Thursday, 1 May 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC15R0

New South Wales in April 2008
Dry with cool days, cool nights

Summary

  • 7th coolest April on record for statewide average minimum temperatures
  • 8th coolest April on record for statewide average mean temperatures
  • Average to below average statewide average maximum temperatures
  • Average to below average rainfall across most of the state

Rainfall

Dry conditions prevailed across much of NSW during April, under the influence of persistent high pressure systems that dominated the state's weather throughout the month. Average to below average rainfall was recorded in most districts, with very much below average rainfall recorded in parts of the central and northwestern inland. However, coastal areas, from the Metropolitan to the Northern Rivers, recorded above to very much above average rainfall - resulting from persistent moist onshore flow throughout the month, and a low pressure system off the north coast late in the month.

The statewide average rainfall was 27.1 mm, which is well below the historical average1 of 48.0  mm. The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) recorded an average of 10.7 mm, well below the historical average of 39.9 mm.

Some sites had their highest total April rainfall on record.

Some sites had their lowest total April rainfall on record.

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

Temperature

Maximum temperatures were average to below average throughout the state. Parts of the Central Tablelands and Hunter districts recorded very much below average maximum temperatures, whilst lowest on record maximum temperatures were recorded in parts of the Metropolitan, Illawarra and Mid North Coast. The statewide average maximum temperature was 23.5 °C, which is 0.6 °C below the historical average1 of 24.1 °C.

Statewide minimum temperatures were below average across most districts, with very much below average to lowest on record minimum temperatures recorded in the far north. The statewide average minimum temperature was 9.3 °C, which is 1.8 °C below the historical average of 11.1 °C. This is the seventh coolest April on record for statewide average minimum temperatures (current record is 8.5 °C set in April 1951). This pattern of below average minimum temperatures can be attributed to the persistent high pressure systems, and associated clear skies, that affected the state during April.

Statewide mean temperatures were also below average. The statewide average mean temperature (the average of the daily maximum and minimum temperature) was 16.4 °C, which is 1.2 °C below the historical average of 17.6 °C. This is the eighth coolest April on record for statewide average mean temperatures (current record is 15.2 °C set in April 1951).

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

Some sites had their lowest April mean daily maximum temperature on record.

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

Some sites had their lowest April temperature on record.

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

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

Other phenomena

A vigorous cold front that moved through the state on the 26th/27th brought very cold temperatures to much of NSW, and snow to the Snowy Mountains high ground. Light snowfalls were also reported in Bathurst, Katoomba, Oberon and Orange.

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
34.2 °C at Tibooburra Post Office on the 2nd
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
27.8 °C at Mungindi Post Office
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
7.8 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
-2.0 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 28th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
-10.0 °C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on the 30th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
-3.2 °C at Perisher Valley Ski Centre
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
15.6 °C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS)
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
20.3 °C at Tibooburra Post Office on the 12th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
519.6 mm at Upper Lansdowne (Monterey)
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
218.4 mm at Upper Lansdowne (Monterey) on the 25th
Highest wind gust
131 km/h at Thredbo AWS on the 2nd

Records

Record highest total April rainfall
Total rainfall
for April 2008 (mm)
Previous highest
for April
Years of
record
Normal for
April
Upper Lansdowne (Monterey) 519.6 427.1 in 1989 29 134.4
Upper Chichester (Simmonds) 340.0 239.4 in 1999 27 102.6




Record lowest total April rainfall
Total rainfall
for April 2008 (mm)
Previous lowest
for April
Years of
record
Normal for
April
Brewarrina Hospital 0.0 = 0.0 in 2005 135 29.5
Nyngan Airport 0.0 = 0.0 in 1987 126 32.3
Wanaaring Post Office 0.0 = 0.0 in 2005 122 15.9
Tibooburra Post Office 0.0 = 0.0 in 1999 121 14.8
Blowering Dam 0.0 2.4 in 1997 52 65.6




