Monday, 2 February 2009 - Monthly Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC25R0

New South Wales in January 2009

Dry and Hot January for New South Wales

Summary

  • Below average rainfall for NSW
  • 9th warmest January on record for statewide average maximum temperatures
  • 9th warmest January for statewide average minimum temperatures
  • 10th warmest January for statewide average mean temperatures
  • 9th consecutive January with above average maximum and mean temperatures
  • 7th consecutive January with above average minimum temperatures

An archive of previous monthly summaries for New South Wales is also available, as are summaries for other states and many other climate summaries and diagnostics.

Rainfall

The NSW statewide average rainfall for January 2009 was 22 mm, compared to the statewide historical average of 68 mm (average calculated over 1961 - 1990). This was the 18th lowest rainfall on record for the state. The southwest, coastal NSW, as well as Northern Tablelands and Central Western Slopes and Plains have received very low rainfall. The main areas to receive around average rainfall were in the northwestern quater of the state and an area north of Canberra and the northern Riverina. Much of the rainfall received in these areas was due to storm activity associated with the in land trough that typically stretches from the northwest to the southeast of the state at this time of year. Generally the low rainfall experienced over much of the state was associated with blocking highs that were present in the Tasman for a significant portion of the month. These high pressure systems tended to block the passage of frontal systems pushing them further south resulting in an overall dry January.

The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) received a basin wide rainfall average of 24 mm, compared to the historical average of 57 mm.

Some sites had their lowest total January rainfall on record.

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

Temperature

Daytime average maximum temperature for the state was 34.2°C, which is 2.5°C above the historical average of 31.7°C (average calculated over 1961 - 1990). This is the 9th highest statewide average maximum on record for NSW and the 9th consecutive January with above average maximum temperatures and significantly warmer than last January (which was milder due to La Niña conditions that were experienced in 2007). This was partly due to very warm conditions in the second half of the month whilst early January was much closer to average summer conditions. The only areas to experience close to average maximum temperatures were the northeastern and far southeastern parts of the state. The rest of the state was above average, with an extensive area of southern NSW recording over 3°C above the historical average.

In the last week of January a blocking high pressure system in the Tasman Sea directed a hot northwesterly airflow to southeast Australia. As a result much of southeastern Australia, including southwestern NSW, experienced a heatwave with many locations, including Broken Hill, Griffith and Hay, recording up to 5 consecutive days over 40°C. Climate change is expected to not only increase average temperatures but also the frequency and severity of extreme temperature events. While any one event cannot be simply ascribed to climate change, the heat wave at the end of January is certainly consistent with that expectation.

The overnight average temperature for the state was 18.8°C which is 1.1°C above the historical average of 17.7°C. The majority of inland NSW had above average minimum temperatures with areas in the northwestern and central NSW experiencing minimum temperatures up to 3°C above average. Minimum temperatures for the rest of the state were close to average.

Some sites had their highest January temperature on record.

Some sites had their highest January 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 January temperature on record.

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

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

 

 

Further information

Agata Imielska
NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555
Email climate.nsw@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
45.8°C at Pooncarie Mail Agency on the 14th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
38.5°C at Ivanhoe Post Office
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
18.6°C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
11.0°C at Thredbo AWS on the 1st
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−4.4°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on the 17th
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Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
5.5°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
24.6°C at Tibooburra Post Office
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
32.0°C at Corowa Airport on the 29th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
261.8 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview)
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Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
109.5 mm at Nabiac on the 25th
Highest wind gust
115 km/h at Wagga Wagga AMO on the 20th

Records

Record lowest total January rainfall
Total rainfall
for January 2009 (mm)
Previous lowest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Balranald (RSL) 0.0 = 0.0 in 1986 131 21.7
Pooncarie Mail Agency 0.0 = 0.0 in 1999 126 22.2
Macksville Country Club 2.2 8.9 in 1942 117 146.0
Lake Victoria Storage 0.0 = 0.0 in 2003 87 18.8
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 4.6 6.1 in 2003 43 82.9
Bowmans Creek (Grenell) 14.4 17.8 in 2002 40 109.2
Narrandera Golf Club 0.8 1.8 in 1987 40 35.9


