Canberra in October 2014: Warm daytime temperatures

Canberra recorded slightly below average rainfall during October, with a monthly total of 53.4 mm recorded (86% of the average). The rain fell over 6 rain days during the month, below the average of 10 rain days. Most of the rainfall fell during the middle of the month on the 13th and 14th associated with the passage of a low pressure trough with embedded lows.

The average daytime temperature was 22.5 °C, 3.1 °C above the long-term average and the fourth-warmest October on record for Canberra. Eleven days reached at least 25 °C and two at least 30 °C during the month, in both cases the equal-second-highest following October 2006, while only one day failed to reach 10 °C following a cool change mid-month. Minimum temperatures were cooler than normal with a mean of 5.4 °C, 0.7 °C below the long-term average.

  • Fourth-warmest maximum temperatures on record
  • Well above average numbers of warm days
  • Close to average rainfall

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Extremes in October 2014
Hottest day 32.0 °C at Canberra Airport on the 31st
Warmest days on average 22.5 °C at Canberra Airport
Coolest days on average 14.7 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Coldest day 0.0 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 14th
Coldest night -4.4 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 1st
Coolest nights on average 4.0 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Warmest nights on average 6.7 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Warmest night 14.0 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS on the 13th
Warmest on average overall 14.6 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Coolest on average overall 9.3 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Wettest overall 56.4 mm at Canberra (Australian National Botanic Gardens)
Driest overall 36.8 mm at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Wettest day 23.6 mm at Canberra (Australian National Botanic Ga on the 14th
Strongest wind gust 91 km/h at Mount Ginini AWS on the 7th

Summary statistics for October 2014
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
October
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
October
2014
Mean for
October
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
October
2014
Total for
October
2014
Average
for
October
Rank of
October
2014
Fraction of
October
average
Canberra Airport 22.5 +3.1 32.0 31st 5.4 -0.7 -2.0 2nd 53.4 62.4 average 86%
Mount Ginini AWS 14.7 +2.3 22.2 31st 4.0 +1.3 -4.4 1st 54.2 74.2 average 73%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 22.4 +1.8 31.7 25th 6.7 +0.5 -0.2 2nd 36.8 53.6 low 69%

Daily maximum temperatures for October 2014
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Canberra Airport16.920.020.922.527.528.119.819.820.222.126.627.621.18.715.917.117.120.425.117.117.624.927.228.430.029.224.619.823.926.532.0
Mount Ginini AWS7.714.114.816.718.319.810.711.412.714.517.918.79.40.05.210.68.913.919.615.212.419.119.420.421.720.614.810.416.517.622.2
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS16.921.321.223.627.828.119.820.520.221.926.627.719.68.515.617.317.220.825.816.917.025.126.828.931.729.624.420.124.926.8
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 2014
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Canberra Airport4.8-2.0-0.710.13.76.711.02.02.20.43.14.513.76.26.3-0.71.10.62.56.99.59.78.39.77.88.08.57.27.04.45.1
Mount Ginini AWS-4.4-1.23.53.76.39.92.30.01.73.76.99.17.1-0.4-3.4-3.2-1.10.05.99.81.73.310.67.510.610.98.80.02.15.07.4
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS5.6-0.21.311.04.69.211.33.44.12.23.74.114.06.46.7-0.26.54.74.49.39.99.610.310.58.39.79.99.67.66.24.9
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 2014
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Canberra (Australian National Botanic Ga - - - - - - 16.8 - - - - - 5.4 23.6 10.6 -
Canberra Airport - - - - - - 11.8 - - 0.2 - - 4.8 15.4 15.2 - - - - - - - - 6.0 - - - - - - -
Mount Ginini AWS 0.2 - - - - - 19.2 - - - - - 15.2 12.2 2.6 0.4 0.2 - - - - - - 3.6 - - - 0.6 - - -
Nicholls (Gungahlin Lakes) - - - - - - 14.2 - - - - 7.6 - - 33.6















Tharwa General Store - - - - - - 8.0 - - - - - 4.0 16.4 3.8 - - - - - - - - 17.4






Torrens (Darke St) - - - - - - 10.2 - - - - - 6.2 20.0 8.6 0.2 - - - - - - - 10.8






Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS - - - - - - 7.6 - - -
- 4.8 14.4 7.6 - - - - - - - - 2.2 - 0.2 - - - - -
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

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.

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list 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, usually published in the fourth week of the month.

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 Monday 3 November 2014. 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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