Tuesday, 1 April 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC15R0

New South Wales in March 2008
A dry, warm start to autumn

Summary

  • 10th warmest March on record for statewide average maximum temperatures
  • Warmest month for NSW average maximum temperatures since October 2007
  • Below average rainfall for NSW and the Murray Darling Basin

Rainfall

A blocking high pressure system in the southern Tasman Sea, and associated ridge, dominated the weather pattern across eastern NSW during March. This system resulted in below to very much below average rainfall across the northeast, far southeast and coastal regions of NSW, and acted as a counter influence to the La Niña event in the Pacific Ocean, that has been responsible for above average rainfall across NSW since late 2007. In the western inland, about average rainfall was recorded, the majority of which can be attributed to a low pressure trough that moved through the area late in the month.

The statewide average rainfall was 17.2 mm, which is well below the historical average1 of 54.2  mm. The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) recorded an average of 15.2 mm, well below the historical average of 43.7 mm. This was the driest March since 1998 for both NSW and the MDB.

Some sites had their lowest total March rainfall on record.

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

Temperature

Maximum temperatures were above to very much above average over much of NSW, with highest on record temperatures recorded in the far south/southwest. The far north/northeast and coastal regions were the only areas of the state to record average maximum temperatures. This pattern of above average temperatures can be attributed to the blocking high pressure system that also affected NSW rainfall during March. This system was also responsible for the exceptional and prolonged heatwave that affected much of southern Australia in early March.

The statewide average maximum temperature was 29.9°C, which is 1.3°C above the historical average1 of 28.6°C. This is the 10th warmest march on record (current record is 31.8°C set in March 1986), and the warmest month for NSW since October 2007.

Statewide average mean temperatures were slightly above average during March. The statewide average mean temperature (the average of the daily maximum and minimum temperature) was 22.1°C, which is 0.2°C above the historical average of 21.9°C.

There was a distinct northeast/southwest divide for minimum temperatures across NSW during March. Under the influence of clear skies and cool onshore winds, below to very much below average minimum temperatures were recorded in the northeast. The lowest minimum temperatures on record were recorded in parts of the Hunter and Mid North Coast. In the southwest, the persistance of exceptionally warm maximum temperatures resulted in average to above average minimum temperatures. Overall, the net affect on the statewide average minimum temperature was a slight reduction. The statewide average minimum temperature was 14.4°C, which is 0.8°C below the historical average of 15.2°C.

Some sites had their highest March temperature on record.

Some sites had their coldest March day (lowest maximum temperature) on record.

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

Some sites had their lowest March temperature on record.

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

Some sites had their lowest March mean daily minimum temperature on record.

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

Other phenomena

The heatwave that affected much of southern Australia during the first half of March, also impacted parts of the far southwest of NSW. Records broken for the number of consecutive days above 35°C occurred at the following stations:

Broken Hill Airport (1957 - 2008): 13 consecutive days above 35°C, 6th - 18th March (previous record; 8 consecutive days above 35°C in March 1991 & 2004).

Ivanhoe Post Office (1959 - 2008): 17 consecutive days above 35°C, 4th - 20th March (previous record; 8 days in March 1989 & 1983).

Further information

NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555
Email reqnsw@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
41.7°C at Pooncarie Telecentre on the 13th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
34.6°C at Menindee Post Office
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
13.6°C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
2.9°C at Thredbo AWS on the 30th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−4.0°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on the 10th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
1.4°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
19.0°C at Tibooburra Post Office
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
26.3°C at Broken Hill (Patton Street) on the 14th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
140.2 mm at Ballina Airport AWS
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
92.0 mm at Brewarrina Hospital on the 23rd
Highest wind gust
94 km/h at White Cliffs AWS on the 23rd

Records

Record lowest total March rainfall
Total rainfall
for March 2008 (mm)
Previous lowest
for March
Years of
record
Normal for
March
Sans Souci (Public School) 7.0 7.8 in 1965 109 115.0
Inverell Research Centre 1.0 1.6 in 1990 59 67.5
Blowering Dam 0.2 1.6 in 1995 54 60.5
Grafton Olympic Pool 12.3 17.8 in 1998 42 130.6
Pindari Dam 1.1 6.2 in 1980 37 62.2