Record highest January temperature
Highest temperature
in January 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Bombala (Therry Street) 40.0 on the 31st 39.8 on the 31st in 1968 41 25.4
Tumbarumba Post Office 39.8 on the 30th 39.4 on the 31st in 1968 41 28.5
Thredbo Village 33.5 on the 30th 31.5 on the 1st in 2006 39 21.1
Cooma Visitors Centre 39.0 on the 31st 38.5 on the 1st in 2006 35 27.0
Thredbo AWS 27.8 on the 30th 26.4 on the 31st in 1968 29 16.0
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) 29.7 on the 30th 27.8 on the 31st in 1968 21 17.5
Lord Howe Island Aero 28.6 on the 2nd 28.5 on the 29th in 1998 21 25.2



Record highest January mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for January 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Taralga Post Office 29.8 29.6 in 2007 48 25.8
Bankstown Airport AWS 30.7 30.5 in 1991 40 28.0
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 31.3 31.1 in 1991 40 28.2
Bowral (Parry Drive) 28.2 28.0 in 1973 39 25.4
Cooma Visitors Centre 30.4 = 30.4 in 1988 34 27.0
Camden Airport AWS 32.5 31.7 in 1991 32 29.3
Goulburn TAFE 30.5 30.2 in 1988 31 27.6



Record highest January daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in January 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Lake Victoria Storage 31.5 on the 29th = 31.5 on the 24th in 1982 44 16.5
Corowa Airport 32.0 on the 29th 29.4 on the 12th in 1982 36 15.6



Record lowest January temperature
Lowest temperature
in January 2009 (°C)
Previous lowest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Cooma Visitors Centre −0.7 on the 8th −0.2 on the 13th in 1975 36 10.6



