Greater Adelaide in 2023


  • Rainfall totals for 2023 were close to average or above average at sites across Adelaide and the Hills.
  • Rainfall totals for 2023 ranged from 98% of average at Edinburgh RAAF, Mount Crawford AWS, and Mount Lofty to 117% of average at Noarlunga.
  • For Greater Adelaide as a whole, rainfall totals in 2023 were less than in 2022, but more than in 2021.
  • June and December were much wetter than average months for Greater Adelaide, with numerous sites having their wettest June or December day on record respectively.
  • After a dry first half of November, severe thunderstorms crossed Greater Adelaide on 27–28 November, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and flash flooding, with McLaren Vale (Pirramimma Winery) and Brownhill Creek (Scotch College) having their highest daily rainfall on record.


  • Mean maximum temperatures for 2023 were close to average or warmer than average across Adelaide and the Hills.
  • Mean maximum temperatures ranged from 0.5 °C cooler than average at Kuitpo Forest Reserve to 1.2 °C warmer than average at Mount Lofty.
  • Maximum temperatures were cooler than average in May, but were much warmer than average in September.
  • Mean minimum temperatures for 2023 were close to average or warmer than average across Adelaide and the Hills.
  • Mean minimum temperatures ranged from 0.2 °C cooler than average at Mount Crawford AWS and Noarlunga to 1.2 °C warmer than average at Mount Barker.

Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)

  • Total rainfall for Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) was 587.6 mm, which is 111% of the long-term average of 527.8 mm.
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) was 22.3 °C, which is 0.5 °C above the long-term average of 21.8 °C.
  • The warmest day was 40.6 °C on 14 January, and the coolest day was on 27 June when the temperature reached 12.2 °C.
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) was 12.2 °C, which is 0.2 °C above the long-term average of 12.0 °C.
  • The coldest morning was 2.9 °C on 18 July, and the warmest morning was on 24 February when the minimum temperature was 29.6 °C.

Extremes in 2023
Hottest day 41.6 °C at Edinburgh RAAF on 10 Nov
Warmest days on average 23.3 °C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average 17.0 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 7.1 °C at Mount Lofty on 6 Jul
Coldest night -0.3 °C at Mount Barker on 17 Jul
Coolest nights on average 8.8 °C at Mount Lofty
Warmest nights on average 12.5 °C at Noarlunga
Warmest night 30.6 °C at Noarlunga on 24 Feb
Warmest on average overall 17.3 °C at Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)
Coolest on average overall 14.2 °C at Mount Crawford AWS
Wettest overall 1,173.2 mm at Ashton
Wettest day 96.0 mm at Piccadilly (Woodhouse) on 23 Jun
Strongest wind gust 130 km/h at Sellicks Hill (Mount Terrible Radar) on 18 May

Record highest daily rainfall
New record
Years of
McLaren Vale (Pirramimma Winery) 49.6 on 28 Nov 46.4 on 5 Jul 2016 31
Brownhill Creek (Scotch College) 74.8 on 28 Nov 64.4 on 14 Feb 2014 27

Summary statistics for 2023
Maximum temperatures
Minimum temperatures
of annual
Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) 22.3 +0.5 40.6 14 Jan 12.2 +0.2 2.9 18 Jul 587.6 527.8 high 111%
Adelaide Airport 21.7 +0.1 40.4 14 Jan 12.1 +0.6 2.0 17 Jul 505.6 438.5 high 115%
Edinburgh RAAF 22.8 +0.1 41.6 10 Nov 11.2 0.0 1.7 19 Jul 420.2 429.0 average 98%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 18.7 -0.5 38.1 10 Nov 10.2 -0.1 2.3 19 Jul 796.8 725.9 average 110%
Mount Barker 20.8 +0.7 37.9 10 Nov 9.3 +1.2 -0.3 17 Jul 772.6 764.3 average 101%
Mount Crawford AWS 19.0 -0.1 37.8 10 Nov 9.5 -0.2 2.8 26 Oct 647.8 661.5 average 98%
Mount Lofty 17.0 +1.2 34.6 23 Feb 8.8 +0.1 1.6 8 Sep 968.6 985.0 average 98%
Noarlunga 21.6 -0.1 40.7 14 Jan 12.5 -0.2 4.3 17 Jul 529.2 452.4 high 117%
Parafield Airport 23.3 +0.8 41.4 10 Nov 11.1 -0.1 0.2 18 Jul 449.6 448.5 average 100%


The Annual climate summary, lists the main features of the weather in Greater Adelaide using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated.

This summary includes data from observing sites in or near the Greater Adelaide “Greater Capital City Statistical Area” (GCCSA). The Australian Bureau of Statistics designed the GCCSAs to represent a socio-economic definition of each capital city. This means the greater capital city boundary includes people who regularly socialise, shop or work within the capital city, but live in the small towns and rural areas surrounding the capital city. It does not define the built up edge of the capital city.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 2 pm on Monday 15 January 2024. 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.

Information about Australian Indigenous seasonal calendars is available at the Indigenous Weather Knowledge website.

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