New South Wales in February 2016: Driest February since 1978

New South Wales experienced a very dry February during 2016, with persistently warm, clear days across the state. Nights were also warmer than average, particularly along the coast and in the northwest, associated with warm coastal sea surface temperatures.

  • Driest February since 1978
  • Warmest February days since 2007
  • Warm nights in the northwest and near the coast

New South Wales recorded its driest February since 1978, with the statewide average rainfall 69% below the historical average. Rainfall was below average across almost the entire State, with numerous stations recording either their driest February on record or driest in at least twenty years. There were no major rain events during the month, although locally heavy falls were recorded on parts of the east coast on 4-6, 21 and 27-28 February, while thunderstorms on 31 January produced rain in parts of the southern border over the 24 hours to 9 am on the 1st.

Daytime temperatures were above average across the State during February, with the statewide average maximum temperature 1.9 °C above the historical average. The month was notable for the persistence of warm conditions rather than extreme heat, with the only significant heatwave occurring between the 23rd and 26th. While some February heat records were broken during this event, notably at Inverell, many other stations recorded their warmest day or longest warm spell on record for this late in the season. Some stations also recorded their longest spell on record above more moderate thresholds, including 19 days above 30 °C at Grafton and 25 days above 26 °C at Sydney.

Minimum temperatures were 0.6 °C above average for the State as a whole. Nights were warmer than average in coastal regions, associated with persistently warm sea surface temperatures, with Norfolk Island recording its warmest mean minimum temperatures on record. Northwestern New South Wales also recorded warmer than average nights, with close to average temperatures over the rest of the state.

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Extremes in February 2016
Hottest day 44.1 °C at Pooncarie Mail Agency on the 23rd
Warmest days on average 37.9 °C at Wanaaring Post Office
Coolest days on average 16.6 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day 11.1 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 1st
Coldest night -0.9 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 17th
Coolest nights on average 6.3 °C at Perisher Valley AWS
Warmest nights on average 23.5 °C at Tibooburra Airport
Warmest night 30.2 °C at Wanaaring Post Office on the 26th
Warmest on average overall 30.5 °C at Tibooburra Airport
Coolest on average overall 11.9 °C at Thredbo AWS
Wettest overall 292.0 mm at Mooral Creek (The Den)
Driest overall 0 mm at several locations
Wettest day 152.6 mm at Careys Peak (Barrington Tops) on the 5th
Strongest wind gust 133 km/h at High Range AWS (Wanganderry) on the 20th

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Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record lowest February total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Uralla (Salisbury Court) 2.0 3.6 in 1927 128 82.6
Uralla (Dumaresq St) 3.4 6.4 in 1979 112 83.3
Uralla (Mihi) 5.4 6.1 in 1927 100 85.7
Walcha (Karori) 16.9 19.2 in 1965 71 123.1
Inverell Research Centre 0.6 13.5 in 1967 67 95.4
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 0.0 1.5 in 2006 62 44.0
Frenchs Forest (Frenchs Forest Rd) 17.0 = 17.0 in 1978 57 138.2
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 1.8 4.5 in 1964 57 75.2
Nemingah (Nemingha (Cressfield)) 0.8 3.2 in 1980 55 64.0
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 9.2 12.2 in 1968 50 121.2
Bankstown Airport AWS 9.6 9.8 in 2000 48 103.6
Murrurundi (Timor) 2.0 3.8 in 1964 43 67.0
Black Swamp (Maxwell) 20.2 45.0 in 1987 38 114.6
Guyra Hospital 20.6 27.2 in 1987 35 104.1
Audley (Royal National Park) 14.0 18.0 in 1983 34 118.9
Parkes Airport AWS 0.2 2.0 in 1979 30 61.8
Cessnock Airport AWS 20.4 23.4 in 1972 27 99.8
Putty Tea Rooms 3.6 19.2 in 1965 26 93.3
Belrose (Evelyn Place) 16.0 25.2 in 2000 25 156.3
Dora Creek (Dora St) 21.7 22.2 in 1910 24 148.8
Tamworth Airport AWS 0.8 15.4 in 1995 24 74.0
Mandagery (Rawene) 2.8 6.6 in 1999 23 63.1
Alectown (Cawdor) 0.4 7.8 in 1995 22 54.3
Bathurst Airport AWS 3.0 4.4 in 1999 22 60.3
Box Hill (Hynds Road) 8.0 18.0 in 2011 22 108.5
Scone Airport AWS 0.4 12.8 in 1995 22 59.2
Armidale Airport AWS 25.4 44.8 in 2001 21 93.5
Badgerys Creek AWS 12.8 13.4 in 1996 21 100.0
Condobolin Airport AWS 0.4 = 0.4 in 1996 21 46.1
Inverell (Raglan St) 1.8 23.8 in 2014 21 82.2
Penrith Lakes AWS 1.8 15.2 in 2000 21 121.4
Dubbo Airport AWS 3.2 7.0 in 1995 20 45.5
Glen Innes Airport AWS 6.6 23.8 in 2000 20 84.7