Record highest March temperature
Highest temperature
in March 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for March
Years of
record
Normal for
March
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) 24.5 on the 16th = 24.5 on the 7th in 2004 20 14.7



Record lowest March daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in March 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for March
Years of
record
Normal for
March
Taralga Post Office 11.2 on the 21st 11.4 on the 22nd in 2005 49 22.5
Bowral (Parry Drive) 12.0 on the 21st 12.1 on the 26th in 1966 38 22.4
Goulburn TAFE 12.7 on the 21st 13.2 on the 9th in 1982 33 23.9
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 13.5 on the 20th 14.0 on the 8th in 2003 22 23.6


Record lowest March temperature
Lowest temperature
in March 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for March
Years of
record
Normal for
March
Parkes (Macarthur Street) 4.5 on the 29th 4.9 on the 28th in 1984 52 15.0
Coonabarabran (Namoi Street) 0.6 on the 30th 1.1 on the 30th in 1958 51 11.8
Wilcannia (Reid St) 6.4 on the 28th 6.7 on the 26th in 1995 50 16.2
Glen Innes Post Office 0.4 on the 30th 1.5 on the 13th in 1988 46 11.5
White Cliffs Post Office 7.2 on the 29th 8.8 on the 31st in 1969 46 17.2
Coonamble Comparison 5.4 on the 29th 6.8 on the 28th in 1984 44 16.4
Inverell Research Centre 3.4 on the 30th 5.0 on the 23rd in 1983 44 14.4
Tenterfield (Federation Park) −3.0 on the 30th 1.2 on the 28th in 1984 44 12.5
Barraba Post Office 0.1 on the 30th 0.8 on the 24th in 1967 43 12.8
Mungindi Post Office 5.5 on the 30th 7.0 on the 28th in 1984 43 17.6
Collarenebri (Albert St) 4.3 on the 30th 8.0 on the 13th in 1988 41 17.4
Brewarrina Hospital 7.0 on the 29th = 7.0 on the 30th in 1984 39 17.4
Wollongong University 9.1 on the 31st 9.5 on the 3rd in 1984 38 16.8
Pindari Dam 2.4 on the 30th 3.5 on the 28th in 1984 36 14.8
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) −4.0 on the 30th −3.5 on the 23rd in 1991 36 9.8
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 7.7 on the 31st 8.0 on the 13th in 1988 35 15.6
Camden Airport AWS 5.9 on the 31st 6.0 on the 30th in 1984 32 14.8



Record highest March mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for March 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for March
Years of
record
Normal for
March
Broken Hill (Patton Street) 18.5 = 18.5 in 1934 111 15.5



Record lowest March mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for March 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for March
Years of
record
Normal for
March
Murrurundi Post Office 10.0 = 10.0 in 1991 87 12.7
Williamtown RAAF 14.0 14.3 in 1984 58 16.3
Coffs Harbour MO 16.4 16.6 in 1960 57 18.1
Inverell Research Centre 11.6 12.5 in 1996 51 14.4
Scone SCS 11.8 12.7 in 1988 47 14.7
Barraba Post Office 9.4 10.4 in 1970 43 12.8
Pindari Dam 12.5 12.6 in 1988 36 14.8
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 6.8 7.6 in 1995 36 9.8
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 13.9 14.0 in 1996 35 15.6
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 8.9 9.2 in 1988 34 11.4
Cessnock (Nulkaba) 13.8 14.1 in 1996 32 15.5
Guyra Hospital 7.5 8.4 in 1988 24 10.0


