New South Wales in January 2010: Warm start to the year

  • Above average temperatures
  • Below average rainfall
  • 10th warmest January on record
  • 10th warmest January for average maximum temperatures
  • 10th consecutive January with above average maximum temperatures
  • 8th consecutive January with above average minimum temperatures

Rainfall

Statewide average rainfall for January was 38.8 mm which is below the historical average of 67.3 mm. Extensive falls in northern parts of NSW at the start of the month resulted in flooding in the northern inland of NSW (please see phenomena section below). This resulted in large parts of northern inland NSW recording above average falls for January. Following a wet start to the year, January was a predominantly dry month. Throughout the remainder of January some falls were recorded along eastern NSW associated with low pressure troughs and onshore flow. The Northern Rivers, and a broad band extending from NW to SE NSW recorded below average falls.

The Murray Darling Basin recorded a basin wide average of 35.4 mm which is below the historical average of 56.3 mm.

Some sites had their lowest total January rainfall on record.
See a map of total rainfall.
See a map of rainfall deciles.

Temperature

The first month of 2010 is ranked as the 10th warmest January on record and the 10th consecutive January with above average temperatures. The average mean temperature for NSW was 26.3°C which is 1.6°C above the historical average1 of 24.7°C. The warm temperatures were due to the passage of several high pressure systems across the continent. Several low pressure troughs and two cold fronts traversed over NSW and resulted in warm, dry conditions ahead of the troughs with cool conditions behind occurring on the 12th-13th, 17th-19th and 23rd-24th of the month. These events resulted in temperature records being broken at some site in NSW (see record tables below).

Maximum temperature

Average maximum temperature for the state was 33.8°C which is 2.1°C above the historical average1 of 31.7°C. Most of NSW was up to 3°C above average with an area in the southwest recording temperatures up to 5°C above average. This is the 10th warmest January on record and the 10th consecutive January with above average maximum temperatures.

Some sites had their highest January temperature on record.
Some sites had their coldest January day (lowest maximum 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.

Minimum temperature

The average minimum temperature for the state was 18.8°C which is 1.1°C above the historical averge1 of 17.7°C. Most of NSW recorded above average minimum temperatures with an area in the southwest recording temperatures up to 3°C above average. This is the 8th consecutive January with above average minimum temperatures.

Some sites had their lowest January temperature on record.
Some sites had their warmest January night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.
Some sites had their highest January mean daily minimum temperature on record.
See a map of mean minimum temperatures.
See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Other phenomena

Widespread rainfall across NSW which began late on Christmas Day and continued through till early January resulted in flooding in northern inland areas such as Coonamble, Dubbo, Gilgandra and Macquarie region amongst others.

Further information

Media
(03) 9669 4057
Enquiries

Extremes in January 2010
Hottest day 45.1 °C at Pooncarie Mail Agency on the 10th
Warmest days on average 37.6 °C at Wanaaring Post Office
Coolest days on average 18.0 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day 4.7 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 18th
Coldest night -3.2 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 18th
Coolest nights on average 7.1 °C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)
Warmest nights on average 23.8 °C at Tibooburra Post Office
Warmest night 31.6 °C at Fowlers Gap AWS on the 12th
Wettest overall
284.4 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview)
Wettest day 112.0 mm at Tooraweenah (Denham St) on the 2nd
Highest wind gust 102 km/h at Bellambi AWS on the 23rd
102 km/h at Kiama (Bombo Headland) on the 23rd
102 km/h at Dubbo Airport AWS on the 31stw

Record lowest total January rainfall
Total rainfall
for January 2010 (mm)
Previous lowest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Menindee Post Office 0.0 = 0.0 in 2004 131 23.0
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 0.2 6.1 in 2003 44 81.4
Narrandera Airport 1.6 2.0 in 1987 42 33.5




Record highest January temperature
Highest temperature
in January 2010 (°C)
Previous highest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Lord Howe Island Aero 29.9 on the 18th 28.6 on the 2nd in 2009 22 25.2



