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

New South Wales in February 2009

From Heatwaves to Floods

Summary

  • Above average statewide maximum and minimum temperatures.
  • Above average rainfall for the northern half of the state.
  • Below average rainfall for the southwest of NSW.

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 summer was 66 mm, compared to the historical average of 50 mm. There was a strong spatial contrast between rainfall experienced between the southwest and northern halves of NSW. The south and western border of the state received below average rainfall with some locations recording their lowest rainfall on record. By contrast the northen half of the state received above average rainfall and record highest rainfall for some locations (see links to tables and map below). This was due to an East Coast Low (ECL) pressure system between the 13th - 17th of the month which produced heavy falls in many Mid North Coast locations and resulted in flooding in some towns (for more information see phenomena section below).

The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) recorded a basin wide average of 42 mm, which is very close to the historical average of 41 mm.

Some sites had their highest total February rainfall on record.

Some sites had their lowest total February rainfall on record.

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

Temperature

Average maximum temperature for the state was 32.3°C which is 0.9°C above the historical average of 31.4°C. A large area stretching from the southwestern and western border of NSW through inland NSW including most of the ACT to the Mid North Coast was up to 2°C above average. An area covering most of the South West Slopes and half of the Riverina district in the southwest was up to 3°C above average. This was partly due to the slow moving high pressure system which produced a heatwave in South East Australia in late January which continued into early February. Clear conditions also contributed to the higher than average maximum temperatures in the southwest. The remainder of the state was within a degree of the historical average.

Average minimum temperature for the state was 18.2°C which is 0.7°C above the historical average of 17.6°C. A vast area stretching across the central and southern inland and northwestern corner of NSW, was up to 2°C above average. The rest of the state, including the northern half and southeastern NSW, was within a degree of the average. Warm overnight temperatures were partly associated with the same high pressure system which produced the heatwave in late January and early February.

Some sites had their highest February temperature on record.

Some sites had their coldest February 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 February temperature on record.

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

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

 

Other phenomena

A heatwave which began in late January over much of South Eastern Australia and continued into early February resulted in many location recording their highest temperatures on record in southwest NSW (see record tables below). Major rainfall produced by an East Coast Low (ECL) between 13th - 17th of the month caused flooding in various locations on the Mid North Coast, including Maitland and Bellingen. Bourke recorded it's highest daily rainfall of 198 mm on the 14th February. This caused major flooding of all streets, road closures and flooding of over 20 houses in the area.

Further information

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

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
47.0°C at Ivanhoe Post Office on the 2nd
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
36.5°C at Tibooburra Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
16.3°C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
3.2°C at Thredbo AWS on the 12th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−3.5°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on the 26th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
5.0°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
23.1°C at Tibooburra Post Office
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
32.7°C at White Cliffs AWS on the 7th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
704.0 mm at Bellwood (Nambucca Heads (Nambucca Resor
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
311.2 mm at Kalang (Spicketts Ck (Noonannie)) on the 17th
Highest wind gust
124 km/h at Gunnedah Airport AWS on the 10th

Records

Record highest total February rainfall
Total rainfall
for February 2009 (mm)
Previous highest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 509.5 405.4 in 1954 70 169.2
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 681.6 578.6 in 1990 61 238.7
Wittitrin 522.0 390.9 in 1976 34 178.4


Record lowest total February rainfall
Total rainfall
for February 2009 (mm)
Previous lowest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Balranald (RSL) 0.0 = 0.0 in 1991 131 23.7
Menindee Post Office 0.0 = 0.0 in 2006 130 20.6
Cockburn (Burta) 0.0 = 0.0 in 2008 121 19.2
Tibooburra Post Office 0.0 = 0.0 in 2005 121 28.6
Corowa Airport 0.0 = 0.0 in 1982 120 34.8
Lake Victoria Storage 0.0 = 0.0 in 2008 88 18.3