Summaries

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Summary statistics for January 2009
Maximum temperatures
for January
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for January
(°C)
Rainfall
for January
(millimetres)
Mean for
January
2009
Diff
from
average
Highest for
January
2009
Mean for
January
2009
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
January
2009
Total for
January
2009
Average
for
January
Rank of
January
2009
Fraction of
January
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 37.0   44.0 27th 22.1   14.7 2nd 0
Tibooburra Airport 37.3 −0.4 42.3 26th 24.2 +0.2 17.5 3rd 13.2 13.9 average 95%
Tibooburra Post Office 37.3 +1.2 42.1 15th 24.6 +2.6 17.6 3rd 17.6 27.6 average 64%
White Cliffs AWS 37.4   41.8 26th 23.2   17.3 3rd 9.0
White Cliffs Post Office 37.3 +1.6 42.0 26th 23.1 +2.3 16.0 1st 6.1 26.9 average 23%
Wilcannia 37.6 +2.2 43.2 14th 21.3 +1.5 12.1 3rd 1.4 24.9 low 6%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 37.8   44.0 14th 21.5   14.2 3rd 4.2 14.0 average 30%
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 35.4 +2.7 43.5 14th 20.2 +1.8 11.3 2nd 37.6 23.8 high 158%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 35.0 +1.9 41.5 27th 20.0 +1.1 11.7 2nd 29.0 26.0 average 112%
Lake Victoria Storage 35.2 +3.3 43.5 28th 17.1 +0.6 10.0 2nd 0 18.8 lowest 0%
Menindee Post Office 37.8 +3.5 45.5 14th 20.4 +2.0 12.0 3rd 0.8 23.1 low 3%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 37.4   45.8 14th 18.8   11.9 2nd 0 22.2 lowest 0%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 37.2 0.0 42.0 26th 22.0 −0.3 −1.6 8th 31.0 19.1 high 162%
Brewarrina Hospital 37.0 +0.8 41.0 24th 21.9 +1.3 15.8 17th 47.5 51.0 average 93%
Cobar MO 36.5 +2.6 41.2 14th 22.2 +1.8 16.1 9th 33.4 47.6 average 70%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 36.4 +0.5 40.5 25th 22.4 −0.1 17.2 27th 19.3 40.9 low 47%
Wanaaring Post Office 37.8 +1.2 43.1 15th 22.5 +0.9 14.9 11th 55.7 34.9 high 160%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 35.4 +2.4 44.2 31st 16.9 +0.5 9.8 2nd 0 21.7 lowest 0%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 36.9   43.7 14th 21.3   12.6 3rd 1.4
Ivanhoe Post Office 38.5 +3.7 45.3 14th 20.3 +2.2 12.2 3rd 2.1 29.0 low 7%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 36.3 +2.7 41.1 6th 20.5 +2.4 10.7 3rd 4.2 49.0 low 9%
Condobolin Airport AWS 36.3 +2.5 41.2 15th 20.3 +1.7 9.9 3rd 6.0 40.2 low 15%
Peak Hill Post Office 35.5 +2.5 41.0 6th 21.0 +1.9 14.5 17th 25.0 59.6 low 42%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 35.2   41.4 14th 18.9   11.1 3rd 22.0 17.4 average 126%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 36.1 +1.1 41.2 25th 20.2 +0.2 14.3 1st 3.6 30.0 very low 12%
Coonamble Comparison 36.0 +1.1 40.8 25th 20.7 +1.5 14.4 1st 3.4 60.4 very low 6%
Nyngan Airport 36.3 +2.0 40.9 15th 21.9 +2.5 15.6 3rd 23.7 50.8 average 47%
Trangie Research Station AWS 35.6 +2.4 41.3 15th 20.4 +2.1 14.1 1st 11.6 53.7 low 22%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 36.1 +0.8 41.4 16th 21.8 +1.3 16.6 1st 55.0 71.9 average 76%
Walgett Airport AWS 36.5 +1.1 41.4 24th 21.0 +0.6 12.8 1st 40.0 57.9 average 69%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 34.1 +0.5 40.1 16th 20.4 +0.6 15.0 17th 89.2 85.7 average 104%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 33.3 +1.6 37.5 16th 16.9 +0.5 10.5 2nd 82.9 87.8 average 94%