Record lowest April daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in April 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for April
Years of
record
Normal for
April
Balranald (RSL) 13.8 on the 27th 14.2 on the 28th in 2006 100 24.0
Yamba Pilot Station 18.4 on the 29th = 18.4 on the 13th in 1994 53 24.3
Hay (Miller Street) 12.7 on the 27th 13.0 on the 25th in 1991 52 24.1
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 16.0 on the 22nd 16.5 on the 14th in 1995 52 24.0
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 13.6 on the 28th 14.2 on the 8th in 1977 49 24.7
Taralga Post Office 7.0 on the 28th 7.4 on the 28th in 1982 48 18.6
Wyalong Post Office 12.5 on the 28th 13.2 on the 12th in 1994 44 23.6
Hume Reservoir 10.6 on the 27th 10.7 on the 18th in 1985 42 21.6
Wellington (Agrowplow) 13.0 on the 28th 14.5 on the 30th in 1974 42 24.5
Quandialla Post Office 12.4 on the 28th = 12.4 on the 27th in 1999 40 24.1
Bowral (Parry Drive) 9.4 on the 28th 10.3 on the 21st in 1999 39 19.5
Lake Cargelligo Airport 12.7 on the 28th 15.0 on the 23rd in 2001 38 25.3
Tocumwal Airport 11.2 on the 27th 12.0 on the 27th in 1982 38 23.1
Wollongong University 16.3 on the 28th = 16.3 on the 21st in 1985 38 22.6
Narrandera Golf Club 12.0 on the 27th 12.4 on the 27th in 1982 37 23.5
Corowa Airport 10.7 on the 27th 10.8 on the 18th in 1985 35 22.5
Griffith Airport AWS 12.2 on the 27th 13.4 on the 27th in 1982 35 24.0
Orange Agricultural Institute 6.4 on the 28th 7.8 on the 27th in 1999 33 18.5
Oberon (Springbank) 4.5 on the 28th 5.8 on the 28th in 1982 25 17.2
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 5.0 on the 27th 8.0 on the 7th in 1995 23 19.1
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) -1.7 on the 28th -1.2 on the 7th in 1995 21 10.4



Record lowest April mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for April 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for April
Years of
record
Normal for
April
Casino Airport 24.5 24.6 in 1923 88 26.9
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 22.0 22.2 in 1962 70 24.0
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 21.8 22.4 in 1983 40 24.5
Bowral (Parry Drive) 16.7 = 16.7 in 1983 39 19.5
Lostock Dam 21.0 21.3 in 1983 38 23.6
Wollongong University 20.6 20.7 in 1983 38 22.6
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 21.8 = 21.8 in 1983 34 24.3
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 21.8 22.1 in 1976 33 24.0
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 24.0 24.8 in 1999 32 26.3
Cessnock (Nulkaba) 22.1 22.2 in 1983 31 24.7
Gosford (Narara Research Station) AWS 21.3 21.8 in 1999 27 23.7
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road) 19.7 20.1 in 1983 27 22.2
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 21.5 21.7 in 1917 23 23.7




Record lowest April temperature
Lowest temperature
in April 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for April
Years of
record
Normal for
April
Coffs Harbour MO 4.3 on the 30th 6.1 on the 30th in 1952 58 15.2
Yamba Pilot Station 7.2 on the 30th 8.3 on the 27th in 1944 53 16.5
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 5.0 on the 29th = 5.0 on the 30th in 1977 52 12.3
Glen Innes Post Office -1.9 on the 30th -1.7 on the 29th in 1970 46 7.8
White Cliffs Post Office 2.6 on the 29th 3.0 on the 27th in 1978 46 12.4
Inverell Research Centre -0.3 on the 29th 1.5 on the 15th in 1996 44 11.0
Tenterfield (Federation Park) -5.0 on the 30th -2.7 on the 29th in 1970 44 8.5
Mungindi Post Office 0.4 on the 30th 2.0 on the 28th in 1978 43 12.8
Murrurundi Post Office -2.9 on the 30th -2.1 on the 23rd in 2006 43 8.5
Quirindi Post Office -3.2 on the 30th -2.0 on the 27th in 1978 42 9.0
Brewarrina Hospital 1.4 on the 30th 3.5 on the 28th in 1978 40 12.6
Grafton Olympic Pool 3.6 on the 30th 4.8 on the 14th in 1996 40 14.9
Tabulam (Muirne) 5.2 on the 29th 5.6 on the 27th in 1978 38 13.5
Wollongong University 5.1 on the 30th 5.6 on the 8th in 1995 38 14.2
Kempsey (Wide Street) 4.5 on the 29th 5.1 on the 29th in 1982 35 13.2
Pindari Dam -1.0 on the 29th = -1.0 on the 28th in 1999 35 10.7
Cooma Visitors Centre -6.5 on the 30th = -6.5 on the 28th in 1978 34 4.0
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 8.3 on the 30th 8.6 on the 25th in 1972 33 15.9
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn -3.5 on the 30th -1.5 on the 28th in 1990 33 8.0
Guyra Hospital -2.8 on the 29th -2.0 on the 12th in 1996 24 6.8
Riverview Observatory 5.7 on the 29th 6.1 on the 24th in 2006 24 12.9