Record highest February temperature
Highest temperature
in February 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Lake Victoria Storage 46.4 on the 7th 45.7 on the 13th in 1933 84 31.6
Wagga Wagga AMO 45.2 on the 7th 44.6 on the 1st in 1968 68 30.8
Taralga Post Office 39.8 on the 8th 38.7 on the 15th in 2004 49 24.9
Katoomba (Murri St) 37.6 on the 8th 36.6 on the 21st in 2004 47 22.4
Burrinjuck Dam 42.4 on the 7th 41.7 on the 1st in 1968 44 28.9
Hume Reservoir 44.9 on the 7th 43.7 on the 1st in 1968 43 30.4
Tumbarumba Post Office 40.2 on the 7th 39.4 on the 1st in 1968 42 28.3
Quandialla Post Office 44.8 on the 6th 43.8 on the 15th in 2004 40 32.1
Tocumwal Airport 45.7 on the 7th 43.7 on the 8th in 1983 39 31.5
Corowa Airport 46.0 on the 7th 43.0 on the 8th in 1983 37 31.3
Thredbo Village 33.0 on the 7th 30.7 on the 15th in 2004 37 21.0
Nerriga Composite 39.8 on the 8th 38.8 on the 13th in 1979 36 25.1
Cooma Visitors Centre 38.3 on the 7th 37.8 on the 15th in 2004 35 26.5
Griffith Airport AWS 45.2 on the 7th 45.0 on the 1st in 2006 34 32.0
Goulburn TAFE 39.7 on the 7th 39.2 on the 21st in 2004 33 26.5
Perisher Valley Ski Centre 28.7 on the 8th 27.2 on the 15th in 2004 31 18.5
Guyra Hospital 32.0 on the 9th = 32.0 on the 10th in 1983 23 23.0
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 39.0 on the 7th 37.5 on the 14th in 2004 23 26.2
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) 28.0 on the 7th 27.8 on the 24th in 1968 22 17.1



Record lowest February daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in February 2009 (°C)
Previous lowest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Williamtown RAAF 19.1 on the 14th 19.2 on the 19th in 1952 59 27.5
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 16.5 on the 13th 17.0 on the 19th in 1994 45 26.1
Bathurst Agricultural Station 13.5 on the 14th 14.9 on the 7th in 1973 44 27.2
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 18.2 on the 13th 18.7 on the 25th in 1992 41 28.0
Lostock Dam 17.4 on the 14th 18.0 on the 11th in 1973 38 28.2
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 15.5 on the 13th 16.0 on the 24th in 1975 34 24.6
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 18.4 on the 14th 19.0 on the 7th in 1973 34 28.7
Oberon (Springbank) 11.1 on the 14th 11.5 on the 11th in 1973 25 23.8
Riverview Observatory 19.0 on the 10th = 19.0 on the 13th in 1996 25 26.4
Guyra Hospital 12.8 on the 13th 13.0 on the 16th in 1996 23 23.0



Record highest February daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in February 2009 (°C)
Previous highest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Norfolk Island Aero 24.3 on the 20th 23.9 on the 17th in 1996 70 19.6
Parkes (Macarthur Street) 29.5 on the 7th 28.6 on the 15th in 2004 53 17.7
Menindee Post Office 30.0 on the 7th 29.0 on the 15th in 2004 48 18.1
Katoomba (Murri St) 24.0 on the 7th 22.6 on the 5th in 1991 47 12.8
White Cliffs Post Office 32.0 on the 7th 31.0 on the 16th in 2004 46 20.4
Wyalong Post Office 28.2 on the 8th = 28.2 on the 18th in 1981 45 17.4
Burrinjuck Dam 26.8 on the 6th 26.0 on the 7th in 1997 44 15.7
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 31.4 on the 7th 30.3 on the 6th in 1973 44 18.1
Cowra Research Centre (Evans St) 28.0 on the 7th 27.6 on the 17th in 1983 44 16.5
Thredbo Village 20.2 on the 8th 20.0 on the 15th in 2004 35 6.8
Thredbo AWS 18.3 on the 8th 16.0 on the 12th in 1977 29 7.1
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) 21.5 on the 8th 16.7 on the 26th in 1968 22 4.8



