8 °C at Oakey Aero on 25 Aug
-3.8 °C at Applethorpe on 27 Sep
Coolest nights on average 9.6 °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 25.1 °C at Horn Island
Warmest night 33.3 °C at Cunnamulla Post Office on 10 Jan
33.3 °C at Windorah Airport on 3 Dec
Warmest on average overall 28.3 °C at Normanton Airport
Coolest on average overall 15.9 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 3289.7 mm at Tully Sugar Mill
Wettest day 427.0 mm at Bellenden Ker Top Stn on 20 May
Strongest wind gust 144 km/h at Dalby Airport on 2 Dec

Maps
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rainfall
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Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
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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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Record highest daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Warnambool Downs 205.0 on 26 Jan 176.5 on 13 Jan 1951 132
Home Hill Post Office 426.2 on 28 Jan 395.0 on 1 Mar 1988 96
Rosevale 130.4 on 12 Feb 117.0 on 26 Jan 1991 79
Gonyelinka 189.0 on 6 Feb 137.2 on 26 Mar 1963 72
Ayr DPI Research Stn 327.8 on 28 Jan 254.0 on 1 Mar 1988 70
Clintonvale 129.4 on 9 Feb 118.4 on 1 Apr 1988 58
Jackson Community Postal Agency 124.8 on 26 Jan 118.0 on 19 Jan 1982 58
Yantumara 191.4 on 22 Feb 172.5 on 27 Feb 1997 43
Springfield 165.0 on 23 Feb 127.0 on 2 Mar 2010 28
Sunshine Coast Airport 231.8 on 13 Feb 197.6 on 21 Feb 2015 27
Pratten Condamine River 111.0 on 9 Feb 98.0 on 20 Nov 2008 25
Alva Beach 275.4 on 28 Jan 194.6 on 23 Feb 2009 24
Rocky 91.0 on 5 Mar 79.5 on 14 Jan 1998 24
Lochnagar 129.4 on 26 Jan 112.0 on 10 Feb 2009 20
Normanton Airport 154.4 on 28 Jan 146.8 on 26 Mar 2018 20



Highest annual total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Annual
average
Coolangatta 2173.6 2378.2 in 1999 1499.7
Sunshine Coast Airport 2064.4 2599.2 in 1999* 1479.8

* 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
Burketown Airport 44.4 on 19 Jan 43.8 on 26 Dec 2019 20 33.4



Record lowest daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Lucinda Point 17.3 on 23 May 17.5 on 15 Jul 2016 36 27.1
Rundle Island 14.0 on 23 May 14.1 on 21 Jun 2007 26 24.9
Woolshed 10.7 on 23 May 10.9 on 21 Jun 2007 23 26.1



Record highest annual mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Charters Towers Airport 31.6 31.3 in 2015 27 30.4

Highest annual mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Annual
average
Palmerville 34.0 34.1 in 1988* 32.8

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




Record highest daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Willis Island 29.2 on 13 Feb 29.1 on 4 Feb 2016 97 24.1
Isisford Post Office 33.1 on 3 Dec 32.2 on 29 Jan 1963 62 15.6
Kowanyama Airport 29.8 on 19 Jan 29.5 on 6 Dec 1995 55 20.9
Longreach Aero 32.5 on 12 Jan 31.8 on 14 Jan 2018 55 15.9
Gladstone Airport 27.5 on 23 Jan = 27.5 on 28 Jan 1998 28 18.1
Yeppoon The Esplanade 28.0 on 17 Feb 27.5 on 25 Jan 2006 27 18.6
Rundle Island 28.1 on 16 Feb 28.0 on 12 Feb 2002 26 20.9
Hughenden Airport 30.6 on 22 Jan 30.1 on 31 Dec 2017 20 17.6
Normanton Airport 30.2 on 8 Dec = 30.2 on 22 Dec 2018 20 21.8
Sweers Island 31.5 on 19 Jan 31.0 on 10 Dec 2016 20 23.4



Record highest annual mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Longreach Aero 17.6 17.4 in 2015 52 15.9
Texas Post Office 12.8 = 12.8 in 2009 47 11.5
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 16.0 = 16.0 in 2017 27 15.2
Brisbane 17.2 17.1 in 2019 20 16.4

