Queensland in 2018: fifth-warmest year on record

Rainfall in 2018 was below average across southern Queensland, while parts of the northern interior and Cape York Peninsula received above average falls for the year. It was the fifth-warmest year on record for Queensland in terms of mean temperature. Extreme rainfall and flooding, heatwaves, severe thunderstorms and bushfires were a feature of 2018.

The Australian annual climate statement provides a comprehensive summary of Australia's climate during 2018. Information about changes and long-term trends in Australia's climate can be found in State of the Climate 2018.

Below average across the south

  • 2018 rainfall was 15% below average for the State as a whole
  • Southern Queensland received below average annual rainfall, while parts of the northern interior and Cape York Peninsula reported above average falls
  • Large parts of the southern and central interior reported rainfall in the lowest 10% of historical records, and some sites had their lowest annual rainfall on record, and for a number of others, it was the lowest in several decades
  • After a dry start to the year, numerous flood events occurred in March, and major flooding affected the north tropical coast, with the highest daily rainfall on record at some sites
  • Rainfall was well below average from April to September, with drought affecting much of the State
  • Severe thunderstorms and showers resulted in above average falls in October across eastern and northern Queensland
  • Heavy rainfall was recorded in the northern interior, parts of the Cape York Peninsula, and the north tropical to central coasts, associated with the passage of ex-tropical cyclone Owen in December; daily rainfall totals exceeding 400 mm were recorded around Lucinda to Ingham on 16 December including 678 mm at Halifax

Fifth-warmest year on record

  • Queensland had its fifth-warmest year on record in terms of mean temperature, at 1.35 °C above the long-term average
  • It was the fourth-warmest year on record in terms of mean maximum temperature for Queensland, at 1.58 °C above the long-term average
  • Almost all of Queensland, apart from the northern interior, reported warmer than usual daytime temperatures in 2018, with numerous sites reporting their highest mean daily maximum temperature on record
  • Annual overnight temperatures were the eleventh-warmest on record for the State as a whole, and 1.11 °C above the long-term average
  • Much of the western half of Queensland, parts of the Gulf Country and western Cape York Peninsula had warmer than average minima in 2018
  • It was an unusually warm start to the year, with a record high statewide January mean temperature (2.22 °C above the long-term average)
  • Extended and widespread heat affected the State between 10 and 16 February, withe peak of the heat on 12 February, where Queensland had its hottest February day on record with a State mean maximum temperature of 40.46 °C
  • March mean maximum temperatures were much cooler than average in the northern interior, due to persistent showers and rain
  • In June, there were cooler than usual nights in northern and eastern parts of the State; cold nights associated with a southerly burst in mid-June resulted in Charters Towers reporting its lowest temperature on record
  • A heatwave affected the north tropical and central coast of Queensland from 24 to 30 November (as detailed in the Special Climate Statement An extreme heatwave on the tropical Queensland coast); numerous sites reported their highest temperature on record for November, or for any month.

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Extremes in 2018
Hottest day 48.0 °C at Birdsville Airport on 19 Dec
Warmest days on average 35.4 °C at Century Mine
Coolest days on average 22.3 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 8.5 °C at Applethorpe on 18 Jun
Coldest night -7.4 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 21 Aug
Coolest nights on average 9.0 °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 25.1 °C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 34.4 °C at Birdsville Airport on 12 Jan
Warmest on average overall 29.0 °C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 15.7 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 5383.8 mm at Russell River
Driest overall 35.5 mm at Cameron Corner
Wettest day 678.0 mm at Halifax Macrossan St on 16 Dec
Strongest wind gust 144 km/h at Blackwater Airport on 11 Oct