Record lowest February temperature
Lowest temperature
in February 2009 (°C)
Previous lowest
for February
Years of
record
Average for
February
Lake Victoria Storage 6.5 on the 28th 8.8 on the 22nd in 1993 44 16.4



Summaries

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Summary statistics for February 2009
Maximum temperatures
for February
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for February
(°C)
Rainfall
for February
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2009
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2009
Mean for
February
2009
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2009
Total for
February
2009
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2009
Fraction of
February
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 35.1   44.5 6th 21.0   14.7 11th 0
Tibooburra Airport 36.5 +0.2 45.7 5th 22.9 0.0 16.4 11th 0.2 21.6 very low 1%
Tibooburra Post Office 36.4 +1.2 45.9 5th 23.1 +1.5 16.5 11th 0 28.6 lowest 0%
White Cliffs AWS 35.4   45.4 5th 22.3   15.8 11th 15.8
White Cliffs Post Office 35.0 +0.1 45.3 6th 21.6 +1.2 14.8 28th 18.4 25.8 average 71%
Wilcannia 34.9 +0.2 45.4 6th 20.4 +1.1 13.9 26th 36.2 25.1 high 144%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 35.2   45.7 7th 20.6   14.3 26th 41.0 29.7 high 138%
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 33.3 +1.1 45.0 7th 19.3 +1.1 11.8 12th 2.8 23.7 low 12%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 33.3 +1.2 43.8 7th 18.9 +0.6 12.2 12th 3.0 15.0 average 20%
Lake Victoria Storage 34.0 +2.5 46.4 7th     6.5 28th 0 18.3 lowest 0%
Menindee Post Office     46.8 7th 19.8 +1.8 13.6 12th 0 20.6 lowest 0%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 35.4   46.5 7th 18.6   12.0 11th 0.4 20.9 low 2%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 34.6   43.4 6th 20.8   −1.5 16th 231.2 39.4 very high 587%
Brewarrina Hospital 34.4 −0.6 43.0 9th 20.6 +0.2 15.4 14th 69.2 48.9 high 142%
Cobar Airport AWS 33.2 −0.4 43.4 6th 20.6 +0.8 14.2 11th 71.6 32.4 high 221%
Cobar MO 33.1 −0.2 43.5 6th 20.6 +0.6 14.1 11th 77.2 42.8 high 180%
Collarenebri 34.3 −0.1 42.1 9th 20.8 +0.5 15.6 28th 101.0 58.1 high 174%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 34.3 −0.4 43.0 9th 21.0 −0.6 15.6 19th 141.0 49.7 very high 284%
Wanaaring Post Office 35.7 +0.4 43.4 6th 21.6 +0.7 16.9 14th 63.4 33.8 high 188%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 33.6 +1.1 45.3 7th 17.6 +1.3 11.0 12th 0 23.7 lowest 0%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 34.6   45.8 7th 20.4   12.5 12th 30.6 25.6 average 120%
Ivanhoe Post Office 35.8 +1.8 47.0 2nd 19.1 +1.3 11.0 13th 25.2 26.5 average 95%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 33.4 +0.6 44.9 6th 19.8 +1.7 12.4 14th 60.6 41.6 high 146%
Condobolin Airport AWS 33.6 +0.8 44.8 6th 19.9 +1.7 12.9 11th 69.0 39.9 high 173%