Lowest February total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
February
Hargraves (General Store) 2.2 0.0 in 1927* 70.6
Turrawan (Wallah) 4.0 3.8 in 1930* 61.2
Murrurundi Post Office 4.4 3.0 in 1939 77.6
Emmaville (Strathbogie) 9.8 3.5 in 1939* 77.4
Springwood (Valley Heights) 8.6 2.5 in 1939* 139.1
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 11.4 2.0 in 1939* 92.9
Hill End Post Office 2.4 0.3 in 1940* 63.9
Berowra (Goodwyn Road) 15.4 15.2 in 1913* 137.8
Boggabri (Retreat) 4.6 1.8 in 1960* 61.8
Ulan Water 1.4 0.0 in 1946* 60.2
Barraba Post Office 6.0 5.8 in 1965 77.0
Grafton Research Stn 6.8 0.0 in 1926* 130.1
Moonan Flat (High St) 4.4 3.3 in 1964* 59.8
Orange Agricultural Institute 1.7 0.0 in 1966 76.6
Kurrajong Heights (Bells Line of Road) 26.7 21.1 in 1965* 171.9
Caroda (Paleroo) 10.0 4.0 in 1963* 101.3
Gilgandra (Chelmsford Ave) 2.6 1.0 in 1979 53.5
Nana Glen (Cowling Close) 42.4 39.0 in 1978* 170.0
Nundle (Chaffey Dam) 3.8 0.0 in 1979 63.7
Sapphire (Argyle) 2.8 0.0 in 1979 79.2
Quirindi Post Office 3.8 3.4 in 1980 64.8
Campbelltown (Kentlyn (Georges River Roa 11.0 9.6 in 1968* 92.6
Cooranbong (Avondale) 25.0 9.1 in 1979* 132.8
Quirindi (Spring Vale) 5.0 2.2 in 1979* 64.4
Brewarrina Hospital 1.0 0.0 in 1986 48.5
Gravesend Post Office 21.0 9.0 in 1985* 78.6
Gunnedah Resource Centre 3.6 3.0 in 1986 71.9
Mungindi Post Office 6.2 4.0 in 1986 62.8
Peak Hill Post Office 2.4 0.0 in 1986 51.0
Wapengo Lake Road 8.2 7.6 in 1986 100.5
Brogo (Blanchards Road) 16.8 6.8 in 1986* 107.8
Dandaloo (Kelvin) 2.0 0.0 in 1986* 49.1
Trundle (Huntingdale) 1.8 0.0 in 1986* 51.9
Elderslie 17.0 2.0 in 1987* 90.5
Bombala (Therry Street) 7.6 7.4 in 1989* 58.4
Branxton (Dalwood Vineyard) 27.0 4.4 in 1991 94.2
Lostock Dam 30.6 20.0 in 1991 126.2
Wellington (D&J Rural) 6.0 5.0 in 1991 51.8
Williamtown RAAF 30.6 5.6 in 1991 119.2
Yalgogrin North (Roloma) 4.6 0.0 in 1991 34.1
Tenterfield (Aberfeldie) 1.2 0.0 in 1989* 84.7
Thredbo Village 19.5 9.4 in 1991* 86.2
Hillston Airport 0.2 0.0 in 1991* 27.8
Bathurst Agricultural Station 3.6 3.0 in 1995 58.4
Angledool (Angledool Station) 8.2 8.0 in 1996 54.4
Muswellbrook (Spring Creek (Castle Vale) 6.6 3.0 in 1991* 68.5
Oberon (Jenolan Caves Road) 10.0 9.6 in 1995* 77.6

