Canberra in August 2016: An average end to winter


Canberra had an average end to winter in 2016, with both rainfall and minimum temperatures close to the historical average. Daytime temperatures were above average, with every day reaching at least 10 °C for the eighth time on record. 

Average August rainfall

  • Rainfall at Canberra Airport was equal to the historical average
  • Rain fell on 9 days, close to average for August (11 days)

Warm days in Canberra

  • Daytime temperatures at Canberra Airport were 1.3 °C above average
  • Every day reached at least 10 °C, the eighth time on record for August
  • Close to average minimum temperatures

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Extremes in August 2016
Hottest day 19.4 °C at Canberra Airport on the 30th
Warmest days on average 14.3 °C at Canberra Airport
Coolest days on average 3.9 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Coldest day -1.0 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 20th
Coldest night -5.4 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 26th
Coolest nights on average -1.7 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Warmest nights on average 1.3 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Warmest night 8.3 °C at Canberra Airport on the 31st
Warmest on average overall 7.7 °C at Canberra Airport
7.7 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Coolest on average overall 1.1 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Wettest overall 70.6 mm at Mount Ginini AWS
Driest overall 38.2 mm at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Wettest day 20.8 mm at Mount Ginini AWS on the 31st
Strongest wind gust 76 km/h at Mount Ginini AWS on the 10th

Summary statistics for August 2016

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
August
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
August
2016
Mean for
August
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
August
2016
Total for
August
2016
Average
for
August
Rank of
August
2016
Fraction of
August
average
Canberra Airport 14.3 +1.3 19.4 30th 1.1 +0.1 -4.4 12th 46.2 46.2 average 100%
Mount Ginini AWS 3.9 -0.3 10.2 15th -1.7 +0.3 -5.4 26th 70.6 82.6 average 85%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 14.2 +0.1 18.7 30th 1.3 +0.4 -4.3 12th 38.2 47.9 average 80%
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 August 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 13.9 10.1 13.8 12.3 13.7 12.1 11.6 14.0 15.6 16.4 12.9 10.6 14.9 15.8 15.9 17.9 15.8 18.4 19.2 10.4 12.8 13.1 13.7 10.7 13.7 12.7 13.1 14.1 16.7 19.4 16.7
Mount Ginini AWS 1.9 0.2 1.9 1.5 3.9 2.0 2.2 4.8 6.4 3.4 2.9 2.1 3.9 6.8 10.2 6.8 4.2 8.4 7.5 -1.0 0.0 0.3 2.4 0.6 1.6 4.0 4.8 3.1 6.9 9.6 6.4
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 13.8 9.8 13.0 12.3 14.1 12.0 11.4 14.2 15.9 15.9 14.0 10.6 15.1 15.6 15.6 17.9 14.8 18.1 18.3 9.9 12.7 13.3 13.9 10.5 13.2 12.9 13.9 13.7 16.1 18.7 17.6
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 August 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 5.9 5.7 0.7 0.9 0.8 -1.0 1.5 -2.4 -1.1 4.4 4.6 -4.4 2.1 -1.2 -2.7 -2.0 0.8 -1.8 -0.8 4.1 3.9 1.1 4.1 5.6 -0.4 -1.4 -3.2 1.4 -1.3 3.2 8.3
Mount Ginini AWS 0.3 -3.3 -4.5 -4.0 -3.0 -2.4 -2.1 -2.1 0.1 1.2 -3.8 -4.2 -4.1 -2.6 0.8 1.0 1.0 1.2 1.4 -3.8 -4.0 -1.3 -1.9 -1.7 -3.8 -5.4 -3.5 -3.6 -1.7 1.8 4.8
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 3.3 5.9 4.0 5.1 -0.8 0.3 1.6 -1.6 -1.5 5.2 5.2 -4.3 1.6 -1.1 -2.6 -2.5 0.9 -1.2 -1.2 4.2 4.3 1.9 4.1 5.5 0.3 -2.1 -3.6 -0.3 -1.5 3.2 7.2
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 August 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 - 7.0 - - - - - - - 2.6 - - - - - - - - - 7.8 2.2 - 2.8 0.2 11.0 - - - - -
Canberra Airport - 7.4 0.2 - - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - - - - - 7.6 1.2 - 4.4 0.2 13.4 - - - - - 9.8
Mount Ginini AWS - 7.2 0.4 - - - - 0.2 - 6.8 0.2 - - - - - 0.2 1.0 - 12.4 7.6 1.2 3.6 - 9.0 - - - - - 20.8
Nicholls (Gungahlin Lakes) - 8.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12.2 - - 2.4 - 13.6 0.2 - - - - 15.8
Torrens (Darke St) - 5.2 - - - - - - - 3.0 - - - - - - - - - 4.4 0.8 - 4.4 0.2 12.0 - - - - - 8.6
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS - 4.2 - - - - - - - 2.4 - - - - - - - - - 4.8 0.2 - 4.2 0.2 12.8 - - - - - 9.4
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 Thursday 1 September 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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