Summaries

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Summary statistics for March 2008
Maximum temperatures
for March
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for March
(°C)
Rainfall
for March
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
March
2008
Mean for
March
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
March
2008
Total for
March
2008
Normal
for
March
Rank of
March
2008
Fraction of
March
normal
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 32.8   39.9 7th 17.7   6.3 29th 5.2
Tibooburra Airport 33.2 +0.5 39.0 7th 18.9 −0.8 9.2 28th 11.0 11.2 normal 98%
Tibooburra Post Office 33.3 +1.2 38.7 7th 19.0 +0.4 8.8 28th 5.0 23.2 normal 22%
White Cliffs AWS 32.8   40.1 7th 18.9   8.9 29th 21.4
White Cliffs Post Office 33.0 +1.4 40.0 15th 17.3 +0.1 7.2 29th 20.9 22.6 normal 92%
Wilcannia 32.8 +1.5 39.7 15th 16.3 +0.1 6.4 28th 11.6 22.3 normal 52%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 33.0   40.2 15th 16.2   7.1 29th 16.4
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 31.4 +2.5 38.8 12th 18.5 +3.0 7.2 28th 30.8 19.5 high 158%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 31.4 +2.5 39.0 12th 17.5 +2.6 6.4 28th   18.5    
Lake Victoria Storage 31.6 +3.1 41.2 16th 14.8 +0.8 6.3 27th 0.7 13.4 low 5%
Menindee Post Office 34.6 +3.9 40.8 15th 16.9 +1.7 8.5 28th 4.4 17.4 normal 25%
Pooncarie Telecentre 33.4   41.7 13th 15.8   7.0 28th 16.9 17.6 normal 96%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 32.0   38.9 7th 16.5   5.8 29th 8.4 36.9 low 23%
Brewarrina Hospital 30.7 −1.6 37.0 7th 15.5 −1.8 7.0 29th 105.2 39.5 very high 266%
Cobar Airport AWS 30.5 0.0 37.8 15th 15.6 −0.5 6.0 29th 54.2 27.0 high 201%
Cobar MO 30.5 +0.4 38.1 15th 16.6 −0.5 6.9 28th 68.4 34.9 very high 196%
Collarenebri 31.2 −0.8 36.0 14th 15.4 −2.0 4.3 30th 8.2 49.0 low 17%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 31.4 −1.1 36.8 14th 16.0 −2.8 5.0 30th 7.9 44.6 low 18%
Wanaaring Post Office 32.7 +0.2 38.3 7th 16.2 −1.2 5.2 29th 2.7 26.4 normal 10%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 32.0 +2.8 41.0 13th 15.0 +1.4 4.8 29th 10.2 21.9 normal 47%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 32.0   40.2 15th 17.4   7.5 28th 25.2
Ivanhoe Post Office 33.2 +2.4 41.3 14th 15.9 +1.3 6.8 28th 39.0 27.5 high 142%
Central Western Plains (S) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 30.4 +0.9 38.4 13th 15.1 +0.3 3.7 29th 10.7 37.1 normal 29%
Condobolin Airport AWS 30.7 +1.5 38.4 13th 14.8 +0.4 3.9 29th 12.6 22.4 normal 56%
Peak Hill Post Office 29.7 +0.4 37.5 13th 16.6 +0.4 6.4 29th 26.0 49.5 normal 53%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 29.9   38.0 14th 14.6   5.2 29th 21.0
Central Western Plains (N) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 30.3 −1.0 36.3 14th 14.3 −2.7 4.8 30th 7.0 40.5 low 17%
Coonamble Comparison 30.3 −1.2 36.3 7th 14.7 −1.7 5.4 29th 7.0 44.5 low 16%
