Canberra in February 2017: A warm, dry month

Daytime temperatures were well above average in Canberra during February, with near-record daytime temperatures on the 10th and 11th. Rainfall was below average, while overnight temperatures were close to average, with a record-cold February night on the 21st.

Hot February days and some cool nights

  • The average maximum temperature at Canberra Airport was 3.0 °C above average, the eighth-warmest on record for February
  • Six days reached at least 35 °C, the equal fourth-highest number on record (the average is one day)
  • Temperatures reached 41 °C on the 10th and 41.6 °C on the 11th; these were the second- and third-hottest February days on record for Canberra, behind 42.2 °C on 1 February 1968. The only other February with two days of at least 40 °C was in 2009, when both the 7th and 8th reached exactly 40.0 °C
  • The average minimum temperature at Canberra Airport was 0.2 °C below average for February, with eight nights falling below 10 °C, above the average of four cool nights and the most since 13 cool nights in February 1996
  • The minimum temperature at Canberra Airport dropped to 2.8 °C on the 21st, the coldest February night since records began in 1939

A dry end to summer

  • Rainfall was below average in Canberra and the driest for February since 2009
  • Rain was recorded on seven days, normal for February, although no days exceeded 10 mm (average 2 days)

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Extremes in February 2017
Hottest day 41.6 °C at Canberra Airport on the 11th
Warmest days on average 30.1 °C at Canberra Airport
Coolest days on average 20.0 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Coldest day 10.8 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 20th
Coldest night -1.6 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 20th
Coolest nights on average 9.1 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Warmest nights on average 13.7 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Warmest night 21.1 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS on the 6th
Warmest on average overall 21.6 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Coolest on average overall 14.6 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Wettest overall 32.6 mm at Nicholls (Gungahlin Lakes)
Driest overall 20.6 mm at Canberra Airport
Wettest day 16.4 mm at Nicholls (Gungahlin Lakes) on the 2nd
Strongest wind gust 74 km/h at Mount Ginini AWS on the 6th

Record highest February temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 41.1 on the 10th 39.9 on the 8th in 2009 21 28.0

Record lowest February temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 3.4 on the 21st 5.3 on the 18th in 1998 21 14.3

Summary statistics for February 2017

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2017
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2017
Mean for
February
2017
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2017
Total for
February
2017
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2017
Fraction of
February
average
Canberra Airport 30.1 +3.0 41.6 11th 12.9 -0.2 2.8 21st 20.6 56.4 low 37%
Mount Ginini AWS 20.0 +1.2 30.2 10th 9.1 +0.1 -1.6 20th 21.4 96.7 low 22%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 29.6 +1.6 41.1 10th 13.7 -0.6 3.4 21st 23.0 71.9 low 32%
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 February 2017

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
Canberra Airport 23.7 29.4 30.2 34.2 36.4 34.0 22.9 25.6 36.0 41.0 41.6 31.9 26.9 27.7 30.3 34.4 36.3 24.0 23.2 21.7 27.0 32.5 35.5 33.7 21.9 24.8 27.2 28.5
Mount Ginini AWS 20.2 21.0 22.7 23.6 24.3 22.0 15.7 15.0 25.1 30.2 28.6 18.8 17.5 18.6 18.7 23.7 23.9 15.7 13.0 10.8 17.5 22.1 25.1 24.1 11.2 16.7 16.2 18.0
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 25.7 29.7 30.9 33.0 36.1 32.0 23.5 23.5 36.3 41.1 40.9 31.3 26.9 27.4 29.3 34.0 35.2 21.7 22.4 21.6 26.6 31.7 35.0 33.2 21.2 24.6 26.5 27.9
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 February 2017

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
Canberra Airport 16.1 12.5 13.7 12.8 14.4 20.4 18.6 16.5 17.5 18.4 19.3 19.6 5.8 13.2 9.3 10.4 10.0 15.5 5.9 7.3 2.8 9.8 11.4 14.8 15.1 10.5 9.3 9.7
Mount Ginini AWS 11.0 8.3 8.7 10.4 14.8 13.5 12.5 9.2 11.0 14.7 19.6 15.8 1.5 5.3 5.2 8.5 14.6 9.0 1.7 -1.6 0.5 7.5 13.3 13.8 9.5 4.7 5.6 7.5
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 16.7 14.0 13.2 15.2 14.7 21.1 18.9 16.7 18.2 18.8 19.9 20.7 6.6 13.2 14.6 10.7 10.4 17.0 8.2 8.8 3.4 12.3 10.8 11.9 15.7 10.9 10.0 9.9
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 February 2017

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
Canberra (Australian National Botanic Ga 0.5 7.4 - - - 3.6 1.0 - - - - 1.8















Canberra Airport 0.6 6.8 - - - 4.0 0.6 - - - - 2.6 0.8 - - - - - 5.2 - - - - - - - - -
Mount Ginini AWS - 0.2 - - - 9.0 0.2 - 0.6 - - 4.0 6.2 - - - - - 0.6 - 0.2 - - - - - - 0.4
Nicholls (Gungahlin Lakes) 0.9 16.4 - - - 5.8 - - - - - 4.4 0.5 - - - - - 4.6








Torrens (Darke St) 1.0 2.8 - - - 3.4 0.8 - 0.6 - - 1.6 - - - - - - 6.4








Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 0.2 2.4 - - - 8.2 1.2 - 0.6 - - 3.6 0.2 - - - - - 6.6 - - - - - - - - -
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, generally published on the first working day of each month, 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. More extensive discussion of significant weather events, along with later information and data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Wednesday 1 March 2017. 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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

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