Peak Hill Post Office 32.6 0.0 43.0 6th 20.2 +1.0 13.4 11th 90.2 50.0 high 180%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 33.3   43.3 6th 18.8   11.6 11th 2.8 41.6 low 7%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 33.6 −0.3 42.4 9th 19.4 0.0 14.1 11th 209.6 65.3 very high 321%
Coonamble Comparison 33.8 −0.1 42.3 9th 19.7 +0.9 15.0 11th 173.9 54.7 very high 318%
Nyngan Airport 33.2 −0.1 42.7 6th 20.7 +1.6 15.0 11th 72.2 46.8 high 154%
Trangie Research Station AWS 32.9 +0.7 42.2 6th 19.6 +1.3 14.6 11th 85.8 51.0 high 168%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 34.7 +0.6 42.5 9th 20.7 +0.5 15.0 12th 43.2 62.9 average 69%
Walgett Airport AWS 33.9 −0.4 43.3 9th 20.4 +0.6 13.7 12th 191.4 58.2 very high 329%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 32.4 −0.4 40.5 9th 19.5 +0.1 14.2 28th 138.4 72.8 high 190%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 31.6 +0.7 40.3 9th 16.3 +0.2 11.5 28th 129.9 77.1 high 168%
Narrabri Airport AWS 33.4   42.4 9th 19.4   13.1 28th 105.2
Pindari Dam 31.5 +0.9 38.2 9th 17.5 +0.3 13.0 28th 129.9 85.1 high 153%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 33.1   42.2 9th 17.8   11.9 28th 39.0
Gunnedah Pool 32.6 −0.4 41.0 9th 19.2 +1.1 14.5 15th 122.4 65.9 high 186%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 31.6 +0.5 41.4 9th 19.2 +0.6 14.5 15th 108.8 72.8 high 149%
Quirindi Post Office 32.1 +0.8 40.6 7th 17.4 +1.4 11.4 28th 118.4 65.7 high 180%
Tamworth Airport AWS 32.5 +1.4 40.7 6th 17.1 +0.2 11.2 28th 134.6 70.4 high 191%
Woolbrook 27.5 +0.8 35.5 9th 12.6 +0.2 6.5 28th 82.0 76.6 average 107%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale 25.9 +0.2 35.0 9th 11.9 −0.7 6.6 28th 132.4 107.8 average 123%
Armidale Airport AWS 25.6 +0.5 34.3 9th 13.0 +0.2 9.1 8th 123.4 104.0 average 119%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 25.4 +0.8 33.0 8th 13.3 0.0 9.0 27th 111.8 93.5 high 120%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 25.9 −0.1 33.5 9th 12.7 0.0 6.6 28th 141.6 92.9 high 152%
Glen Innes Post Office 26.4 +0.8 34.4 8th 14.0 +0.8 8.7 28th 119.0 92.3 average 129%
Guyra Hospital 23.9 +1.0 32.0 9th 11.4 −0.3 7.0 14th 148.6 111.1 high 134%
Inverell 30.1 +0.4 37.2 9th 14.8 0.0 8.4 28th 106.4 93.8 high 113%
Inverell Research Centre 29.6 +0.9 36.3 9th 16.1 −0.1 10.4 28th 84.8 98.9 average 86%
Tenterfield 26.3 +0.1 34.5 9th 13.8 −0.5 10.0 8th 49.1 95.2 low 52%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam 26.1 +0.3 33.1 9th 17.2 +0.3 13.1 28th 182.4 186.0 average 98%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 26.8 +0.2 30.4 20th 19.5 +0.1 15.8 28th 160.2 228.6 average 70%
Ballina Airport AWS 28.3 +0.4 30.7 20th 19.6 +0.2 15.7 24th 149.0 200.9 average 74%
Byron Bay 27.4   31.4 9th 21.1   18.0 27th 153.8
Casino Airport 29.8 −0.6 34.9 9th 19.7 +0.9 16.2 28th 154.0 155.7 average 99%