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a lower value has gone unreported.


Record highest February temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Inverell Research Centre 38.8 on the 26th 38.2 on the 21st in 2004 52 28.7
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 34.5 on the 26th = 34.5 on the 10th in 2014 41 24.7
Cootamundra Airport 43.0 on the 25th 42.0 on the 8th in 2009 21 30.5
Inverell (Raglan St) 39.1 on the 26th 38.8 on the 3rd in 2006 21 29.7
Glen Innes Airport AWS 34.2 on the 26th 34.1 on the 10th in 2014 20 25.6

Record highest February mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 29.2 = 29.2 in 1998 77 26.9
Inverell Research Centre 31.9 31.8 in 1965 58 28.7
Barraba Post Office 34.4 33.7 in 2006 48 31.0
Inverell (Raglan St) 32.5 32.0 in 2014 20 29.7
Moree Aero 35.8 35.1 in 2004 20 32.7

Highest February mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
February
Yamba Pilot Station 28.3 28.9 in 1903* 26.7
Montague Island Lighthouse 24.5 25.1 in 1978* 23.3
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 24.8 25.1 in 1968* 23.6

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported.


Record highest February mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Norfolk Island Aero 22.2 21.7 in 1996 76 19.7
Montague Island Lighthouse 19.3 19.0 in 2001 43 17.8
Ballina Airport AWS 20.9 20.6 in 2010 23 19.5

Record highest February mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Montague Island Lighthouse 21.9 = 21.9 in 1978 43 20.6
Ballina Airport AWS 24.8 24.7 in 2010 23 23.7
Grafton Research Stn 25.9 = 25.9 in 1926 23 24.2

Highest February mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
February
Yamba Pilot Station 24.9 =24.9 in 1903* 23.5

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported.


