Queensland in 2015: Third-warmest year on record; dry across much of the State

2015 was the third-warmest year on record for Queensland. Rainfall was well below the long-term average in western, central and southern parts of the State.

  • Third-warmest year on record for Queensland
  • Statewide mean maximum temperature sixth-warmest on record
  • Statewide mean minimum temperature fifth-warmest on record
  • Exceptional heatwave in March
  • Tropical cyclones Nathan and Marcia make landfall
  • Major flooding associated with Marcia in the Fitzroy, Burnett and Mary River catchments
  • Below average rainfall for the State; record low annual rainfall at some locations
  • Dry in parts of western, central and southern Queensland, exacerbating long-term rainfall deficient areas
  • Severe thunderstorms during January, March, all spring months and December

Queensland had its third-warmest year on record in 2015. The statewide mean temperature was 1.03 C above the historical average and 0.22 C below the record warmest year in 2005. The statewide mean maximum temperature was the sixth-warmest on record, with an anomaly of 1.04 C above the long-term average. Much of the central and western parts of the State recorded well above average mean maximum temperatures, with areas in the far north and the southeast also warmer than usual. Only small pockets on the far northeast coast were near-average. The statewide mean minimum temperature was the fifth-warmest on record, and 1.01 C above the long-term average. Parts of the Cape York Peninsula, central coast and southwest had below average mean minimum temperatures, while large areas of the central west and southern interior recorded well above average mean minimum temperatures.

Hot conditions were experienced across much of western Queensland through late February and March. An extended hot spell saw a record number of consecutive days of 40 C or above including 28 consecutive days at Urandangi, 20 days at Boulia, and 10 days at Longreach. An exceptionally hot March saw numerous record-breaking events, including the first time a Queensland station has recorded a mean monthly maximum temperature of 40 C or above in March, with Julia Creek, Winton and Century Mine all breaking this record. When Birdsville reached 46.5 C on the 19th of March, it was the highest temperature ever recorded in Australia in the second half of March, and Queensland's hottest March day on record, surpassing the previous record set on 1 March 1923.  See Special Climate Statement 51.

In contrast, a significant cold spell occurred over southern Queensland from the period 11 to 17 July, as a sequence of strong cold fronts affected Queensland. Snow was reported at various locations in the Granite Belt, and sleet was reported at Eukey on 16 July, turning to snow and falling heavily at time early on the 17th. There were reports of snow flurries as far north as Toowoomba. The snow accumulations around Stanthorpe were the heaviest to have occurred since 1984. 

The statewide rainfall during 2015 was 487.5 mm, 22% below the historical average. Rainfall was below average in large parts of western, central and southern Queensland, and areas of the east coast, and pockets of the Gulf Country and the Cape York Peninsula. Townsville had its driest year on record, receiving an annual total of 397.2 mm, and the lowest rainfall recorded at this site in 74 years. Ingham also had its lowest annual rainfall on record. Near-average rainfall was recorded in the southeastern quarter of the State, and in some places in far northern and western Queensland. Above average rainfall occurred in pockets of the far west, southeast coast, on the north tropical coast between Cape Melville and Cooktown, areas of the Wide Bay and Burnett, and Capricornia districts. Much of the annual rainfall, particularly in the far west, occurred early or late in the year. For example, Mount Isa had 532.4 mm for 2015, and 443 mm of this fell in January and December. Another notable site was Kowanyama, with this station tracking well below the long-term annual average rainfall up to November, before receiving record high monthly December rainfall (618.8 mm), resulting in near average annual falls.