Narrabri Airport AWS 34.6   39.7 16th 20.7   15.0 1st 19.8
Pindari Dam 31.9 +0.7 37.1 16th 18.3 +0.7 13.6 1st 28.3 88.9 low 32%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 34.5   39.4 16th 18.0   11.4 1st 21.6
Gunnedah Pool 33.7 −0.3 38.5 16th 19.3 +1.0 13.5 22nd 22.8 71.1 low 32%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 33.1 +1.2 38.3 16th 19.9 +1.1 14.2 10th 27.0 85.3 low 32%
Quirindi Post Office 34.2 +2.0 37.7 16th 17.1 +0.8 10.8 1st 22.0 80.9 low 27%
Tamworth Airport AWS 33.6 +1.2 38.8 16th 17.2 −0.1 12.1 1st 18.2 55.4 low 33%
Woolbrook 28.3 +0.9 33.0 16th 13.0 +0.7 7.0 1st 57.7 96.7 average 60%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale 26.9 +0.1 32.0 16th 12.3 −0.2 6.5 1st 55.4 84.8 low 65%
Armidale Airport AWS 26.4 +0.5 32.3 16th 13.4 +0.4 8.5 10th 49.4 88.1 very low 56%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 25.5 +0.2 29.5 24th 13.6 +0.2 9.0 10th 62.5 104.0 average 60%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 25.8 −0.6 30.1 7th 13.2 +0.7 6.8 1st 66.6 83.6 average 80%
Glen Innes Post Office 26.8 +0.3 31.6 7th 14.9 +1.6 9.9 10th 47.6 111.8 low 43%
Guyra Hospital 25.0 +1.0 29.8 7th 12.2 +0.2 6.9 10th 44.6 120.3 very low 37%
Inverell 31.2 +0.7 35.2 16th 15.1 +0.2 9.2 1st 34.6 88.3 very low 39%
Inverell Research Centre 30.5 +1.1 34.8 16th 16.6 +0.3 12.4 10th 37.2 99.6 low 37%
Tenterfield     31.5 24th 14.0 −0.4 7.0 15th 35.6 113.5 very low 31%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam 26.3 −0.7 35.2 16th 17.0 0.0 13.2 10th 105.6 172.6 low 61%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 27.2 0.0 34.0 16th 19.4 −0.1 15.0 11th 116.4 173.0 average 67%
Ballina Airport AWS 28.1 0.0 32.9 16th 19.4 −0.2 14.0 15th 66.8 154.7 average 43%
Byron Bay 27.8   30.9 23rd 21.2   17.2 18th 97.6
Casino Airport 30.0 −1.3 36.8 16th 19.1 +0.3 13.3 15th 46.8 136.3 low 34%
Casino Airport AWS 29.3 −0.6 36.3 16th 18.5 −0.4 12.6 15th 51.6 126.7 low 41%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 26.5 −1.6 33.4 24th 18.0 −1.8 14.4 15th 91.2 131.4 average 69%
Grafton Airport AWS 30.1   36.6 24th 18.0   12.6 15th 22.2
Grafton Olympic Pool 30.2 +0.2 36.3 1st 19.5 −0.2 15.4 11th 22.4 139.4 very low 16%
Lismore 28.9   35.6 16th 19.2   15.2 10th 84.9
Lismore Airport AWS 29.8   36.9 16th 18.0   12.0 15th 63.0
Murwillumbah 29.1 −0.5 35.0 16th 20.2 +0.6 15.3 15th 222.6 198.7 average 112%
Yamba Pilot Station 27.2 +0.5 31.6 15th 20.6 +0.4 16.4 11th 67.6 138.9 low 49%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 27.3 +0.4 32.2 15th 19.3 −0.2 13.7 11th 46.6 183.2 low 25%
Dorrigo 24.9 +1.1 32.2 1st 14.7 0.0 9.6 17th 162.6 271.1 average 60%
Kempsey 29.2 −0.1 34.2 24th 18.2 +0.5 14.5 5th 56.0 133.5 low 42%
Kempsey Airport AWS 28.6   34.6 24th 17.0   12.5 19th 71.0
South West Rocks 27.4 +0.6 31.2 29th 20.1 +0.7 15.8 18th 55.8 151.4 low 37%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 26.0   29.0 22nd     10.0 9th 19.3 107.3 very low 18%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 27.9 +0.5 33.6 24th 17.8 −0.3 12.3 19th 19.4 136.9 very low 14%
Taree Airport AWS 29.4 +0.7 39.0 24th 17.5 −0.5 11.0 19th 24.4 88.5 very low 28%