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

Rainfall rank Maximum temperature rank Minimum temperature rank
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
Victoria Sugar Mill 562.0 on 16 Dec 504.7 on 21 Jan 1952 122
Halifax Macrossan St 678.0 on 16 Dec 476.0 on 16 Jan 1991 121
Miranda Downs Station 371.0 on 26 Mar 232.4 on 17 Feb 1942 115
Abingdon Downs Station 405.0 on 27 Mar 263.0 on 17 Mar 2016 74
Carsland 298.0 on 3 Mar 223.5 on 9 Jan 1957 62
Winvic 173.4 on 5 Jan 164.0 on 1 Feb 1978 57
Cecil Plains Homestead 118.0 on 4 Mar 114.3 on 1 Mar 1897 55
Cardwell Range 552.0 on 16 Dec 480.0 on 24 Mar 1990 54
Gunnewin 159.4 on 21 Feb 105.0 on 24 Apr 1989 50
Mount Turner Station 241.0 on 27 Mar 148.8 on 10 Mar 1974 47
Mountain View 174.4 on 27 Feb 150.0 on 29 Jan 2012 46
Lucinda Point 390.4 on 16 Dec 208.2 on 24 Feb 2009 36
Green Hills 222.2 on 27 Mar 133.0 on 28 Nov 1989 33
White Cliff Point 349.2 on 26 Mar 292.0 on 13 Mar 1995 31
Gairloch 398.0 on 16 Dec 373.0 on 4 Feb 2009 25



Highest annual total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Annual
average
Whyanbeel Valley 4405.6 4635.2 in 1973* 2961.0
Port Douglas - Warner St 3146.0 3497.5 in 1979* 2034.6

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




Record lowest annual total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Jochmus 145.0 173.0 in 2002 39 503.9
Ferndale 608.4 634.6 in 1997 37 1006.4
Albro Station 206.0 216.0 in 2002 28 543.0
Durrie Station 81.7 90.5 in 1969 22 210.9
Lovandee 564.6 627.6 in 1993 21 962.6
Beardy Junction 363.8 413.8 in 2002 20 682.1

Lowest annual total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Annual
average
Texas Post Office 362.2 320.4 in 1923* 657.9
Mulga Downs 146.4 129.9 in 1944* 395.4
Wallumbilla Post Office 346.6 262.7 in 1957* 584.2
Whyenbah 242.7 192.2 in 1902* 450.9
Wondalli 394.4 356.4 in 1967* 603.7
Nive Downs 227.0 191.7 in 1965* 517.3
Wallen 136.9 122.4 in 1982* 380.8
Trinidad 163.1 97.0 in 1982* 380.2
Boothulla 160.4 145.6 in 1935* 376.3
Monklands 268.0 259.2 in 1982* 505.2
Kenilworth 231.8 223.9 in 1992* 457.3
Mt Alford 728.4 571.9 in 1960* 937.7

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




Record highest temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Cairns Aero 42.6 on 26 Nov 40.5 on 20 Dec 1995 77 29.0
Innisfail 41.0 on 26 Nov 40.3 on 30 Dec 1984 62 27.9
South Johnstone Exp Stn 42.2 on 27 Nov 40.4 on 29 Dec 1971 54 28.2
Low Isles Lighthouse 38.9 on 26 Nov 38.8 on 16 Feb 2016 52 29.4
Mackay Aero 39.7 on 26 Nov 38.5 on 11 Oct 1955 35 27.3
Proserpine Airport 44.9 on 26 Nov 42.9 on 20 Dec 1995 30 28.8
Yeppoon The Esplanade 42.2 on 28 Nov 40.5 on 23 Dec 1995 26 25.8
Coconut Island 37.5 on 6 Dec 37.3 on 15 Dec 2008 23 31.5
Alva Beach 40.5 on 28 Nov 38.7 on 18 Dec 2005 22 28.3
Point Lookout 39.8 on 14 Jan 36.5 on 25 Dec 2001 22 25.6
Richmond Airport 45.0 on 21 Dec = 45.0 on 1 Dec 2006 21 33.3
Woolshed 39.8 on 27 Nov 38.0 on 11 Feb 2002 21 26.0



Record lowest daily maximum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Weipa Aero 24.5 on 29 Jan 24.7 on 7 Feb 2014 27 32.8



Record highest annual mean daily maximum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Rockhampton Aero 30.0 29.9 in 2009 78 28.4
Mackay M.O 27.6 = 27.6 in 2017 58 26.5
Collinsville Post Office 31.7 = 31.7 in 2016 54 30.2
Mackay Aero 28.5 28.3 in 2016 30 27.3
Proserpine Airport 29.6 29.5 in 2016 28 28.8
Emerald Airport 31.1 30.9 in 2002 25 29.8
Gladstone Airport 28.2 = 28.2 in 2017 24 27.3
Warwick 25.8 25.7 in 2017 20 24.7