Casino Airport AWS 29.2 −0.3 34.1 9th 19.2 +0.3 15.6 8th 169.2 152.1 average 111%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 26.1 −1.6 30.8 28th 18.1 −1.7 14.5 9th 189.8 154.2 average 123%
Grafton Airport AWS 29.7   32.8 20th 18.7   13.7 28th 275.4
Grafton Olympic Pool 30.4 +1.1 33.3 9th 19.8 +0.1 15.3 28th 202.1 146.8 high 138%
Grafton Research Stn 30.0 +0.3 33.5 9th 19.3 +0.9 15.0 28th 173.4 129.8 high 134%
Lismore 28.9   32.5 9th 19.4   16.0 28th 136.7
Lismore Airport AWS 29.3   33.6 9th 18.8   13.9 28th 154.2
Murwillumbah 28.8 −0.3 32.7 9th 20.1 +0.5 15.7 28th 205.6 229.1 average 90%
Yamba Pilot Station 27.7 +1.0 29.3 28th 21.2 +0.9 17.3 28th 148.6 158.7 average 94%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 27.3 +0.5 30.0 10th 19.3 −0.2 15.1 28th 451.0 219.5 very high 205%
Dorrigo 23.9 +0.3 28.3 6th 14.5 −0.5 11.0 28th 507.2 298.8 high 170%
Kempsey 28.3 −0.5 33.4 7th 18.2 +0.3 12.0 13th 663.6 156.4 very high 424%
Kempsey Airport AWS 27.8   31.1 7th 17.5   14.0 9th 449.4
South West Rocks 27.7 +0.9 32.3 2nd 19.8 +0.1 14.0 13th 509.5 169.2 highest 301%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 25.6   28.8 9th 18.3   12.0 16th 285.2 119.8 very high 238%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 27.0 −0.5 30.0 9th 18.2 −0.1 14.1 28th 448.4 176.5 very high 254%
Taree Airport AWS 27.7 −0.7 35.0 7th 18.2 +0.1 13.0 28th 326.2 145.4 very high 224%
Yarras 27.9 −0.1 34.9 6th 16.8 −0.5 12.6 21st 681.6 238.7 highest 286%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 30.3 +0.8 41.0 7th 18.2 +0.5 13.0 28th 208.2 105.5 high 197%
Cessnock Airport AWS 29.7 +0.8 40.6 7th 17.5 +0.8 11.9 28th 223.6 106.5 very high 210%
Cooranbong 27.7   38.5 7th 17.6   12.3 28th 181.4
Gosford 26.8 −0.3 36.9 7th 17.7 +0.6 12.9 28th 254.4 153.4 high 166%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 31.1 +0.2 41.5 8th 18.2 +1.1 11.9 27th 155.7 71.4 high 218%
Lostock Dam 29.6 +1.4 40.5 8th 17.5 +0.3 14.0 13th 279.2 128.0 very high 218%
Maitland Visitors Centre 29.5 0.0 39.4 7th 17.8 −0.2 12.0 28th 234.7 118.7 high 198%
Mangrove Mountain AWS 26.5 +0.2 38.1 7th 17.0 +0.2 13.6 27th 206.4 141.6 high 146%
Merriwa 30.4   41.4 8th 16.3   10.6 28th 55.0 59.7 average 92%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 27.4   37.4 6th 16.1   11.4 13th 141.8
Murrurundi Post Office 29.3 −0.5 38.8 7th 15.4 +0.5 9.2 28th 125.2 78.4 high 160%
Nelson Bay 26.0 −1.0 30.0 27th 19.8 +1.4 15.7 13th 343.4 113.4 very high 303%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 24.2 −1.2 33.5 24th 19.4 +0.1 16.3 28th 167.8 108.4 high 155%
Newcastle University 28.3   37.8 7th 19.3   14.6 28th 264.2 161.3 high 164%
Norah Head AWS 24.9 −0.8 29.4 24th 19.3 −0.6 16.2 15th 140.8 107.9 high 130%
Paterson 29.6 +1.0 40.6 6th 17.9 +0.3 13.2 28th 262.4 121.2 very high 217%
Peats Ridge 26.5 +0.2 38.8 7th 17.1 +0.8 13.7 28th 218.0 162.9 high 134%
