Sydney in November 2012: Dry, warm end to spring

  • Dry month, but above average rain days and below average sunshine
  • Warm days and nights across the city

Rainfall - Dry month across the city

Sydney Observatory Hill recorded 52 mm of rain during November, below the historical average of 83.8 mm, with rainfall below average across the city. The rain fell over fourteen days, close to the historical average (12 days), but only five recorded at least 2 mm (average 7 days).

Most of the rain during the month was associated with coastal surface troughs, which generated rain and thunderstorms across the city. Falls at Sydney Observatory Hill were close to 10 mm on the 9th, 10th, 17th and 28th, while locally heavier falls reached 37 mm at Campbelltown on the 9th.

Temperature - Warm end to spring

Sydney Observatory Hill recorded an average maximum temperature of 24.1 °C during November, 0.5 °C above the historical average, with above average daytime temperatures across the city. Two days reached 30 °C during the month, normal for November, with the warmest day falling on the 1st of the month. Mid-month there was an unusual spell of mild days, with no days reaching 25 °C between the 10th and 23rd; this is the first such spell in November since 2000. However, only two days dropped below 20 °C during the month, well below the historical average of 5 cool days.

The average minimum temperature at Sydney Observatory Hill during November was 16.8 °C, 1.2 °C above the historical average, with nights well above average across the city. Only six nights dropped below 15 °C during the month, well below the historical average of 12 nights, with the coolest night reaching 12.8 °C on the 19th. Nights were warmest at the end of the month, with six consecutive nights above 18 °C.

The average temperature in Sydney was consequently 0.9 °C above the historical average.

Other phenomena

The prevailing wind direction at Sydney Airport during November was easterly, with 50% of 3pm winds between E and NE and 47% between S and SE, normal for November. There were 12 strong wind days reported at Sydney Airport, with the strongest wind gust reaching 89 km/hr at the Airport and 102 km/hr at Port Botany during a cool change on the 18th.

Sydney Airport recorded an average of 6.8 hours of bright sunshine, below the historical average of 7.6 hours, with 16 cloudy days (average 12 days). There were three thunderstorms reported at Sydney Airport, and ten days had thunderstorms reported anywhere in the Sydney Metropolitan region. Thunderstorms were particularly strong on the 8th and 9th, with widespread reports of small hail and gusts of up to 107 km/hr at Penrith on the 8th.

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Extremes in November 2012
Hottest day 39.3 °C at Parramatta North (Masons Drive) on the 30th
Warmest days on average 27.9 °C at Richmond RAAF
Coolest days on average 23.4 °C at Terrey Hills AWS
Coldest day 15.7 °C at Springwood (Valley Heights) on the 16th
Coldest night 6.2 °C at Campbelltown (Mount Annan) on the 12th
Coolest nights on average 13.5 °C at Campbelltown (Mount Annan)
Warmest nights on average 16.9 °C at Sydney Airport AMO
Warmest night 21.8 °C at Sydney Airport AMO on the 30th
Warmest on average overall 21.5 °C at Penrith Lakes AWS
Coolest on average overall 19.2 °C at Terrey Hills AWS
Wettest overall 73.5 mm at Castle Cove (Rosebridge Ave)
Wettest day 37.0 mm at Campbelltown (Ingleburn (Long Point)) on the 9th
Highest wind gust 107 km/h at Penrith Lakes AWS on the 8th