Yarras 29.3 +0.3 37.7 24th 17.6 +0.2 12.4 11th 261.8 233.7 average 112%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 32.7 +2.3 41.2 15th 17.5 −0.1 9.9 18th 6.2 89.3 very low 7%
Cessnock Airport AWS 32.1 +2.3 40.6 15th 16.2 −0.3 8.2 18th 2.6 68.0 very low 4%
Cooranbong 29.5   41.1 24th 16.3   9.9 19th 19.4
Gosford 29.2 +1.7 41.3 15th 16.8 +0.1 10.3 18th 86.8 133.3 average 65%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 33.8 +2.1 41.8 15th 17.3 +0.2 11.1 18th 11.2 77.1 very low 15%
Lostock Dam 31.4 +2.2 39.5 15th 16.6 −0.7 11.5 19th 45.0 130.5 low 34%
Maitland Visitors Centre 31.2 +1.0 41.0 15th 16.7 −1.3 9.1 18th 8.2 38.2 low 21%
Mangrove Mountain AWS 29.4 +2.9 40.0 15th 16.6 0.0 9.6 18th 51.6 98.1 very low 53%
Merriwa 32.8   38.4 15th 15.8   8.2 18th 13.8 79.0 very low 17%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 28.7   33.9 16th 16.2   9.2 18th 21.8
Murrurundi Post Office 31.1 +0.3 35.8 31st 14.8 −0.4 6.9 18th 23.4 91.3 low 26%
Nelson Bay 26.6 −0.7 32.0 24th 19.9 +1.7 16.5 18th 20.2 100.0 very low 20%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 26.1 +0.5 39.2 15th 19.8 +0.6 15.3 18th 15.4 89.0 very low 17%
Newcastle University 30.1   40.6 15th 18.8   12.2 18th 16.2
Norah Head AWS 26.7 +1.3 40.4 24th 19.4 0.0 14.5 18th 18.6 70.0 low 27%
Paterson 32.3 +2.8 42.1 15th 17.0 −0.6 10.1 18th 22.8 106.5 low 21%
Peats Ridge 29.4 +2.5 40.3 15th 16.6 +0.4 9.6 18th 29.8 117.2 very low 25%
Scone Airport AWS 32.7 +1.6 38.0 6th 16.3 −0.3 8.3 18th 58.8 57.7 average 102%
Singleton STP 34.0   42.5 6th 16.5   9.0 18th 1.9
Williamtown RAAF 30.2 +2.2 42.0 15th 17.4 −0.6 11.1 19th 21.4 98.6 low 22%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 32.7 +1.8 37.8 15th 17.2 +0.6 10.9 18th 3.7 70.1 very low 5%
Mudgee Airport AWS 31.4 +0.9 36.5 31st 14.9 −0.7 8.1 1st 12.2 69.7 very low 18%
Nullo Mountain AWS 25.0 +1.1 30.9 31st 13.6 +0.3 6.5 18th 30.2 82.5 very low 37%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 30.5 +2.6 37.0 31st 12.7 −0.6 6.4 18th 18.6 68.6 low 27%
Bathurst Airport AWS 29.8 +1.7 35.8 31st 13.4 0.0 7.1 18th 23.0 62.9 very low 37%
Cowra Research Centre 34.7 +3.5 40.4 29th 18.1 +1.5 10.7 17th 20.7 64.3 low 32%
Katoomba 26.3 +3.1 33.4 14th     6.4 18th 39.1 158.2 very low 25%
Lithgow 27.8   34.2 31st 12.1   4.8 18th 24.6 83.7 low 29%
Mount Boyce AWS 26.1 +2.4 32.5 31st 14.0 +1.1 6.4 18th 35.0 107.0 low 33%
Oberon 26.7 +2.0 33.4 31st 11.7 +1.1 5.7 18th 6.4 81.8 very low 8%
Orange Agricultural Institute 28.0 +1.6 34.2 31st 13.8 +0.6 6.5 17th 62.7 88.7 average 71%
Orange Airport AWS 28.0 +1.1 34.2 29th 12.4 0.0 5.0 17th 47.6 60.3 average 79%
Orange Airport Comparison 27.9 +2.0 34.0 29th 13.1 +1.0 6.4 17th 45.8 86.5 low 53%
Springwood Bowling Club 31.1   40.6 15th 16.9   11.0 18th 23.6 125.7 very low 19%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 31.6 −0.2 35.3 24th 15.5 +0.5 9.4 18th 36.2 90.0 low 40%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 30.7   35.2 24th 17.8   10.6 18th 29.6
Dunedoo Post Office 34.2 +2.4 38.8 31st 17.5 +0.7 10.3 1st 12.6 69.9 low 18%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 34.9   40.5 15th 16.0   9.6 1st 25.2
Cowra Airport Comparison 34.8 +2.7 40.2 15th 16.8 +1.3 10.0 2nd 26.0 61.8 low 42%