Highest annual mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Annual
average
Surat 14.5 14.6 in 1973* 13.1
Mount Isa Aero 18.0 18.2 in 1995 17.3
Gold Coast Seaway 17.7 17.8 in 1998 17.3

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




Summary statistics for 2020
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean
for
2020
Diff
from
average
Highest
for
2020
Mean
for
2020
Diff
from
average
Lowest
for
2020
Total
for
2020
Average
annual
total
Rank
of
2020
Fraction
of annual
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coen Airport 32.6 +0.8 39.2 6 Nov 21.1 +0.3 9.6 30 Jul 1101.4 1075.3 average 102%
Horn Island 30.9 +0.5 34.5 3 Jan 25.1 +0.5 16.9 20 Aug 1302.4 1748.0 v low 75%
Scherger RAAF 33.1 +0.1 39.1 16 Nov 22.3 +0.4 14.8 31 Jul 1873.4 1719.9 average 109%
Weipa Aero 33.1 +0.3 38.6 20 Nov 22.6 +0.6 15.2 19 Jul 1895.0 1910.8 average 99%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.5 +0.7 37.9 18 Jan     12.3 21 Aug
Palmerville 34.0 +1.2 40.4 5 Nov 19.3 +0.2 8.0 17 Jul 705.8 1028.1 low 69%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 34.1 +0.7 44.4 19 Jan 21.5 +0.8 8.0 24 May 554.2 788.3 low 70%
Century Mine 34.9 +0.3 44.8 19 Jan 20.9 +1.1 5.3 15 Jul 428.6 567.6 low 76%
Cloncurry Airport 33.8 +0.4 44.2 6 Dec 19.6 +0.6 4.3 29 Jul 551.2 495.2 average 111%
Julia Creek Airport 35.0 +0.7 45.3 6 Dec 18.0 +0.8 2.1 14 Jul 577.4 463.8 average 124%
Kowanyama Airport 34.3 +1.0 40.1 3 Nov 22.0 +1.1 8.8 25 May 1065.6 1258.4 average 85%
Mornington Island Airport 30.9   37.4 7 Nov 23.1   12.4 27 May 1145.8
Mount Isa Aero 33.5 +1.5 43.7 5 Dec 18.0 +0.7 2.4 15 Jul 529.2 461.1 average 115%
Normanton Airport 34.2 +0.5 42.2 8 Dec 22.4 +0.6 9.0 24 May 877.2 789.8 high 111%
Sweers Island 30.5 +0.2 39.0 19 Jan 24.4 +1.0 12.9 23 May 805.5 1230.1 low 65%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 33.4 +0.6 40.6 2 Jan 19.5 +0.4 4.5 18 Jul
Richmond Airport 34.1 +0.7 43.7 7 Dec 17.8 +0.6 2.7 29 Jul 627.2 463.0 high 135%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 30.1 +1.0 40.0 15 Feb 21.5 +0.7 9.5 17 Jul 1495.8 1991.5 low 75%
Cairns Racecourse 29.7   40.1 15 Feb 20.8   7.8 30 Jul 1778.6
Cape Flattery 30.4 +0.6 39.5 19 Jan 23.7 +0.3 13.0 19 Aug 1346.7
Cooktown Airport 30.1 +0.5 38.7 19 Jan 22.5 +0.5 10.8 30 Jul 1539.8 1552.2 average 99%
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.6 +0.2 37.9 15 Feb     18.3 25 May 1968.0 2113.6 average 93%
Mareeba Airport 29.5 +0.6 38.4 19 Jan 18.5 +0.6 5.6 17 Jul 567.4 819.5 low 69%
Walkamin Research Station 28.2 +0.8 37.5 19 Jan 17.5 +0.4 7.3 26 May 956.5 1012.8 average 94%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cowley Beach (Defence) 28.6   36.7 17 Jan 20.9   8.2 16 Jul 2470.8
Innisfail Aerodrome 29.1   39.3 14 Feb 19.3   6.0 29 Jul
Lucinda Point 27.0 -0.1 36.8 14 Feb 22.8 +0.4 13.8 16 Jul