Record highest daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Barcaldine Post Office 31.4 on 13 Feb 30.9 on 13 Jan 2017 57 16.3
Longreach Aero 31.8 on 14 Jan 31.5 on 13 Feb 2017 53 15.9
Injune Post Office 27.5 on 1 Feb = 27.5 on 11 Feb 1969 52 11.9
Mackay Aero 27.9 on 5 Jan 27.4 on 5 Feb 2017 35 17.9
Weipa Aero 28.9 on 26 Nov 28.7 on 5 Jan 2014 27 22.0
Cloncurry Airport 32.7 on 14 Jan 31.2 on 29 Feb 2016 26 19.0
Richmond Airport 30.9 on 20 Dec = 30.9 on 4 Jan 2014 21 17.1
Woolshed 26.5 on 28 Nov 24.5 on 3 Feb 2016 21 16.7



Record lowest temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Charters Towers Airport 1.4 on 20 Jun 2.0 on 2 Jun 2000 27 17.7



Lowest annual mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Annual
average
University of Queensland Gatton 12.4 =12.4 in 1972* 13.1
Innisfail 19.7 =19.7 in 1997 19.4

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




Record highest annual mean temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Emerald Airport 23.9 23.8 in 2002 25 23.0



Summary statistics for 2018

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean
for
2018
Diff
from
average
Highest
for
2018
Mean
for
2018
Diff
from
average
Lowest
for
2018
Total
for
2018
Average
annual
total
Rank
of
2018
Fraction
of annual
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.8 +1.3 37.5 6 Dec 25.1 -0.1 21.2 5 Oct 1645.4 1471.5 average 112%
Coen Airport 32.1 +0.3 41.6 27 Nov 20.5 -0.4 10.6 29 Jul 1113.8 1066.4 average 104%
Horn Island 30.7 +0.3 35.8 5 Dec 24.8 +0.2 19.4 8 Jul 1612.0 1791.6 average 90%
Scherger RAAF 33.2 +0.2 39.6 2 Dec 21.7 -0.2 14.4 6 Jun 1708.4 1686.2 average 101%
Weipa Aero 33.0 +0.2 38.8 15 Nov 22.1 +0.1 15.5 6 Jun 1736.2 1911.1 low 91%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Palmerville 33.5 +0.7 40.9 27 Nov 18.8 -0.3 7.2 10 Jul 968.0 1030.7 average 94%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 33.9 +0.6 42.9 5 Dec 20.4 -0.3 8.5 8 Aug 789.4 835.0 average 95%
Century Mine 35.4 +0.9 45.0 2 Dec 19.7 0.0 4.0 23 Jul 236.2 597.2 v low 40%
Cloncurry Airport 34.3 +0.9 46.1 21 Dec 19.8 +0.8 5.1 22 Jul 286.8 488.3 low 59%
Julia Creek Airport 34.8 +0.6 46.4 22 Dec 18.0 +0.9 2.6 19 Jun 447.4 436.4 average 103%
Kowanyama Airport 34.0 +0.7 40.5 31 Oct 21.6 +0.7 11.3 6 Jun 1009.6 1263.4 low 80%
Lake Julius AWS 34.1   46.7 21 Dec 20.2   6.0 15 Jul 456.8


Mornington Island Airport 30.7   39.6 5 Dec 22.7   12.0 11 Jul 1524.4


Mount Isa Aero 33.6 +1.7 45.3 21 Dec 17.5 +0.2 -1.0 23 Jul 343.2 462.0 average 74%
Normanton Airport 33.8 +0.2 43.9 4 Dec 21.7 -0.1 10.4 10 Jul 536.0 796.8 v low 67%
Sweers Island 30.3 0.0 38.6 4 Dec 23.3 -0.1 13.5 11 Jul 1563.3 1293.7 average 121%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 32.9 +0.1 43.1 3 Dec 18.5 -0.6 4.4 5 Jun 1071.7 842.4 high 127%
Hughenden Airport 32.9 +0.6 43.2 14 Feb 17.8 +0.2 0.4 8 Aug 260.8 441.8 v low 59%
Richmond Post Office 33.9 +1.1 44.2 22 Dec 18.2 +1.5 2.1 22 Aug 339.2 473.8 low 72%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 29.9 +0.9 42.6 26 Nov 20.9 +0.1 11.2 5 Jun 2812.8 1998.3 v high 141%
Cairns Racecourse 29.9   43.6 27 Nov 20.0   8.4 20 Aug 3158.8


