Canberra in October 2016: A cool, dry month in the ACT

October was a cool month in Canberra, the coolest for daytime temperatures in over a decade, with few warm days and several cool nights. Rainfall was below average, with above-average numbers of rain days but no heavy rain events.

Below-average rainfall

  • Rainfall was 30% below average at Canberra Airport
  • Rain was recorded on 12 days (average 10 days), but none recorded more than 10 mm (average 2 days)
  • Above-average rainfall at Mt Ginini

Cool weather continues

  • Coolest October daytime temperatures at Canberra Airport since 2003
  • Below-average minimum temperatures
  • Temperatures dropped to 0 °C or lower on three nights, well above the average of one cold night
  • No days reached 25 °C, below the average of three days and the fewest since 2010

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Extremes in October 2016
Hottest day 25.2 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS on the 26th
Warmest days on average 18.5 °C at Canberra Airport
18.5 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Coolest days on average 9.4 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Coldest day 1.5 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 4th
Coldest night -4.8 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 31st
Coolest nights on average 0.2 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Warmest nights on average 6.0 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Warmest night 11.4 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS on the 29th
11.4 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS on the 30th
Warmest on average overall 12.3 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Coolest on average overall 4.8 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Wettest overall 108.0 mm at Mount Ginini AWS
Driest overall 40.4 mm at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Wettest day 22.0 mm at Mount Ginini AWS on the 3rd
Strongest wind gust 96 km/h at Canberra Airport on the 4th
96 km/h at Mount Ginini AWS on the 4th

Summary statistics for October 2016

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
October
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
October
2016
Mean for
October
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
October
2016
Total for
October
2016
Average
for
October
Rank of
October
2016
Fraction of
October
average
Canberra Airport 18.5 -0.9 24.1 26th 5.2 -0.9 -1.0 24th 43.6 62.4 average 70%
Mount Ginini AWS 9.4 -3.6 16.3 27th 0.2 -2.9 -4.8 31st 108.0 72.6 high 149%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 18.5 -2.5 25.2 26th 6.0 -0.3 -0.4 14th 40.4 51.9 average 78%
Note: Observations for “Canberra Airport” are taken from the current site (Bureau number 070351), which opened in late 2008.
Comparisons are made against data from the previous site Canberra Airport Comparison (070014), which ran from 1939 to 2010.

Daily maximum temperatures for October 2016

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Canberra Airport 14.1 19.4 14.3 14.0 14.6 21.2 22.9 18.9 17.4 18.6 14.2 16.0 16.2 18.9 20.0 23.6 16.1 17.5 16.0 19.4 21.6 13.8 16.4 18.2 20.7 24.1 23.2 18.6 24.0 22.4 16.5
Mount Ginini AWS 2.5 9.5 2.6 1.5 2.4 9.7 13.1 15.3 15.4 6.5 3.9 4.2 7.0 12.5 13.5 13.3 4.3 3.8 7.6 10.1 14.4 4.1 7.4 13.3 13.7 16.3 16.3 13.4 15.8 11.0 6.2
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 13.4 19.3 14.2 13.1 14.3 22.2 22.8 19.3 17.9 17.7 14.3 15.8 16.0 18.8 20.9 23.6 16.0 16.5 16.4 18.7 21.5 12.5 16.2 18.4 21.9 25.2 24.6 18.8 23.7 21.9 16.8
Values are the maximum temperature, usually in the 24 hours from 9 am on the day indicated,
and typically occurred in the afternoon of that day.
Temperatures coloured according to their difference
from the long-term average for the period
-10.0 -9.0 -8.0 -7.0 -6.0 -5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 +1.0 +2.0 +3.0 +4.0 +5.0 +6.0 +7.0 +8.0 +9.0 +10.0 °C Grey outline marks highest
and lowest for the period


Daily minimum temperatures for October 2016

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Canberra Airport 6.5 5.3 7.3 6.5 3.6 7.8 7.6 8.5 1.4 6.2 5.2 -0.9 1.7 -0.3 1.0 9.0 9.7 5.2 4.6 1.5 1.4 10.4 0.7 -1.0 1.2 8.4 7.0 8.9 11.0 10.2 5.6
Mount Ginini AWS -1.7 -0.6 2.2 -2.2 -4.7 -3.4 1.6 6.2 -0.6 6.5 -4.6 -3.7 -4.6 -2.1 1.5 3.6 0.6 -0.6 -4.0 -2.3 1.0 3.1 -3.4 -2.1 1.7 4.7 6.4 0.4 2.9 8.0 -4.8
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 6.6 6.2 9.0 7.0 4.6 8.2 7.7 10.3 4.8 9.3 5.1 0.1 3.4 -0.4 1.1 7.0 9.5 7.3 3.3 2.8 2.5 10.0 3.8 0.7 1.8 9.4 7.6 9.5 11.4 11.4 6.2
Values are the minimum temperature, usually in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated,
and typically occurred that morning.
Temperatures coloured according to their difference
from the long-term average for the period
-10.0 -9.0 -8.0 -7.0 -6.0 -5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 +1.0 +2.0 +3.0 +4.0 +5.0 +6.0 +7.0 +8.0 +9.0 +10.0 °C Grey outline marks highest
and lowest for the period


Daily rainfall for October 2016

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Canberra (Australian National Botanic Ga - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6







Canberra Airport 2.0 0.2 8.8 1.4 8.4 - - - - - 1.0 - 0.4 - - - 5.4 - 0.6 - - 7.4 5.4 - - - - - - - 2.6
Mount Ginini AWS
5.0 22.0 13.0 14.4 0.2 - 0.6 - - 5.8 - 1.4 - - - 13.4 2.4 3.6 - - 2.4 1.4 - - - - - - 0.8 21.6
Nicholls (Gungahlin Lakes) 7.2 3.2 10.2 4.2 9.0 - - - - - 2.4 - - - - - 7.0 1.0 1.0











Torrens (Darke St) 3.0 0.6 9.6 1.6 10.2 - - - - - 1.0 - 0.2 - - - 5.2 0.2 1.4 - - 4.6 0.4 - - - - - - 2.8 1.8
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 2.8
9.8 2.2 11.6 - - - - -
- - - - - 3.8 0.4 0.8 - - 4.0 0.4 - - - - - - 1.6 3.0
Most values are the precipitation in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated. Days marked with → are part of a longer accumulation, which is shown on the final day.
Values over 100 mm have been rounded to the nearest whole millimetre.
Days marked with - have a rainfall report of zero; days left blank have no rainfall report (which often indicates no rain fell).
Rainfalls coloured
according to the amount
0 1.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 25.0 50.0 100 150 200 300 400 600 millimetres

Notes

The Monthly climate summary lists the main features of the weather in Canberra 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 10 am on Tuesday 1 November 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.

Observations for “Canberra Airport” are taken from the current site (Bureau number 070351), which opened in late 2008.
Comparisons are made against data from the previous site Canberra Airport Comparison (070014), which ran from 1939 to 2010.

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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