Summary statistics for February 2016
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2016
Mean for
February
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2016
Total for
February
2016
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2016
Fraction of
February
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 36.5 +2.1 42.7 13th 21.6 +1.2 16.0 18th 5.8 27.7 average 21%
Tibooburra Airport 37.5 +1.6 42.4 13th 23.5 +0.8 19.1 17th 8.2 29.8 average 28%
White Cliffs AWS 37.2 +2.2 43.3 25th 23.3 +1.5 17.3 17th 2.8 34.6 low 8%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 37.3 +2.0 42.9 13th 20.5 +0.3 15.6 18th 1.4 38.2 v low 4%
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill Airport AWS 34.6 +2.4 41.5 23rd 19.5 +1.0 13.4 17th 0 19.7 lowest 0%
Lake Victoria Storage 33.5 +1.8 41.8 23rd 16.7 +0.2 12.1 17th 0.6 19.4 low 3%
Menindee Post Office 36.4 +2.6 44.0 22nd 19.9 +1.7 13.0 12th 0.5 21.4 low 2%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 35.9 +1.3 44.1 23rd 18.8 +0.5 12.8 17th 0 23.5 lowest 0%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 37.6 +2.3 42.4 26th 22.1 +0.4 17.7 18th 0 34.6 v low 0%
Brewarrina Hospital 37.0 +2.0 41.4 26th 21.1 +0.7 14.5 18th 1.0 48.5 low 2%
Cobar Airport AWS 36.0 +2.4 42.0 25th 20.7 +0.8 13.8 18th 3.8 36.9 low 10%
Cobar MO 35.8 +2.5 41.5 25th 21.3 +1.2 14.6 18th 1.4 43.0 v low 3%
Collarenebri (Albert St) 35.9 +1.5 42.0 26th 20.3 -0.1 15.0 18th 0 56.8 lowest 0%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 36.4 +1.9 42.5 26th 21.6 0.0 15.0 18th 9.0 43.2 low 21%
Wanaaring Post Office 37.9 +2.6 43.4 25th 22.6 +1.5 16.8 18th 1.2 34.4 low 3%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 35.7 +1.6 42.2 23rd 20.1 +0.2 13.4 17th 0 29.0 v low 0%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 33.8 +1.0 38.9 24th     11.3 17th 0 44.0 lowest 0%
Condobolin Airport AWS 34.8 +2.0 42.4 25th 18.7 +0.3 11.5 17th 0.4 46.1 lowest 1%
Peak Hill Post Office 34.3 +1.8 40.4 25th 19.3 0.0 11.4 17th 2.4 51.0 v low 5%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 33.7 +1.5 41.6 25th 17.6 -0.3 11.0 17th 8.0 47.5 low 17%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 34.8 +1.1 40.4 26th 18.7 -0.7 14.8 1st 37.4 58.3 average 64%
Nyngan Airport 35.7 +2.4 41.5 25th 20.2 +1.0 15.3 17th 3.2 47.0 low 7%
Trangie Research Station AWS 35.2 +3.0 41.3 25th 18.2 -0.2 11.8 2nd 2.6 51.0 low 5%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 36.7 +2.6 42.9 26th 20.7 +0.5 14.1 18th 6.2 62.8 low 10%
Walgett Airport AWS 35.7 +1.5 42.1 26th 20.0 0.0 14.8 18th 25.0 52.6 low 48%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 35.8 +3.1 41.8 26th 19.9 +0.4 13.8 18th 3.0 70.2 lowest 4%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 34.4 +3.4 40.0 26th 14.6 -1.4 10.0 19th 6.0 77.0 v low 8%
Narrabri Airport AWS 35.5 +2.2 42.4 26th 18.3 -1.2 12.2 18th 16.8 59.9 v low 28%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 35.1 +2.5 42.3 26th 17.2 -0.7 11.6 18th 0.2 68.3 v low 0%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 34.0 +2.9 40.7 26th 19.0 +0.3 13.2 18th 3.6 71.9 v low 5%