Notable events in 2015

  • Localised flash flooding in the Gold Coast from slow-moving, heavy showers on 11 January.
  • Birdsville Airport received more rain in January 2015 than for the whole of 2014.
  • Widespread rainfall on the east coast between Townsville and Bundaberg in the 24 hours to 9am on 22 January, and between Townsville and Mackay in the 24 hours to 9am on 23 January.
  • Tropical cyclone Marcia made landfall on 20 February at Shoalwater Bay as a category 5 system.
  • Flooding as a result of Marcia was significant for catchments extending from the Dawson, Don and Dee Rivers in the Fitzroy River catchment to the Upper Brisbane River.
  • Charleville had its driest February on record, with no rainfall recorded.
  • March statewide mean, maximum and minimum temperatures highest on record.
  • Persistent hot conditions through much of western Queensland through February and March. Record consecutive days of  40 C or above at Urandangi (28 days), Boulia (20 days) and Longreach (10 days) all records for hot spells ending in March. See Special Climate Statement 51.
  • Severe thunderstorms produced hail up to 6 cm in diameter at Chinchilla on 21 March and caused flash flooding in numerous suburbs in greater Brisbane.
  • Tropical cyclone Nathan made landfall on 20 March between Cape Melville and Cape Flattery.
  • Flash flooding in Boonah, Beaudesert and Kooralbyn, with swift water rescues occurring on Boonah-Beaudesert Road on 4 April. Rainfall continued across southern and southeastern Queensland on 4 and 5 April with some locations receiving their highest April daily rainfall on record.
  • An East Coast Low generated very heavy rainfall around Caboolture on 2 May, with flash flooding in various locations around northern suburbs of Brisbane. Heavy rain also fell in southern suburbs including Wolffdene, Waterford, Greenbank, Calamvale and Carole Park.
  • June statewide mean and minimum temperatures both the third-warmest on record. Queensland had its warmest first half of the year on record.
  • A rainband with embedded thunderstorms formed on 16 and 17 June and produced heavy rainfall between Mitchell and the Great Dividing Range.
  • Cairns recorded its wettest June on record as a result of persistent, moist easterly flow onto the northern east coast of Queensland.
  • Tropical cyclone Raquel formed to the northeast of the Solomon Islands at the end of June, and was a rare winter southern hemisphere tropical cyclone.
  • Snow was reported in various locations in the Granite Belt on 17 July, and the largest accumulations of snow since 1984. Snow depths of up to 5 cm were reported.
  • Severe thunderstorms produced large hail in multiple suburbs of Brisbane, in Rockhampton, Gympie and Warwick on 22 September; and hail between 4 cm and 5 cm in diameter at Fernvale, Rosewood and Dayboro on 27 October.
  • Severe thunderstorms caused extensive structural damage to buildings in Booyal and Chinchilla on 28 October. Hail up to 4 cm in diameter was reported from Indooroopilly, Toowong and Archerfield.
  • Numerous severe thunderstorms occurred during November. Moranbah recorded a maximum wind gust of 156 km/h on 16 November. Large hail was reported from numerous locations in the Darling Downs, Wide Bay and Burnett, Central Highlands and Coalfields, and throughout the southeast coastal districts.
  • An active monsoon trough across northern Australia produced significant rainfall across the Gulf Country, Cape York Peninsula, the north tropical coast and in the North West districts at the end of December. Kowanyama had its wettest December on record.
  • Thunderstorms formed along a surface trough extending from the northwest to the southeast of the State on 27 December, with locally heavy falls at various locations, including Gin Gin with over 100 mm in one hour.

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Extremes in 2015
Hottest day 46.7 C at Birdsville Airport on 6 Dec
Warmest days on average 35.3 C at Century Mine
Coolest days on average 21.4 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 4.8 C at Applethorpe on 17 Jul
Coldest night -5.1 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 7 Aug
Coolest nights on average 9.2 C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 24.8 C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 33.7 C at Birdsville Airport on 7 Dec
Warmest on average overall 28.4 C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 15.3 C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall3539.5 mm at Babinda Post Office
Driest overall71.3 mm at Boulia Airport
Wettest day 329.4 mm at Elimbah on 2 May
Strongest wind gust 207 km/h at Middle Percy Island on 20 Feb

