Monday, 2 June 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC15R0

New South Wales in May 2008
A very dry and warm end to autumn

Summary

  • 5th driest May on record for NSW
  • 12th driest May on record for the Murray Darling Basin
  • 6th warmest May on record for statewide average maximum temperatures
  • Below average statewide average minimum temperatures

Rainfall

May saw a continuation of the dry conditions that have affected NSW since March, with below to very much below average rainfall reported throughout much of the state during the month. The statewide average rainfall was 10.7 mm, which is well below the historical average1 of 49.2 mm. This is the 5th driest May on record for NSW (current driest is 4.0 mm in May 1902), and the driest May since 2006. This May represents a continuation of the drying trend experienced across south-east Australia, at this time of year, since the mid 1990s.

The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) also recorded below average rainfall, with a basin-wide average of 13.5 mm well below the historical average of 45.0 mm. This is the 12th driest May on record for the Murray Darling Basin (MDB) (current driest is 2.9 mm in May 1912), and the driest May since 2006.

This pattern of below average rainfall can be attributed to the persistant high pressure systems that dominated the state's weather during the month. Troughs that moved through the state mid and late month brought only scattered light falls to some coastal and inland locations.

Some sites had their lowest total May rainfall on record.

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

Temperature

Warm days and cool nights prevailed during May. Persistent high pressure systems over the state throughout the month resulted in clear skies, light winds and dry conditions, producing a strong diurnal temperature range.

Maximum temperatures were above to very much above the historical average throughout the state, with the exception of the far south/southeast and parts of the Illawarra, which recorded average or slightly below average maximum temperatures. The statewide average maximum temperature was 20.8°C, which is 1.5°C above the historical average1 of 19.3°C. This is the 6th warmest May on record for statewide average maximum temperatures (current warmest is 21.5°C set in 2007), and the 8th consecutive May with above average maximum temperatures.

Minimum temperatures were below to very much below average in the northeastern half of the state, and average to below average in the southwestern half. The statewide average minimum temperature was 6.4°C, which is 1.1°C below the historical average of 7.5 °C.

The large variation between day-time and night-time temperatures in May resulted in a significant diurnal temperature range, with a statewide average diurnal temperature range (difference between the mean minimum and mean maximum temperature) of 14.5°C, which is 2.7°C above the historical average of 11.8°C. This is the 4th highest diurnal temperature range on record for May.

Some sites had their lowest 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 lowest May temperature on record.

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

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


Other phenomena

A high pressure system located to the south of Tasmania on the 23rd and 24th of May brought very cool, dry air to Alpine regions, with record low temperatures recorded at Thredbo Village, Perisher Ski Centre and Charlotte Pass (see table below).

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
28.5 °C at Mungindi Post Office on the 11th
28.5 °C at Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen on the 13th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
24.8 °C at Mungindi Post Office
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
5.9 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
0.0 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 17th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
-13.4 °C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on the 24th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
-4.6 °C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature

14.2 °C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS)
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature

17.7 °C at Yamba Pilot Station on the 31st
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
150.8 mm at Ballina (Crowley Village)
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
56.6 mm at Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat on the 30th
Highest wind gust
119 km/h at Thredbo AWS on the 17th