Quirindi Post Office 33.2 +1.8 39.0 25th 16.0 -0.1 11.8 8th 3.8 64.8 v low 6%
Tamworth Airport AWS 34.3 +3.0 40.6 26th 16.0 -0.9 11.3 1st 0.8 74.0 lowest 1%
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 28.8 +2.2 36.5 26th 11.3 -1.2 7.0 9th 1.8 75.2 lowest 2%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 27.3 +1.7 34.6 26th 12.6 0.0 9.0 8th 21.2 95.9 v low 22%
Armidale Airport AWS 26.5 +1.6 34.1 26th 13.4 +0.4 9.5 8th 25.4 93.5 lowest 27%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 26.9 +2.2 34.5 26th 13.1 -0.2 9.0 14th 11.4 92.9 v low 12%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 27.0 +1.4 34.2 26th 12.3 -0.5 7.9 25th 6.6 84.7 lowest 8%
Guyra Hospital 24.8 +1.8 31.0 26th 12.4 +0.6 9.2 23rd 20.6 104.1 lowest 20%
Inverell (Raglan St) 32.5 +2.8 39.1 26th 13.9 -0.9 9.2 18th 1.8 82.2 lowest 2%
Inverell Research Centre 31.9 +3.2 38.8 26th 16.2 0.0 12.6 10th 0.6 95.4 lowest 1%
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 27.2 +1.1 34.2 26th 14.3 0.0 8.7 15th 19.4 93.8 v low 21%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 27.9 +2.1 35.1 16th 17.0 +0.1 14.4 8th 44.6 185.0 v low 24%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 28.7 +0.8 34.9 1st 20.9 +1.4 16.7 25th 60.8 198.1 v low 31%
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 27.5 0.0 31.3 20th 21.7 +0.7 18.9 8th 59.2 166.6 low 36%
Casino Airport AWS 31.6 +2.2 38.1 16th 18.7 -0.2 14.5 14th 42.0 145.7 low 29%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 29.9 +2.2 36.4 16th 20.7 +1.0 17.8 25th 61.6 151.8 low 41%
Grafton Airport AWS 31.6   37.7 16th 18.6   15.3 14th 0.2 154.0 v low 0%
Grafton Research Stn 32.4 +2.7 39.5 16th 19.4 +0.6 16.6 14th 6.8 130.1 v low 5%
Lismore Airport AWS 30.0 +0.8 36.0 16th 18.8 +0.2 13.9 14th 113.0 131.1 average 86%
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 30.0 +1.0 36.2 2nd 20.8 +1.2 16.5 26th 52.8 229.5 v low 23%
Yamba Pilot Station 28.3 +1.6 31.9 1st 21.5 +1.2 18.3 8th 49.4 158.5 v low 31%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour Airport 28.5   33.8 1st 19.9   16.2 14th 32.2
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd)     31.5 18th 15.3 +0.3 9.9 14th 157.8 275.4 low 57%
Kempsey Airport AWS 29.5 +0.9 34.1 1st 17.6 -0.3 13.7 14th 76.8 164.8 low 47%
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 29.2 +2.3 31.6 26th 20.9 +1.2 18.2 7th 59.6 170.7 low 35%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 27.5 +1.2 33.0 1st 20.3 +0.9 16.2 7th 104.6 120.7 average 87%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 28.2 +0.7 33.2 1st 18.8 +0.4 15.2 14th 184.8 167.8 average 110%
Taree Airport AWS 28.4 +0.1 33.7 25th 18.4 +0.2 14.9 11th 134.8 142.3 average 95%
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 29.3 +1.3 34.8 25th 18.0 +0.6 14.2 1st 162.6 257.6 average 63%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock Airport AWS 30.2 +1.2 39.5 25th 16.5 -0.3 12.6 1st 20.4 99.8 lowest 20%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 28.6   39.0 25th 17.0   13.9 1st 23.0
Gosford AWS 28.2   39.0 25th 18.8   15.9 2nd 24.4
Maitland Visitors Centre 30.7 +1.4 40.0 25th 18.5 +0.5 15.2 2nd 34.7 104.6 v low 33%
