Friday, 1 June 2007 - Monthly Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC15R0

New South Wales in May 2007
Record heat for New South Wales in May

Summary

  • Hottest May on record (both maximum and mean temperatures).
  • Fourth warmest nights on record (minimum temperatures).
  • Close to average rainfall for most of the state.

Rainfall

May in New South Wales saw a return to close to average rainfall. The majority of the state totals were as a result of one significant rainfall event, where a cloud band from the west moved through the state between the 16th to 18th May. Some exceptional rainfall totals were recorded in the northwest of NSW, however, these large falls failed to eventuate in the eastern parts of the State, with the coastal areas and the northeast corner of the state being the only parts to receive below average May rainfall. Tibooburra Airport recorded 106.4 mm of rain during May, with 75 mm of that being as a result of the cloud band. Compared to the long term May normal1 (based on Tibooburra Post Office from 1886 to 2006), this is nearly six times what is expected.

The statewide average rainfall for May 2007 was 47.8 mm, which is slightly lower than the historical average2 of 49.2 mm. The Murray Darling Basin recorded an average of 43.0 mm compared to the historical average of 45.0 mm.

Some sites had their highest total May rainfall on record.

Some sites had their lowest total May rainfall on record.

See a map of total rainfall. See a map of rainfall deciles.

Temperature

New South Wales experienced it's warmest May on record. Mean maximum temperatures were above average for the entire state, with large areas, including the southeast and northeast corners, much of the Mid North Coast District and an area from Cobar to the Mungindi, recording the highest mean maximum temperatures on record. The statewide average for mean maximum temperatures was 21.5°C, which is 2.2°C above the historical average of 19.3°C, and above the previous highest May maximum statewide temperature of 21.4°C (set in 2005). Much of the state recorded mean maximum temperatures of 2−3°C above the average for May.

The warm days were generally a result of a sustained series of high pressure systems that moved over the State and the associated lack of cool changes that were experienced. These systems directed consistent warm and dry northwest winds, bringing mostly clear and sunny days.

The mean temperature (the average of the maximum and minimum temperature) was also the highest on record (previous record of 15.4°C, set in 1958). The May 2007 statewide average was 15.5 °C, which is 2.1°C above the historical average of 13.4°C.

Nights were also considerably warmer than what is expected for May. This was particularly evident about the border regions in the South West Slopes District, where nighttime temperatures averaged 3−4°C above what is expected at this time of year. The only part of New South Wales to record below average mean minimum temperatures was the coastal strip extending from about Newcastle to Port Macquarie.

The statewide average for mean minimum temperatures was 9.5°C, which is 2.0°C above the historical average of 7.5°C, and the fourth warmest May on record.

The Murray Darling Basin also experienced similar record warm temperatures. The May 2007 mean temperature (the average of the maximum and minimum temperature) of 16.1°C, exceeded the previous record set back in 1958 by 0.4°C. Similarly, the mean maximum temperature of 22.1°C set a new record, exceeding the previous record set in 2005. The mean minimum temperature of 10.1°C was the second warmest ever recorded, 0.6°C behind the 1989 record (10.7°C).

These warm May temperatures were reflected through much of eastern Australia, with record mean temperatures also recorded in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

Some sites had their highest May temperature on record.

Some sites had their highest May mean daily maximum temperature on record.

See a map of mean maximum temperatures. See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.

Some sites had their warmest May night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.

Some sites had their highest May mean daily minimum temperature on record.

See a map of mean minimum temperatures. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Other phenomena

Snow was reported for the first time for the season on the 20th May. A snow depth of 15.6 cm was measured at the last weekly reading from Spencers Creek (1830 m from Charlottes Pass) on the 24th May.

Further information

Louise Garbers or Perry Wiles
NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555 or 0411 112950
Email reqnsw@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
32.7°C at Casino Airport on the 5th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
26.0°C at Murwillumbah (Bray Park)
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
6.6°C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
−3.1°C at Thredbo AWS on the 30th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−8.6°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on the 10th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
−0.3°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
16.8°C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron Lighthouse)
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
20.0°C at South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) on the 18th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
143.5 mm at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
100.5 mm at Mount George (Manning River) on the 10th**
Highest wind gust
98 km/h at Thredbo AWS on the 30th

** This station has not been inspected/calibrated at intervals consistent with the Bureau of Meteorology standards, so use with caution.