Records

Record lowest total May rainfall
Total rainfall
for May 2008 (mm)
Previous lowest
for May
Years of
record
Normal for
May
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 3.0 3.7 in 1957 150 120.7
Eden (Caravan Park) 0.0 1.4 in 1982 139 75.4
Wyong (Wyong Golf Club) 3.5 3.8 in 1957 121 110.6
Tibooburra Post Office 0.0 = 0.0 in 1984 120 18.3
Sans Souci (Public School) 4.0 4.5 in 1957 108 103.9
Ashfield Bowling Club 0.0 3.8 in 1920 100 97.1
Turramurra (Kissing Point Road) 2.6 = 2.6 in 1982 82 125.1
Bexley Bowling Club 5.6 7.6 in 1957 74 93.9
Berowra (Goodwyn Road) 5.5 6.6 in 1982 63 104.7
Cessnock (Nulkaba) 0.8 3.6 in 1975 43 53.3
Rose Bay (Royal Sydney Golf Club) 10.2 12.2 in 2007 42 130.4
Narrandera Airport 5.2 5.4 in 1976 39 40.6
Camden Airport AWS 0.0 1.6 in 1982 35 58.2
Broken Hill (Koralta) 0.0 = 0.0 in 2006 28 22.7
Gosford North (Glennie St) 7.2 7.8 in 2004 26 121.3
St Clair (Juba Close) 1.0 3.4 in 1994 20 55.0




Record lowest May mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for May 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for May
Years of
record
Normal for
May
Lord Howe Island Aero 20.6 20.9 in 2006 20 21.6




Record lowest May temperature
Lowest temperature
in May 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for May
Years of
record
Normal for
May
Thredbo Village -10.6 on the 24th -9.5 on the 26th in 1996 39 -0.4
Perisher Valley Ski Centre -9.8 on the 23rd -9.5 on the 26th in 1977 31 -1.4
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) -13.4 on the 24th -13.0 on the 31st in 1997 23 -2.7



Record lowest May mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for May 2008 (°C)
Previous lowest
for May
Years of
record
Normal for
May
Lake Victoria Storage 3.6 4.6 in 1924 77 7.8
Prospect Dam 8.1 = 8.1 in 2006 43 10.0
Wollongong University 10.1 10.2 in 2006 38 11.8