Mangrove Mountain AWS 28.4 +2.1 39.1 25th 16.8 -0.1 12.6 2nd 5.6 139.7 lowest 4%
Merriwa (Roscommon)     38.5 25th 14.4   9.2 2nd 8.8 57.9 v low 15%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 28.1 +1.2 34.1 14th 15.9 +0.3 12.1 8th 4.0 76.4 v low 5%
Murrurundi Post Office 30.5 +0.8 36.3 25th 13.8 -1.2 9.9 2nd 4.4 77.6 v low 6%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 28.0 +1.0 31.0 1st 20.9 +2.0 19.4 17th 25.8 111.9 low 23%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 26.4 +1.0 30.4 1st 21.0 +1.6 18.7 2nd 37.4 107.6 low 35%
Norah Head AWS 27.7 +1.8 31.1 19th 20.8 +0.9 17.7 2nd 17.4 105.7 v low 16%
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 30.0 +1.2 40.0 25th 17.3 -0.3 14.1 1st 15.6 117.4 v low 13%
Scone Airport AWS 32.2 +1.9 39.3 14th 15.7 -0.8 11.3 8th 0.4 59.2 lowest 1%
Singleton STP 30.7 +0.5 40.0 25th 16.7 -0.8 12.0 24th 10.0 91.9 v low 11%
Williamtown RAAF 29.1 +1.5 39.8 25th 18.5 +0.4 14.9 1st 30.6 119.2 low 26%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 31.7 +1.9 37.5 26th 16.7 +0.4 11.5 2nd 7.2 61.5 low 12%
Mudgee Airport AWS 30.9 +1.8 37.1 26th 14.6 -1.0 9.9 2nd 23.0 68.4 low 34%
Nullo Mountain AWS 23.7 +1.1 30.9 26th 13.5 +0.3 10.3 2nd 37.8 101.8 low 37%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 29.9 +2.7 36.0 25th 12.9 -0.5 6.8 17th 3.6 58.4 v low 6%
Bathurst Airport AWS 29.8 +2.6 35.6 25th 12.9 -0.6 7.6 17th 3.0 60.3 lowest 5%
Katoomba (Murri St) 25.2 +2.8 33.4 25th 14.6 +1.7 9.7 2nd 54.0 175.7 low 31%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 25.9   33.2 25th 12.4   7.4 2nd 46.6 81.1 average 57%
Mount Boyce AWS 25.0 +2.4 32.3 25th 14.0 +0.9 10.5 5th 38.8 123.8 low 31%
Oberon (Springbank) 25.3 +1.6 32.5 25th 11.4 +0.2 6.0 18th 43.4 61.4 average 71%
Orange Airport AWS 27.8 +2.1 34.1 25th 11.5 -1.1 3.5 17th 7.2 83.1 v low 9%
Springwood (Valley Heights) 28.3 +2.0 39.5 25th 17.2 +0.3 14.0 2nd 8.6 139.1 v low 6%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 31.4 +1.9 36.8 26th 17.4 +0.2 13.6 6th 10.2 79.9 v low 13%
Dunedoo Post Office 32.9 +2.0 39.0 25th 16.9 -0.3 11.3 2nd 13.1 63.7 low 21%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 33.4 +2.2 40.4 25th 15.5 -0.8 9.7 17th 3.6 59.3 v low 6%
Dubbo Airport AWS 33.3 +1.5 39.1 25th 16.8 -0.8 9.7 17th 3.2 45.5 lowest 7%
Forbes Airport AWS 34.1 +1.4 41.2 25th 17.4 -0.2 11.3 17th 3.8 50.4 low 8%
Parkes Airport AWS 34.0 +2.2 40.9 25th 16.6 -0.7 7.6 17th 0.2 61.8 lowest 0%
Wellington (D&J Rural) 33.4 +1.4 38.8 25th 16.2 -0.5 10.5 17th 6.0 51.8 low 12%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 30.1 +2.3 40.7 25th 18.6 +0.5 14.7 2nd 9.6 103.6 lowest 9%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 28.3 +1.1 37.9 25th 18.3 0.0 14.3 2nd 14.0 99.1 v low 14%
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 29.4   40.3 25th 17.8   13.3 18th 13.2
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 29.3 +1.5 40.0 25th 18.4 +0.8 14.4 2nd 9.2 121.2 lowest 8%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 28.2 +2.4 32.8 25th 20.6 +1.8 17.0 2nd 25.8 117.0 low 22%