Records

Record highest total May rainfall
Total rainfall
for May 2007 (mm)
Previous highest
for May
Years of
record
Normal for
May
Tibooburra Post Office 94.0 92.8 in 1893 119 18.5




Record highest May mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for May 2007 (°C)
Previous highest
for May
Years of
record
Normal for
May
Parkes (Macarthur Street) 21.4 21.3 in 1939 97 18.6
Bombala (Therry Street) 18.1 17.8 in 1999 84 14.6
Mungindi Post Office 25.8 25.3 in 1938 84 23.0
Katoomba (Murri St) 16.5 15.9 in 1939 73 12.9
Riverview Observatory 21.9 21.6 in 1947 69 19.6
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 23.7 23.6 in 1958 69 21.3
Williamtown RAAF 22.3 = 22.3 in 1958 57 20.2
Dunedoo Post Office 21.8 21.6 in 1999 48 19.4
Prospect Dam 22.4 21.5 in 1982 41 20.2
Bankstown Airport AWS 22.5 21.7 in 1982 39 20.4
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 22.9 22.0 in 1973 39 20.4
Bowral (Parry Drive) 17.3 17.1 in 1999 38 15.4
Tabulam (Muirne) 21.8 21.4 in 1973 37 19.0
Wollongong University 21.8 21.1 in 1999 37 20.0
Lostock Dam 22.3 22.1 in 1973 36 19.8
Montague Island Lighthouse 20.2 19.3 in 1999 36 18.1
Nerriga Composite 17.7 17.6 in 1999 36 15.6
Pindari Dam 23.4 = 23.4 in 1973 36 21.5
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 18.3 = 18.3 in 1993 35 16.3
Thredbo Village 11.6 11.5 in 2005 34 9.9
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 22.6 22.4 in 1973 33 20.6
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 26.0 25.4 in 1973 32 23.5
Oberon (Woodchem) 15.3 15.0 in 1982 32 12.8
Camden Airport AWS 22.3 21.9 in 1999 30 20.4
Cessnock (Nulkaba) 23.2 22.4 in 1999 30 21.0
Griffith Airport AWS 21.2 = 21.2 in 2005 30 19.2
Gosford (Narara Research Station) AWS 22.4 21.8 in 1975 27 20.3
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road) 21.2 20.2 in 1999 26 19.0
Guyra Hospital 16.3 15.8 in 1993 24 14.4
Narooma Rvcp 20.7 19.7 in 1999 24 18.6



Record highest May temperature
Highest temperature
in May 2007 (°C)
Previous highest
for May
Years of
record
Normal for
May
Coffs Harbour MO 29.8 on the 4th 29.6 on the 10th in 1973 57 21.3
Gunnedah Resource Centre 28.8 on the 4th = 28.8 on the 3rd in 1979 57 20.2
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 29.5 on the 4th 28.0 on the 10th in 1973 51 21.3
Cobar MO 29.6 on the 8th 29.5 on the 6th in 1985 45 20.0
Scone SCS 28.7 on the 8th 28.0 on the 10th in 1973 43 20.0
Mungindi Post Office 32.3 on the 4th 31.5 on the 7th in 1985 42 23.0
Wellington (Agrowplow) 27.5 on the 3rd = 27.5 on the 1st in 1994 42 19.8
Quirindi Post Office 27.8 on the 5th 27.6 on the 5th in 1985 41 20.4
Trangie Research Station AWS 28.2 on the 3rd 28.1 on the 25th in 1994 39 19.7
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 29.5 on the 4th 29.4 on the 24th in 1994 39 21.2
Casino Airport 32.7 on the 5th 31.8 on the 11th in 1973 38 23.7
Dunedoo Post Office 28.6 on the 3rd 27.7 on the 4th in 1997 38 19.4
Lostock Dam 27.8 on the 4th 27.5 on the 13th in 1995 37 19.8
Tabulam (Muirne) 28.4 on the 5th 28.3 on the 19th in 2003 37 19.0
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 24.0 on the 4th = 24.0 on the 2nd in 1995 37 17.0
Pindari Dam 29.2 on the 4th 28.5 on the 10th in 1973 36 21.5
Kempsey (Wide Street) 31.0 on the 4th 30.7 on the 2nd in 1991 34 22.5
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 30.1 on the 4th 29.5 on the 19th in 2003 33 21.2
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 31.9 on the 4th 31.6 on the 19th in 2003 32 23.5
Camden Airport AWS 27.5 on the 3rd 27.4 on the 4th in 1972 31 20.4
Cessnock (Nulkaba) 30.1 on the 4th 29.4 on the 13th in 1995 30 21.0
Guyra Hospital 20.4 on the 8th 20.3 on the 3rd in 1984 24 14.4
Narooma Rvcp 25.6 on the 3rd 25.5 on the 25th in 1994 24 18.6
Thredbo AWS 16.2 on the 12th 15.8 on the 10th in 1967 23 4.8