Nyngan Airport 30.0 −0.5 37.6 7th 15.6 −0.8 7.5 29th 28.4 41.2 normal 69%
Trangie Research Station AWS 29.5 +0.2 36.6 7th 15.0 −0.6 5.2 29th 37.2 46.7 normal 80%
Northwest Plains (W) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 31.2 −0.6 35.1 7th 15.4 −2.1 5.5 30th 0.2 50.3 low 0%
Walgett Airport AWS 31.5 −0.3 37.2 7th 14.5 −2.1 4.6 29th 25.4 28.6 normal 89%
Northwest Plains (E) (district 53)
Baradine Forestry 29.3 −1.0 34.9 16th     4.7 31st 19.6 45.9 normal 43%
Moree Aero 30.0 −1.1 33.9 13th 14.7 −2.3 5.9 29th 1.6 52.8 very low 3%
Northwest Slopes (N) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 29.3 +0.5 33.5 13th 9.4 −3.4 0.1 30th 6.3 54.5 low 12%
Narrabri Airport AWS 30.3   34.6 13th 13.8   4.1 30th 4.8
Pindari Dam 29.4 +0.4 33.4 13th 12.5 −2.3 2.4 30th 1.1 62.2 lowest 2%
Northwest Slopes (S) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 30.1   34.9 14th 12.7   2.6 30th 3.4
Gunnedah Pool 29.5 −1.3 34.5 14th 15.1 −0.7 5.8 30th 8.0 48.1 low 17%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 29.0 −0.1 33.8 13th 15.0 −1.6 8.1 29th 6.4 41.7 low 15%
Quirindi Post Office 28.8 −0.4 34.0 13th 10.6 −2.9 2.6 30th 7.2 53.2 low 14%
Tamworth Airport AWS 29.3 +0.2 33.7 13th 11.6 −2.7 1.9 30th 9.0 41.2 low 22%
Woolbrook 24.2 −0.6 30.0 13th 6.8 −3.0 −4.0 30th 6.4 52.2 very low 12%
Northern Tablelands (W) (district 56)
Armidale 22.9 −1.0 27.9 13th 7.0 −3.6 −1.7 30th 4.8 74.7 very low 6%
Armidale Airport AWS 22.5 −0.6 27.2 13th 9.0 −2.2 2.3 4th 8.4 59.7 low 14%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 23.1 0.0 28.0 13th 8.9 −2.6 1.0 30th 10.7 71.1 very low 15%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 23.5 −0.8 28.2 7th 7.8 −2.8 −3.4 30th 23.0 74.3 low 31%
Glen Innes Post Office 23.5 −0.4 28.6 7th 10.2 −1.3 0.4 30th 13.2 71.4 very low 18%
Guyra Hospital 21.1 0.0 24.9 14th 7.5 −2.4 0.8 30th 3.6 68.8 lowest 5%
Inverell 27.6 −0.7 32.6 13th 8.6 −3.3 −0.5 30th 0.2 72.9 very low 0%
Inverell Research Centre 26.7 −0.3 31.7 13th 11.6 −2.8 3.4 30th 1.0 67.5 lowest 1%
Tenterfield 23.2 −1.4 28.0 21st 9.4 −3.1 −3.0 30th 10.0 79.5 very low 13%
Northern Tablelands (E) (district 57)
Tabulam 23.5 −1.0 28.1 26th 14.5 −1.3 10.0 30th 65.6 149.8 very low 44%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 24.7 −1.2 29.0 26th 16.9 −1.4 13.7 30th 95.6 260.9 low 37%
Ballina Airport AWS 26.1 −0.7 29.0 26th 16.6 −1.4 12.0 30th 140.2 211.9 normal 66%
Byron Bay 25.4   28.2 27th 18.7   14.7 1st 77.6
Casino Airport 27.8 −1.2 32.2 26th 16.2 −1.1 10.9 30th 50.8 147.8 low 34%
Casino Airport AWS 26.7 −1.5 31.2 26th 15.7 −1.7 9.9 30th 52.2 107.8 low 48%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 25.1 −1.7 29.1 26th 17.2 −1.6 12.9 31st 58.4 178.4 low 33%
Grafton Airport AWS 27.6   30.2 26th 15.3   9.6 31st 20.4
Grafton Olympic Pool 27.7 −0.5 31.1 26th 16.7 −1.4 12.1 31st 12.3 130.6 lowest 9%