Cape Flattery 30.0 +0.2 41.9 26 Nov 23.3 -0.1 16.1 30 Jul 972.8 1418.6 low 69%
Cooktown Airport 29.8 +0.2 43.9 27 Nov 21.9 -0.2 11.3 20 Aug 2261.6 1531.4 high 148%
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.7 +0.3 38.9 26 Nov     19.4 20 Jun 2354.4 2116.7 average 111%
Mareeba Airport 29.3 +0.4 39.8 26 Nov 17.8 -0.1 8.7 5 Jun 944.6 842.1 high 112%
Walkamin Research Station 28.0 +0.6 38.3 25 Nov 16.9 -0.2 6.0 2 Jun 1256.1 1017.3 high 123%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cowley Beach (Defence) 28.5   38.9 28 Nov 20.1   8.4 20 Jun 3150.6


Innisfail 28.4 +0.5 41.0 26 Nov 19.7 +0.3 10.7 20 Jun 3907.9 3552.4 high 110%
Innisfail Aerodrome 29.1   42.3 27 Nov 18.5   6.1 20 Jun 3506.2


Lucinda Point 26.9 -0.2 34.4 28 Nov 22.4 0.0 13.0 20 Jun 1623.8 1057.4 v high 154%
Mount Stuart (Defence) 29.8   45.2 26 Nov 20.1   11.1 10 Jul 1207.4


South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.7 +0.5 42.2 27 Nov 19.6 +0.3 8.7 20 Jun



Townsville Aero 29.7 +0.8 41.7 27 Nov 20.2 +0.4 6.3 19 Jun 1129.0 1127.9 average 100%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.1 -0.2 40.5 28 Nov 20.5 0.0 7.8 19 Jun 1061.0 969.6 high 109%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 29.8 +0.7 41.9 26 Nov 18.3 +0.3 3.5 19 Jun 835.4 944.7 average 88%
Bowen Airport AWS 29.2   41.1 28 Nov 19.4   4.0 20 Jun 868.8


Collinsville Post Office 31.7 +1.5 41.9 27 Nov 16.5 +0.1 0.9 20 Jun 440.2 703.5 low 63%
Hamilton Island Airport 26.5 +0.1 34.2 28 Nov 22.0 +0.2 15.8 9 Jul 1338.2 1449.0 average 92%
Mackay Aero 28.5 +1.2 39.7 26 Nov 18.5 +0.6 2.6 19 Jun 1141.8 1544.6 average 74%
Mackay M.O 27.6 +1.1 38.2 26 Nov 19.6 +0.5 7.4 19 Jun 1004.8 1603.0 low 63%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 28.0   40.7 26 Nov 17.8   2.3 19 Jun 1171.6


Proserpine Airport 29.6 +0.8 44.9 26 Nov 17.5 -0.1 0.9 21 Aug 1326.8 1426.1 average 93%
Samuel Hill Aero 27.6 +0.4 37.0 26 Nov 16.4 +0.4 0.1 21 Aug 1457.4 1502.8 average 97%
St Lawrence 29.2 +0.8 43.5 28 Nov 17.3 -0.2 1.4 21 Aug 641.4 988.2 v low 65%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 30.3   41.8 26 Nov 17.1   3.4 2 Jun 868.6


Williamson 28.7 +0.5 39.5 25 Nov 17.1 +0.1 -0.8 19 Jun 838.6 910.7 average 92%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.2 +0.4 42.2 28 Nov 19.1 +0.5 4.8 21 Aug 867.2 989.4 low 88%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 31.2 +0.8 42.1 3 Dec 17.4 -0.3 1.4 20 Jun 693.4 645.4 average 107%
Moranbah Airport 31.3   42.5 3 Dec 15.7   -0.7 20 Jun 366.2


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 30.7   42.5 14 Jan 15.9   0.4 15 Jul 582.6


Clermont Airport 30.8   43.1 3 Dec 14.7   -2.7 21 Aug 417.2


Emerald Airport 31.1 +1.3 44.3 13 Feb 16.6 +0.3 1.4 19 Jun 430.8 555.5 low 78%
Rolleston Airport 30.1   42.7 12 Feb 14.1   -2.7 22 Aug 555.4