Record lowest April mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for April 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for April
Years of
record
Normal for
April
Tabulam (Muirne) 11.8 12.0 in 1972 38 13.5
Wollongong University 12.3 = 12.3 in 2006 38 14.2
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 5.4 5.7 in 1971 33 8.0
Thredbo AWS -0.9 = -0.9 in 2006 28 1.6
Guyra Hospital 4.9 5.0 in 1995 24 6.8



Summaries

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Summary statistics for April 2008
Maximum temperatures
for April
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for April
(°C)
Rainfall
for April
(millimetres)
Mean for
April
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
April
2008
Mean for
April
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
April
2008
Total for
April
2008
Normal
for
April
Rank of
April
2008
Fraction of
April
normal
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 25.0   30.7 11th 11.1   2.1 29th 2.2
Tibooburra Airport 26.2 -1.7 33.8 2nd 13.1 -2.1 5.8 28th 0 11.8 very low 0%
Tibooburra Post Office 26.4 -0.6 34.2 2nd 12.7 -1.2 5.0 28th 0 14.8 lowest 0%
White Cliffs AWS 25.4   32.8 2nd 12.4   3.9 28th 3.6
White Cliffs Post Office 25.7 -0.7 32.0 2nd 11.2 -1.1 2.6 29th 7.0 15.4 normal 45%
Wilcannia 25.4 -0.8 30.7 2nd 10.1 -1.6 3.8 29th 11.4 17.3 normal 66%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 25.5   30.8 11th 10.1   3.6 29th 4.0
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 23.4 -0.5 29.8 11th 11.7 -0.1 4.6 28th 3.0 17.4 normal 17%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 23.6 -0.8 29.5 11th 10.5 -0.7 3.3 29th 5.2 20.6 normal 25%
Lake Victoria Storage 23.8 +0.3 29.5 25th 9.0 -1.4 2.5 29th 3.8 18.1 low 21%
Menindee Post Office 25.9 +0.3 32.8 11th 9.3 -1.6 2.5 29th 4.2 16.2 normal 26%
Pooncarie Telecentre 25.1   31.0 11th 9.3   2.2 29th 6.2 17.6 normal 35%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 26.3   32.8 2nd 11.5   1.8 29th 0 29.9 very low 0%
Brewarrina Hospital 25.3 -2.3 31.1 2nd 9.8 -2.7 1.4 30th 0 29.5 lowest 0%
Cobar Airport AWS 23.8 -2.0 30.5 2nd 10.2 -0.8 1.0 29th 7.2 19.6 normal 37%
Cobar MO 23.7 -1.5 30.3 2nd 10.9 -2.0 3.4 29th 5.6 26.7 normal 21%
Collarenebri 26.7 -0.8 31.2 2nd 9.6 -2.8 -0.7 30th 2.4 35.3 low 7%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 26.8 -1.2 32.8 2nd 11.0 -3.5 2.0 30th 0 32.1 very low 0%
Wanaaring Post Office 26.4 -1.6 33.7 2nd 10.3 -2.6 0.9 30th 0 15.9 lowest 0%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 23.7 -0.3 30.4 11th 8.9 -0.6 2.3 29th 4.4 23.3 low 19%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 24.0   29.8 11th 10.8   5.2 29th 6.8
Ivanhoe Post Office 25.0 -0.8 31.0 11th 9.6 -0.7 2.6 29th 12.8 19.3 normal 66%
Central Western Plains (S) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 23.9 -0.8 30.0 2nd 8.1 -1.8 0.7 30th 9.3 31.4 normal 30%