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
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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October 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
Tecoma 155.0 on 21 Feb 148.8 on 7 Feb 1956 73
Tannymorel 165.0 on 21 Feb 125.8 on 2 Mar 1982 63
Wingfield 130.0 on 21 Feb 115.0 on 26 Feb 2013 61
Upper Barron 214.0 on 8 Feb 211.6 on 23 Mar 1997 44
Mango Hill 286.6 on 2 May 201.4 on 25 Jan 2012 37
Aubigny Purrawunda 120.0 on 2 May 103.4 on 20 Jul 1965 29
Morayfield Mark St 265.2 on 2 May 241.4 on 9 Feb 1999 27
Sunshine Coast Airport 197.6 on 21 Feb 192.2 on 24 Aug 2007 22



Record lowest annual total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Townsville Aero 397.2 464.2 in 1969 75 1134.7
Ingham Composite 1051.9 1105.0 in 1992 43 2141.6

Lowest annual total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Annual
average
Low Holm Station 269.8 105.6 in 1923* 646.9
Lucinda Township 946.7 776.2 in 1923* 2111.2
Yabulu QLD Nickel 462.9 233.9 in 1935* 1178.4
Mt Douglas 232.6 232.0 in 1935* 586.3
Upper Stone Exelby 879.7 777.5 in 1961* 1578.8
Isisford Post Office 181.3 147.5 in 1982* 448.2
Mystery Park 527.2 460.1 in 1972* 1016.9
Mackay M.O 851.4 794.6 in 1987* 1610.0
Kelsey Creek Dittmer Rd 757.0 658.6 in 1992* 1440.5
Bambaroo 1202.8 1149.2 in 1987* 1858.1
Carfax 385.8 261.9 in 1992* 616.5
Westmoreland Station 481.0 378.3 in 1990* 895.0

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




Record lowest daily maximum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Warwick 8.6 on 17 Jul = 8.6 on 9 Jun 2011 22 24.6



Record highest annual mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Mackay M.O 27.4 = 27.4 in 2005 55 26.4
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.1 = 30.1 in 1964 52 29.1
Mackay Aero 28.2 = 28.2 in 2005 27 27.2
Proserpine Airport 29.5 = 29.5 in 2002 25 28.7
Charters Towers Airport 31.3 = 31.3 in 2002 22 30.3

Highest annual mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(C)
Most recent
higher
Annual
average
Kowanyama Airport 34.2 34.3 in 1988* 33.2

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




Record highest annual mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Longreach Aero 17.4 = 17.4 in 1993 47 15.8

Highest annual mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(C)
Most recent
higher
Annual
average
Mount Isa Aero 17.9 18.2 in 1995 17.3



Record highest annual mean temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Townsville Aero 25.4 = 25.4 in 2003 74 24.3
Ayr DPI Research Stn 24.4 = 24.4 in 2005 52 23.5
Longreach Aero 25.0 = 25.0 in 2014 47 23.6
Kowanyama Airport 27.8 = 27.8 in 2010 38 27.0
Mackay Aero 23.3 = 23.3 in 2005 27 22.5
Charters Towers Airport 24.7 = 24.7 in 1996 22 23.9
Sunshine Coast Airport 21.1 = 21.1 in 2014 20 20.6