Springsure Comet St 29.6 +0.7 42.3 13 Feb     -1.7 19 Jun 584.2 688.2 average 85%
Tambo Post Office 30.4 +1.3 43.0 12 Feb 13.3 +0.6 -3.9 18 Jun 478.8 533.4 average 90%
Taroom Post Office 29.7 +1.3 41.9 11 Feb 13.7 +0.1 -3.4 15 Jul 674.0 671.2 average 100%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Blackall Airport 31.8 +1.2 44.5 13 Feb 15.9 +0.4 -1.2 19 Jun 242.0 477.0 low 51%
Isisford Post Office 32.6 +1.7 46.0 13 Feb 16.6 +1.0 0.1 19 Jun 310.6 446.6 average 70%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 34.6 +1.7 44.2 21 Dec 18.4 +0.8 1.7 19 Jun 329.0 400.4 average 82%
Carters Bore 33.0   44.0 21 Dec 20.1   2.9 22 Jul 245.6


New May Downs 33.1   44.6 21 Dec 19.4   2.5 23 Jul 303.2


The Monument Airport     45.4 21 Dec 16.9 +0.1 0.5 22 Jul 284.0 315.2 average 90%
Trepell Airport 33.3 +0.6 46.8 21 Dec 17.5 +0.2 1.2 22 Jul 366.6 302.6 average 121%
Winton Airport 33.7 +0.8 46.5 14 Feb 17.6 +0.4 1.5 19 Jun 350.2 359.6 average 97%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 32.5 +0.9 48.0 19 Dec 17.1 +0.3 1.5 15 Jul 89.6 137.1 low 65%
Boulia Airport 33.4 +1.6 46.7 20 Dec     2.2 15 Jul 140.1 261.3 low 54%
Windorah Airport 32.6   45.7 21 Dec 17.8   1.1 12 Jul 72.6


Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 27.8 +1.1 36.7 15 Feb 16.3 -0.1 2.6 15 Jul 742.8 1021.8 low 73%
Gayndah Airport     39.8 3 Dec 13.9 -0.6 -1.7 15 Jul 611.8 613.1 average 100%
Gladstone Airport 28.2 +0.9 38.6 28 Nov 18.4 +0.3 5.4 15 Jul 705.8 874.7 low 81%
Lady Elliot Island 26.7 +1.1 31.9 28 Jan 21.0 +0.3 9.5 21 Aug 743.4 1122.0 low 66%
Rockhampton Aero 30.0 +1.6 44.4 28 Nov 17.7 +1.0 3.4 15 Jul 484.0 810.9 v low 60%
Seventeen Seventy 26.2 +0.4 32.1 28 Nov     9.0 18 Jun



Thangool Airport 30.0 +0.9 40.8 13 Feb 13.2 -0.1 -2.5 21 Aug



Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 28.1 +1.3 41.5 2 Dec 12.4 -0.7 -3.4 21 Aug 733.0 862.2 average 85%
Archerfield Airport 27.4 +1.1 38.2 28 Nov 14.6 +0.2 0.9 19 Jul 742.6 1058.4 low 70%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 27.7 +0.9 39.2 13 Jan 12.9 -0.1 -3.8 21 Aug 827.6


Beerburrum Forest Station 26.7 +0.2 39.8 2 Dec 14.8 0.0 3.4 14 Aug



Brisbane 27.0 +0.4 37.9 28 Nov 16.5 +0.1 5.2 15 Jul 859.2 1011.5 average 85%
Brisbane Aero 25.7 +0.3 38.1 14 Jan 15.9 +0.2 3.3 21 Aug 777.8 1036.0 low 75%
Coolangatta 25.6 +0.8 35.8 28 Nov 15.9 -0.1 0.5 22 Aug 1046.2 1499.7 low 70%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.4 +1.2 36.2 14 Jan 19.4 +0.7 9.3 18 Jun 997.2 1361.4 low 73%
Gold Coast Seaway 26.0 +0.7 35.1 1 Mar 17.1 -0.1 6.2 21 Aug 945.6 1259.2 low 75%
Gympie 27.5 +0.3 38.7 2 Dec 13.9 +0.3 -1.7 21 Aug 981.2 1123.5 average 87%
Hervey Bay Airport 26.7 +0.3 34.5 26 Nov 16.3 -0.4 0.7 22 Aug 912.2 1051.1 average 87%
Kingaroy Airport 26.1 +0.3 38.1 2 Dec     -4.5 14 Jul 556.6 650.5 average 86%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 26.5 +0.4 37.8 28 Nov 15.4 +0.3 2.6 21 Aug 1058.6 1086.0 average 97%
Maryborough 27.9 +0.9 37.0 14 Jan 15.1 -0.2 -0.5 21 Aug