Summaries

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Summary statistics for May 2008
Maximum temperatures
for May
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for May
(°C)
Rainfall
for May
(millimetres)
Mean for
May
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
May
2008
Mean for
May
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
May
2008
Total for
May
2008
Normal
for
May
Rank of
May
2008
Fraction of
May
normal
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 22.1   26.2 14th 7.3   2.8 21st 0.2
Tibooburra Airport 23.5 +1.2 27.3 25th 10.0 -0.3 6.7 20th 0.2 17.4 low 1%
Tibooburra Post Office 23.9 +2.0 28.3 24th 9.6 +0.2 5.8 20th 0 18.3 lowest 0%
White Cliffs AWS 22.7   27.2 26th 9.5   6.0 18th 2.2
White Cliffs Post Office 23.2 +1.8 28.1 5th 8.2 -0.1 3.9 21st 6.0 21.0 normal 29%
Wilcannia 22.9 +1.6 27.2 25th 7.1 -0.8 3.7 21st 0.4 23.9 low 2%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 22.8   27.5 25th 7.1   3.2 4th 0.4
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 20.5 +1.4 25.0 14th 9.4 +0.8 5.2 17th 1.4 22.5 low 6%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 20.5 +1.6 24.9 14th 7.5 -0.4 4.8 19th 1.2 21.0 low 6%
Lake Victoria Storage 20.0 +1.0 24.3 14th 3.6 -4.2 0.0 26th 23.6 23.6 normal 100%
Menindee Post Office 22.4 +1.7 27.4 5th 6.1 -1.4 1.8 30th 0.4 23.0 very low 2%
Pooncarie Telecentre 21.9   27.1 5th 6.8   1.1 30th 11.8 26.2 normal 45%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 23.7   27.3 25th 8.3   2.9 18th 4.8 27.5 normal 17%
Brewarrina Hospital 23.4 +1.0 27.1 26th 7.7 -0.9 3.1 5th 10.2 31.0 low 33%
Cobar Airport AWS 21.5 +1.1 26.0 26th 6.0 -0.9 2.2 4th 1.8 27.5 low 7%
Cobar MO 21.8 +1.8 26.2 26th 8.3 -0.7 2.7 18th 1.8 33.1 low 5%
Collarenebri 24.0 +1.2 27.8 16th 6.8 -1.6 1.2 5th 5.0 35.2 low 14%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 24.4 +1.5 28.5 13th 7.9 -1.3 2.0 5th 9.1 27.6 low 33%
Wanaaring Post Office 24.0 +1.4 27.8 25th 7.6 -1.2 3.2 20th 17.3 24.2 normal 71%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 19.7 +0.3 24.4 14th 6.2 -0.5 0.0 29th 15.0 31.7 normal 47%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 20.8   24.6 26th 8.2   4.8 29th 2.0
Ivanhoe Post Office 21.9 +1.6 25.6 26th 6.2 -0.7 1.5 29th 4.7 26.9 low 17%
Central Western Plains (S) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 21.0 +1.4 24.2 6th 5.1 -1.6 1.0 4th 6.2 36.4 very low 17%
Condobolin Airport AWS 20.9 +1.3 24.6 6th 4.5 -1.5 1.1 4th 9.0 31.6 low 28%
Peak Hill Post Office 21.1 +1.1 25.6 10th 8.3 -0.6 3.5 4th 16.0 45.2 low 35%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 19.3 +0.1 22.7 15th 5.8 +0.2 1.7 23rd 1.6 23.8 low 7%
Central Western Plains (N) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 22.8 +1.3 26.9 10th 6.2 -1.0 1.9 5th 15.0 30.8 normal 49%