Summary statistics for 2015
Maximum temperatures
(C)
Minimum temperatures
(C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean
for
2015
Diff
from
average
Highest
for
2015
Mean
for
2015
Diff
from
average
Lowest
for
2015
Total
for
2015
Average
annual
total
Rank
of
2015
Fraction
of annual
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.0 +0.7 35.8 6 Dec 24.8 -0.3 21.6 13 Aug 1542.0 1459.7 average 106%
Coen Airport 31.8 +0.2 38.6 9 Nov 20.2 -0.6 10.7 16 Jul 1097.2 1138.2 low 96%
Horn Island 30.2 -0.2 33.2 3 Dec 24.6 0.0 18.1 19 Sep 1727.8 1822.1 average 95%
Scherger RAAF 32.9   39.0 22 Nov 21.5   14.1 17 Jul 1856.4 1763.0 average 105%
Weipa Aero 32.8 +0.1 38.7 6 Nov 21.6 -0.3 14.3 9 Aug 1911.4 1963.9 average 97%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 29.8 0.0 35.8 4 Feb 22.2 +0.2 13.9 15 Jul 2344.3 2072.1 high 113%
Palmerville 33.6 +0.8 40.0 27 Nov 19.2 +0.2 7.9 13 Jul 715.2 1035.8 low 69%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 34.1 +0.9 42.8 8 Nov 20.8 +0.2 8.2 15 Jul
Century Mine 35.3 +1.0 43.9 20 Mar 20.3 +0.7 6.3 9 Aug 537.8 636.8 average 84%
Cloncurry Airport 33.8 +0.5 44.5 28 Nov 19.9 +1.1 5.7 17 Jul 417.2 509.8 average 82%
Julia Creek Airport 34.9 +0.8 44.7 29 Nov 17.8 +0.8 3.0 15 Jul 373.8 441.9 average 85%
Kowanyama Airport 34.2 +1.0 40.2 25 Nov 21.4 +0.6 7.9 14 Jul 1292.6 1269.5 average 102%
Lake Julius AWS 33.7   44.4 27 Nov 20.8   8.4 9 Aug 606.4
Mornington Island Airport 30.7   37.6 17 Nov 22.8   12.3 16 Jul 930.4
Mount Isa Aero 32.9 +1.0 43.9 28 Nov 17.9 +0.6 1.8 9 Aug 532.4 461.7 average 115%
Normanton Airport 34.2 +0.7 40.5 28 Nov 22.2 +0.5 11.1 19 Jul 739.0 811.4 average 91%
Sweers Island 30.4 +0.1 36.6 18 Nov 23.5 +0.2 12.2 16 Jul 814.8 1225.2 low 67%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 33.1 +0.4 42.1 8 Dec 19.6 +0.7 2.7 15 Jul 661.8 842.5 low 79%
Hughenden Airport 33.0 +0.9 42.7 27 Nov 18.0 +0.6 0.2 14 Jul 330.8 463.5 low 71%
Richmond Airport 34.0 +0.8 43.9 29 Nov 17.8 +0.8 1.0 14 Jul 393.4 450.2 average 87%
Richmond Post Office 33.8 +1.0 43.1 29 Nov 18.3 +1.6 1.9 8 Aug 444.4 474.8 average 94%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 29.5 +0.5 36.5 22 Feb 21.1 +0.3 9.6 7 Aug 1896.2 1999.7 average 95%
Cairns Racecourse 29.5   37.0 21 Jan 20.2   7.8 18 Jul
Cape Flattery 29.8 0.0 36.9 22 Feb 23.4 +0.1 16.1 13 Aug 1643.8 1555.0 average 106%
Cooktown Airport 29.6 +0.1 37.7 29 Jan 21.9 -0.1 9.3 18 Jul 1720.2 1492.9 average 115%
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.6 +0.2 36.8 28 Jan 23.6 +0.2 18.2 15 Jul 1843.3 2120.9 average 87%
Mareeba Airport 29.1 +0.3 36.4 8 Nov 17.9 +0.1 7.2 14 Jul 719.2 864.8 average 83%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 28.4 -0.3 36.5 25 Jan 20.5 +1.5 7.8 14 Jul 1407.6 2111.9 low 67%