Record lowest January daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in January 2010 (°C)
Previous lowest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Thredbo Village 7.0 on the 18th = 7.0 on the 8th in 1994 40 21.2



Record highest January mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for January 2010 (°C)
Previous highest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Grafton Olympic Pool 32.3 = 32.3 in 1994 43 30.1
Lord Howe Island Aero 27.3 26.4 in 1998 21 25.2




Record highest January daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in January 2010 (°C)
Previous highest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Sydney Airport AMO 25.8 on the 23rd 25.7 on the 15th in 1978 71 18.7
Ivanhoe Post Office 31.2 on the 12th 31.1 on the 24th in 1982 48 18.1
Burrinjuck Dam 25.8 on the 23rd 25.3 on the 8th in 1972 45 15.4
Yass (Linton Hostel) 26.0 on the 23rd = 26.0 on the 27th in 1981 45 13.9
Tumbarumba Post Office 25.2 on the 23rd 25.0 on the 25th in 1973 43 11.9
Bowral (Parry Drive) 22.8 on the 23rd = 22.8 on the 25th in 1982 41 13.3
Nerriga Composite 24.2 on the 23rd 21.0 on the 28th in 2006 37 12.5
Goulburn TAFE 25.3 on the 23rd 25.0 on the 10th in 1979 33 13.5
Oberon (Springbank) 20.3 on the 13th 20.0 on the 25th in 1982 27 10.6
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 24.5 on the 23rd 21.2 on the 5th in 1991 25 12.2
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) 16.5 on the 23rd 16.2 on the 11th in 2006 22 5.1



Record lowest January temperature
Lowest temperature
in January 2010 (°C)
Previous lowest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Barraba Post Office 5.8 on the 19th 6.5 on the 4th in 2002 44 16.4
Coonamble Comparison 9.2 on the 20th 10.6 on the 3rd in 1970 44 19.2
Collarenebri (Albert St) 10.2 on the 19th 11.0 on the 3rd in 1970 43 20.5
Baradine Forestry 7.0 on the 21st 7.9 on the 13th in 1983 42 18.4
Brewarrina Hospital 10.4 on the 19th 11.9 on the 23rd in 2000 42 20.7
Nerriga Composite 3.0 on the 19th = 3.0 on the 18th in 1984 37 12.5
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 5.5 on the 19th 6.0 on the 10th in 2005 36 13.4



Record highest January mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for January 2010 (°C)
Previous highest
for January
Years of
record
Average for
January
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 19.1 18.9 in 2006 42 17.5
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road) 18.3 17.9 in 2006 28 16.1
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 21.2 = 21.2 in 2006 24 18.3
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 15.0 14.7 in 2001 24 12.2