Coonamble Comparison 23.0 +1.2 26.7 10th 6.6 -1.2 2.1 5th 15.2 39.4 normal 39%
Nyngan Airport 22.1 +1.5 25.2 6th 7.5 -0.3 3.0 5th 8.4 36.3 low 23%
Trangie Research Station AWS 21.5 +1.7 25.3 11th 6.5 -0.7 2.3 5th 9.0 37.5 low 24%
Northwest Plains (W) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 24.8 +1.7 28.5 11th 7.4 -1.4 3.2 5th 8.6 34.8 low 25%
Walgett Airport AWS 24.0 +1.5 27.5 13th 5.7 -1.8 1.6 5th 7.4 33.3 low 22%
Northwest Plains (E) (district 53)
Baradine Forestry 22.8 +1.8 26.5 11th 6.4 0.0 1.7 7th 22.4 46.9 normal 48%
Moree Aero 23.3 +0.9 26.1 11th 7.5 -0.5 3.2 4th 4.4 26.8 low 16%
Northwest Slopes (N) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 22.0 +1.7 25.9 11th 2.3 -2.1 -2.6 5th 10.6 42.3 low 25%
Narrabri Airport AWS 23.1   26.1 11th 7.6   2.3 6th 3.4
Pindari Dam 22.6 +1.0 25.6 10th 4.6 -2.2 -0.8 20th 9.7 44.0 low 22%
Northwest Slopes (S) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 22.3   26.0 10th 4.9   -1.0 4th 33.4
Gunnedah Pool 22.4 +1.1 26.0 10th 7.2 +0.1 2.5 6th 17.4 42.6 normal 41%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 21.8 +1.6 25.1 10th 7.9 -0.8 4.1 20th 14.6 45.2 normal 32%
Quirindi Post Office 21.6 +1.2 25.6 10th 2.4 -2.7 -1.6 4th 22.0 44.7 low 49%
Tamworth Airport AWS 21.8 +1.2 25.3 10th 4.2 -2.2 -1.3 4th 7.8 24.8 normal 31%
Woolbrook 17.8 +0.8 22.0 10th -0.5 -2.6 -6.0 4th 17.3 47.2 low 37%
Northern Tablelands (W) (district 56)
Armidale 16.9 +0.3 20.4 10th 0.2 -2.1 -4.6 4th 14.4 25.8 normal 56%
Armidale Airport AWS 16.3 +0.5 19.4 10th 3.3 -1.2 -1.3 20th 15.6 38.4 normal 41%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 17.4 +1.1 21.5 8th 2.8 -1.8 -2.0 4th 12.9 47.9 low 27%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 17.7 +0.8 21.6 8th 0.6 -1.6 -4.9 20th 10.8 31.6 very low 34%
Glen Innes Post Office 17.9 +1.2 22.9 8th 3.6 -0.8 -1.1 20th 19.2 48.2 low 40%
Guyra Hospital 14.6 +0.1 18.6 10th 2.3 -1.9 -1.2 4th 25.4 52.7 low 48%
Inverell 21.2 +0.8 23.9 10th 1.9 -1.5 -2.5 5th 16.8 33.1 normal 51%
Inverell Research Centre 20.6 +1.5 23.1 11th 6.2 -1.4 1.2 6th 18.6 49.0 low 38%
Tenterfield 18.6 +0.5 21.0 9th 1.6 -3.4 -4.0 6th 57.6 48.0 high 120%
Northern Tablelands (E) (district 57)
Tabulam 19.4 +0.4 22.4 2nd 9.9 -1.1 5.2 18th 24.0 97.3 low 25%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 21.2 0.0 25.0 7th 12.0 -1.3 8.7 18th 137.1 182.5 normal 75%
Ballina Airport AWS 22.4 0.0 26.0 7th 10.0 -2.2 5.0 20th 137.0 180.5 normal 76%
Byron Bay 20.8   25.4 2nd 14.2   9.6 18th 126.8
Casino Airport 23.5 -0.2 26.7 7th 8.9 -1.6 4.6 20th 34.2 78.4 normal 44%
Casino Airport AWS 22.7 -0.3 26.1 7th 8.4 -2.4 4.0 20th 36.8 82.6 low 45%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 21.2 -0.8 26.3 7th 11.5 -2.0 7.4 18th 111.2 105.4 normal 106%