Ingham Composite 29.9 +0.7 38.4 27 Jan     5.0 18 Jul 1051.9 2141.6 lowest 49%
Innisfail 28.4 +0.5 36.6 3 Feb 20.7 +1.3 10.8 14 Jul 2634.1 3558.1 low 74%
Lucinda Point 27.1 0.0 34.0 3 Feb 22.8 +0.4 13.6 15 Jul 593.0 1023.4 low 58%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.5 +0.4 36.3 27 Jan 19.8 +0.6 7.5 18 Jul 2469.6 3289.3 low 75%
Townsville Aero 30.1 +1.2 36.7 3 Feb 20.7 +0.9 6.9 14 Jul 397.2 1134.7 lowest 35%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.5 +0.2 34.1 18 Jan 20.9 +0.5 5.8 14 Jul 672.8 971.5 low 69%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.1 +1.0 36.5 27 Jan 18.7 +0.8 4.0 14 Jul 444.6 954.5 v low 47%
Hamilton Island Airport 26.7 +0.4 34.5 19 Jan 22.0 +0.3 15.2 13 Jul 711.0 1460.8 v low 49%
Mackay Aero 28.2 +1.0 35.3 22 Feb 18.4 +0.6 2.7 18 Jul 842.4 1536.0 low 55%
Mackay M.O 27.4 +1.0 35.5 19 Jan 19.7 +0.6 7.3 18 Jul 851.4 1610.0 v low 53%
Proserpine Airport 29.5 +0.8 36.2 19 Jan 17.6 +0.1 1.4 18 Jul 850.6 1427.0 v low 60%
St Lawrence 29.0 +0.7 37.0 26 Jan 17.4 0.0 3.2 15 Jul 655.0 980.2 low 67%
Williamson 28.5   37.2 25 Jan 17.2   1.0 14 Jul 815.4 938.9 average 87%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 25.9 +0.1 36.1 25 Jan     4.2 15 Jul 1017.4 990.4 average 103%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 31.3 +1.0 39.6 21 Feb 18.1 +0.5 4.2 15 Jul 397.4 653.6 low 61%
Moranbah Airport 31.1   40.1 28 Nov 15.7   -0.2 18 Jul 459.0
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 30.4   40.9 27 Nov 16.1   0.3 13 Jul 438.0
Clermont Airport 30.7   41.5 28 Nov 14.6   -2.0 14 Jul 294.2
Emerald Airport 30.4 +0.7 41.2 27 Nov 16.6 +0.4 3.1 17 Jul 381.4 553.3 low 69%
Lochington 30.2   42.8 27 Nov 14.5   -0.2 15 May 572.4
Rolleston Airport 29.8   41.8 27 Nov 14.2   -0.5 3 Jun 503.8
Springsure Comet St 29.1 +0.2 40.4 27 Nov     -1.1 15 Jul 614.2 687.9 average 89%
Tambo Post Office 30.2 +1.2 42.0 20 Mar 13.5 +0.9 -3.5 18 Jul 340.5 533.1 low 64%
Taroom Post Office 29.4 +1.1 42.2 20 Mar 14.0 +0.4 -1.9 3 Jun 559.8 673.5 average 83%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 31.3 +1.2 42.2 20 Mar 17.9 +1.6 2.9 14 Jul 421.3 501.5 average 84%
Blackall Airport 31.3 +0.9 43.0 27 Nov 16.4 +1.1 -0.9 14 Jul 257.2 514.0 v low 50%
Isisford Post Office     44.6 20 Mar 17.1 +1.5 1.5 14 Jul 181.3 448.2 v low 40%
Longreach Aero 32.6 +1.2 43.7 27 Nov 17.4 +1.6 0.4 14 Jul 165.4 440.7 v low 38%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 33.8 +0.9 44.0 28 Nov 18.3 +0.7 1.8 18 Jul 471.0 399.4 high 118%
Carters Bore 32.2   43.3 28 Nov 20.2   7.1 17 Jul 392.2
New May Downs 32.6   43.1 28 Nov 19.4   6.2 17 Jul 377.6
The Monument Airport 32.9 +0.6 44.1 20 Mar 17.4 +0.7 0.7 20 Jul 170.0 298.5 low 57%