Summary statistics for November 2012
Maximum temperatures
for November
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for November
(°C)
Rainfall
for November
(millimetres)
Mean for
November
2012
Diff
from
average
Highest for
November
2012
Mean for
November
2012
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
November
2012
Total for
November
2012
Average
for
November
Rank of
November
2012
Fraction of
November
average
Badgerys Creek AWS 26.7   38.4 30th 13.9   7.3 12th 48.6
Bankstown Airport AWS 25.8 +0.6 39.1 30th 15.1 +0.8 9.1 12th 32.2 77.7 low 41%
Camden Airport AWS 26.9 +0.8 37.5 30th 13.6 +0.7 6.3 12th 46.0 77.0 average 60%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 26.3   37.0 30th 13.5   6.2 12th 47.4
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 24.3   34.0 25th 15.1   9.5 12th 50.8
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 25.6   38.3 30th 14.5   7.5 12th 44.6
Holsworthy Control Range 25.7   37.7 30th 13.9   6.8 12th 42.4
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 26.3   38.1 30th 14.3   8.8 12th 50.8
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 25.7 +0.3 39.3 30th 14.3 +0.3 8.8 12th 42.2 85.2 low 50%
Penrith Lakes AWS 27.6   38.4 30th 15.3   9.7 12th 67.0
Prospect Reservoir 26.7 +1.3 38.8 30th 14.8 +0.5 8.8 12th 36.1 72.7 low 50%
Richmond RAAF 27.9   38.8 30th 14.1   7.2 12th 37.2
Riverview Observatory 24.4 +0.2 32.9 1st 15.4 +1.2 10.4 12th 48.2 79.0 average 61%
Springwood (Valley Heights) 25.2   36.2 30th 14.0   8.8 19th 61.4 95.9 average 64%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 24.1 +0.5 33.3 1st 16.8 +1.2 12.8 19th 52.0 83.6 average 62%
Sydney Airport AMO 24.4 +0.4 34.2 1st 16.9 +1.5 12.9 12th 39.8 81.2 low 49%
Terrey Hills AWS 23.4   32.9 30th 15.1   10.3 12th 56.2

Daily rainfall
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Webbs Ck-Wisemans Ferry (Hawkesbury Rive - - - - - - 6.2 10.6 6.4 - 0.2 - 0.4 - 0.2 15.6 0.2 - 0.8 - - - - - - 2.4 6.4 1.6 -
Central Tablelands (South) (63)123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Springwood (Valley Heights) - - 1.2 0.6 - - - 1.8 6.4 - - - - 3.4 6.2 2.4 16.2 - - 1.0 - - - - - - 1.6 14.0 6.6 -
Metropolitan (East) (66)123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Abbotsford (Blackwall Point Rd)








5.0





9.0

4.0






11.5

Auburn (Rosnay Golf Club) - - 2.0 - - - - - 16.0 3.0 - - - - - 1.0 5.0 - - 2.0 - - - - - - 1.0 10.0 - -
Audley (Royal National Park) - - 1.0 1.0 - - - 2.0 3.0 4.0 - - - 1.0 - 2.0 6.0 - - 3.0 - - - - - - - 9.0 - -
Avalon (Wollstonecraft Ave) - - 2.0 3.0 - - - 5.0 9.0 - - - - - - 5.0 12.0 - - 4.0 - - - - - - 5.0 8.0 - -
Avalon Beach (Avalon (Palmgrove Rd))












1.0 0.5 3.4









3.2


Bankstown Airport AWS - - 0.2 - - 0.4 - - 3.6 5.0 - - - 1.0 - 2.2 5.8 - - 2.6 - - - - - - 0.8 10.6 - -
Belrose (Evelyn Place)

4.2 1.8


4.0 14.4



0.8 1.0 3.8 15.6

5.0 2.4




1.0 14.2 0.2 -
Campbelltown (Ingleburn (Long Point)) - - - - - - - 2.0 37.0 2.0 - - - - - 1.0 5.0 - - 7.0 - - - - - - 1.0 12.0 - -
Canterbury Racecourse AWS - - 5.4 0.6 - - - - 15.4 7.2 - - - 0.2 - 1.2 6.6 - - 4.6 - - - 0.2 - - - 9.4 - -
Castle Cove (Rosebridge Ave)

2.0 1.0


4.0 34.0



0.5
5.0 15.0 -








12.0

Chatswood Bowling Club - - 2.0 1.0 1.0 - - 2.0 13.0 1.0 - - - 1.0 - 3.0 10.0 - - 3.0 - - - - - - 1.0 14.0 - -
Collaroy (Long Reef Golf Club)