Condobolin Airport AWS 23.8 -0.7 31.3 2nd 7.6 -1.7 0.5 30th 9.0 17.8 normal 51%
Peak Hill Post Office 23.9 -1.2 28.8 2nd 10.9 -1.3 2.2 29th 6.5 42.3 low 15%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 22.5 -2.0 27.9 2nd 8.5 -1.0 2.0 30th 31.2 16.4 high 190%
Central Western Plains (N) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 25.4 -1.0 31.0 2nd 9.1 -3.1 0.9 29th 1.0 45.7 very low 2%
Coonamble Comparison 25.5 -1.2 31.3 2nd 9.4 -2.3 1.3 29th 1.2 35.2 low 3%
Nyngan Airport 24.6 -1.0 30.6 2nd 10.9 -0.9 2.5 29th 0 32.3 lowest 0%
Trangie Research Station AWS 24.0 -0.4 29.6 2nd 9.5 -1.7 -0.2 29th 0.6 40.0 very low 2%
Northwest Plains (W) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 27.8 +0.2 32.0 13th 9.5 -3.3 0.4 30th 5.0 31.2 low 16%
Walgett Airport AWS 26.4 -1.1 32.1 2nd 8.5 -3.1 -1.7 30th 2.8 21.2 low 13%
Northwest Plains (E) (district 53)
Baradine Forestry 24.5 -1.4 28.9 2nd 9.0 -1.3 0.3 30th 6.2 38.4 low 16%
Moree Aero 25.6 -1.6 30.3 13th 10.4 -2.1 2.4 29th 8.6 19.5 normal 44%
Northwest Slopes (N) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 23.9 -1.2 29.0 1st 5.3 -2.7 -3.4 30th 34.1 39.4 normal 87%
Narrabri Airport AWS 25.0   30.0 13th 10.6   0.3 30th 13.2
Pindari Dam 24.7 -0.8 28.4 13th 8.0 -2.8 -1.0 29th 6.2 45.0 low 14%
Northwest Slopes (S) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 24.3   29.1 2nd 8.5   0.0 30th 13.8
Gunnedah Pool 23.8 -2.6 28.9 13th 10.8 -0.6 2.6 29th 25.8 37.6 normal 69%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 23.3 -1.8 28.6 2nd 11.4 -1.4 2.8 30th 23.8 39.8 normal 60%
Quirindi Post Office 23.2 -1.7 28.6 13th 6.1 -2.8 -3.2 30th 7.4 42.1 low 18%
Tamworth Airport AWS 23.6 -1.7 28.2 13th 7.8 -2.2 -0.2 29th 17.8 24.4 normal 73%
Woolbrook 19.4 -1.9 25.0 1st 3.4 -2.1 -5.5 29th 20.1 39.3 normal 51%
Northern Tablelands (W) (district 56)
Armidale 18.3 -2.2 23.8 2nd 5.4 -1.3 -5.8 30th 54.6 38.9 high 140%
Armidale Airport AWS 17.9 -2.0 23.6 1st 6.5 -0.9 -3.3 30th 41.2 34.3 normal 120%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 19.6 -0.4 24.0 1st 5.4 -2.6 -3.5 30th 26.6 40.5 normal 66%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 19.6 -1.3 23.8 1st 4.6 -2.1 -6.0 30th 27.0 40.3 normal 67%
Glen Innes Post Office 19.7 -1.0 24.4 1st 7.1 -0.8 -1.9 30th 24.3 42.9 normal 57%
Guyra Hospital 16.1 -2.0 22.2 2nd 4.9 -2.0 -2.8 29th 39.0 53.9 normal 72%
Inverell 23.3 -1.4 27.1 13th 5.9 -1.1 -3.3 30th 8.0 30.3 low 26%
Inverell Research Centre 22.2 -1.3 26.0 1st 9.4 -1.6 -0.3 29th 9.0 39.9 low 23%
Tenterfield 19.3 -2.5 25.2 3rd 5.7 -2.8 -5.0 30th 18.7 47.1 low 40%
Northern Tablelands (E) (district 57)
Tabulam 20.4 -1.8 26.6 3rd 11.8 -1.7 5.2 29th 80.6 100.5 normal 80%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 21.8 -2.2 26.9 27th 14.2 -1.7 8.3 30th 396.8 194.4 very high 204%
Ballina Airport AWS 23.0 -1.9 28.0 27th 14.4 -0.6 7.0 29th 452.2 172.3 high 262%
Byron Bay 22.2   26.7 3rd 15.6   10.9 29th 378.6