Grafton Airport AWS 23.3   27.6 7th 6.9   2.6 20th 29.6
Grafton Olympic Pool 23.7 +0.6 27.7 7th 8.9 -2.5 4.6 20th 26.9 77.0 low 35%
Grafton Research Stn 23.3 +0.4 27.4 7th 9.1 -0.9 5.1 20th 26.0 71.6 normal 36%
Lismore 22.6   25.8 7th 10.8   7.8 20th 83.4
Lismore Airport AWS 23.2   26.7 17th 8.0   2.7 20th 49.8
Murwillumbah 23.4 -0.2 26.5 7th 10.7 -1.9 6.6 20th 40.4 138.3 low 29%
Yamba Pilot Station 21.9 +0.2 25.6 2nd 12.1 -1.2 8.2 20th 33.8 157.8 low 21%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 21.6 +0.3 24.9 17th 9.9 -1.8 5.6 20th 74.4 161.7 normal 46%
Dorrigo 17.4 +0.5 20.0 9th 5.4 -2.1 2.0 6th 62.7 91.0 normal 69%
Kempsey 22.6 +0.1 25.1 9th 8.5 -1.2 5.0 20th 32.1 92.3 low 35%
Kempsey Airport AWS 21.9   24.3 7th 7.1   3.5 19th 27.4
South West Rocks 21.7 +0.4 25.1 7th 13.9 -0.4 10.9 18th 51.4 134.3 low 38%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 21.1 +0.2 24.6 17th 10.1 -2.1 7.6 5th 37.8 118.5 low 32%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 21.3 -0.2 24.2 17th 9.1 -1.5 5.0 20th 11.0 118.4 low 9%
Taree Airport AWS 21.3 -0.1 25.0 17th 8.7 -1.5 5.0 5th 29.0 107.3 low 27%
Yarras 21.5 +0.3 25.0 26th 7.3 -2.2 3.8 4th 80.2 121.9 normal 66%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 21.5 +0.5 25.1 15th 6.0 -2.6 1.8 25th 0.8 53.3 lowest 2%
Cessnock Airport AWS 20.6 0.0 23.8 15th 5.2 -2.6 0.8 25th 1.6 40.7 very low 4%
Gosford 20.7 +0.3 24.3 15th 7.0 -1.3 3.6 20th 9.4 118.0 very low 8%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 22.0 +0.7 25.3 15th 5.5 -2.0 0.3 25th 2.1 40.4 very low 5%
Lostock Dam 20.3 +0.3 23.5 15th 8.2 -1.9 5.7 23rd 11.4 74.5 very low 15%
Maitland Visitors Centre 21.4 +0.3 24.5 15th 6.7 -1.8 2.0 25th 3.6 64.3 very low 6%
Mangrove Mountain AWS 18.7 +0.3 21.9 15th 7.3 -2.3 3.9 25th 10.2 100.9 very low 10%
Merriwa 20.7   24.2 10th 4.0   -0.4 4th 9.0 39.3 low 23%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 17.1   22.3 10th 7.7   3.1 18th 26.2
Murrurundi Post Office 20.0 +0.8 24.2 10th 2.3 -2.9 -1.5 20th 30.6 55.0 normal 56%
Nelson Bay 20.3 -0.6 25.0 17th 12.7 +1.0 11.0 1st 24.6 151.0 very low 16%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 20.3 +0.3 23.5 17th 11.2 -0.8 7.9 25th 29.8 117.4 low 25%
Newcastle University 20.8   23.6 7th 8.9   5.6 25th 24.6
Norah Head AWS 19.7 -0.4 22.2 17th 12.1 -1.1 8.6 18th 18.6 153.2 very low 12%
Paterson 21.0 +0.4 24.4 6th 7.5 -2.2 3.9 25th 8.0 75.1 very low 11%
Peats Ridge 19.3 +0.2 22.8 15th 8.2 -1.4 5.0 25th 6.6 98.3 very low 7%
Scone Airport AWS 21.0 +0.7 24.9 6th 4.4 -2.6 0.0 5th 20.2 37.4 low 54%
Scone SCS 21.7 +1.7 24.4 15th 6.0 -2.2 1.9 26th 13.8 47.5 low 29%
Singleton STP 21.6   25.0 7th 4.4   0.1 25th 2.8
Williamtown RAAF 20.5 +0.2 23.7 17th 8.3 -1.8 5.1 5th 37.4 113.7 low 33%