4.6 6.8





3.6 9.4








1.2 8.2

Concord Golf Club

3.0 1.0



6.0 4.6





8.4












Cronulla South Bowling Club

4.0 2.0

0.4
3.2 0.8


7.0 1.0 3.0 8.6
2.0 4.0





0.4 11.4

Guildford (Woodville Golf Club) - - 1.0 - - - - - 9.0 - - - - - - 1.0 5.0 - - 1.0 - - - - - - 2.0 11.0 - -
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS - - - 1.0 - 0.4 0.2 2.2 11.2 1.0 - - - - - 1.4 7.0 - - 6.0 - - - - - - 1.4 12.6 0.2 -
Holsworthy Control Range - - - 1.2 - 0.2 0.2 2.0 9.8 1.2 - - - 0.2 - 1.2 6.2 - - 6.4 - - - - - - 1.2 11.8 0.8 -
Lidcombe (Carnarvon Golf Club)




















- - - - - - 12.0 - -
Liverpool-Scrivener St (Georges River) - - - - - - - - 6.0 11.0 - - - - - 1.0 6.0 - - 1.0 - - - - - - 1.0 9.0 1.0 -
Lucas Heights (ANSTO)

0.7 0.3


0.8 7.8



0.8
1.4


4.8





0.2 11.0

Macquarie Park (Willandra Village)

1.8 0.9


2.0 4.8
















1.6 9.6 1.4 0.2
Marrickville Golf Club - - 5.0 2.0 - - - - 13.0 3.0 - - - 1.0 - 1.0 6.0 - - 5.0 - - - - - - 3.0 9.0 - -
Mona Vale Golf Club 0.2 - 1.6 2.0 - - - 3.0 6.0 0.4 0.2 - - 1.4 0.4 4.8 13.6 - 0.8 1.8 0.2 - - - - 0.2 0.6 11.8 - -
Parramatta (Erts) - - 1.0 - - - - - 4.5 1.0 - - - 1.0 - 1.0 7.5 - - 2.0 - - - - - - 2.0 8.5 1.0 -
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) - - 1.8 1.4 0.2 0.2 - - 4.8 0.6 - - - 2.0 0.2 2.2 10.6 - - 4.8 - - - - - - 1.8 9.4 2.2 -
Peakhurst Golf Club - - 1.0 1.0 - - - - 7.0 4.0 - - - - - 1.0 6.0 - - 2.0 - - - - - - - 11.0 - -
Randwick Bowling Club

4.6 1.4


0.1 8.4 9.6


0.8 1.2 1.6 8.0

2.8 0.4




0.4 10.8

Riverview Observatory - - 1.8 1.2 - - - 0.6 15.4 3.4 - - - 0.8 0.2 1.2 9.8 - - 1.6 0.4 - - - - - 1.0 10.4 0.4 -
Rose Bay (Royal Sydney Golf Club)






1.0 5.4 9.4


0.8 2.0 1.2 6.2

4.2
0.6







Sans Souci (Public School) - - 4.0 1.0 - - - - 7.0 5.0 1.0 - - - - 2.0 6.0 - - 1.0 - - - - - - - 8.0 - 1.0
St Ives (Richmond Avenue)

3.0 1.2


2.8 4.0



0.4 0.4
12.2

9.0 0.8





10.0 4.6 -
Strathfield Golf Club - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -







Sydney (Observatory Hill) - - 1.6 1.4 0.2 - - - 9.2 11.4 0.2 - - - 0.2 0.4 10.4 - - 1.6 0.4 - - - - - 3.6 10.2 1.2 -
Sydney Airport AMO - - 6.2 0.4 - - - - 7.2 4.6 - - - 2.4 0.4 1.2 5.6 - - 2.8 0.2 - - - - - 0.2 8.6 - -
Terrey Hills AWS - - 3.2 2.2 - - - 7.6 3.8 0.2 - - - 0.8 0.6 4.8 15.6 - - 4.8 - - - - - - 0.4 11.6 0.6 -
Turramurra (Kissing Point Road)
2.0
0.6