Grafton Research Stn 27.5 −0.2 31.3 26th 16.4 −0.7 12.8 31st 16.2 123.5 very low 13%
Lismore 26.5   32.0 26th 16.4   12.9 30th 52.7
Lismore Airport AWS 27.2   31.5 26th 15.3   11.0 31st 56.2
Murwillumbah 26.5 −1.7 31.9 26th 17.1 −1.1 12.2 30th 83.8 212.7 low 39%
Yamba Pilot Station 25.7 −0.3 29.4 26th 18.4 −0.8 14.5 31st 38.2 182.3 very low 21%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 25.7 −0.2 28.2 25th 16.4 −1.7 12.1 31st 31.8 240.0 very low 13%
Dorrigo 21.9 −0.4 26.0 13th 11.1 −2.4 6.0 30th 66.2 334.6 very low 20%
Kempsey 27.6 −0.2 29.5 26th 15.4 −1.1 11.5 31st 50.0 151.9 low 33%
Kempsey Airport AWS 27.0   28.8 26th 14.0   10.1 31st 51.6
South West Rocks 27.0 +0.9 29.0 15th 18.5 −0.2 16.0 28th 65.8 184.0 low 36%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 26.0 +0.8 27.5 17th 15.9 −1.8 11.5 30th 35.0 151.0 very low 23%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 26.0 −0.3 28.1 25th 14.8 −2.0 9.9 31st 59.8 165.6 very low 36%
Taree Airport AWS 26.4 −0.5 30.0 13th 14.5 −2.0 9.0 31st 52.0 161.0 low 32%
Yarras 26.5 −0.3 30.2 13th 13.7 −1.9 8.8 31st 54.7 210.7 low 26%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 27.2 −0.2 32.1 20th 13.8 −1.7 6.7 31st 50.2 87.0 normal 58%
Cessnock Airport AWS 26.4 −0.7 30.7 13th 12.7 −1.7 5.5 31st 40.4 69.1 normal 58%
Gosford 25.6 −0.4 31.9 20th 13.8 −1.6 7.1 31st 66.0 151.2 normal 44%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 28.1 −0.8 34.2 13th 12.6 −2.4 6.4 30th 44.6 58.1 normal 77%
Lostock Dam 26.3 −0.2 32.0 13th 13.6 −1.8 9.5 31st 34.6 123.9 low 28%
Maitland Visitors Centre 27.1 −0.3 30.5 21st 13.9 −2.2 7.0 31st 34.6 99.4 low 35%
Mangrove Mountain AWS 24.6 +0.3 29.8 20th 13.5 −1.7 8.4 30th 103.8 127.6 normal 81%
Merriwa 27.3   34.1 13th 11.4   3.0 30th 10.2 44.7 low 23%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 23.8   29.6 13th 12.4   6.7 2nd 12.6
Murrurundi Post Office 26.0 −1.8 32.0 13th 10.0 −2.7 1.2 30th 12.0 61.0 low 20%
Nelson Bay 25.6 −0.3 28.0 19th 18.0 +1.0 14.4 1st 63.3 119.2 normal 53%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 23.9 −0.8 26.8 20th 17.6 −0.6 13.4 30th 36.6 120.8 low 30%
Newcastle University 25.6   29.0 20th 15.7   9.6 31st 94.0
Norah Head AWS 24.4 −0.2 27.2 15th 17.6 −1.1 13.7 30th 75.4 107.2 normal 70%
Paterson 26.5 −0.3 30.4 13th 13.9 −1.7 7.7 31st 45.6 118.1 low 39%
Peats Ridge 24.2 −0.3 29.6 20th 13.4 −1.2 7.8 31st 38.6 141.3 low 27%
Scone Airport AWS 27.7 0.0 34.9 13th 11.7 −2.4 4.0 30th 5.8 47.1 very low 12%
Scone SCS 28.6 +0.8 34.3 13th 11.8 −2.9 6.7 31st 10.6 51.5 low 21%
Singleton STP 27.3   32.5 20th 12.1   6.6 30th 34.4
Williamtown RAAF 25.8 −0.4 29.8 18th 14.0 −2.4 8.8 31st 62.4 121.7 low 51%
Central Tablelands (N) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 27.3 −0.1 33.9 13th 12.6 −1.1 4.0 30th 16.0 54.3 low 29%
Mudgee Airport AWS 26.1 −0.5 32.4 13th 10.3 −2.0 1.5 30th 20.4 47.6 low 43%
