Canberra in June 2016: Wettest June on record


Canberra recorded its wettest June on record during 2016, largely due to an East Coast Low which resulted in Canberra Airport's wettest June day on record. Overnight temperatures were very warm during the month, with 15 nights above 5 °C, the equal second-highest number of warm nights on record.

Wettest June on record for Canberra

  • Wettest June on record for Canberra Airport with 144 mm, 18 mm higher than the previous record in June 1956
  • Three days recorded at least 20 mm, the equal-highest number on record with June 1998
  • East Coast Low produced 65.2 mm of rain at Canberra Airport on the 6th, the wettest June day on record
  • 18 rain days, equal third-highest number on record

Warm nights in the ACT

  • Warmest average minimum temperatures at Canberra Airport since June 2009
  • 15 nights of 5 °C or higher, equal second-highest number on record
  • Above average maximum temperatures

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Extremes in June 2016
Hottest day 15.9 °C at Canberra Airport on the 9th
Warmest days on average 13.0 °C at Canberra Airport
Coolest days on average 3.7 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Coldest day -3.0 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 24th
Coldest night -7.8 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 25th
Coolest nights on average -0.8 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Warmest nights on average 3.2 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Warmest night 11.8 °C at Canberra Airport on the 5th
Warmest on average overall 8.0 °C at Canberra Airport
8.0 °C at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS
Coolest on average overall 1.5 °C at Mount Ginini AWS
Wettest overall 274.6 mm at Mount Ginini AWS
Driest overall 144.2 mm at Canberra Airport
Wettest day 81.8 mm at Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS on the 6th
Strongest wind gust 93 km/h at Mount Ginini AWS on the 9th

Record highest June daily rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Canberra (Australian National Botanic Ga 59.8 on the 6th 52.8 on the 28th in 1997 49
Torrens (Darke St) 66.2 on the 6th 45.8 on the 28th in 1997 32
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 81.8 on the 6th 51.0 on the 28th in 1997 21



Record highest June total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
June
Canberra (Australian National Botanic Ga 148.3 143.8 in 1991 49 49.2
Torrens (Darke St) 163.8 131.8 in 1991 32 53.5
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 184.0 110.6 in 1998 21 58.2

Highest June total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
June
Tharwa General Store 145.8 181.0 in 1956* 45.6

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported.




Summary statistics for June 2016

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
June
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
June
2016
Mean for
June
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
June
2016
Total for
June
2016
Average
for
June
Rank of
June
2016
Fraction of
June
average
Canberra Airport 13.0 +0.7 15.9 9th 3.0  +2.0 -5.5 15th 144.2 40.4 highest 357%
Mount Ginini AWS 3.7 -0.1 9.8 15th -0.8 +0.3 -7.8 25th 274.6 91.3 v high 301%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 12.8 -0.3 15.3 2nd 3.2 +1.9 -5.1 15th 184.0 58.2 highest 316%
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 June 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
Canberra Airport 14.1 14.8 15.0 15.0 15.4 14.2 11.3 13.2 15.9 14.5 13.7 11.6 14.5 15.2 14.7 15.1 13.4 14.0 13.1 14.5 11.9 12.5 12.3 8.9 10.2 8.0 10.8 12.0 12.8 7.8
Mount Ginini AWS 4.0 4.2 5.1 7.0 8.6 1.7 2.1 4.6 2.6 3.3 4.5 6.3 6.0 8.7 9.8 5.4 5.2 5.2 4.8 5.9 0.6 0.4 1.4 -3.0 -1.3 0.1 0.4 3.0 5.5 -0.8
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 13.6 15.3 14.8 14.4 15.0 14.6 11.5 13.7 14.3 14.6 13.7 11.4 14.4 15.2 14.0 14.7 13.0 14.2 12.6 13.8 11.3 12.2 11.0 8.9 10.1 8.0 10.8 12.2 12.8 7.8
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 June 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
Canberra Airport 5.9 4.9 2.7 8.2 11.8 8.9 7.1 6.6 9.2 6.6 6.6 -3.5 -4.5 -3.5 -5.5 -3.8 1.5 8.8 9.0 7.6 8.1 7.1 7.0 4.8 -2.7 -5.1 -0.8 -4.7 -4.3 -3.6
Mount Ginini AWS 0.7 0.1 -0.2 2.1 5.0 0.3 -0.6 -0.4 1.1 1.2 -1.4 -4.2 -1.0 -0.7 1.4 -0.2 1.1 2.6 2.8 3.2 -0.4 -2.0 -1.9 -3.3 -7.8 -7.0 -3.4 -4.5 -3.8 -3.0
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 5.7 6.3 3.0 10.3 10.8 9.0 7.5 8.2 9.4 3.7 7.1 -3.3 -4.1 -3.8 -5.1 -3.9 0.6 9.2 9.5 7.8 8.5 7.1 7.2 5.0 -3.4 -4.5 0.4 -4.0 -4.4 -4.3
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 June 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
Canberra (Australian National Botanic Ga - 1.8 - 4.8 29.0 59.8 - - 5.8 1.3 - - - - - - 4.2 9.4 2.8 22.8 0.4 1.8 0.4 2.8 1.2 - -


Canberra Airport - 5.4 - 2.6 28.4 65.2 - - 4.0 0.6 - - - 0.2 - 0.2 2.2 9.6 0.4 21.2 0.2 1.0 - 1.6 1.0 0.2 - - 0.2 -
Mount Ginini AWS 0.2 0.6 - 10.4 57.6 78.2 2.6 4.6 18.8 9.6 0.2 - - - - - 2.8 12.4 1.8 29.0 1.8 18.6 1.2 16.0 7.4 0.8 - - - -
Nicholls (Gungahlin Lakes) - 1.2 - 3.1 23.6 58.2 - 0.3 4.0 4.8 - - - - - - 6.4 18.0 1.0 27.2 - - 0.3 4.4 - - - - - -
Tharwa General Store - - - 25.0 59.0 26.0 - - 3.4 - - - - - - - 2.2 4.0 - 24.0 - 2.2







Torrens (Darke St) - 2.6 - 5.2 36.8 66.2 - - 4.0 1.8 - - 0.4 - 1.4 8.4 0.4 29.6 0.2 1.2 0.6 3.2 1.2 0.2 0.2 - - 0.2
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS - 2.2 - 4.0 40.8 81.8 - - 6.0 0.4 - - - 0.2 - - 1.4 11.8 0.6 28.2 0.2 1.4 0.2 3.0 1.6 - - - 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

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 9 am on Friday 1 July 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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