Record highest May mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for May 2007 (°C)
Previous highest
for May
Years of
record
Normal for
May
Grenfell (Quondong Rd) 10.1 9.6 in 1989 91 6.3
Katoomba (Murri St) 8.6 8.3 in 1989 73 6.1
Ivanhoe Post Office 10.0 = 10.0 in 1963 63 6.9
Cobar MO 11.6 11.3 in 1989 45 9.0
Tumbarumba Post Office 5.6 5.3 in 1989 40 2.4
Cowra Airport Comparison 8.2 = 8.2 in 1983 39 5.1
Bowral (Parry Drive) 8.0 7.5 in 1980 38 5.2
Montague Island Lighthouse 14.7 14.3 in 1988 37 13.1
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 15.0 14.8 in 1983 33 13.3
Byron Bay (Cape Byron Lighthouse) 16.8 16.5 in 1983 29 15.0
Albury Airport 8.8 8.7 in 1989 23 5.4
Narooma Rvcp 11.9 11.7 in 1974 23 10.1
Thredbo AWS 0.7 0.2 in 1973 23 −1.4
Broken Hill Airport AWS 10.7 10.4 in 1958 21 7.8
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 15.0 14.1 in 2003 21 11.5



Record highest May daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in May 2007 (°C)
Previous highest
for May
Years of
record
Normal for
May
Parkes (Macarthur Street) 18.0 on the 8th = 18.0 on the 13th in 1995 51 7.5
Peak Hill Post Office 18.3 on the 8th 17.6 on the 9th in 1972 42 8.8
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 18.5 on the 4th 18.0 on the 3rd in 1987 39 10.0
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road) 17.4 on the 4th 17.1 on the 14th in 1987 26 9.6
Narooma Rvcp 18.0 on the 4th = 18.0 on the 13th in 1995 23 10.1