Trepell Airport 33.0 +0.3 43.6 28 Nov 17.8 +0.7 2.3 17 Jul 163.4 295.1 low 55%
Urandangi Aerodrome 33.5   45.0 26 Nov 16.2   0.4 17 Jul 238.8
Winton Airport 33.6 +0.9 45.0 28 Nov 18.2 +1.2 2.1 17 Jul 196.4 352.8 low 56%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 31.7 +0.2 46.7 6 Dec 16.9 +0.2 1.4 19 Jul 149.4 127.4 high 117%
Boulia Airport     44.9 2 Mar 18.9 +2.0 3.8 20 Jul 71.3 261.4 v low 27%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 27.5 +0.8 35.6 1 Feb 16.4 0.0 4.0 15 Jul 852.2 1026.4 low 83%
Gayndah Airport 28.4 -0.2 37.8 20 Mar 14.4 0.0 0.0 13 Jul 705.6 618.9 high 114%
Gladstone Airport 27.8 +0.6 36.5 22 Feb 18.1 +0.1 5.1 18 Jul 846.2 858.9 average 99%
Gladstone Radar 28.6 +0.9 35.9 22 Feb 18.9 +0.3 8.0 17 Jul 685.2 891.1 low 77%
Lady Elliot Island 26.5 +0.9 32.1 19 Jan 21.2 +0.5 11.9 13 Jul 715.8 1133.5 v low 63%
Monto Township 27.7 +0.4 38.4 27 Nov 13.2 +0.3 -2.8 7 Aug 775.9 742.0 average 105%
Rockhampton Aero 29.4 +1.0 37.9 27 Nov 17.6 +0.9 3.1 15 Jul 682.8 813.0 average 84%
Rundle Island 25.1 +0.3 32.0 21 Feb 20.9 +0.1 11.9 18 Jul
Seventeen Seventy 26.2 +0.5 32.5 16 Jan     7.6 18 Jul 1008.3 1173.0 average 86%
Thangool Airport 28.8 -0.3 36.7 27 Nov 12.9 -0.3 -3.2 18 Jul 501.4 666.8 low 75%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 27.1 +0.3 39.4 17 Jan 13.0 -0.1 -1.8 18 Jul 995.8 865.3 high 115%
Archerfield Airport 26.8 +0.6 37.4 18 Jan 15.0 +0.6 2.4 15 Jul 1165.8 1065.3 average 109%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 26.7   37.7 17 Jan 13.1   -1.7 18 Jul 905.6
Beerburrum Forest Station 26.1 -0.4 37.2 19 Mar 14.9 +0.2 4.7 19 Jul 1839.4 1426.9 high 129%
Brisbane 26.4 -0.1 36.7 25 Jan 16.6 +0.3 5.4 15 Jul 1445.4 1021.6 high 141%
Brisbane Aero 25.3 0.0 36.3 15 Jan 16.0 +0.4 4.5 15 Jul 1270.0 1059.7 high 120%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 24.1 +0.8 30.9 18 Jan 18.7 +0.7 7.2 17 Jul 1066.2 1498.7 low 71%
Coolangatta 25.2 +0.5 33.9 5 Mar 16.0 +0.1 2.1 15 Jul 1919.0 1525.4 high 126%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.2 +1.0 34.3 19 Jan 19.1 +0.4 8.0 17 Jul 936.6 1370.9 low 68%
Gold Coast Seaway 25.8 +0.6 36.5 15 Jan 17.4 +0.2 4.9 18 Jul 1653.2 1294.5 high 128%
Gympie 27.1 -0.1 38.0 18 Jan 14.1 +0.5 0.9 13 Jul 1106.2 1126.9 average 98%
Hervey Bay Airport 26.8 +0.5 33.7 26 Jan 16.5 -0.1 0.8 6 Aug 825.0 1069.8 v low 77%
Kingaroy Airport 25.5 -0.2 37.4 20 Mar 11.5 +0.2 -3.6 15 Jul 842.6 669.9 high 126%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 26.1 +0.1 37.5 5 Mar     3.9 5 Jun 1292.2 1097.8 average 118%
Maryborough 27.5 +0.5 36.1 17 Jan 15.4 +0.1 1.8 6 Aug 1031.8 1140.3 average 90%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 25.8   36.1 5 Mar 15.9   3.5 13 Jul 1754.5
Rainbow Beach 25.5 +0.1 34.2 5 Mar       1325.0 1473.8 average 90%