Central Tablelands (N) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 20.1 +1.1 25.0 10th 4.9 -1.5 0.2 4th 17.0 45.4 low 37%
Mudgee Airport AWS 19.3 +0.9 23.3 10th 1.5 -2.7 -3.4 4th 10.4 37.9 normal 27%
Nullo Mountain AWS 13.5 +0.5 18.1 10th 5.0 -0.9 0.7 18th 19.8 57.2 low 35%
Central Tablelands (S) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 17.4 +1.8 22.0 9th 1.4 -2.1 -3.0 5th 17.4 42.1 low 41%
Bathurst Airport AWS 17.0 +0.7 21.1 9th 1.9 -1.5 -2.3 23rd 9.8 35.4 low 28%
Cowra Research Centre 18.8 +1.3 22.6 10th 7.1 0.0 3.2 8th 17.1 48.1 low 36%
Katoomba 15.0 +2.0 18.8 10th 6.2 +0.1 2.3 18th 9.0 101.6 very low 9%
Lithgow 15.6   19.8 9th 1.9   -2.3 4th 11.1 52.5 very low 21%
Mount Boyce AWS 14.1 +0.5 18.7 10th 5.4 -0.9 1.8 18th 13.4 53.3 very low 25%
Oberon 13.7 +0.6 18.5 10th 2.1 -0.5 -2.0 4th 18.8 60.8 low 31%
Orange Agricultural Institute 14.8 +0.7 19.1 10th 3.8 -1.0 1.2 5th 20.0 69.6 very low 29%
Orange Airport AWS 14.6 +0.5 18.9 9th 1.1 -1.4 -3.2 23rd 24.4 45.9 low 53%
Orange Airport Comparison 14.7 +0.8 19.0 10th 2.4 -1.2 -1.5 24th 24.2 63.7 low 38%
Springwood Bowling Club 19.0   22.4 16th 8.8   4.9 18th 2.8 73.9 very low 4%
Central Western Slopes (N) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 20.3 +1.0 24.5 10th 1.9 -1.5 -2.2 5th 27.2 54.1 normal 50%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 19.0   23.2 10th 8.2   4.8 18th 38.4
Dunedoo Post Office 20.7 +1.2 25.0 15th 5.4 -0.8 -0.4 4th 18.5 44.6 normal 41%
Central Western Slopes (S) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 19.6   23.3 15th 4.3   -0.3 5th 13.6
Cowra Airport Comparison 19.5 +0.9 23.4 10th 5.1 0.0 0.6 5th 14.4 47.3 low 30%
Dubbo Airport AWS 21.1 +1.2 25.4 10th 5.3 -1.4 -0.3 5th 7.2 41.0 low 18%
Forbes Airport AWS 20.2 +0.8 24.1 15th 4.6 -0.9 0.6 4th 12.2 31.0 low 39%
Parkes 20.3 +1.7 24.0 15th 6.1 -1.4 2.0 4th 13.6 47.4 low 29%
Parkes Airport AWS 19.7 +0.8 24.0 11th 4.7 -0.2 0.0 4th 15.8 50.8 low 31%
Wellington 20.9 +1.1 24.8 10th 4.5 -1.3 -0.6 4th 13.8 47.7 low 29%
Metropolitan (E) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 20.6 +0.2 23.8 15th 7.9 -1.7 4.4 18th 4.0 69.0 very low 6%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 20.4 -0.1 23.8 15th 7.8 -1.9 4.4 18th 8.0 91.6 very low 9%
Holsworthy Control Range 20.5 -0.1 23.0 15th 7.2 -1.1 2.9 18th 10.6 47.0 low 23%
Parramatta North 20.7 +0.2 23.8 15th 8.5 -1.6 5.3 23rd 5.2 71.4 very low 7%
Riverview Observatory 20.4 +0.9 23.3 6th 8.9 -1.0 5.0 18th 6.5 106.2 very low 6%
Sydney 20.5 +1.2 23.6 6th 11.4 -0.1 8.8 18th 3.0 120.7 lowest 2%
Sydney Airport AMO 20.2 +0.3 24.3 15th 11.2 +0.4 8.1 18th 3.0 99.6 very low 3%
Sydney Olympic Park 21.3 +0.5 24.9 15th 10.0 -1.4 6.7 18th 11.8 83.6 very low 14%
Terrey Hills AWS 19.1   22.2 15th 9.8   5.3 18th 3.4