Scone Airport AWS 30.1 −0.2 40.7 8th 17.2 +0.7 10.9 28th 152.4 62.3 very high 245%
Singleton STP 30.3   41.0 7th 17.7   13.4 28th 177.0
Williamtown RAAF 28.4 +1.0 38.4 7th 18.3 +0.3 12.8 28th 227.8 123.1 high 185%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 31.3 +1.5 41.0 8th 17.4 +1.2 12.3 12th 41.4 61.7 average 67%
Mudgee Airport AWS 30.6 +1.5 39.8 8th 15.8 +0.4 9.9 28th 41.8 71.8 average 58%
Nullo Mountain AWS 23.2 +0.5 34.7 8th 13.9 +0.7 8.7 13th 170.0 101.4 high 168%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 28.5 +1.4 38.4 8th 14.0 +0.7 9.0 27th 74.4 57.7 high 129%
Bathurst Airport AWS 27.9 +0.7 38.3 8th 14.6 +1.3 8.8 27th 85.2 58.0 average 147%
Cowra Research Centre 33.0 +2.6 42.2 6th 18.3 +1.8 12.9 12th 15.5 53.1 low 29%
Katoomba 23.3 +0.9 37.6 8th 14.1 +1.3 8.9 14th 321.4 176.2 high 182%
Lithgow 25.2   38.5 2nd 13.5   9.3 20th 163.1 80.1 high 204%
Mount Boyce AWS 23.1 +0.5 36.2 8th 13.7 +0.7 8.0 14th 215.4 105.0 high 205%
Oberon 24.2 +0.4 34.4 8th 12.5 +1.5 8.5 13th 84.0 59.7 high 141%
Orange Agricultural Institute 26.7 +0.9 35.7 6th 14.0 +0.9 5.0 14th 55.7 74.8 average 74%
Orange Airport AWS 26.5 +0.7 35.7 6th 13.4 +0.9 8.8 27th 55.8 85.8 low 65%
Orange Airport Comparison 26.4 +1.2 35.4 6th 14.1 +1.9 9.0 12th 66.5 81.4 average 82%
Springwood Bowling Club 26.8   39.7 8th 17.1   12.5 14th 214.2 138.5 high 155%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 31.3 +0.5 38.6 9th 15.2 +0.6 10.5 28th 141.8 81.8 high 173%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 29.5   38.0 9th 17.3   11.6 12th 128.2
Dunedoo Post Office 32.5 +1.7 43.0 6th 17.6 +0.5 12.8 28th 64.1 64.2 average 100%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 32.4   43.2 6th 17.3   13.2 12th 7.0
Cowra Airport Comparison 33.0 +1.6 43.2 6th 17.9 +2.4 13.0 12th 22.0 48.8 average 45%
Dubbo Airport AWS 33.1 +1.3 41.9 6th 18.7 +1.2 14.1 13th 59.0 45.7 high 129%
Forbes Airport AWS 33.7 +0.8 44.6 6th 18.6 +1.2 13.1 11th 33.6 41.7 average 81%
Parkes 33.0 +1.5 43.0 8th 19.2 +1.5 12.4 11th 57.4 47.6 average 121%
Parkes Airport AWS 31.8 −0.4 42.0 6th 17.2 0.0 11.0 11th 59.2 59.4 average 100%
Wellington 32.7 +0.6 41.7 6th 18.3 +1.7 14.6 20th 61.5 51.7 high 119%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 27.4 −0.3 40.2 7th 18.6 +0.6 14.7 28th 162.4 108.6 high 150%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 26.8 −0.5 36.9 7th 18.6 +0.4 14.5 27th 147.4 107.2 high 138%
Holsworthy Control Range 28.0 −0.2 40.9 7th 17.7 +0.4 13.2 28th 96.4 115.3 average 84%
Parramatta North 27.8 0.0 40.8 7th 18.2 +0.6 14.2 27th 152.4 124.4 high 123%
Riverview Observatory 26.3 −0.1 38.0 7th 18.8 +1.1 15.0 27th 137.1 110.2 average 124%
Sydney 25.7 0.0 33.5 7th 19.7 +0.9 16.4 13th 127.6 117.9 average 108%
Sydney Airport AMO 26.1 −0.2 34.9 7th 19.6 +0.7 16.5 14th 103.0 113.3 average 91%