Dubbo Airport AWS 34.8 +1.7 40.0 15th 18.3 +0.3 10.8 1st 3.8 54.2 very low 7%
Forbes Airport AWS 35.9 +1.7 40.6 15th 18.2 +0.1 9.2 3rd 10.2 22.8 low 45%
Parkes 35.4 +3.2 42.0 15th 19.4 +1.5 12.5 3rd 39.5 58.3 average 68%
Parkes Airport AWS 33.7 +0.2 39.0 15th 15.4 −2.1 4.0 4th 42.6 66.2 average 64%
Wellington 34.5 +1.6 39.6 15th 17.6 +0.8 9.8 1st 6.4 59.2 very low 11%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 30.7 +2.7 41.2 24th 17.9 −0.2 12.0 18th 24.0 93.3 very low 26%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 29.3 +1.9 41.3 24th 17.8 −0.4 11.5 18th 23.6 76.3 very low 31%
Holsworthy Control Range 31.4 +2.6 41.5 15th 16.6 −0.9 11.1 18th 9.4 53.8 very low 17%
Parramatta North 31.3 +3.1 41.7 15th 17.7 +0.3 10.9 18th 21.0 103.3 low 20%
Sydney 27.6 +1.7 40.9 24th 19.9 +1.2 14.8 18th 24.8 102.0 low 24%
Sydney Airport AMO 28.7 +2.4 41.8 24th 19.6 +0.8 14.4 18th 18.6 95.3 very low 20%
Sydney Olympic Park 30.3 +2.2 42.5 24th 19.3 +0.2 13.8 18th 16.6 91.2 very low 18%
Terrey Hills AWS 27.8   39.2 24th 17.9   12.1 18th 70.0
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 32.8 +3.3 42.9 15th 16.2 −0.6 10.3 18th 28.6 77.9 low 37%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 32.0 +2.3 41.4 15th 17.2 −0.5 12.5 10th 27.4 65.0 low 42%
Liverpool 31.7   41.0 24th 17.0   11.0 18th 15.2
Penrith Lakes AWS 33.5 +3.1 43.3 15th 18.1 −0.2 12.9 18th 19.2 96.8 very low 20%
Prospect Reservoir     41.8 15th 17.6 0.0 12.0 18th 22.4 94.4 low 24%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 28.3   41.0 15th 15.3   11.0 18th 2.6 62.7 very low 4%
Bellambi AWS 25.8 +1.1 40.1 24th 18.5 −0.4 14.0 18th 16.8 58.4 very low 29%
Bowral 28.2 +2.9 36.6 15th 13.9 +0.7 8.7 18th 16.1 80.3 very low 20%
Camden Airport AWS 32.5 +3.2 42.5 15th 16.0 −0.7 9.6 18th 34.2 80.2 low 43%
Campbelltown 32.7   42.2 15th     10.5 18th 36.6
Jervis Bay 25.6   34.4 15th 17.7   14.1 18th 28.6
Kiama 25.5   38.3 24th 18.1   14.3 18th 11.6
Moss Vale AWS 28.5   36.8 15th 12.7   7.2 18th 12.4
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 29.3   40.0 15th 15.3   9.7 10th 28.0
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 27.0 +1.4 35.4 24th 15.2 −0.3 9.6 17th 35.2 84.3 low 42%
Bega AWS 30.6 +3.9 43.2 14th 13.7 −1.1 5.6 9th 13.8 52.9 very low 26%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 29.5 +3.0 37.4 31st 11.0 −1.2 3.3 10th 26.8 57.1 low 47%
Green Cape AWS 23.5   27.3 6th 16.8   11.6 3rd 16.0 72.0 low 22%
Merimbula Airport AWS 24.6 +0.1 33.0 22nd 13.5 −1.5 7.0 9th 21.2 55.2 low 38%
Montague Island Lighthouse 23.1 +0.2 32.0 22nd 17.2 −0.1 13.7 17th 9.0 70.2 very low 13%
Moruya Airport AWS 25.6   38.0 24th 14.3   10.0 1st 19.6 36.9 low 53%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 24.2 +0.3 36.1 24th 16.3 +0.2 11.9 17th 17.0 95.4 very low 18%
Narooma RVCP 24.1 +0.5 34.7 24th 16.6 +0.3 12.4 17th 10.0 92.4 very low 11%
Nerriga Composite 29.0 +2.8 37.5 15th 11.2 −1.3 3.9 10th 52.2 68.3 average 76%
Ulladulla AWS 24.5 +0.5 36.1 24th 16.9 −0.2 13.1 11th 27.8 83.4 very low 33%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala 30.0 +4.7 40.0 31st 10.2 0.0 2.5 9th 19.2 64.2 low 30%
Bombala AWS 28.6 +3.6 38.8 31st 10.0 −0.7 1.1 9th 12.8 40.6 low 32%
Canberra Airport 31.0 +3.1 38.2 31st 14.0 +0.9 7.9 17th 51.6 59.2 average 87%