Summaries

Summary statistics for May 2007
Maximum temperatures
for May
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for May
(°C)
Rainfall
for May
(millimetres)
Mean for
May
2007
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
May
2007
Mean for
May
2007
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
May
2007
Total for
May
2007
Normal
for
May
Rank of
May
2007
Fraction of
May
normal
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 22.0 29.5 3rd 10.9 3.1 31st 67.6
Tibooburra Airport 22.4 30.3 3rd 12.0 3.6 31st 106.4
Tibooburra Post Office 22.8 +0.9 30.6 3rd 12.0 +2.5 3.5 31st 94.0 18.5 highest 508%
White Cliffs AWS 22.3 30.5 3rd 12.0 5.0 31st 72.0
White Cliffs Post Office 22.1 +0.8 30.0 3rd 11.2 +3.0 3.5 31st 83.2 21.2 very high 392%
Wilcannia 22.7 +1.5 30.9 3rd 10.1 +2.2 2.2 31st 63.6 24.1 very high 264%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 22.5 30.7 3rd 10.7 2.2 31st 67.0
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 21.0 +1.8 27.8 14th 11.3 +2.8 5.0 30th 58.8 22.7 high 259%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 20.7 +1.7 27.5 14th 10.7 +2.9 3.6 26th 31.6 21.4 normal 148%
Lake Victoria Storage 21.6 +2.6 28.0 14th 8.1 +0.3 0.0 11th 15.7 23.6 normal 67%
Menindee Post Office 22.8 +2.1 29.8 3rd 9.8 +2.4 2.6 26th 90.6 23.2 very high 391%
Pooncarie Telecentre 22.1 29.5 14th 9.6 3.3 26th 59.1 26.4 high 224%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 23.9 30.5 7th 11.9 4.4 26th 92.2
Brewarrina Hospital 24.0 +1.7 30.1 7th 11.5 +3.0 3.2 31st 71.4 31.2 high 229%
Cobar Airport AWS 22.3 28.9 8th 10.0 0.3 31st 59.2
Cobar MO 22.6 +2.6 29.6 8th 11.6 +2.6 3.2 31st 51.6 33.9 high 152%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 25.1 32.0 3rd 11.9 3.0 25th 86.3
Wanaaring Post Office 24.0 30.4 3rd 11.1 3.4 31st 63.8 24.3 very high 263%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 20.9 +1.5 27.3 14th 9.3 +2.6 3.4 27th 33.0 31.8 normal 104%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 21.5 28.9 3rd 10.8 4.0 31st 33.0
Ivanhoe Post Office 22.4 +2.0 29.6 3rd 10.0 +3.1 0.8 26th 35.0 27.1 normal 129%
Central Western Plains (S) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 22.0 +2.5 27.5 3rd 9.6 +3.0 1.5 31st 48.8 36.9 high 132%
Condobolin Airport AWS 20.9 27.0 3rd 8.2 0.0 31st 48.8
Peak Hill Post Office 21.8 +1.8 27.6 3rd 11.5 +2.7 3.3 31st 74.7 45.4 high 165%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 20.5 26.5 3rd 8.4 1.0 31st 48.8
Central Western Plains (N) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 23.5 29.1 3rd 10.0 3.0 24th 55.6
Coonamble Comparison 23.8 +2.0 29.4 3rd 10.1 +2.4 2.6 25th 50.6 39.6 normal 128%
Nyngan Airport 23.1 +2.5 29.0 4th 10.5 +2.8 3.6 31st 49.6 36.5 high 136%
Trangie Research Station AWS 22.1 +2.3 28.2 3rd 10.4 +3.2 3.0 31st 54.6 37.9 high 144%
Northwest Plains (W) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 25.8 +2.8 32.3 4th 10.9 +2.2 2.1 25th 35.2 35.0 normal 101%
Walgett Airport AWS 24.4 30.8 3rd 9.8 1.5 25th 61.8
Northwest Plains (E) (district 53)
Moree Aero 23.9 30.6 4th 10.8 2.9 24th 40.4