11.2



1.2 0.6 3.4 13.0

5.6





0.6 13.6 1.0 -
Metropolitan (West) (67)123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Abbotsbury (Fairfield City Farm)





















- - - - - - -
Badgerys Creek AWS - - - - 0.2 0.6 0.2 1.4 12.4 - - - - 2.6 0.4 1.0 13.0 - - 1.4 - - - - - - 2.4 10.0 2.8 0.2
Baulkham Hills (Swimming Pool ) - - 1.5 - - 0.5 - - 7.5 - - - - 1.5 - 3.0 12.0 - - 4.0 - - - - - - 0.5 9.5 1.5 0.5
Baulkham Hills Eucalyptus Ct - - 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 - - 5.0 0.5 - - - 1.5 - 2.5 13.0 - - 4.0 - - - - - - 0.5 10.5 2.0 -
Berowra (Goodwyn Road)

1.8











18.2 20.0

5.0





11.8 9.6
-
Blacktown (Dog Pound) - - 1.5 - - - - 0.5 2.5 - - - - 0.5 - 1.5 11.0 - - 2.0 - - - - - - 1.0 12.5 1.5 0.5
Box Hill (Hynds Road) - - 3.0 - - - - 1.0 3.0 - - - - 1.0 - 3.0 9.0 - - 5.0 - - - - - - - 10.0 3.0 -
Castle Hill (Kathleen Ave)

2.4 0.5
0.4
1.0 14.0



1.4 0.2
13.8

2.4





1.0 13.2 1.8
Glenorie (Old Northern Rd)

1.0



7.5 6.0





9.6


5.0





1.0 9.0 1.2 1.4
Greystanes (Cumberland Golf Club) - - 0.5 - 0.5 - - - 1.5 - - - - - - 1.0 9.0 - - 2.0 - - - - - - 1.0 12.5 2.5 -
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS - - 0.2 0.6 - 0.8 0.6 0.4 13.6 0.2 - - - 0.8 - 1.0 9.8 0.2 - 3.2 - - - - - - 3.0 13.4 2.8 0.2
Kelso Ck (Kelso Creek U/S Levee (Georges - - - 1.0 - 0.5 0.5 - 5.0 6.5 - - - - - 1.5 5.0 - - 1.5 - - - - - - 0.5 9.5 0.5 -
Kings Langley (NSW Soccer Federation) - - 1.0 - - 1.0 - 0.5 9.0 - - - - 1.5 - 2.5 11.5 - - 2.5 - - - - - - 1.0 14.0 1.5 -
Liverpool (Michael Wenden Centre) - - - - - - - 4.2 20.9 14.2 - - - - - 1.8 8.4 »» »» »» 2.8 - - -





Lower Portland (Hawkesbury River) - - 0.4 - - - - 4.8 3.0 - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - 7.8 8.2 17.4 -
Maroota (Tobruk) - - 1.0 - - - - 2.8 14.2 0.2 - - - 1.6 - 5.8 11.8 - - 2.2 - - - - - - 5.2 6.6 2.8 -
Merrylands West (Finlayson Creek) - - 1.0 - 0.5 0.5 - - 3.0 - - - - 0.5 - 1.0 9.5 - - 2.0 - - - - - - 5.5 10.0 1.5 -
North Parramatta (Burnside Homes) - - 1.5 1.0 - - - - 5.0 0.5 - - - 1.5 - 1.5 10.0 0.5 - 4.0 - - - - - - 1.5 8.5 1.5 -
North Rocks (Muirfield Golf Club) - - 1.0 1.0 - 0.5 - - 4.0 - - - - 1.0 0.5 2.5 10.5 - - 3.0 - - - - - - 1.0 8.5 1.5 -
Northmead Bowling Club - - 1.5 1.0 - 0.5 - 0.5 3.0 0.5 1.5 - - 1.0 - 2.0 12.0 1.0 - 3.0 - - - - - - 1.0 9.0 1.5 -
Penrith Lakes AWS - - 0.2 0.2 - - - 0.4 20.4 0.2 - - 1.0 2.8 2.0 1.6 12.8 0.2 - 0.4 0.2 - - - - - 0.6 18.2 5.6 0.2
Prospect Reservoir - - 1.4 0.2 - 0.2 0.2 0.5 2.6 - - - - 1.4 - 0.7 12.8 - - 2.2 - 0.1 - - - - 0.8 10.6 2.4 -
Richmond RAAF - - 0.4 - - - - 0.6 3.8 0.2 - - 0.4 1.4 0.2 4.0 8.8 0.2 - 0.4 - - - - - - 1.8 11.8 3.2 -
Sackville - - - - - - - 3.2 11.2 - 0.4 0.2 - 1.0 0.4 4.6 18.8 - - 1.0 - - - - - - 2.2 7.6 2.4 0.2
Seven Hills (Radio FM 103.2) - - 1.0 1.5 - - - 0.5 5.0 - - - - 0.5 - 1.0 11.0 - - 0.5 - - - - - - 0.5 10.5 1.5 0.5
Seven Hills (Collins St)