Summary statistics for January 2010
Maximum temperatures
for January
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for January
(°C)
Rainfall
for January
(millimetres)
Mean for
January
2010
Diff
from
average
Highest for
January
2010
Mean for
January
2010
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
January
2010
Total for
January
2010
Average
for
January
Rank of
January
2010
Fraction of
January
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 36.3   42.5 22nd 21.5   14.1 18th 30.6
Tibooburra Airport 37.1   43.3 26th 23.7   14.7 19th 0.8
Tibooburra Post Office 37.1 +1.0 43.0 22nd 23.8 +1.8 14.8 19th 8.6 27.4 average 31%
White Cliffs AWS 37.2   43.4 22nd 22.9   14.8 18th 3.6
White Cliffs Post Office 36.9 +1.2 42.8 12th     18.0 3rd 0.6 26.7 low 2%
Wilcannia (Reid St) 36.9 +1.5 43.2 22nd 20.6 +0.8 12.5 20th 0.8 24.7 low 3%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 37.3   44.0 12th 20.8   12.5 20th 3.0
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill (Patton Street) 35.1 +2.3 42.3 22nd 20.1 +1.6 11.9 18th 3.0 23.6 low 13%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 34.9 +1.7 41.6 22nd 20.0 +1.0 12.4 18th 3.6 25.6 low 14%
Lake Victoria Storage 34.4 +2.4 43.5 10th 16.9 +0.4 10.9 19th 6.2 18.7 average 33%
Menindee Post Office 36.8 +2.5 44.2 12th 20.0 +1.6 13.4 18th 0 23.0 lowest 0%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 36.6   45.1 10th 18.1   12.1 18th 11.4 22.1 average 52%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 36.6   43.2 25th 21.7   11.7 19th 40.2
Brewarrina Hospital 35.1 -1.1 40.6 27th 21.0 +0.3 10.4 19th 44.0 50.9 average 86%
Cobar Airport AWS 35.9   41.7 27th 20.9   9.7 19th 15.0
Cobar MO 36.2 +2.2 42.4 12th 21.7 +1.2 11.3 19th 11.4 46.9 average 24%
Collarenebri (Albert St) 35.2 -0.4 40.2 27th 20.6 +0.1 10.2 19th 54.2 68.2 average 79%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 35.2   40.0 28th 21.4   11.5 20th 94.0
Wanaaring Post Office 37.6   42.5 26th 23.0   13.2 19th 8.6 34.6 average 25%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald (RSL) 35.6 +2.6 44.5 11th 17.3 +0.9 11.8 3rd 27.0 21.7 high 124%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 35.8   43.9 12th 20.6   13.2 19th 2.0
Ivanhoe Post Office 37.3 +2.4 44.7 12th 19.6 +1.5 12.3 19th 4.0 28.8 low 14%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 35.7 +2.0 42.0 12th 20.2 +2.1 12.0 19th 16.6 48.4 low 34%
Condobolin Airport AWS 35.0   41.3 12th 20.1   11.4 19th 11.4
Peak Hill Post Office 35.0 +1.9 40.4 23rd 21.5 +2.4 10.9 19th 13.2 59.2 low 22%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 34.6   41.3 12th 19.1   10.8 19th 9.0
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 33.5   39.4 24th 19.6   9.5 19th 120.4
Coonamble Comparison 34.1 -0.8 38.7 26th 20.1 +0.9 9.2 20th 123.6 60.9 high 203%
Nyngan Airport 35.0 +0.8 41.6 23rd 20.9 +1.5 12.6 20th 69.8 51.0 high 137%
Trangie Research Station AWS 34.6 +1.4 41.1 26th 19.7 +1.3 9.6 19th 39.2 53.5 average 73%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 36.0 +0.6 40.5 28th 21.4 +0.9 11.0 19th 37.2 71.6 average 52%
Walgett Airport AWS 34.8   40.5 28th 19.4   8.1 20th 72.6
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 33.9   39.0 28th 20.3   10.8 19th 76.0
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 33.6 +1.9 39.1 24th 17.2 +0.8 5.8 19th 102.6 87.9 average 117%