Nambour Daff - Hillside     38.2 28 Nov 15.9 +0.1 4.5 14 Aug



Rainbow Beach 25.9 +0.4 36.4 14 Jan      
1480.2 1469.2 average 101%
Redcliffe     38.6 28 Nov 17.1 +0.1 5.6 15 Jul 833.8 1032.1 low 81%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 25.4   37.1 14 Jan 15.8   5.6 21 Aug 912.6


Sunshine Coast Airport 25.9 +0.4 36.0 14 Jan 16.2 +0.3 1.3 21 Aug 1581.8 1466.2 average 108%
Tewantin RSL Park 25.8 +0.5 37.9 14 Jan 17.2 +0.2 4.6 22 Aug 1676.4 1573.9 average 107%
University of Queensland Gatton 28.6 +1.7 41.9 13 Jan 12.4 -0.7 -3.6 15 Jul 517.6 770.2 low 67%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 22.3 +1.5 35.1 11 Feb 9.0 0.0 -5.1 14 Jul 581.0 760.2 low 76%
Dalby Airport 27.7 +0.8 41.5 11 Feb 11.7 -0.2 -5.0 14 Jul 606.0 603.1 average 100%
Oakey Aero 26.7 +1.2 40.3 11 Feb 11.1 +0.2 -6.3 14 Jul 439.6 618.2 low 71%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 22.9 +1.2 36.6 11 Feb     -7.4 21 Aug 568.1 765.8 low 74%
Texas Post Office 28.2 +1.3 41.5 13 Feb 12.3 +0.8 -3.1 21 Aug 362.2 657.9 v low 55%
Toowoomba Airport 24.1 +1.0 38.4 11 Feb 12.9 +0.3 0.3 18 Jun 549.2 718.1 low 76%
Warwick 25.8 +1.1 40.1 14 Feb 10.7 +0.2 -6.2 13 Aug



West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 28.4 +0.6 41.4 2 Dec 12.7 -0.3 -4.2 15 Jul 542.0 543.7 average 100%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 29.0 +1.4 42.5 21 Dec 11.8 -0.1 -5.4 15 Jul 604.6 635.3 average 95%
Roma Airport 29.4 +1.4 44.0 12 Feb 12.2 -0.5 -5.3 15 Jul 395.2 574.1 low 69%
St George Airport 29.1 +1.1 44.8 21 Dec 14.2 +0.3 -2.1 15 Jul 304.0 477.8 low 64%
Surat 29.0 +1.2 43.1 12 Feb 13.8 +0.8 -2.9 15 Jul 412.8 575.9 low 72%
Warrego (district 44)
Charleville Aero 30.4 +2.2 44.6 12 Feb 14.9 +1.3 -2.8 15 Jul 270.6 485.5 low 56%
Cunnamulla Post Office 30.3 +2.2 45.5 20 Dec 15.8 +1.5 0.5 15 Jul 169.0 374.2 v low 45%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 31.5 +1.1 46.8 20 Dec 17.2 +0.5 1.6 12 Jul 80.0 181.8 low 44%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 25.5 +0.4 35.2 26 Nov 20.6 +0.4 13.3 19 Jun 1030.0 1205.8 low 85%
Willis Island 29.0 +0.4 33.9 15 Dec 24.7 +0.6 20.4 24 Sep 968.0 1105.6 average 88%

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.
The Australian annual climate statement provides a comprehensive summary of Australia's climate during 2018. Information about changes and long-term trends in Australia's climate can be found in State of the Climate 2018.

The Annual climate summary, generally published on the second working day of the year, 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 10 am on Wednesday 2 January 2019. 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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