Northwest Slopes (N) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 22.9 +2.6 28.7 4th 5.1 +0.7 −2.5 25th 42.0 42.5 normal 99%
Narrabri Airport AWS 23.7 29.7 4th 9.9 4.3 24th 57.4
Pindari Dam 23.4 +1.9 29.2 4th 7.8 +1.1 0.0 24th 32.0 44.9 normal 71%
Northwest Slopes (S) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 22.9 29.0 4th 8.3 0.5 25th 45.2
Gunnedah Pool 23.5 +2.2 29.4 4th 10.1 +3.0 2.8 25th 50.4 42.8 normal 118%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 22.1 +1.9 28.8 4th 10.3 +1.6 3.2 25th 53.4 45.7 normal 117%
Quirindi Post Office 21.9 +1.5 27.8 5th 6.5 +1.5 −0.6 25th 68.8 44.9 high 153%
Tamworth Airport AWS 22.5 28.4 4th 7.4 −0.2 25th 36.2
Woolbrook 18.6 +1.6 24.0 4th 2.9 +0.8 −5.5 24th 54.6 48.2 normal 113%
Northern Tablelands (W) (district 56)
Armidale 18.5 23.0 4th 3.2 −5.5 24th 26.2
Armidale Airport AWS 17.7 22.8 4th 5.4 −2.9 24th 19.6
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 18.3 +2.0 23.0 4th 5.9 +1.2 −1.5 24th 35.6 48.3 normal 74%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 18.4 23.7 4th 3.7 −4.0 24th 46.2
Glen Innes Post Office 18.9 +2.2 23.4 5th 6.7 +2.2 −1.0 24th 32.6 48.4 normal 67%
Guyra Hospital 16.3 +1.9 20.4 8th 5.3 +1.1 −1.6 24th 44.0 53.7 normal 82%
Inverell 21.9 27.5 4th 4.8 −2.4 25th 36.4
Inverell Research Centre 21.0 +1.9 27.0 4th 8.7 +1.1 0.8 24th 39.8 49.6 normal 80%
Tenterfield 20.5 +2.5 26.0 4th 5.0 0 −3.5 23rd 10.1 47.9 low 21%
Northern Tablelands (E) (district 57)
Tabulam 21.8 +2.8 28.4 5th 12.6 +1.7 8.5 20th 15.0 99.2 very low 15%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 23.2 +2.0 30.1 4th 15.0 +1.7 11.4 23rd 38.8 183.8 very low 21%
Ballina Airport AWS 24.1 30.0 4th 12.3 6.0 23rd 44.4
Byron Bay 22.9 25.6 17th 16.7 13.4 24th 50.6
Byron Bay 22.9 +0.9 25.5 17th 16.8 +1.8 13.2 24th 52.7 179.6 very low 29%
Casino Airport 25.7 +1.9 32.7 5th 12.1 +1.5 5.7 23rd 20.8 78.7 low 26%
Casino Airport AWS 24.9 31.8 5th 11.3 4.6 23rd 17.2
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 23.3 31.2 4th 14.3 9.5 20th 55.0
Grafton Airport 24.8 29.6 5th 10.8 4.7 23rd 34.6
Grafton Olympic Pool 24.9 +1.8 30.0 4th 12.7 +1.4 7.2 23rd 31.8 78.2 normal 41%
Grafton Research Stn 24.7 30.0 4th 12.4 7.4 20th 21.4 72.4 low 30%
Lismore 24.1 30.8 5th 13.5 9.5 23rd 32.2
Lismore Airport AWS 25.3 32.4 5th 11.2 5.5 23rd 33.8
Murwillumbah 26.0 +2.5 31.9 4th 13.8 +1.2 7.9 23rd 38.9 141.2 low 28%
Yamba Pilot Station 23.5 +1.7 29.1 4th 14.8 +1.5 11.1 25th 58.8 158.8 low 37%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 23.2 +1.8 29.8 4th 12.7 +1.0 6.1 23rd 51.6 163.2 low 32%
Dorrigo 19.3 25.0 4th 8.6 2.4 23rd 50.2
Kempsey 24.3 +1.8 31.0 4th 12.6 +2.9 6.0 23rd 11.4 92.8 low 12%
Kempsey Airport AWS 23.9 30.6 4th 9.6 2.2 23rd 13.8
South West Rocks 23.7 +2.3 29.5 4th 16.2 +2.0 12.0 23rd 36.2 135.6 low 27%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 22.3 28.2 4th 13.0 7.8 23rd 22.9 119.2 very low 19%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 23.0 30.1 4th 9.9 2.0 23rd 21.6
Taree Airport AWS 23.0 30.0 4th 10.2 4.0 23rd 85.2
Yarras 22.7 +1.5 29.5 4th 9.4 −0.1 3.8 23rd 80.8 122.7 normal 66%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 23.2 +2.2 30.1 4th 8.6 0 0.0 31st 39.6 54.6 normal 73%