Narrabri Airport AWS 34.2   39.2 28th 20.4   8.4 19th 82.6
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 33.4   38.3 13th 18.1   7.1 19th 89.4
Gunnedah Pool 33.5 -0.5 38.6 13th 19.3 +1.0 9.5 19th 102.4 71.3 high 144%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 32.7 +0.8 37.3 24th 19.9 +1.1 10.7 20th 93.2 85.5 high 109%
Quirindi Post Office 33.7 +1.5 38.6 13th 18.0 +1.7 7.4 19th 89.1 80.9 high 110%
Tamworth Airport AWS 32.8   37.6 22nd 17.2   7.1 19th 98.2
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 28.5 +1.0 33.0 24th 13.8 +1.5 2.0 19th 108.9 99.7 average 109%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 27.6   32.6 24th 13.0   2.6 19th 99.8
Armidale Airport AWS 26.9   32.3 24th 14.3   5.0 19th 94.2
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 27.3 +2.0 31.7 24th 13.8 +0.4 5.5 19th 108.2 104.9 average 103%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 27.0   31.8 24th 12.6   2.3 20th 121.0
Glen Innes Post Office 28.2 +1.7 33.2 24th 14.9 +1.6 5.9 20th 116.2 111.8 average 104%
Guyra Hospital 25.6 +1.6 31.0 24th 12.8 +0.8 3.7 19th 90.8 119.3 average 76%
Inverell (Raglan St) 31.3   35.3 27th 15.3   4.9 19th 85.6
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 28.0 +0.9 34.0 26th 14.0 -0.4 5.5 19th 142.6 113.7 high 125%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 28.7 +1.7 35.3 26th 17.8 +0.8 12.2 20th 136.8 171.7 average 80%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 29.3 +2.1 34.6 26th 19.7 +0.2 16.0 20th 76.2 173.9 low 44%
Ballina Airport AWS 30.4   36.8 18th 19.4   13.3 20th 52.0
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 28.9   32.2 18th 21.3   18.8 5th 107.0
Casino Airport 32.6 +1.3 38.6 26th 19.9 +1.1 15.0 28th 147.8 136.4 average 108%
Casino Airport AWS 31.9   38.3 26th 19.4   14.5 20th 142.4
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 29.6   37.6 26th 19.9   14.2 20th 39.4
Grafton Airport AWS 31.8   37.6 26th 18.7   10.8 20th 39.6
Grafton Olympic Pool 32.3 +2.2 37.5 26th 20.1 +0.4 13.8 20th 66.9 137.8 low 49%
Grafton Research Stn 31.8   37.7 26th 19.4   13.4 20th 84.0 130.6 average 64%
Lismore (Richmond Hill) 31.4   37.4 27th 19.2   15.2 20th 41.8
Lismore Airport AWS 31.7   37.9 26th 18.5   13.5 20th 78.2
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 30.9 +1.3 37.2 18th 20.0 +0.3 16.4 20th 103.5 196.2 low 53%
Yamba Pilot Station 27.6 +0.9 29.7 2nd 20.8 +0.6 15.9 20th 49.4 138.3 low 36%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 28.5 +1.6 31.4 21st 19.9 +0.5 15.4 19th 17.8 180.4 v low 10%
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 26.5   32.3 26th 15.4   7.5 20th 89.6
Kempsey (Wide Street) 31.1 +1.9 36.1 22nd 19.0 +1.4 11.5 20th 33.4 133.1 low 25%
Kempsey Airport AWS 30.5   36.1 26th 18.1   10.2 20th 38.6
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 28.8 +2.0 31.3 28th 20.5 +1.0 14.0 30th 20.6 147.9 v low 14%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 27.3   29.5 26th 20.3   15.0 19th 80.7 107.0 average 75%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 29.0   33.2 23rd 19.0   11.2 20th 102.8
Taree Airport AWS 30.4   38.0 23rd 19.3   12.0 19th 42.4
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 30.5 +1.5 39.4 23rd 18.8 +1.4 11.0 19th 284.4 234.5 high 121%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock (Nulkaba) 32.3 +1.9 43.2 23rd 18.9 +1.2 9.5 19th 110.0 89.8 average 122%