Nullo Mountain AWS 19.9 −0.1 27.1 13th 10.2 −1.1 5.0 1st 19.0 73.9 very low 26%
Central Tablelands (S) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 25.7 +1.2 33.2 13th 8.7 −2.1 1.1 31st 41.8 49.2 normal 85%
Bathurst Airport AWS 25.4 +0.8 33.2 15th 9.5 −0.9 2.4 30th 28.0 35.6 normal 79%
Cowra Research Centre 29.4 +2.0 38.0 15th 14.2 +0.2 6.8 28th 24.8 46.3 normal 54%
Katoomba 21.4 +1.2 27.9 15th 11.1 −0.3 4.8 1st 64.0 166.3 low 38%
Lithgow 22.4   29.7 13th 8.3   1.2 30th 48.6 73.2 normal 66%
Mount Boyce AWS 20.8 +0.5 27.3 12th 10.6 −0.5 4.8 1st 50.4 96.5 normal 52%
Oberon 21.8 +0.3 29.0 15th 8.2 −0.7 2.5 1st 42.0 65.0 normal 65%
Orange Agricultural Institute 23.2 +0.5 31.5 15th 10.2 −0.4 4.1 31st 62.3 56.9 normal 109%
Orange Airport AWS 23.2 +0.1 31.6 15th 8.4 −1.1 0.1 31st 63.0 47.3 normal 133%
Orange Airport Comparison 23.5 +1.1 31.8 15th 9.0 −0.6 2.0 31st 58.2 50.4 normal 115%
Springwood Bowling Club 25.0   30.2 20th 14.1   8.9 30th 53.6 126.2 low 42%
Central Western Slopes (N) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 27.1 −1.1 32.7 13th 9.2 −2.6 0.6 30th 29.2 62.0 normal 47%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 25.9   31.4 13th 13.7   7.6 28th 23.2
Dunedoo Post Office 28.7 +0.4 34.8 13th 13.9 −0.4 4.0 31st 17.6 52.8 low 33%
Central Western Slopes (S) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 29.7   37.5 15th 12.5   3.4 31st 20.0
Cowra Airport Comparison 29.5 +1.4 37.3 15th 12.9 +0.5 4.5 29th 19.2 38.9 normal 49%
Dubbo Airport AWS 29.2 +0.5 36.2 7th 13.1 −1.2 3.7 30th 27.4 49.8 normal 55%
Forbes Airport AWS 30.4 +0.9 38.1 11th 13.8 −0.3 4.2 29th 43.0 29.3 high 147%
Parkes 30.1 +1.6 37.5 14th 14.9 −0.1 4.5 29th 18.2 46.5 normal 39%
Parkes Airport AWS 29.4 +0.7 37.0 13th 13.4 −0.4 3.0 29th 23.0 40.5 normal 57%
Wellington 28.7 −0.7 35.5 13th 12.6 −1.3 4.1 31st 46.0 49.0 normal 94%
Metropolitan (E) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 26.4 +0.3 32.4 20th 15.1 −1.1 8.1 31st 46.8 98.0 normal 48%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 25.5 −0.4 31.1 20th 14.8 −1.8 7.5 31st 58.0 56.5 normal 103%
Holsworthy Control Range 26.2 0.0 32.0 20th 14.1 −1.6 6.6 31st 37.8 59.2 normal 64%
Parramatta North 26.2 0.0 31.5 6th 14.5 −1.3 9.3 31st 65.6 108.1 normal 61%
Riverview Observatory 25.5 +0.3 31.3 20th 15.2 −0.8 10.5 30th 41.6 126.6 low 33%
Sydney 25.1 +0.4 28.1 20th 17.4 −0.2 12.8 1st 63.4 129.9 normal 49%
Sydney Airport AMO 25.6 +0.4 30.2 20th 17.5 +0.1 12.2 1st 33.4 116.2 low 29%
Sydney Olympic Park 26.7 +0.3 32.5 20th 16.6 −1.1 12.0 30th 46.8 63.8 normal 73%
Terrey Hills AWS 24.2   29.6 20th 15.3   10.7 1st 58.4
Metropolitan (W) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 26.5 −0.1 32.1 20th 13.5 −1.5 6.4 31st 101.0 66.6 high 152%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 26.4 −0.4 31.6 20th 14.5 −1.6 7.2 31st 78.0 69.2 normal 113%