Sydney Airport AMO 28.4 +2.0 37.8 25th 20.8 +1.7 16.4 2nd 38.0 111.0 low 34%
Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) 25.2 +0.5 27.1 25th 21.3 +0.7 18.2 2nd
Sydney Olympic Park AWS (Archery Centre) 29.3   40.3 25th 19.1   15.2 2nd 6.2
Terrey Hills AWS 26.9 +1.2 35.5 25th 18.7 +0.6 14.7 2nd 28.2 124.0 v low 23%
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 30.3 +1.8 39.9 25th 17.0 -0.1 13.0 18th 12.8 100.0 lowest 13%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 29.6 +1.0 39.8 25th 17.8 0.0 13.8 2nd 28.4 107.3 low 26%
Penrith Lakes AWS 30.6 +1.3 42.2 25th 18.8 +0.3 15.5 2nd 1.8 121.4 lowest 1%
Prospect Reservoir 30.0 +2.1 41.0 25th 18.3 +0.5 14.8 2nd 17.5 95.9 low 18%
Richmond RAAF 30.4 +1.4 39.6 25th 17.8 +0.1 14.6 2nd 14.2 116.9 v low 12%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 27.4 +1.3 32.4 14th 17.3 +0.2 12.3 18th 27.0 135.6 v low 20%
Bellambi AWS 25.6 +0.8 31.9 14th 20.0 +0.8 16.3 2nd 49.6 137.3 low 36%
Camden Airport AWS 30.1 +1.6 39.5 25th 16.6 -0.2 12.0 18th 20.6 97.0 v low 21%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 29.8   39.5 25th 16.6   12.9 2nd 11.6 95.8 low 12%
High Range AWS (Wanganderry) 25.6   34.0 25th 14.2   10.7 2nd 49.2
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular) 25.3 +1.0 32.2 25th 19.4 +0.9 15.9 17th 107.0 136.9 average 78%
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 25.6 +1.3 28.7 25th 19.7 +1.0 16.2 17th 25.6
Moss Vale AWS 25.7 +1.5 35.9 25th 13.9 -0.2 8.2 18th 31.4 99.7 low 31%
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 27.6 +1.5 41.0 25th 17.3 +0.7 14.1 16th 80.0 132.6 average 60%
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay (Catalina Country Club) 26.2 +0.8 31.3 23rd     11.5 28th 20.4 98.6 low 21%
Bega AWS 27.1 +0.6 37.8 25th 16.0 +1.0 12.1 7th 7.2 83.2 low 9%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 26.3 +1.1 36.1 25th 12.8 +0.6 6.3 18th 23.2 67.3 low 34%
Green Cape AWS 25.4 +1.8 27.8 29th 18.1 +0.7 14.2 17th 2.4 50.6 low 5%
Merimbula Airport AWS 25.6 +1.0 31.4 24th 16.3 +1.1 13.2 9th 8.4 88.6 low 9%
Montague Island Lighthouse 24.5 +1.2 28.5 25th 19.3 +1.5 15.0 17th 18.0 83.5 low 22%
Moruya Airport AWS 26.3 +1.6 42.0 25th 16.9 +0.8 12.5 18th 18.0 103.1 v low 17%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 25.3 +1.3 40.0 25th 17.7 +1.4 14.1 17th 19.9 94.8 low 21%
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 24.8 +1.2 27.8 25th 17.5 +0.8 13.5 17th 14.5 91.2 low 16%
Nerriga AWS 26.7   36.6 25th 13.3   7.0 18th 20.4
Ulladulla AWS 24.8 +0.6 28.5 25th 18.5 +0.9 13.6 17th 37.8 112.0 low 34%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 26.1 +1.1 36.0 24th 11.5 +0.9 7.5 17th 7.6 58.4 low 13%
Bombala AWS 25.5 +1.5 36.0 24th 10.8 +0.2 5.6 9th 5.2 59.1 v low 9%
Canberra Airport 29.3   38.0 25th 13.3   8.4 18th 23.0
Cooma Airport AWS 26.0 +1.1 33.3 25th 10.2 -0.2 3.5 17th 14.6 50.0 low 29%
Cooma Visitors Centre 27.3 +1.0 34.4 25th 11.1 +0.5 5.4 17th 20.6 61.2 average 34%
Goulburn Airport AWS 28.0 +1.8 36.7 25th 12.4 -0.3 6.1 18th 25.0 53.3 low 47%
Goulburn TAFE 28.5 +2.1 37.0 25th 14.2 +0.6 8.9 18th 13.6 60.5 low 22%