Cessnock Airport AWS 31.2   41.4 23rd 18.1   7.7 19th 118.8 70.5 high 169%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 29.4   41.8 23rd 18.6   9.0 19th 96.0
Gosford (Narara Research Station) AWS 28.5 +1.0 40.9 23rd 18.4 +1.7 9.5 20th 112.4 133.1 average 84%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 32.8 +1.1 41.6 23rd 19.0 +1.9 11.2 20th 105.8 77.1 high 137%
Maitland Visitors Centre 31.4   42.0 23rd 19.0   8.4 19th 66.3
Mangrove Mountain AWS 28.6   39.2 23rd 18.0   10.0 19th 108.4
Merriwa (Roscommon) 31.0   38.1 26th 17.4   8.7 19th 111.8 79.4 average 141%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 28.5   33.8 13th 17.4   10.4 19th 90.4
Murrurundi Post Office 31.0 +0.2 36.9 13th 16.6 +1.4 5.5 19th 98.2 91.4 average 107%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 28.1 +0.8 33.5 23rd 21.2 +2.9 17.5 19th 71.7 99.7 average 72%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 26.4 +0.9 39.6 23rd 20.8 +1.6 16.8 19th 59.0 88.8 average 66%
Newcastle University 29.9   42.0 23rd 20.0   13.5 20th 117.2
Norah Head AWS 26.7   40.2 23rd 20.6   15.4 19th 49.2
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 31.5 +1.9 41.5 26th 19.2 +1.7 11.7 19th 36.4 105.4 low 35%
Peats Ridge (Waratah Road) 28.8 +1.8 39.8 23rd 18.3 +2.2 10.5 19th 66.9 115.4 low 58%
Scone Airport AWS 31.4   37.9 13th 18.0   8.5 19th 120.4
Singleton STP 32.0   41.8 23rd 18.2   9.5 19th 66.7
Williamtown RAAF 30.0 +2.1 42.2 23rd 19.1 +1.1 10.5 19th 56.4 97.9 average 58%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 32.0 +1.0 37.8 26th 18.0 +1.4 9.3 19th 94.6 70.4 high 134%
Mudgee Airport AWS 30.8   37.0 26th 16.6   5.7 19th 63.4
Nullo Mountain AWS 24.6   30.8 12th 14.7   6.1 19th 176.2
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 30.3 +2.4 36.2 12th 14.8 +1.5 7.0 20th 48.4 68.4 average 71%
Bathurst Airport AWS 30.0   35.9 12th 15.1   6.1 19th 60.4
Cowra Research Centre (Evans St) 34.1 +2.8 40.0 22nd 19.3 +2.7 10.9 19th 18.2 63.7 low 29%
Katoomba (Murri St) 25.2 +2.0 34.3 12th 14.8 +2.1 7.3 19th 141.6 161.4 average 88%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 27.3   34.2 12th 14.2   3.9 19th 76.4 83.7 average 91%
Mount Boyce AWS 25.0   33.9 12th 14.5   6.9 19th 120.0
Oberon (Springbank) 26.5 +1.8 33.0 13th 13.6 +3.0 5.1 19th 55.3 81.5 average 68%
Orange Agricultural Institute 27.9 +1.4 32.5 23rd 14.9 +1.7 6.0 19th 72.2 88.3 average 82%
Orange Airport AWS 28.1   34.2 23rd 14.4   5.2 19th 39.4
Orange Airport Comparison 27.9 +1.9 34.0 22nd 14.6 +2.5 5.0 19th 43.8 85.5 low 51%
Springwood Bowling Club 29.4   40.3 23rd 17.8   10.1 19th 114.0 124.9 average 91%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran (Namoi Street) 31.3 -0.4 36.1 24th 16.0 +1.0 5.8 20th 217.0 90.9 v high 239%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 30.4   35.8 24th 18.6   11.3 19th 134.6
Dunedoo Post Office 33.3 +1.5 39.0 26th 18.6 +1.8 7.9 19th 92.5 70.1 high 132%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 34.7   40.7 22nd 18.2   9.7 20th 5.8
Cowra Airport Comparison 35.0 +2.9 41.2 22nd 18.7 +3.2 10.9 20th 6.8 60.5 v low 11%
Dubbo Airport AWS 33.4   39.6 26th 18.6   9.0 19th 25.6
Forbes Airport AWS 35.1   41.1 12th 18.9   10.4 20th 13.0