1.4



2.2 6.6



1.6

16.8

1.6






12.0 3.2
South Creek (Elizabeth Drive)






1.5 10.5



0.5 0.5 0.5 5.5

1.5





2.5 6.5 1.5
St Clair (Juba Close) - - - - - - - 1.0 17.0 - - - - 1.0 - 1.0 7.0 - - - - - - - - - - 10.0 - -
Toongabbie Bowling Club - - 2.0 5.0 0.5 0.5 - 0.5 4.5 - - - - 0.5 0.5 1.5 12.0 - - 1.0 - - - - - - - 10.5 3.0 -
Toongabbie Ck (Redbank Road (Toongabbee - - 1.5 0.5 - - - 0.5 5.0 1.0 - - - 1.5 - 1.5 10.5 - - 3.0 - - - - - - 2.0 9.0 2.0 -
West Pennant Hills (Cumberland S F Alert - - 3.0 0.5 - - - 1.0 5.0 - - - - 2.5 0.5 3.0 10.5 - - 4.0 - - - - - - 1.0 9.0 1.5 -
Willmot (Resolution Ave) - - - - - - - - 10.0 - - - - 2.0 - 2.0 8.0 - - - - - - - - - - 16.0 3.0 -
Windsor SWC (Hawkesbury River) - - - - - - - 1.0 4.0 - - - - - - 3.0 10.0 - - - - - - - - - - 10.0 1.0 -
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Camden Airport AWS - - 0.4 - - 4.0 - 2.6 3.4 - - - - 2.2 - 1.6 13.8 - - 2.0 - - - - - - 2.0 12.0 2.0 -
Campbelltown (Kentlyn (Georges River Roa - - - - - - - - 24.0 3.0 - - - - - 1.0 7.0 - - 6.0 - - - - - - 2.0 14.0 1.0 -
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) - - 0.2 - - - - 2.2 9.0 - - - - 3.2 0.2 1.0 10.2 - - 10.0 - - - - - - 1.4 9.8 - 0.2
Rossmore (South Creek) - - - - - 3.0 - 1.0 19.0 1.0 - - - 1.0 - 1.0 16.0 - - 2.0 - - - - - - 2.0 9.0 1.0 -

Most values are the precipitation in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated. Days marked with »» are part of a longer accumulation, which is marked like this on the final day. Values over 100 mm have been rounded to the nearest whole millimetre. Days marked with - have a rainfall report of zero; days left blank have no rainfall report (which often indicates no rain fell).
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Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Sydney - Greater Sydney 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 8 am on Monday 3 December 2012. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages are long-term means 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, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of long-term average rain.

The Rank indicates how rainfall this time compares with the climate record for the site, based on the decile ranking (very low rainfall is in decile 1, low in decile 2 or 3, average in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9 and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of average shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.

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