Canberra in July 2014: Dry July with warm daytime temperatures

Canberra recorded below-average rainfall during July, with 16.2 mm recorded at the airport (61% below the average). The majority of the rainfall (10.8 mm) was recorded on the 16th as a cold front passed over the state triggering falls. The same system brought significant snowfall during 16 and 18 July.

Daytime temperatures were warmer than normal with an average maximum of 12.2 °C, +0.8 °C above the long term average, recorded at Canberra Airport. Minimum temperatures were close to normal, averaging −0.1 °C, just 0.1 °C above the historical average. The persistence of high pressure over eastern Australia resulted in clear warm days and cool nights. Nineteen days dropped below 13 °C during the month (average 24 days) with three days reaching at least 15 °C (average 1-2 days). Eighteen nights dropped to 0 °C or lower (average 17 nights).

  • Dry July, 61% below average
  • Warm maximum temperatures
  • Average minimum temperatures

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Extremes in July 2014
Hottest day 16.9 °C at Canberra Airport on the 31st
16.9 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS on the 31st
Warmest days on average 12.2 °C at Canberra Airport
Coolest days on average 2.3 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Coldest day -2.1 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 9th
Coldest night -6.7 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 13th
Coolest nights on average -2.1 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Warmest nights on average 0.8 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Warmest night 10.5 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS on the 30th
Warmest on average overall 6.5 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Coolest on average overall 0.1 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Wettest overall 67.8 mm at Mount Ginini AWS
Wettest day 22.8 mm at Mount Ginini AWS on the 16th
Highest wind gust 93 km/h at Mount Ginini AWS on the 29th

Summary statistics for July 2014
Maximum temperatures
for July
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for July
(°C)
Rainfall
for July
(millimetres)
Mean for
July
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
July
2014
Mean for
July
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
July
2014
Total for
July
2014
Average
for
July
Rank of
July
2014
Fraction of
July
average
Canberra Airport 12.2   16.9 31st 0.0   -5.3 20th 16.2
Mount Ginini AWS 2.3   7.6 23rd -2.1   -6.7 13th 67.8
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 12.1   16.9 31st 0.8   -5.1 13th 18.2

Notes

As of March 2010, the official station for Canberra is 70351 'Canberra Airport'. Averages from the previous site, 70014 Canberra Airport Comparison, are used for comparisons.

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A Climate Summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Friday 1 August 2014. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages 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 20 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.

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