Redcliffe 25.1 -0.1 36.6 15 Jan 17.0 +0.1 6.2 15 Jul 1465.6
Sunshine Coast Airport 26.3 +1.0 36.2 19 Mar 15.9 +0.1 2.1 13 Jul 1501.0 1478.5 average 102%
Tewantin RSL Park 25.4 +0.2 35.1 19 Mar 17.1 +0.2 4.4 18 Jul 1408.4 1588.2 average 89%
University of Queensland Gatton 27.2 +0.4 38.7 5 Mar 13.3 +0.3 -0.3 8 Aug 681.0 772.2 average 88%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 21.4 +0.6 33.8 20 Mar 9.2 +0.2 -4.5 7 Aug 770.0 761.7 average 101%
Dalby Airport 27.0 +0.2 40.2 20 Mar 11.7 -0.2 -3.6 7 Aug 454.4 607.1 low 75%
Oakey Aero 25.6 +0.2 38.7 20 Mar 11.3 +0.4 -4.1 7 Aug 617.6 625.5 average 99%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 21.9 +0.2 34.2 20 Mar 9.4 +0.6 -5.1 7 Aug 748.5 767.0 average 98%
Texas Post Office 26.8 -0.1 39.2 20 Nov 12.2 +0.8 -2.2 18 Jul 728.8 659.5 average 111%
Toowoomba Airport 23.0 0.0 34.0 19 Mar 12.6 0.0 -0.1 5 Aug 646.4 726.4 average 89%
Warwick 24.7 +0.1 36.7 20 Nov 10.5 0.0 -4.6 7 Aug 620.1 679.7 average 91%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 27.8 +0.1 41.4 20 Mar 12.9 0.0 -3.1 3 Jun
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 28.2 +0.6 41.7 20 Mar 12.1 +0.3 -4.9 3 Jun 465.6 635.3 low 73%
Mitchell Post Office 28.8 +1.3 42.1 20 Mar 12.2 +0.5 -3.5 3 Jun 559.7 570.8 average 98%
Roma Airport 28.6 +0.7 42.9 20 Mar 12.5 -0.2 -4.5 4 Jun 439.4 579.8 average 76%
St George Airport 28.2 +0.3 43.5 26 Nov 14.3 +0.5 -1.3 4 Jun 427.2 491.7 average 87%
Surat 28.1 +0.3 41.9 20 Mar 13.8 +0.8 -3.8 4 Jun 485.4 577.0 average 84%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 28.7 +0.7 43.2 20 Mar 14.6 +1.3 -0.5 4 Jun 477.9 464.5 average 103%
Charleville Aero 29.5 +1.4 43.3 20 Mar 14.6 +1.1 -1.1 4 Jun 270.0 490.2 v low 55%
Cunnamulla Post Office 29.3 +1.2 43.3 26 Nov 15.5 +1.3 1.4 19 Jul 359.9 376.0 average 96%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 30.9 +0.6 45.1 19 Mar 17.0 +0.4 2.4 17 Jul 108.4 180.5 low 60%
Thargomindah Airport 30.3 +0.7 43.5 19 Mar 16.8 +0.7 1.8 30 Jul 95.1 271.3 low 35%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 25.6 +0.6 32.0 25 Jan 20.4 +0.3 12.7 18 Jul 659.0 1201.0 v low 55%
Willis Island 28.8 +0.2 32.8 18 Jan 24.4 +0.4 20.5 14 Jul 864.6 1114.7 low 78%

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. Later information, including data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

A climate summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 8 am on Wednesday 6 January 2016. 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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Network problems on 8 January disrupted processing of observations, affecting some climate information. Missing data are being retrieved and will be processed into our systems over coming weeks.