Metropolitan (W) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 20.7 +0.1 22.6 16th 5.9 -2.1 1.5 18th 1.8 35.7 very low 5%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 20.3 -0.1 22.9 15th 7.8 -1.4 3.7 5th 3.2 53.9 very low 6%
Liverpool 21.2   24.0 15th 7.0   3.8 25th 5.6
Penrith Lakes AWS 20.7 -0.3 23.4 16th 7.9 -1.8 4.5 18th 4.2 41.5 very low 10%
Prospect Dam 20.5 +0.2 23.2 6th 8.1 -1.9 4.5 18th 3.8 72.0 very low 5%
Richmond RAAF 20.5 -0.2 23.4 16th 5.5 -2.5 1.9 5th 2.8 54.4 very low 5%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 20.4   23.0 7th 7.4   3.0 5th 4.8
Bellambi AWS 19.4 -0.3 23.1 6th 12.3 -0.8 9.5 18th 4.0 93.4 very low 4%
Bowral 16.0 +0.5 19.2 15th 4.5 -0.8 0.3 25th 5.4 71.0 very low 8%
Camden Airport AWS 20.9 +0.4 23.3 16th 5.1 -2.2 0.7 5th 0 58.2 lowest 0%
Campbelltown 20.7   23.5 15th 6.5   2.9 5th 42.8
Jervis Bay 18.2   21.1 6th 11.9   8.9 25th 6.2
Kiama 19.3   21.6 6th 12.2   8.9 23rd 12.6
Moss Vale AWS 16.1   19.1 10th 3.3   -2.6 25th 7.2
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 20.1   23.5 6th 8.2   5.0 24th 8.2
Wollongong University 19.7 -0.4 22.7 6th 10.1 -1.7 6.1 5th 2.2 106.4 very low 2%
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 19.2 -0.6 21.6 20th 5.4 -2.1 1.1 23rd 39.8 65.8 normal 60%
Bega AWS 19.8 +0.6 22.4 9th 4.6 -1.5 -1.9 23rd 6.6 41.0 very low 16%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 16.7 +0.8 20.5 9th 0.7 -2.5 -4.9 23rd 6.8 45.8 low 15%
Green Cape AWS 18.4   22.9 16th 12.1   9.2 23rd 2.0 48.1 very low 4%
Merimbula Airport AWS 18.7 -0.3 22.0 16th 7.4 -0.4 2.0 23rd 0 51.0 very low 0%
Montague Island Lighthouse 18.1 -0.1 20.4 8th 13.1 0.0 9.9 23rd 13.2 75.8 low 17%
Moruya Airport AWS 19.1   22.0 8th 5.9   1.0 18th 15.6
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 18.9 -0.2 21.5 8th 9.0 -0.4 5.5 23rd 11.6 85.1 low 14%
Narooma RVCP 18.6 -0.1 21.2 8th 10.1 0.0 7.0 18th 6.2 78.9 very low 8%
Nerriga Composite 16.9 +1.3 20.5 9th 0.9 -3.1 -3.9 19th 10.8 60.0 low 18%
Ulladulla AWS 18.5 -0.6 21.7 6th 11.0 -0.7 9.0 18th 9.2 112.7 very low 8%
Sthn Tablelands Gburn-Monaro (district 70)
Bombala 16.1 +1.4 20.0 9th 1.8 -0.2 -5.9 24th 5.4 43.6 very low 12%
Bombala AWS 14.1 -0.1 18.0 30th 2.4 -0.3 -5.4 24th 13.6 30.7 low 44%
Canberra Airport 17.2 +1.7 21.0 9th 2.5 -0.6 -2.7 19th 12.8 44.7 low 29%
Cooma Airport AWS 14.5 +0.3 18.6 9th -1.0 -2.1 -9.2 23rd 9.6 28.5 low 34%
Cooma Visitors Centre 16.0 +0.4 21.1 9th -1.1 -2.2 -7.7 23rd 8.6 31.2 low 28%
Goulburn Airport AWS 16.4 +0.4 20.8 9th 1.5 -1.5 -4.1 4th 10.2 35.2 low 29%
Goulburn TAFE 16.0 0.0 20.4 9th 3.3 -1.5 -0.8 30th 12.6 44.1 low 29%
Mount Ginini AWS 7.7   14.0 9th 1.0   -3.2 18th 25.0
Taralga Post Office 15.9 +1.6 21.9 10th 1.7 -1.7 -2.6 4th 12.3 59.7 low 21%
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 16.1 +0.9 20.0 9th 2.5 -1.4 -1.0 1st 9.2 67.5 very low 14%