Casino Airport 24.5 -2.4 28.5 27th 13.4 -0.6 5.1 30th 96.2 94.9 normal 101%
Casino Airport AWS 23.6 -2.4 27.8 27th 13.0 -0.8 4.4 30th 81.2 54.9 high 148%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 21.9 -2.5 29.4 3rd 14.4 -2.2 8.1 30th 405.8 149.0 very high 272%
Grafton Airport AWS 24.4   28.7 3rd 12.0   0.4 30th 56.4 73.8 normal 76%
Grafton Olympic Pool 24.7 -1.5 28.7 27th 13.2 -1.6 3.6 30th 47.7 85.6 normal 56%
Grafton Research Stn 24.4 -1.3 28.9 3rd 13.3 -0.8 5.0 30th 68.8 77.5 normal 89%
Lismore 23.4   28.0 27th 13.9   8.1 30th 236.1
Lismore Airport AWS 23.7   28.4 27th 13.2   3.9 30th 214.6
Murwillumbah 24.0 -2.2 28.2 27th 14.7 -0.8 7.7 29th 97.0 159.0 normal 61%
Yamba Pilot Station 23.0 -1.2 30.1 3rd 15.1 -1.3 7.2 30th 303.8 159.7 very high 190%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 22.5 -1.6 27.7 3rd 14.0 -1.2 4.3 30th 294.8 175.0 high 168%
Dorrigo 18.0 -1.8 25.2 3rd 8.9 -1.6 1.0 30th 255.2 115.3 very high 221%
Kempsey 23.0 -2.5 28.2 3rd 13.1 -0.1 4.5 29th 226.9 115.0 high 197%
Kempsey Airport AWS 22.6   27.5 3rd 11.7   3.0 29th 194.2
South West Rocks 22.0 -1.9 26.5 1st 14.5 -2.1 10.4 29th 408.4 167.5 very high 244%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 21.9 -1.8 26.0 12th 12.5 -2.9 7.0 29th 413.9 128.6 very high 322%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 21.7 -2.5 26.5 27th 13.4 -0.2 5.1 29th 396.4 124.2 very high 319%
Taree Airport AWS 21.9 -2.5 28.0 2nd 13.1 -0.5 6.0 29th 501.4 109.2 very high 459%
Yarras 21.8 -2.7 29.0 3rd 11.6 -0.9 3.4 30th 508.4 135.6 very high 375%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 22.1 -2.6 29.6 2nd 10.7 -0.9 2.2 30th 146.8 57.0 high 258%
Cessnock Airport AWS 21.3 -3.0 28.5 2nd 10.0 -0.1 1.4 30th 169.2 44.2 very high 383%
Gosford 21.3 -2.4 28.2 2nd 11.2 -0.7 4.2 30th 251.6 137.6 high 183%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 22.8 -2.5 30.0 13th 9.9 -1.1 0.8 30th 57.9 44.1 high 131%
Lostock Dam 21.0 -2.6 28.6 2nd 11.0 -1.7 4.4 30th 222.2 68.7 very high 323%
Maitland Visitors Centre 22.7 -1.9 29.8 4th 11.4 -0.7 4.0 5th 213.2 77.3 very high 276%
Mangrove Mountain AWS 18.8 -3.0 24.6 27th 10.6 -1.6 2.8 29th 261.0 76.4 very high 342%
Merriwa 21.9   28.6 2nd 7.0   -2.9 30th 15.0 34.1 normal 44%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 18.1   25.1 13th 9.2   1.6 29th 44.4
Murrurundi Post Office 20.4 -3.4 26.0 2nd 7.1 -1.4 -2.9 30th 28.9 53.1 normal 54%
Nelson Bay 21.5 -2.2 27.5 27th 15.0 +0.4 9.8 29th 271.2 126.7 very high 214%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 21.1 -1.7 26.9 2nd 14.4 -0.9 7.5 30th 213.0 116.6 high 183%
Newcastle University 21.9   28.2 2nd 12.5   5.6 30th 248.7
Norah Head AWS 21.2 -1.7 26.8 2nd 14.7 -1.1 7.9 29th 313.2 136.4 high 230%
Paterson 21.8 -2.5 29.9 2nd 11.4 -1.0 3.2 30th 244.6 76.4 very high 320%
Peats Ridge 19.7 -2.4 27.0 2nd 11.1 -0.9 4.3 29th 290.9 130.1 high 224%