Liverpool 27.1   32.1 20th 14.1   6.1 31st 42.6
Penrith Lakes AWS 27.3 −0.2 33.2 20th 15.4 −1.2 8.3 31st 48.0 67.3 normal 71%
Prospect Dam 27.1 +0.9 32.5 20th 14.8 −1.3 8.3 31st 79.5 96.1 normal 83%
Richmond RAAF 26.7 −0.1 32.1 20th 14.2 −1.4 6.0 31st 45.2 67.8 normal 67%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 24.7   28.0 18th 13.7   5.0 31st 36.2
Bellambi AWS 23.4 −0.6 26.0 26th 16.9 −1.2 11.8 31st 50.8 85.1 low 60%
Bowral 22.3 −0.1 29.3 15th 11.3 −0.2 5.4 1st 38.4 92.4 low 42%
Camden Airport AWS 26.5 −0.2 31.9 20th 13.6 −1.2 5.9 31st 51.6 85.8 normal 60%
Campbelltown 26.6   31.9 20th 13.4   6.0 30th 51.2
Jervis Bay 23.0   26.3 18th 16.6   13.2 29th 49.6
Kiama 23.8   26.3 14th 16.7   11.6 31st
Moss Vale AWS 22.7   29.4 15th 10.7   3.8 1st 41.4
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 25.5   31.5 20th 13.4   7.7 30th 42.0
Wollongong University 24.3 −0.2 28.0 14th 15.4 −1.3 9.1 31st 59.4 160.1 low 37%
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 24.7 +0.4 33.8 20th 12.5 −1.5 7.0 1st 26.5 65.1 low 41%
Bega AWS 25.5 +1.1 33.1 16th 11.5 −1.1 4.2 29th 17.8 54.7 low 33%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 23.4 +0.7 32.3 15th 8.6 −1.2 0.8 27th 46.0 43.1 normal 107%
Green Cape AWS 22.1   25.7 15th 16.2   12.0 28th 23.2 36.8 normal 63%
Merimbula Airport AWS 23.3 0.0 27.0 16th 12.5 −0.6 7.0 29th 6.0 49.3 low 12%
Montague Island Lighthouse 21.8 −0.6 24.4 26th 16.8 −0.2 12.7 28th 28.2 101.5 low 28%
Moruya Airport AWS 23.9   34.0 20th 12.7   8.0 1st 25.0
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 22.9 −0.4 32.5 20th 14.8 −0.3 10.3 1st 20.6 107.2 low 19%
Narooma RVCP 22.4 −0.3 25.2 31st 15.1 −0.1 11.2 27th 24.5 104.4 low 23%
Nerriga Composite 23.9 +1.1 33.0 15th 8.9 −1.6 0.5 30th 44.4 75.0 normal 59%
Ulladulla AWS 22.9 −0.5 27.3 20th 15.5 −0.7 11.3 29th 40.4 94.9 low 43%
Sthn Tablelands Gburn-Monaro (district 70)
Bombala 24.6 +2.0 34.8 14th 7.8 −0.7 1.4 29th 38.6 58.2 normal 66%
Bombala AWS 23.1 +1.5 33.3 15th 8.4 0.0 2.7 22nd 46.2 41.9 normal 110%
Canberra Airport 26.0 +1.5 35.2 15th 10.9 +0.2 4.2 30th 31.2 50.8 normal 61%
Cooma Airport AWS 23.7 +1.4 32.9 15th 7.2 −0.1 −0.7 2nd 29.2 39.6 normal 74%
Cooma Visitors Centre 25.1 +1.3 34.0 15th 6.9 −1.2 −1.3 29th 29.4 56.3 normal 52%
Goulburn Airport AWS 24.6 +0.9 33.7 15th 8.1 −1.8 0.4 1st 22.4 28.7 normal 78%
Goulburn TAFE 24.8 +0.8 34.1 15th 10.2 −1.0 3.4 1st 29.3 53.9 normal 54%
Mount Ginini AWS 16.5   25.3 15th 7.8   −1.0 1st 65.0
Taralga Post Office 23.5 +1.1 31.3 15th 7.9 −2.0 0.7 1st 29.2 65.7 normal 44%
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 24.4 +0.8 34.0 15th 7.9 −2.1 1.0 8th 36.0 67.4 normal 53%
Tuggeranong 26.0 +0.5 35.8 15th 10.1 −1.1 3.1 27th 36.4 32.4 normal 112%
Yass 26.8 +1.1 36.2 15th 11.1 0.0 2.6 29th 35.4 46.8 normal 76%
Sthn Tablelands Snowy-Mountns (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 15.6 +1.0 24.5 16th 1.4 −1.1 −4.0 10th 104.0 134.7 normal 77%