Parkes (Macarthur Street) 35.4 +3.1 42.0 23rd 20.3 +2.4 11.5 20th 15.2 58.0 low 26%
Parkes Airport AWS 34.9   41.0 23rd 18.7   8.0 19th 23.4 64.3 low 36%
Wellington (Agrowplow) 33.7 +0.8 39.0 26th 18.6 +1.8 8.2 20th 26.2 59.0 low 44%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 29.6 +1.5 42.8 23rd 19.3 +1.3 12.2 20th 42.2 92.1 low 46%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 28.5   42.3 23rd 19.5   11.8 20th 27.4
Holsworthy Control Range 30.1   42.7 23rd 18.3   10.3 20th 58.6
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 30.0 +1.7 42.3 23rd 19.1 +1.6 12.5 20th 30.4 101.7 low 30%
Riverview Observatory 27.6 +1.1 36.8 22nd 19.3 +1.8 14.1 19th 37.1 105.3 low 35%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 27.6 +1.7 41.3 23rd 20.7 +2.0 15.6 19th 36.0 101.5 low 35%
Sydney Airport AMO 28.0 +1.6 42.5 23rd 20.6 +1.9 15.6 19th 25.4 94.5 low 27%
Sydney Olympic Park (Sydney Olympic Pk A 29.3   42.9 23rd 20.3   15.1 19th 30.6
Terrey Hills AWS 27.1   40.3 23rd 18.9   13.8 19th 44.2
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 31.2   43.0 23rd 18.0   10.0 19th 40.8
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 30.6   42.5 23rd 18.5   12.3 20th 25.2
Liverpool (Michael Wenden Centre) 30.5   42.6 23rd 18.6   10.5 20th 47.6
Penrith Lakes AWS 31.7   42.9 23rd 19.0   12.2 19th 43.6
Prospect Reservoir 30.6 +2.3 42.5 23rd 19.0 +1.4 13.4 18th 34.1 93.9 low 36%
Richmond RAAF 31.6   43.3 23rd 18.5   9.7 19th 22.4
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 27.1   41.0 23rd 17.7   9.0 20th 85.6
Bellambi AWS 25.6   35.9 23rd 19.4   12.8 19th 41.6
Bowral (Parry Drive) 25.9 +0.5 35.4 12th 14.7 +1.4 6.5 19th 98.0 82.4 average 119%
Camden Airport AWS 31.3 +1.9 42.6 23rd 18.0 +1.3 10.6 19th 29.4 74.7 low 39%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 31.3   42.8 23rd 17.8   10.5 19th 47.2
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular AWS) 25.1   35.5 23rd 18.7   14.2 20th 94.4
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 25.3   35.2 23rd 19.1   13.1 19th 69.0
Moss Vale AWS 25.9   36.1 12th 14.4   5.4 19th 64.2
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 27.4   40.2 23rd 17.0   8.6 19th 55.8
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay (Catalina Country Club) 26.0   36.0 23rd 16.7   6.7 19th 40.2 82.2 average 49%
Bega AWS 28.5   44.4 12th 16.0   8.7 20th 28.8
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 28.7   38.2 12th 13.2   4.0 19th 17.6
Green Cape AWS 24.2   30.1 9th 17.5   12.8 18th 0.2
Merimbula Airport AWS 25.6   31.0 23rd 15.8   9.0 20th 21.8
Montague Island Lighthouse 23.0 +0.1 29.9 22nd 18.0 +0.7 11.6 18th 7.2 68.8 v low 10%
Moruya Airport AWS 25.6   35.0 1st 16.5   8.0 20th 34.4
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 24.8 +0.9 34.0 1st 17.7 +1.6 10.5 19th 33.8 95.0 low 36%
Narooma RVCP 24.2 +0.6 31.6 22nd 17.9 +1.6 11.2 19th 21.6 91.1 low 24%
Nerriga Composite 27.7 +1.5 37.7 12th 13.7 +1.2 3.0 19th 48.1 68.4 average 70%
Ulladulla AWS 24.6   36.9 23rd 18.1   10.6 19th
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 27.8 +2.4 37.7 12th 12.2 +2.0 4.1 18th 34.4 63.7 low 54%
Bombala AWS 26.3   37.3 12th 11.8   3.5 18th 30.8
Canberra Airport 31.6 +3.6 39.1 12th 15.9 +2.7 4.2 19th 7.4 58.5 v low 13%
Canberra Airport Comparison 31.8   39.8 12th 15.3   3.5 19th 6.0