Scone Airport AWS 21.9 -2.7 28.8 2nd 8.6 -1.2 -1.7 30th 31.2 33.3 normal 94%
Scone SCS 22.7 -1.8 28.8 2nd 9.4 -2.1 3.0 29th 41.2 39.7 normal 104%
Singleton STP 22.7   29.6 3rd 9.2   1.2 4th 77.7
Williamtown RAAF 21.9 -1.7 28.4 2nd 12.0 -1.1 5.3 4th 251.4 104.2 very high 241%
Central Tablelands (N) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 21.6 -1.8 27.5 2nd 7.8 -2.0 -0.5 30th 12.7 44.4 low 29%
Mudgee Airport AWS 20.4 -2.6 26.6 2nd 5.9 -1.6 -3.7 30th 5.6 30.8 normal 18%
Nullo Mountain AWS 13.5 -3.6 20.7 2nd 6.6 -1.8 -0.8 29th 53.4 49.1 normal 109%
Central Tablelands (S) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 19.0 -1.1 24.2 2nd 5.1 -1.6 -3.1 30th 14.8 41.7 low 35%
Bathurst Airport AWS 18.2 -2.7 24.3 2nd 5.4 -0.6 -2.2 30th 10.6 26.1 normal 41%
Cowra Research Centre 22.7 +0.2 27.5 2nd 9.1 -1.2 2.2 29th 18.2 41.9 normal 43%
Katoomba 14.7 -2.0 21.8 2nd 7.3 -1.4 1.1 29th 184.0 121.4 high 152%
Lithgow 15.6   22.2 2nd 5.5   -3.2 30th 59.8 58.8 normal 102%
Mount Boyce AWS 14.0 -3.3 21.2 2nd 6.9 -1.8 0.2 29th 121.6 50.1 very high 243%
Oberon 15.0 -2.2 20.5 12th 4.5 -0.7 -3.0 30th 22.2 57.8 low 38%
Orange Agricultural Institute 16.7 -1.8 20.9 12th 5.3 -1.9 -0.1 29th 26.5 52.0 normal 51%
Orange Airport AWS 17.1 -1.6 21.9 2nd 3.7 -1.5 -4.3 30th 20.0 34.9 normal 57%
Orange Airport Comparison 17.1 -1.3 21.8 2nd 4.2 -2.0 -2.2 30th 19.4 52.9 low 37%
Springwood Bowling Club 19.7   28.2 2nd 11.1   4.7 29th 87.2 88.1 normal 99%
Central Western Slopes (N) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 21.6 -2.3 26.0 13th 4.6 -2.5 -3.3 30th 24.4 53.3 normal 46%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 20.3   25.5 13th 9.1   2.5 29th 17.4
Dunedoo Post Office 22.6 -1.7 28.9 2nd 8.4 -1.3 -1.3 30th 7.1 41.8 low 17%
Central Western Slopes (S) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 22.6   28.6 2nd 7.4   0.0 29th 13.2
Cowra Airport Comparison 22.6 -1.1 28.6 2nd 7.9 -0.3 1.1 30th 14.2 42.6 low 33%
Dubbo Airport AWS 23.8 -1.0 29.0 2nd 8.0 -2.1 -2.2 29th 1.4 32.5 low 4%
Forbes Airport AWS 23.6 -1.2 29.2 2nd 8.2 -1.1 -0.2 29th 11.6 17.9 normal 65%
Parkes 23.5 0.0 28.4 2nd 8.7 -2.3 0.8 29th 12.6 41.7 low 30%
Parkes Airport AWS 23.0 -1.4 29.0 2nd 7.8 -1.7 0.0 29th 25.0 30.2 normal 83%
Wellington 22.9 -1.6 28.0 2nd 7.5 -1.9 -0.3 29th 5.9 45.5 low 13%
Metropolitan (E) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 21.7 -2.0 28.9 2nd 11.3 -1.4 4.0 29th 84.2 82.9 normal 102%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 21.3 -2.3 28.9 2nd 11.6 -1.1 3.7 29th 163.0 95.7 high 170%
Holsworthy Control Range 21.5 -2.3 29.0 2nd 10.7 -1.5 3.7 29th 67.2 42.2 high 159%
Parramatta North 21.4 -2.5 29.2 2nd 11.5 -1.3 5.5 29th 132.9 87.0 high 153%
Riverview Observatory 20.9 -1.9 28.0 3rd 12.0 -0.9 5.7 29th 171.8 107.7 high 160%
Sydney 21.5 -0.9 28.7 2nd 13.9 -0.8 8.4 30th 146.6 126.2 normal 116%
Sydney Airport AMO 21.1 -1.8 29.8 2nd 13.8 -0.3 7.5 29th 131.2 104.4 high 126%