Mount Stuart (Defence) 29.7   40.8 14 Feb 20.4   11.1 24 May 926.0
South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.6 +0.4 39.3 15 Feb 20.3 +1.0 8.8 29 Jul
Townsville Aero 29.8 +0.9 39.1 14 Feb 20.7 +0.9 6.5 16 Jul 942.8 1133.6 average 83%
Townsville- Air Weapons Range (Defence) 29.7   40.4 18 Jan 17.7   3.0 14 Jul 607.6
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.0 -0.3 34.8 28 Feb 21.1 +0.6 6.3 16 Jul 1318.2 994.4 high 133%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 29.8 +0.7 38.5 14 Feb 18.9 +0.9 4.8 16 Jul 1150.8 948.5 high 121%
Bowen Airport AWS 29.5   34.8 23 Dec 19.8   4.9 16 Jul
Collinsville Post Office 31.3 +1.0 39.6 6 Nov 17.3 +0.9 2.4 15 Jul 706.6 701.6 average 101%
Hamilton Island Airport 26.8 +0.4 33.4 21 Jan 22.2 +0.4 13.9 24 May 1447.4 1466.5 average 99%
Mackay Aero 27.8 +0.5 34.6 24 Jan 18.7 +0.8 4.0 17 Jul 1480.8 1542.4 average 96%
Mackay M.O 27.5 +1.0 35.4 22 Dec 20.0 +0.9 8.2 17 Jul 1450.6 1595.1 average 91%
Proserpine Airport 29.3 +0.5 37.6 6 Nov 18.0 +0.4 3.0 18 Jul
Samuel Hill Aero 27.6 +0.4 35.7 20 Jan 16.6 +0.6 2.4 17 Jul 1293.2 1453.6 low 89%
St Lawrence 28.9 +0.4 35.3 6 Nov 17.9 +0.4 3.7 15 Jul 846.6 951.8 average 89%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 30.5   39.5 17 Dec 17.5   3.5 15 Jul 662.8
Williamson 28.6 +0.3 35.3 18 Jan 17.5 +0.5 1.9 17 Jul 1008.8 876.9 high 115%
Woolshed 26.7 +0.6 37.9 15 Feb 17.0 +0.3 1.5 15 Jul 1020.4 1144.7 average 89%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.3 +0.4 33.5 8 Dec 19.6 +1.0 6.5 18 Jul 1240.8 978.9 high 127%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 31.6 +1.2 41.8 19 Jan 18.0 +0.4 4.2 17 Jul 602.0 641.6 average 94%
Moranbah Airport 31.0   41.3 6 Dec 16.5   0.8 15 Jul 484.2
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 30.4   41.1 6 Dec 16.6   3.1 18 Jul 354.8
Clermont Airport 30.6   41.1 6 Dec 15.6   -1.5 18 Jul 387.4 505.2 low 77%
Emerald Airport 30.7 +0.8 42.0 6 Dec 17.0 +0.7 4.0 24 May 567.2 544.3 average 104%
Lochington 30.5   42.3 6 Dec 15.7   0.7 18 Jul 478.8 567.2 average 84%
Rolleston Airport 30.0   41.5 6 Dec 14.9   0.9 18 Jul 685.4
Springsure Comet St 29.5 +0.6 40.7 2 Dec     -0.5 17 Jul 541.1 687.1 average 79%
Tambo Post Office 29.8 +0.7 42.0 2 Dec 13.8 +1.1 -1.9 24 Jun 359.6 530.6 low 68%
Taroom Post Office     42.3 2 Dec 14.7 +1.0 0.7 24 Aug 547.3 667.1 low 82%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 31.3 +1.1 43.0 6 Dec 18.1 +1.7 3.1 14 Jul 448.8 499.2 average 90%
Blackall Airport 31.0 +0.3 43.9 6 Dec 16.3 +0.7 -0.7 17 Jul 529.6 475.1 average 111%
Isisford Post Office 32.0 +1.1 44.9 6 Dec 16.8 +1.2 1.6 8 Aug 412.4 445.7 average 93%
Longreach Aero 32.6 +1.0 46.0 6 Dec 17.6 +1.7 2.1 14 Jul 371.8 431.9 average 86%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 34.2 +1.2 44.0 19 Jan 18.9 +1.2 3.5 24 Jun 701.4 401.3 v high 175%