Sydney Olympic Park 27.5 −0.4 40.9 7th 19.3 +0.1 15.5 13th 126.0 111.0 high 114%
Terrey Hills AWS 26.0   34.9 7th 18.2   14.5 13th 114.4
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 28.7 +0.2 42.0 7th 17.2 +0.3 12.7 28th 109.6 105.3 high 104%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 27.9 −1.0 41.3 7th 17.7 0.0 13.6 28th 150.6 117.0 average 129%
Liverpool 28.2   41.3 7th 18.0   13.8 28th 127.2
Penrith Lakes AWS 29.3 −0.2 42.5 8th 18.8 +0.4 15.1 14th 136.2 121.8 average 112%
Prospect Reservoir 28.2 +0.3 41.9 7th 17.9 +0.2 14.0 28th 140.5 95.8 high 147%
Richmond RAAF 29.0 0.0 41.9 7th 18.3 +0.7 14.6 28th 156.0 122.2 average 128%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 25.6   32.0 7th 17.2   13.0 28th 110.4 159.0 low 69%
Bellambi AWS 23.7 −1.2 27.7 6th 18.6 −0.6 14.5 12th 114.4 135.8 average 84%
Bowral 24.8 +0.3 38.7 8th 14.5 +1.1 10.0 13th 63.9 93.8 average 68%
Camden Airport AWS 29.1 +0.6 42.4 7th 17.3 +0.6 12.7 28th 92.0 104.3 average 88%
Jervis Bay 23.1   29.2 7th 18.0   15.0 12th 73.6
Kiama 23.5   27.3 7th 18.4   15.6 12th 87.4
Moss Vale AWS 25.0   39.8 8th 14.2   10.3 13th 59.8
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 26.2   40.0 7th 16.7   13.4 13th 75.4
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 24.0 −1.5 31.9 5th 16.3 +0.6 12.2 14th 65.7 94.1 average 70%
Bega AWS 26.8 +0.3 44.4 7th 14.8 −0.1 10.0 14th 0.2 75.3 very low 0%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 25.6 +0.2 39.9 8th 12.9 +0.7 7.5 26th 32.2 57.6 average 56%
Green Cape AWS 23.5   27.9 1st 17.4   14.4 13th 15.0 50.0 low 30%
Merimbula Airport AWS 23.4 −1.3 32.0 7th 14.8 −0.1 9.0 25th 46.0 77.6 average 59%
Montague Island Lighthouse 22.6 −0.7 26.8 7th 17.8 0.0 13.8 13th 59.2 84.2 average 70%
Moruya Airport AWS 24.0   31.0 7th 16.5   13.0 13th 75.6 90.5 average 84%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 23.3 −0.7 26.9 6th 17.2 +0.9 13.1 13th 70.4 93.2 average 76%
Narooma RVCP 23.5 −0.1 28.0 8th 17.1 +0.6 12.5 26th 84.2 86.6 average 97%
Nerriga Composite 25.3 +0.3 39.8 8th 12.9 +0.4 7.5 14th 45.9 65.8 average 70%
Ulladulla AWS 23.0 −1.4 27.5 7th 17.4 −0.1 13.0 13th 119.4 105.5 average 113%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala 25.3 +0.3 40.1 7th 11.0 +0.5 3.6 25th 33.4 57.0 average 59%
Bombala AWS 23.8 −0.2 39.5 7th 10.9 +0.6 4.4 25th 34.4 55.1 average 62%
Canberra Airport 28.7 +1.6 40.0 8th 14.3 +1.2 9.1 14th 6.2 55.4 low 11%
Canberra Airport Comparison 29.3   40.3 8th 13.8   9.0 17th 7.0
Cooma Airport AWS 25.6 +0.4 37.1 8th 10.6 +0.4 2.7 14th 15.6 35.1 low 44%
Cooma Visitors Centre 26.6 +0.1 38.3 7th 10.8 +0.3 4.3 14th 15.3 49.9 low 31%
Goulburn Airport AWS 27.3 +0.9 39.6 8th 13.1 +0.5 9.7 24th 20.6 40.6 low 51%
Goulburn TAFE 27.4 +1.0 39.7 7th 14.2 +0.8 10.1 14th 27.2 56.9 average 48%
Mount Ginini AWS 19.5   29.0 8th 9.0   1.0 13th 17.4