Sydney Olympic Park 21.5 -2.7 29.2 2nd 12.9 -1.4 7.3 30th 127.0 87.3 high 145%
Terrey Hills AWS 20.0   26.9 2nd 12.3   5.5 29th 136.4
Metropolitan (W) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 21.4 -2.9 29.2 2nd 9.9 -1.2 3.2 30th 50.6 32.0 high 158%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 21.1 -2.9 28.3 2nd 11.2 -1.7 3.8 29th 67.0 63.3 normal 106%
Liverpool 22.0   29.0 2nd 10.6   3.9 30th 69.0
Penrith Lakes AWS 21.8 -3.1 29.9 2nd 11.8 -1.2 4.8 29th 84.6 34.9 high 242%
Prospect Dam 21.6 -2.1 28.8 2nd 11.7 -1.3 4.5 29th 79.9 74.1 normal 108%
Richmond RAAF 21.3 -2.9 29.2 2nd 10.2 -1.1 2.0 30th 54.2 41.6 normal 130%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 21.5   26.0 2nd 10.2   3.0 30th 54.6
Bellambi AWS 20.0 -2.4 24.0 2nd 13.9 -1.7 9.0 29th 108.4 100.8 normal 108%
Bowral 16.7 -2.8 23.2 2nd 7.1 -0.9 0.4 30th 34.2 79.2 low 43%
Camden Airport AWS 21.7 -2.2 29.0 2nd 9.3 -1.7 1.6 30th 10.2 64.1 low 16%
Campbelltown 22.1   28.8 2nd 10.0   2.2 30th 60.2
Jervis Bay 19.4   23.8 26th 13.8   9.1 30th 140.8
Kiama 20.0   23.3 12th 13.9   9.0 29th 102.0
Moss Vale AWS 17.0   23.5 2nd 6.1   -2.5 30th 34.0
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 21.4   28.2 3rd 10.4   3.7 29th 44.2
Wollongong University 20.6 -1.9 26.3 2nd 12.3 -1.9 5.1 30th 102.4 129.3 normal 79%
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 20.9 -1.4 27.6 2nd 9.0 -1.4 1.5 29th 68.9 68.4 normal 101%
Bega AWS 21.6 -0.6 26.0 10th 7.7 -1.5 0.0 30th 13.8 25.5 low 54%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 17.9 -1.7 23.4 12th 3.9 -1.8 -5.1 30th 22.6 46.1 normal 49%
Green Cape AWS 20.0   23.1 7th 13.7   10.1 29th 30.8 57.2 normal 54%
Merimbula Airport AWS 20.7 -0.7 23.0 2nd 9.4 -1.4 4.0 4th 31.2 61.7 normal 51%
Montague Island Lighthouse 19.6 -0.8 23.4 2nd 14.5 -0.6 10.0 28th 35.4 79.3 normal 45%
Moruya Airport AWS 20.8   27.0 2nd 9.3   1.0 29th 33.6
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 20.6 -1.0 25.5 2nd 11.4 -0.9 5.0 29th 36.0 87.4 normal 41%
Narooma RVCP 20.3 -0.8 24.0 2nd 12.3 -0.5 7.4 30th 73.1 80.0 normal 91%
Nerriga Composite 18.5 -1.0 24.0 12th 4.5 -2.4 -4.2 30th 39.3 58.0 normal 68%
Ulladulla AWS 19.7 -1.9 24.1 2nd 12.8 -1.0 8.3 29th 71.0 86.3 normal 82%
Sthn Tablelands Gburn-Monaro (district 70)
Bombala 18.0 -0.5 23.7 11th 4.1 -1.1 -3.9 30th 17.0 45.0 low 38%
Bombala AWS 16.2 -1.8 22.2 11th 4.3 -1.0 -4.5 30th 13.2 31.5 very low 42%
Canberra Airport 19.5 -0.5 24.1 12th 5.2 -1.5 -2.1 29th 17.4 46.0 low 38%
Cooma Airport AWS 16.5 -1.9 21.6 11th 2.4 -1.1 -5.5 30th 17.0 39.5 low 43%
Cooma Visitors Centre 18.0 -1.6 22.5 11th 2.2 -1.8 -6.5 30th 14.7 38.7 low 38%
Goulburn Airport AWS 18.3 -1.7 23.6 2nd 4.1 -1.3 -4.6 30th 26.6 19.2 high 139%
Goulburn TAFE 18.3 -1.9 24.0 2nd 5.8 -2.0 -1.5 30th 24.6 46.2 normal 53%
Mount Ginini AWS 10.5   15.0 12th 2.0   -5.0 29th 41.4
Taralga Post Office 17.2 -1.4 22.5 13th 5.3 -0.8 0.5 1st 41.4 59.2 normal 70%