Tuggeranong 17.2 +0.6 21.1 10th 0.9 -1.8 -3.5 19th 11.0 21.1 normal 52%
Yass 17.0 +0.6 21.0 9th 3.4 -0.7 -1.7 24th 16.1 50.2 low 32%
Sthn Tablelands Snowy-Mountns (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 8.4 +1.7 14.0 13th -4.6 -1.9 -13.4 24th 46.4 186.8 low 25%
Perisher Valley Ski Centre 8.3 +0.5 14.9 11th -3.0 -1.6 -9.8 23rd 50.6 132.1 low 38%
Thredbo AWS 5.9 +1.0 12.6 9th -1.4 -0.1 -5.5 22nd 38.0 111.8 low 34%
Thredbo Village 10.3 +0.3 16.3 9th -1.2 -0.8 -10.6 24th 36.4 153.4 very low 24%
Southwest Slopes (S) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 17.5 -0.2 20.9 12th 5.2 -0.4 1.3 23rd 29.4 51.5 normal 57%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 8.5 -0.4 14.0 10th 2.7 -0.3 -1.2 18th 80.6 78.7 normal 102%
Hume Reservoir 17.3 +0.6 21.2 10th 7.0 0.0 3.0 10th 24.0 59.6 low 40%
Khancoban AWS 15.9 -0.4 20.2 11th 4.1 -0.2 -0.1 23rd 25.6 55.8 low 46%
Tumbarumba Post Office 15.5 +0.3 20.1 9th 1.8 -0.6 -3.0 24th 41.6 83.1 low 50%
Wagga Wagga AMO 18.2 +0.9 22.3 15th 5.3 -0.6 0.6 31st 15.2 51.6 low 29%
Southwest Slopes (N) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 16.8 +0.7 22.0 11th 6.6 +0.2 3.2 1st 24.3 81.4 low 30%
Cootamundra Airport 17.4 -0.4 21.0 15th 3.3 -0.1 -1.5 31st 21.0 30.8 normal 68%
Grenfell 18.3 +0.6 22.3 10th 7.3 +1.0 3.5 24th 22.7 49.7 low 46%
Gundagai 17.4 -0.5 22.0 11th 4.9 -0.4 -0.1 31st 23.2 42.0 normal 55%
Quandialla Post Office 20.0 +0.9 23.6 15th 5.7 -0.7 2.2 4th 10.4 43.7 low 24%
Temora Airport 18.9   22.2 15th 4.2   0.4 23rd 7.4
Wyalong Post Office 20.0 +1.4 23.4 15th 6.7 -0.1 3.2 23rd 2.0 39.3 very low 5%
Young Airport 17.5 -0.5 21.4 11th 2.7 -0.8 -0.7 5th 16.2 37.3 normal 43%
Riverina (E) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 17.7 -0.1 23.0 11th 5.6 -0.1 2.0 4th 17.8 47.2 low 38%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 17.8 -0.7 23.1 15th 5.9 0.0 1.4 22nd 23.2 24.1 normal 96%
Narrandera Airport 19.6 +0.9 24.3 15th 5.2 -1.7 0.8 31st 5.2 40.6 lowest 13%
Narrandera Golf Club 19.1 +0.4 23.7 26th 5.7 -1.1 1.8 31st 5.6 41.3 low 14%
Tocumwal Airport 17.6 -0.8 22.3 15th 6.0 -0.8 2.3 31st 17.1 41.3 low 41%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 19.6   24.0 26th 7.3   3.8 4th 5.8
Riverina (W) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 19.8 +0.5 25.9 15th 6.5 -0.7 3.2 19th 6.6 35.8 low 18%
Hay 19.3 +0.1 23.7 15th 6.5 -0.2 2.7 29th 11.4 34.9 low 33%
Hay Airport AWS 19.2   24.1 15th 6.2   2.3 29th 11.8
Hillston Airport 20.7 +1.4 24.7 26th 5.9 -1.5 2.7 29th 6.6 32.3 low 20%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 20.8 +0.6 24.9 15th 7.7 +0.7 5.7 4th 3.9 36.5 low 11%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Monday 2 June 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