Cessnock Airport AWS 22.3 29.2 4th 8.0 −1.0 31st 49.2
Gosford 22.4 +2.2 27.7 8th 8.8 +0.4 1.8 31st 64.0 119.2 normal 54%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 23.6 +2.3 29.7 4th 9.2 +1.8 1.2 26th 30.8 40.7 normal 76%
Lostock Dam 22.3 +2.4 27.8 4th 11.0 +0.9 5.5 24th 30.4 76.1 low 40%
Maitland Visitors Centre 23.1 29.5 4th 8.7 0.5 26th 44.2
Mangrove Mountain AWS 20.5 25.1 4th 10.2 2.8 31st 59.0
Murrurundi Gap AWS 18.5 24.1 4th 10.3 3.5 31st 53.6
Murrurundi Post Office 21.0 +1.9 27.0 4th 5.3 +0.1 −1.7 24th 57.6 55.2 normal 104%
Nelson Bay 22.1 +1.4 26.5 4th 15.0 +3.5 10.5 31st 20.3 152.2 very low 13%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 22.2 +2.3 28.0 4th 13.3 +1.4 7.1 31st 52.8 118.0 low 45%
Newcastle University 22.7 28.8 4th 11.1 3.5 31st 64.2
Norah Head AWS 21.8 26.2 3rd 14.1 7.1 31st 27.0
Paterson 22.6 +2.0 29.3 4th 9.8 +0.1 1.9 31st 31.0 76.8 normal 40%
Peats Ridge 21.2 +2.1 25.8 4th 10.1 +0.5 3.2 31st 70.6 101.9 normal 69%
Scone Airport AWS 22.4 28.6 4th 8.1 0.9 31st 30.8
Singleton Stp 23.0 29.0 4th 8.1 −1.0 26th 30.6
Williamtown RAAF 22.3 +2.1 28.3 4th 10.0 −0.1 3.1 25th 40.6 115.0 low 35%
Central Tablelands (N) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 20.7 +1.7 26.5 3rd 8.2 +1.9 0.4 31st 54.0 45.7 normal 118%
Mudgee Airport AWS 19.9 25.5 3rd 6.0 −1.3 31st 58.4
Nullo Mountain AWS 14.4 18.9 8th 7.3 −0.2 31st 70.0
Central Tablelands (S) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 18.0 +2.4 23.3 3rd 5.0 +1.6 −3.2 31st 69.6 42.4 high 164%
Bathurst Airport AWS 17.6 22.8 3rd 5.3 −2.8 31st 83.2
Cowra Research Centre 19.6 +2.1 25.2 3rd 9.8 +2.7 1.0 31st 57.1 48.6 normal 117%
Katoomba 16.5 +3.5 20.7 8th 8.6 +2.5 1.7 31st 57.8 102.3 normal 57%
Lithgow 16.4 21.1 8th 4.8 −3.3 31st 56.6 53.0 high 107%
Mount Boyce AWS 15.0 20.1 3rd 7.8 −0.1 31st 50.0
Oberon 15.3 +2.5 19.5 26th 4.7 +2.3 −2.5 27th 83.2 61.2 normal 136%
Orange Agricultural Institute 15.5 +1.3 20.4 3rd 6.1 +1.4 −1.5 31st 75.6 70.8 normal 107%
Orange Airport AWS 15.3 20.1 7th 4.9 −1.8 31st 91.0
Orange Airport Comparison 15.5 +1.7 20.0 7th 5.9 +2.3 0.0 24th 85.6 64.7 high 132%
Springwood Bowling Club 21.2 26.5 3rd 9.5 2.1 31st 25.8 74.5 normal 35%
Central Western Slopes (N) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 21.5 +2.2 26.4 8th 4.3 +0.9 −2.4 25th 77.0 54.4 high 142%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 19.8 24.8 3rd 10.3 3.4 31st 13.8
Dunedoo Post Office 21.8 +2.4 28.6 3rd 8.3 +2.1 −0.5 31st 72.1 44.9 high 161%
Central Western Slopes (S) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 20.2 25.5 7th 7.8 −0.9 31st 47.6
Cowra Airport Comparison 20.3 +1.7 25.3 3rd 8.2 +3.1 0.2 31st 47.0 48.1 normal 98%
Dubbo Airport AWS 21.5 27.6 3rd 9.4 1.5 31st 61.6
Forbes Airport AWS 21.1 26.7 3rd 8.4 0.3 31st 50.4
Parkes 21.4 +2.9 26.5 3rd 9.8 +2.3 1.5 31st 52.0 47.7 normal 109%
Parkes Airport AWS 20.3 26.0 3rd 8.4 0.0 31st 63.6 52.6 normal 121%
Wellington 21.2 +1.4 27.5 3rd 8.3 +2.5 −0.3 31st 76.8 48.0 high 160%