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 18.2 -0.9 23.0 12th 4.4 -2.2 -0.8 30th 23.8 65.1 low 37%
Tuggeranong 19.6 -1.9 24.1 12th 4.4 -2.3 -3.0 30th 11.4 23.4 low 49%
Yass 20.7 -0.5 25.5 12th 5.6 -1.4 -1.0 30th 22.7 48.8 normal 47%
Sthn Tablelands Snowy-Mountns (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 10.1 -0.3 14.8 17th -3.1 -2.7 -10.0 30th 88.5 154.8 normal 57%
Perisher Valley Ski Centre 10.4 -1.4 13.5 17th -3.2 -3.7 -9.3 29th 48.6 97.2 low 50%
Thredbo AWS 7.8 -1.7 11.5 17th -0.9 -2.4 -6.5 29th 64.8 97.7 normal 66%
Thredbo Village 13.5 -0.3 16.6 17th 0.0 -1.5 -5.0 29th 100.5 107.7 normal 93%
Southwest Slopes (S) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 21.7 -0.8 27.0 11th 6.3 -1.6 0.6 29th 20.4 32.4 normal 63%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 11.5 -1.8 15.2 11th 3.6 -2.3 -3.6 29th 67.2 59.2 normal 114%
Hume Reservoir 22.1 +0.5 27.5 11th 8.6 -1.4 2.4 29th 18.6 51.4 low 36%
Khancoban AWS 20.0 -2.0 24.2 11th 5.0 -2.2 0.9 30th 51.0 44.3 normal 115%
Tumbarumba Post Office 19.5 -0.5 23.0 11th 3.5 -1.4 -2.6 30th 43.0 65.5 normal 66%
Wagga Wagga AMO 22.1 -0.4 26.7 2nd 6.8 -2.3 0.5 29th 30.4 41.5 normal 73%
Southwest Slopes (N) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 22.6 +1.6 26.0 11th 9.2 -0.4 3.8 4th 32.4 65.5 normal 49%
Cootamundra Airport 21.2 -1.8 26.0 2nd 6.7 -0.2 -0.5 30th 23.6 27.5 normal 86%
Grenfell 21.7 -1.0 26.9 2nd 9.0 -0.3 1.7 29th 22.2 46.8 normal 47%
Gundagai 22.0 -1.2 25.6 2nd 7.2 -1.3 1.1 30th 33.2 29.1 normal 114%
Quandialla Post Office 23.8 -0.4 28.0 2nd 9.3 -0.3 1.8 30th 25.4 42.0 normal 60%
Temora Airport 22.1   26.8 11th 7.1   0.3 30th 26.2
Wyalong Post Office 23.3 -0.3 28.0 11th 9.6 -0.4 2.3 30th 25.0 35.7 normal 70%
Young Airport 21.0 -2.1 25.6 12th 5.8 -0.4 -0.9 29th 30.8 25.8 normal 119%
Riverina (E) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 22.0 -0.6 28.0 11th 7.3 -1.2 1.0 29th 9.6 36.6 low 26%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 22.3 -1.4 28.9 11th 8.3 -1.0 1.4 30th 7.8 23.2 low 34%
Narrandera Airport 23.1 -0.1 28.6 11th 8.2 -1.0 0.6 29th 15.0 35.4 normal 42%
Narrandera Golf Club 22.6 -0.9 28.1 11th 8.6 -1.4 0.8 29th 15.6 39.3 normal 40%
Tocumwal Airport 22.2 -0.8 28.9 11th 8.1 -1.6 1.1 30th 10.8 32.0 low 34%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 22.9   28.3 11th 10.5   3.1 29th 15.6
Riverina (W) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 23.4 -0.6 29.0 11th 9.7 -0.5 3.1 30th 2.2 28.1 very low 8%
Hay 23.5 -0.6 30.0 11th 9.5 -0.4 3.0 29th 22.0 28.1 normal 78%
Hay Airport AWS 23.3   30.0 11th 9.2   2.5 29th 22.2
Hillston Airport 23.9 -0.4 29.5 2nd 8.6 -2.0 2.0 29th 15.2 26.9 normal 57%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 23.7 -1.5 31.0 2nd 10.1 -0.6 2.7 29th 4.8 30.5 low 16%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Thursday 1 May 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