Canberra Airport Comparison 31.3   38.7 31st 13.4   7.1 18th 44.0
Cooma Airport AWS 29.3 +3.2 38.2 31st 10.6 +0.1 3.7 18th 24.2 46.8 low 52%
Cooma Visitors Centre 30.4 +3.4 39.0 31st 9.7 −0.9 −0.7 8th 20.9 57.6 low 36%
Goulburn Airport AWS 29.6 +2.0 37.0 15th 11.7 −0.8 6.6 10th 59.2 50.0 average 118%
Goulburn TAFE 30.5 +2.9 37.1 15th 13.6 +0.2 8.9 10th 35.0 63.4 low 55%
Mount Ginini AWS 21.8   29.0 31st 9.5   1.0 2nd 79.4
Taralga Post Office 29.8 +3.9 37.2 14th 11.3 −0.4 4.2 2nd 25.5 73.9 low 35%
Tuggeranong 31.3 +2.1 38.2 31st 14.1 0.0 9.0 10th 59.0 47.1 high 125%
Yass 32.2 +2.8 38.6 31st 14.5 +0.6 9.4 3rd 41.5 50.5 average 82%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 20.3 +2.8 29.7 30th 5.5 +0.5 −4.4 17th 43.7 128.2 low 34%
Thredbo AWS 18.6 +2.6 27.8 30th 7.6 +1.1 −2.4 9th 69.0 87.6 average 79%
Thredbo Village 24.2 +3.1 33.5 30th 7.1 0.0 −2.0 17th 82.2 104.7 average 79%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 34.7 +2.9 43.0 14th 16.3 0.0 9.6 2nd 7.8 37.2 low 21%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 23.2 +2.0 32.0 30th 12.0 +0.8 1.2 17th 30.8 44.5 low 69%
Hume Reservoir 34.6 +3.9 43.2 30th 17.7 +1.4 8.4 2nd 5.0 45.2 low 11%
Khancoban AWS 33.4 +1.9 41.5 30th 12.2 −1.3 4.9 17th 46.4 39.0 average 119%
Tumbarumba Post Office 31.7 +3.2 39.8 30th 12.3 +0.4 2.3 2nd 48.8 62.8 average 78%
Wagga Wagga AMO 35.0 +3.5 42.0 14th 17.3 +1.1 8.9 2nd 29.6 40.6 average 73%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 34.1 +4.7 41.0 29th 16.7 +1.4 10.6 2nd 43.1 62.6 average 69%
Cootamundra Airport 33.9 +2.3 40.0 31st 16.2 +0.3 10.0 1st 22.8 44.2 average 52%
Grenfell 33.8 +2.1 39.2 6th 18.2 +2.0 11.1 2nd 56.2 52.7 average 107%
Gundagai 35.1 +2.9 41.8 14th 17.3 +0.9 9.8 1st 7.0 38.8 very low 18%
Quandialla Post Office 36.6 +3.6 41.8 31st 17.8 +0.7 11.2 17th 39.4 49.5 average 80%
Temora Airport 35.1   42.1 7th 17.2   9.9 1st 22.4
Wyalong Post Office 36.0 +3.4 42.2 31st 19.3 +2.0 11.5 2nd 45.6 42.6 high 107%
Young Airport 33.5 +2.1 39.3 29th 14.3 −0.1 7.3 2nd 22.4 45.0 low 50%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 34.6 +2.7 44.0 31st 17.0 +1.4 8.5 2nd 8.8 36.0 low 24%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 34.9 +1.9 44.5 30th 16.2 −0.3 7.5 3rd 0 18.7 very low 0%
Narrandera Airport 35.9 +3.5 43.4 30th 17.8 +0.8 7.2 3rd 4.4 34.3 very low 13%
Narrandera Golf Club 35.4 +2.9 42.6 14th 18.4 +1.4 7.6 3rd 0.8 35.9 lowest 2%
Tocumwal Airport 34.7 +3.1 44.2 31st 16.1 +0.1 8.1 4th 1.8 31.9 low 6%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 35.6   42.9 14th 19.6   8.7 3rd 8.8 15.1 average 58%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 36.0 +3.4 43.2 14th 19.1 +2.3 8.3 3rd 2.8 32.2 very low 9%
Hay 35.6 +2.7 44.3 14th 18.3 +1.8 8.9 3rd 0.2 27.2 very low 1%
Hay Airport AWS 35.9   44.3 14th 18.4   10.5 2nd 2.8
Hillston Airport 36.5 +3.1 42.7 14th 19.1 +0.8 10.7 3rd 26.0 30.6 average 85%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 36.4 +2.3 42.6 14th 20.1 +1.7 12.7 9th 14.0 39.0 average 36%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 12 pm on Monday 2 February 2009. 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

Agata Imielska
NSW Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555
Email climate.nsw@bom.gov.au