Mount Ginini AWS 20.5 +1.8 26.2 24th 9.6 +0.7 3.0 17th 41.4 103.0 low 40%
Taralga Post Office 27.8 +3.0 36.0 25th 12.3 +0.2 5.5 18th 22.2 69.6 low 32%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 29.1 +1.2 36.9 25th 14.1 -0.2 9.3 2nd 31.4 74.5 low 42%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Perisher Valley AWS 19.1   25.0 24th 6.3   -0.8 17th 29.2
Thredbo AWS 16.6 +0.3 22.1 24th 7.1 0.0 -0.9 17th 27.6 94.4 low 29%
Thredbo Village 22.4 +1.4 28.0 24th 7.8 +0.8 2.0 17th 19.5 86.2 low 23%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 32.4 +1.2 40.9 24th 16.2 -0.2 10.5 17th 29.4 47.1 average 62%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 21.3 +0.5 27.5 24th 11.4 +0.1 2.6 17th 19.2 80.6 low 24%
Hume Reservoir 31.9 +1.4 40.2 24th 17.5 +0.9 10.6 17th 20.4 43.3 average 47%
Khancoban AWS 31.1 +0.5 38.5 24th 12.8 -0.8 7.8 17th 31.8 65.7 average 48%
Tumbarumba Post Office 29.8 +1.4 36.5 25th 12.1 0.0 7.6 18th 19.4 54.6 low 36%
Wagga Wagga AMO 32.6 +1.7 40.1 24th 16.6 +0.1 8.8 17th 16.2 41.0 average 40%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 31.2 +2.3 39.7 25th 16.0 +0.2 11.4 17th 44.2 57.5 average 77%
Cootamundra Airport 32.2 +1.7 43.0 25th 15.2 -0.6 6.1 17th 18.4 60.8 low 30%
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 32.9 +2.0 39.7 25th 15.1 -1.0 7.3 17th 4.0 48.1 low 8%
Gundagai (Nangus Rd) 32.6 +1.4 39.0 25th     15.5 21st 33.2 52.6 average 63%
Temora Airport 33.2 +1.7 40.8 25th 15.8 -0.9 9.5 17th 9.0 53.9 v low 17%
Young Airport 32.1 +1.8 40.1 25th 13.8 -0.9 5.6 17th 21.6 51.4 average 42%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 32.7 +1.4 41.5 24th 15.0 -0.8 10.8 21st 14.6 37.4 average 39%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 33.3 +1.2 43.1 23rd 15.6 -0.8 9.4 21st 18.8 33.5 low 56%
Narrandera Airport AWS 33.3 +1.4 41.5 24th 16.8 -0.7 11.9 17th 14.2 36.2 average 39%
Tocumwal Airport 32.0 +0.5 42.0 23rd 15.5 -0.6 10.5 21st 13.3 29.5 average 45%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 33.4 +1.0 41.2 24th 17.9 -0.6 11.9 17th 13.8 31.7 average 44%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 34.0 +1.7 41.4 24th 17.5 0.0 12.5 17th 3.4 29.4 low 12%
Hay Airport AWS 34.3   42.9 24th 17.0   11.5 21st 3.2
Hillston Airport 35.1 +2.4 42.1 23rd 18.0 -0.3 11.8 17th 0.2 27.8 low 1%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 34.4 +0.9 41.8 25th 18.4 +0.1 11.4 17th 0 35.7 lowest 0%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Lord Howe Island Aero 25.8 +0.2 27.9 1st 21.8 +0.8 18.3 18th 58.8 107.6 average 55%
Norfolk Island Aero 26.0 +1.1 27.9 1st 22.2 +2.5 20.6 23rd 255.0 96.7 v high 264%

Notes

The Monthly climate summary lists 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.

A climate summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Tuesday 1 March 2016. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages for individual sites 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 10 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.

The ACORN-SAT dataset is used for temperature area averages.

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