Cooma Airport AWS 28.9   37.3 11th 12.1   1.1 18th 24.6 45.8 low 54%
Cooma Visitors Centre 29.8 +2.7 38.9 10th 12.5 +1.9 3.4 18th 13.0 56.1 low 23%
Goulburn Airport AWS 29.1   37.7 12th 14.1   3.6 19th 29.0
Goulburn TAFE 28.9 +1.2 37.0 12th 15.0 +1.5 5.9 19th 52.4 62.1 average 84%
Mount Ginini AWS 21.8   27.9 12th 10.1   -0.6 19th 37.0
Taralga Post Office 28.6 +2.7 37.0 12th 13.9 +2.1 2.2 19th 30.1 73.1 low 41%
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 30.7 +3.6 37.0 12th 15.0 +2.8 3.5 19th 0.2 81.4 lowest 0%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 31.6   38.6 12th 16.0   4.3 19th 6.6
Yass (Linton Hostel) 32.3 +2.9 39.0 12th 16.4 +2.5 6.2 19th 8.4 50.2 low 17%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) 19.9 +2.3 26.0 11th 7.1 +2.0 -1.6 18th 107.1 127.5 average 84%
Thredbo AWS 18.0 +1.9 24.7 12th 7.9 +1.4 -3.2 18th 89.8 87.7 average 102%
Thredbo Village 23.8 +2.6 29.7 12th 8.5 +1.5 0.5 18th 84.0 104.2 average 81%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 34.4   42.4 12th 17.1   8.7 19th 21.0
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 22.9   29.1 22nd 12.0   -0.5 18th 37.8
Hume Reservoir 34.1 +3.4 41.9 12th 18.2 +1.8 9.6 19th 18.2 44.9 average 41%
Khancoban AWS 33.1   41.1 12th 13.8   4.0 19th 35.0
Tumbarumba Post Office 31.4 +2.8 37.5 22nd 13.7 +1.8 4.5 19th 22.0 62.5 low 35%
Wagga Wagga AMO 35.0 +3.4 42.9 10th 18.1 +1.9 8.1 19th 7.0 40.1 low 17%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 33.8 +4.4 40.4 12th 18.0 +2.6 8.0 19th 25.8 62.3 average 41%
Cootamundra Airport 33.6   40.2 12th 16.9   8.4 20th 10.6
Grenfell (Quondong Rd) 33.4 +1.7 38.8 10th 18.9 +2.7 9.6 19th 8.2 52.4 low 16%
Gundagai (William St) 34.2   42.1 12th 17.7   8.1 19th 23.0
Quandialla Post Office 35.2 +2.2 41.4 12th 19.4 +2.3 10.6 19th 18.4 49.1 average 37%
Temora Airport 35.1   42.6 11th 18.0   9.2 20th 6.2
Wyalong Post Office 35.1 +2.5 42.1 11th 20.1 +2.7 11.6 19th 4.2 42.2 low 10%
Young Airport 33.3   39.2 12th 15.7   6.2 20th 7.0
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 33.9 +2.0 43.0 12th 16.1 +0.5 8.8 19th 52.8 36.1 high 146%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 34.2   44.6 11th 16.0   9.2 19th 23.0
Narrandera Airport 35.4   43.6 11th 17.7   10.9 19th 1.6 33.5 lowest 5%
Narrandera Golf Club 34.8 +2.3 43.0 11th 17.6 +0.5 10.4 19th 2.8 35.1 v low 8%
Tocumwal Airport 33.5 +1.8 43.8 11th 16.0 0.0 9.4 18th 21.0 32.0 average 66%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 35.2   43.4 11th 19.0   10.6 19th 0.2
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 35.3 +2.6 43.3 11th 18.8 +2.0 11.4 19th 8.6 32.1 average 27%
Hay (Miller Street) 35.1 +2.1 44.2 10th 17.5 +0.9 9.6 19th 11.2 27.0 average 41%
Hay Airport AWS 35.3   44.8 11th 17.6   9.8 19th 7.2
Hillston Airport 35.7 +2.3 43.0 10th 19.1 +0.8 12.0 18th 4.0 30.3 low 13%
Lake Cargelligo Airport     42.1 22nd 20.1 +1.7 12.0 19th 1.5 38.7 v low 4%

Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in New South Wales using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. Later information, including data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review, usually published in the fourth week of the month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Monday 1 February 2010. 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

Media
(03) 9669 4057
Enquiries