Carters Bore 32.7   43.2 3 Dec 20.0   5.1 23 May 571.0
New May Downs 32.9   42.9 5 Dec 19.5   5.4 23 May 568.2
The Monument Airport 33.0 +0.6 44.9 2 Dec 16.9 +0.1 1.4 25 Jun 343.0 319.4 average 107%
Trepell Airport 33.4 +0.7 44.4 16 Jan 17.7 +0.4 3.3 23 May
Urandangi Aerodrome 34.0   45.6 11 Jan 16.8   0.2 13 Jul 335.6
Winton Airport 33.5 +0.6 46.0 6 Dec 17.5 +0.3 1.6 18 Jul 469.6 367.9 high 128%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie     46.6 30 Nov 17.1 +0.5 3.7 18 Jul 254.0 198.8 high 128%
Birdsville Airport 31.8 +0.1 48.7 5 Dec 16.5 -0.3 2.1 18 Jul 201.4 135.3 high 149%
Windorah Airport 31.8   45.9 1 Dec 18.1   3.0 17 Jul 218.8
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 27.6 +0.8 34.9 20 Feb 17.2 +0.8 6.5 24 May 654.6 1003.4 v low 65%
Gayndah Airport 29.5 +0.7 41.2 6 Dec 15.2 +0.8 2.4 3 Jun 428.6 583.5 low 73%
Gladstone Airport 28.0 +0.6 35.5 19 Jan 18.8 +0.7 7.8 24 May 756.2 853.2 average 89%
Lady Elliot Island 26.8 +1.1 32.2 4 Feb 21.4 +0.6 9.5 25 Aug 1131.4 1112.2 average 102%
Monto Township 28.6 +1.1 40.1 6 Dec 13.7 +0.7 -0.2 18 Jul 538.7 734.0 low 73%
Rockhampton Aero 29.6 +1.2 39.1 19 Jan 18.1 +1.4 4.0 24 Jun 699.6 813.7 average 86%
Thangool Airport 29.7 +0.5 40.7 6 Dec 13.9 +0.6 -2.2 17 Jul 595.2 659.8 average 90%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 28.1 +1.3 39.9 6 Dec 13.5 +0.4 -2.0 5 Jul 658.4 852.6 low 77%
Archerfield Airport 27.3 +0.9 35.6 6 Dec 15.2 +0.7 3.7 6 Jul 913.2 1051.2 average 87%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 27.8 +0.7 39.0 6 Dec 13.7 +0.6 -2.2 5 Jul
Beerburrum Forest Station 26.7 +0.1 38.5 6 Dec 15.1 +0.3 4.8 24 Aug 1267.0 1408.6 average 90%
Brisbane 26.9 +0.3 34.5 3 Feb 17.2 +0.8 7.6 5 Jul
Brisbane Aero 25.8 +0.4 33.2 8 Dec 16.4 +0.6 3.8 5 Jul 1150.8 1021.9 average 113%
Canungra (Defence) 26.3   37.1 6 Dec 12.2   -2.2 5 Jul 1345.0
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 24.6 +1.2 31.6 18 Feb 19.0 +0.9 9.7 5 Jul 1351.8 1478.5 average 91%
Coolangatta 25.4 +0.6 32.7 4 Dec 16.3 +0.3 2.0 5 Jul 2173.6 1499.7 v high 145%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.4 +1.1 33.7 3 Feb 19.5 +0.8 9.6 24 May 1043.6 1358.9 low 77%
Gold Coast Seaway 25.7 +0.3 33.4 3 Feb 17.7 +0.4 7.2 5 Jul 1845.4 1283.7 v high 144%
Greenbank (Defence) 27.5   38.6 3 Feb 13.3   0.0 5 Jul 934.6
Gympie 27.7 +0.5 38.5 6 Dec 14.3 +0.7 1.1 5 Jul 834.0 1117.6 low 75%
Hervey Bay Airport 26.7 +0.3 33.9 20 Feb 16.9 +0.2 1.7 5 Jul 1003.2 1023.4 average 98%
Kingaroy Airport 26.6 +0.7 37.8 6 Dec 11.8 +0.5 -2.7 24 Aug
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 26.5 +0.4 35.8 3 Feb 16.0 +0.8 4.8 5 Jul 1238.2 1074.6 average 115%
Maryborough 27.8 +0.8 36.3 3 Feb 15.7 +0.4 1.4 24 Aug 869.2 1132.2 low 77%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 26.2 +0.1 38.4 6 Dec 16.1 +0.3 4.8 24 Aug