Perisher Valley Ski Centre 16.6 +1.0 24.8 16th 3.0 −0.3 −3.3 3rd 62.8 114.5 normal 55%
Thredbo AWS 13.6 +0.1 22.2 15th 4.6 −0.3 −4.0 28th 83.0 108.8 normal 76%
Thredbo Village 19.0 +1.0 28.0 15th 4.2 −0.3 −2.1 29th 79.9 104.6 normal 76%
Southwest Slopes (S) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 29.2 +1.6 38.4 14th 12.8 +0.5 4.3 29th 27.0 21.8 normal 124%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 18.6 +0.9 27.8 15th 9.7 +1.2 1.3 1st 77.2 66.5 normal 116%
Hume Reservoir 29.1 +2.1 38.2 14th 15.1 +1.4 5.4 29th 28.0 42.9 normal 65%
Khancoban AWS 28.1 +0.7 36.7 15th 10.5 +0.2 2.7 1st 59.6 49.5 normal 120%
Tumbarumba Post Office 26.1 +1.1 35.5 15th 9.1 +0.5 1.5 1st 34.6 65.7 normal 53%
Wagga Wagga AMO 29.7 +2.0 38.7 15th 13.8 +0.5 3.8 29th 23.6 41.5 normal 57%
Southwest Slopes (N) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 28.1 +2.2 38.5 15th 13.6 +0.3 4.6 29th 50.8 57.7 normal 88%
Cootamundra Airport 28.3 +0.8 37.0 15th 12.8 +0.9 2.5 29th 30.2 34.6 normal 87%
Grenfell 28.6 +0.7 36.3 15th 14.7 +1.3 6.5 29th 35.8 47.2 normal 76%
Gundagai 28.9 +0.8 38.5 15th 13.6 +0.6 4.5 29th 78.6 35.2 high 223%
Quandialla Post Office 31.0 +2.0 39.0 11th 14.6 +0.9 4.6 29th 30.8 43.4 normal 71%
Temora Airport 29.5   37.9 15th 13.1   4.4 28th 40.6
Wyalong Post Office 30.6 +1.8 39.2 15th 15.7 +1.2 7.0 29th 20.0 36.0 normal 56%
Young Airport 28.1 +0.8 36.9 15th 10.9 +0.1 2.4 29th 58.4 28.0 high 209%
Riverina (E) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 29.7 +1.7 39.2 14th 14.0 +1.4 5.8 28th 28.2 36.1 normal 78%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 30.6 +2.0 40.4 14th 14.6 +1.6 6.7 28th 23.2 14.2 high 163%
Narrandera Airport 30.8 +2.7 39.8 14th 14.6 +1.2 4.2 28th 15.4 29.1 normal 53%
Narrandera Golf Club 30.4 +2.1 39.1 14th 15.3 +1.3 4.4 28th 13.8 28.5 normal 48%
Tocumwal Airport 30.0 +2.0 39.6 15th 14.4 +0.8 5.9 29th 17.4 33.4 normal 52%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 30.8   39.6 15th 16.7   6.4 28th 14.8
Riverina (W) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 30.9 +2.2 40.0 15th 15.7 +1.7 5.0 28th 8.4 33.3 low 25%
Hay 31.7 +2.5 40.8 15th 15.7 +2.0 6.1 28th 6.4 28.6 normal 22%
Hay Airport AWS 31.6   40.5 15th 15.7   6.0 28th 7.8
Hillston Airport 31.9 +2.7 40.2 13th 14.9 −0.2 5.0 28th 6.0 31.2 normal 19%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 30.8 +0.6 39.0 14th 16.7 +1.5 7.5 28th 17.5 34.6 normal 51%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Tuesday 1 April 2008. 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.

1Averages: Averages are based on the period 1961 to 1990 which is a convention of the World Meteorological Organisation

Normals 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.

Further information

NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555
Email reqnsw@bom.gov.au