Taralga Post Office 26.2 +1.3 39.8 8th 12.8 +0.8 8.7 27th 69.1 67.2 average 103%
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 28.1 +1.9 39.0 7th 12.6 +0.4 7.0 19th 5.2 68.4 very low 8%
Tuggeranong 28.9 +0.6 39.9 8th 14.8 +0.7 10.1 14th 4.0 50.9 very low 8%
Yass 30.5 +1.5 41.0 6th 15.0 +1.1 10.0 25th 14.8 43.9 average 34%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 18.5 +1.4 28.0 7th 5.0 +0.2 −3.5 26th 42.3 127.3 low 33%
Thredbo AWS 16.3 −0.1 26.3 8th 6.9 −0.2 −2.5 14th 33.8 83.3 low 41%
Thredbo Village 21.4 +0.4 33.0 7th 7.5 +0.6 −1.5 14th 31.4 83.1 low 38%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 33.4 +2.4 44.8 7th 17.5 +1.5 8.9 25th 3.6 35.8 low 10%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 21.9 +0.9 31.5 7th 11.2 −0.1 3.7 14th 7.0 63.4 very low 11%
Hume Reservoir 33.3 +2.9 44.9 7th 18.4 +1.9 9.9 25th 1.4 40.7 very low 3%
Khancoban AWS 32.5 +1.6 43.3 7th 13.1 −0.4 7.0 14th 1.0 41.3 very low 2%
Tumbarumba Post Office 30.7 +2.4 40.2 7th 13.7 +1.9 5.5 25th 5.2 52.2 low 10%
Wagga Wagga AMO 33.8 +3.0 45.2 7th 18.0 +1.7 8.9 25th 8.4 39.0 low 22%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 32.4 +3.5 42.4 7th 17.4 +1.8 10.5 25th 17.0 53.9 low 32%
Cootamundra Airport 32.3 +1.6 42.0 8th 17.5 +2.1 9.0 25th 10.8 38.6 low 28%
Grenfell 32.3 +1.4 42.2 6th 18.3 +2.2 11.4 17th 23.0 46.9 average 49%
Gundagai 33.7 +2.4 44.0 7th 18.0 +1.4 9.9 25th 10.0 38.2 low 26%
Quandialla Post Office 34.3 +2.3 44.8 6th 18.8 +1.9 12.5 25th 13.7 41.8 low 33%
Temora Airport 33.2   43.2 7th 17.7   7.9 25th 14.4
Wyalong Post Office 33.7 +1.8 43.8 1st 19.3 +1.9 12.5 11th 5.2 37.0 low 14%
Young Airport 32.0 +1.6 41.8 6th 16.1 +1.7 8.2 25th 18.2 30.2 average 60%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 33.4 +2.1 46.0 7th 17.3 +1.6 9.5 25th 0 34.8 lowest 0%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 33.4 +1.6 46.6 7th 17.0 +1.0 8.8 25th 0.4 32.2 very low 1%
Narrandera Airport 34.3 +2.8 45.4 7th 18.2 +1.1 10.2 25th 6.2 33.1 average 19%
Narrandera Golf Club 33.7 +1.7 44.4 7th 18.1 +0.9 8.7 25th 4.8 36.6 low 13%
Tocumwal Airport 32.9 +1.4 45.7 7th 16.9 +1.0 10.7 25th 2.0 27.4 low 7%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 34.0   44.8 7th 18.9   11.6 25th 8.6 42.3 low 20%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 34.2 +2.2 45.2 7th 18.8 +1.6 11.3 25th 19.2 26.2 average 73%
Hay 34.0 +1.4 45.6 7th 18.3 +1.9 11.5 11th 1.4 27.3 low 5%
Hay Airport AWS 34.1   45.8 7th 18.4   11.8 11th 1.0
Hillston Airport 34.5 +1.8 45.0 7th 19.3 +1.0 12.4 11th 25.0 26.3 average 95%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 34.1 +0.5 44.0 7th 19.4 +1.1 12.2 12th 8.2 34.5 average 24%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Friday 2 January 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 Regional Office
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555
Email climate.nsw@bom.gov.au