Rainbow Beach 25.8 +0.3 33.7 7 Dec     18.1 4 Aug 1464.0 1445.7 average 101%
Redcliffe     33.6 7 Dec 17.5 +0.4 6.7 5 Jul 1218.8 1047.7 average 116%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 25.4   32.7 3 Feb 16.4   6.6 5 Jul 1467.2
Sunshine Coast Airport 25.6 +0.1 36.3 3 Feb 16.4 +0.5 2.5 24 Aug 2064.4 1479.8 v high 140%
Tewantin RSL Park 25.8 +0.4 35.0 6 Dec 17.4 +0.4 4.9 24 Aug 1749.8 1557.9 high 112%
Tin Can Bay (Defence) 26.4   36.3 3 Feb 16.3   3.4 24 Aug 1618.4
University of Queensland Gatton 28.5 +1.6 43.5 6 Dec 13.7 +0.7 1.7 20 Jul
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 22.1 +1.2 37.5 2 Dec 9.6 +0.6 -3.8 25 Aug 671.0 747.9 average 90%
Dalby Airport 27.7 +0.7 42.1 2 Dec 12.5 +0.6 -2.0 26 Aug 496.0 584.4 average 85%
Oakey Aero 26.6 +1.0 40.3 6 Dec 11.8 +0.9 -3.8 24 Aug 698.6 610.9 high 114%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 22.8 +1.1 37.1 5 Jan 9.8 +1.0 -3.5 4 Jun 732.6 761.9 average 96%
Texas Post Office 27.3 +0.3 43.5 2 Dec 12.8 +1.3 -2.0 5 Jul 605.6 653.7 average 93%
Toowoomba Airport 23.9 +0.6 37.4 6 Dec 13.1 +0.4 -0.1 5 Jul 655.4 697.6 average 94%
Warwick 25.6 +0.7 40.8 2 Dec 11.4 +0.9 -2.4 5 Jul
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 28.4 +0.5 42.9 2 Dec 13.4 +0.5 -1.7 24 Aug 499.4 524.5 average 95%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 29.0 +1.3 43.7 2 Dec 12.5 +0.6 -3.5 18 Jul 401.2 629.2 v low 64%
Mitchell Post Office 29.4 +1.8 44.7 30 Nov 12.5 +0.8 -3.2 18 Jul 591.3 568.1 average 104%
Roma Airport 28.8 +0.7 44.7 2 Dec 12.9 +0.2 -2.7 17 Jul 582.0 563.2 average 103%
St George Airport 28.3 +0.2 45.1 30 Nov 14.5 +0.6 -0.7 27 Jun 450.0 458.7 average 98%
Surat 28.5 +0.6 44.3 30 Nov 14.5 +1.4 -1.4 17 Jul 528.2 572.5 average 92%
Warrego (district 44)
Charleville Aero 29.4 +1.2 44.7 2 Dec     -0.8 5 Jul 498.8 485.7 average 103%
Cunnamulla Post Office 29.3 +1.1 46.2 1 Dec 15.9 +1.6 2.7 28 Jun 296.2 372.4 average 80%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 30.3 -0.3 47.0 30 Nov 16.7 0.0 3.2 23 May 292.6 181.7 high 161%
Thargomindah Airport 29.6 -0.2 47.0 1 Dec 16.7 +0.3 2.8 28 Jun 327.8 258.1 high 127%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Cato Island 25.7   32.6 15 Feb 22.4   15.5 29 Jul
Creal Reef 25.7   31.3 15 Feb 23.6   15.7 23 May
Flinders Reef 27.0   34.1 16 Feb 24.6   18.1 24 May
Gannet Cay 25.5   31.8 8 Feb 23.1   16.0 23 May
Holmes Reef 27.3   33.0 16 Feb 25.0   19.8 24 May
Marion Reef 26.5   33.2 21 Jan 24.2   16.7 10 Aug
Middle Percy Island 25.4 +0.2 31.3 21 Feb 20.6 +0.3 11.3 24 May 1102.2 1184.6 average 93%
Willis Island 29.5 +0.9 33.9 15 Feb 24.9 +0.8 20.0 1 Aug 562.2 1095.9 v low 51%

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 Friday 8 January 2021. 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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