Metropolitan (E) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 22.5 +2.1 27.9 3rd 9.7 +0.1 3.7 24th 14.2 70.7 very low 20%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 22.6 27.6 3rd 9.9 3.3 25th 14.2
Holsworthy Control Range 22.3 27.7 3rd 8.7 1.9 25th 18.8
Parramatta North 22.9 +2.5 28.4 3rd 11.3 +1.3 4.0 31st 15.4 73.0 low 21%
Riverview Observatory 21.9 +2.3 27.1 3rd 7.0 24th 13.6 107.3 very low 13%
Sydney 22.4 +3.0 28.6 3rd 13.7 +2.2 7.8 31st 9.8 121.5 very low 8%
Sydney Airport AMO 22.7 +2.8 28.8 3rd 13.2 +2.4 7.7 31st 11.4 100.8 very low 11%
Sydney Olympic Park 23.3 28.4 3rd 12.5 6.5 31st 11.8
Terrey Hills AWS 21.4 25.9 8th 12.2 4.3 31st 16.2
Metropolitan (W) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 22.3 27.9 3rd 7.9 1.0 31st 28.4
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 22.1 27.5 3rd 9.9 2.2 31st 21.6
Liverpool 22.9 28.6 3rd 8.9 2.2 31st 22.4
Penrith Lakes AWS 22.8 28.4 3rd 9.9 3.4 31st 24.8
Prospect Dam 22.4 +2.2 28.1 3rd 10.4 +0.4 2.5 31st 19.7 72.5 low 27%
Richmond RAAF 21.4 27.0 3rd 8.0 0.6 25th 24.2
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 22.3 28.0 8th 9.8 3.0 26th 18.6
Bellambi AWS 21.6 26.0 3rd 14.5 8.8 31st 16.2
Bowral 17.3 +1.9 22.7 3rd 8.0 +2.8 2.3 31st 44.4 72.6 normal 61%
Camden Airport AWS 22.3 +1.9 27.5 3rd 7.3 +0.1 0.6 27th 36.8 59.9 normal 61%
Campbelltown 22.5 27.7 3rd 7.8 0.7 31st 25.8
Jervis Bay 20.5 24.7 3rd 13.9 8.6 31st 31.2
Moss Vale AWS 17.1 22.1 3rd 6.4 −2.0 27th 27.0
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 21.4 27.4 3rd 10.6 5.8 21st 17.6
Wollongong University 21.8 +1.9 27.0 3rd 11.8 −0.1 5.1 31st 20.9 109.3 very low 19%
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 21.8 27.2 3rd 8.0 1.8 31st 48.0
Bega AWS 21.5 26.0 3rd 6.4 −1.4 31st 11.2
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 17.6 22.4 16th 4.3 −2.8 24th 16.2
Merimbula Airport AWS 20.7 24.0 6th 8.2 1.0 31st 15.0
Montague Island Lighthouse 20.2 +2.1 24.6 3rd 14.7 +1.7 9.6 31st 35.6 77.0 low 46%
Moruya Airport AWS 21.4 28.0 3rd 7.8 0.0 31st 25.4
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 21.0 +1.8 27.0 3rd 11.1 +1.7 5.8 31st 28.0 85.6 normal 33%
Narooma Rvcp 20.7 +2.1 25.6 3rd 11.9 +1.9 7.0 31st 23.4 79.8 low 29%
Nerriga Composite 17.7 +2.1 23.3 3rd 4.5 +0.5 −3.5 31st 23.5 60.6 normal 39%
Ulladulla AWS 20.5 27.2 3rd 13.1 7.1 31st 10.8
Sthn Tablelands Gburn-Monaro (district 70)
Bombala 18.1 +3.5 22.9 12th 2.9 +0.9 −3.6 27th 16.6 43.9 normal 38%
Bombala AWS 16.6 21.7 12th 3.6 −2.4 12th 15.4
Canberra Airport 18.0 +2.5 22.4 12th 5.9 +2.8 0.0 31st 41.4 45.1 normal 92%
Cooma Airport AWS 15.6 20.6 12th 2.2 −3.6 11th 22.2 29.5 normal 75%
Cooma Visitors Centre 16.6 +1.1 21.5 12th 1.6 +0.6 −4.5 12th 17.5 31.9 normal 55%
Goulburn Airport AWS 17.3 22.4 3rd 5.3 −2.3 27th 32.6
Goulburn Tafe 17.0 +1.0 22.5 3rd 6.5 +1.8 1.5 12th 36.0 45.1 normal 80%
Taralga Post Office 16.5 +2.3 22.0 3rd 4.9 +1.5 −0.5 31st 49.4 60.1 normal 82%
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 17.1 +2.0 22.0 15th 6.4 +2.6 1.4 24th 66.9 68.9 normal 97%
Tuggeranong 17.9 22.2 12th 4.6 −2.9 31st 55.6
Yass 17.8 +1.5 22.7 3rd 6.8 +2.8 1.6 27th 54.2 50.5 normal 107%
Sthn Tablelands Snowy-Mountns (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 8.2 +1.5 15.7 11th −0.3 +2.4 −8.6 10th 143.5 190.1 normal 75%
Thredbo AWS 6.6 +1.8 16.2 12th 0.7 +2.2 −5.0 31st 93.0 114.8 normal 81%
Thredbo Village 11.6 +1.7 18.8 12th 1.6 +2.1 −4.0 10th 136.8 155.8 normal 88%
Southwest Slopes (S) (district 72)
Albury Airport 19.5 +1.7 25.0 3rd 8.8 +3.4 2.8 27th 64.2 58.6 normal 110%
Albury Airport AWS 19.1 25.1 3rd 8.7 2.2 27th 56.8
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 9.9 16.4 12th 4.8 −1.7 31st 124.6
Hume Reservoir 18.8 +2.1 24.6 3rd 10.3 +3.4 4.5 31st 64.0 60.0 normal 107%
Khancoban AWS 17.0 22.2 8th 6.9 1.6 27th 76.4
Tumbarumba Post Office 16.7 +1.5 21.5 12th 5.6 +3.3 −1.0 27th 82.6 83.4 normal 99%
Wagga Wagga AMO 19.3 +2.1 25.0 3rd 8.3 +2.4 0.8 31st 52.2 52.1 normal 100%
Southwest Slopes (N) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 18.6 +2.5 23.0 3rd 9.2 +2.8 4.0 25th 100.2 81.9 high 122%
Cootamundra Airport 18.7 24.0 3rd 6.4 −1.0 31st 51.2
Grenfell 19.5 +1.8 24.8 8th 10.1 +3.8 2.8 31st 48.6 49.9 normal 97%
Gundagai 18.8 24.8 3rd 8.2 −0.1 31st 63.2
Quandialla Post Office 21.0 +1.9 26.4 3rd 9.1 +2.8 0.5 31st 61.8 44.1 high 140%
Temora Airport 20.0 25.7 3rd 7.1 −0.3 31st 48.2
Wyalong Post Office 21.0 +2.5 26.8 3rd 9.1 +2.4 2.1 27th 45.4 39.7 normal 114%
Young Airport 18.9 23.9 3rd 6.7 −1.3 31st 54.0
Riverina (E) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 19.5 +1.8 26.2 3rd 9.5 +3.9 4.4 26th 86.0 47.5 high 181%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 19.4 25.6 3rd 9.5 3.3 26th 48.0
Narrandera Golf Club 20.5 +1.8 26.8 3rd 8.6 +1.9 1.7 31st 52.0 42.5 high 122%
Tocumwal Airport 19.7 +1.3 25.7 3rd 9.1 +2.4 3.8 26th 45.8 41.5 normal 110%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 20.3 27.0 3rd 10.4 4.0 31st 48.6
Riverina (W) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 21.2 +2.0 28.0 3rd 9.5 +2.3 2.0 31st 37.4 36.5 normal 102%
Hay 21.0 +1.8 27.2 3rd 10.0 +3.2 3.9 26th 38.9 35.1 normal 111%
Hay CSIRO AWS 20.6 27.0 3rd 9.4 2.0 26th 36.2
Hillston Airport 21.8 +2.6 27.7 3rd 8.7 +1.3 0.4 30th 41.0 32.5 normal 126%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Friday 1 June 2007. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

A note about deciles: Deciles are used to give an element (in this case rainfall or temperature) a ranking. Deciles are calculated by arranging the totals in ascending order (from lowest to highest) then splitting them into 10 equal groups (thus the groups are called deciles). The first group would be in decile range one, the second group in decile range two, etc up to the highest annual totals (highest 10 per cent) being in decile range 10.

1Noramals: are long-term averages 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 for temperature and less than 30 years of record for rainfall, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.

2Averages: Averages are based on the period 1961 to 1990 which is a convention of the World Meteorological Organisation.

Further information

Louise Garbers or Perry Wiles
NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555 or 0411 112950
Email reqnsw@bom.gov.au