New South Wales in January 2019: warmest month on record

January was the warmest month on record for New South Wales as a whole. The mean, maximum, and minimum temperatures were all the highest on record and exceeded previous respective records by a significant margin. Statewide, rainfall during the month was below average and particularly dry in the northeast and southern inland regions.

Warmest January on record

  • Statewide, the mean, maximum and minimum temperature for January were all the highest on record, with the largest positive anomalies reported for any State (or Territory) for any month
  • The record warmth was associated with heatwaves that affected large areas of the country; further information on these heatwaves can be found in the Special Climate Statement Widespread heatwaves during December 2018 and January 2019
  • The mean temperature for the State as a whole was 5.86 °C above average, exceeding the previous January record of +3.79 °C from 1939
  • Around 90% of the State experienced their warmest January on record (in terms of mean temperatures) except for some large areas in the southwest and the far northeast that reported very much above average (in the warmest 10% of historical observations)
  • The State's mean maximum temperature was 6.15 °C above average (previous record was +4.11 °C in 1939)
  • Overnight temperatures were 5.56 °C above average (previous record was +3.83 °C in 2006)
  • Many locations across the State reported their highest January mean temperature, highest January mean daily maximum temperature and highest January mean daily minimum temperature on record
  • The January mean daily maximum temperature of 43.5 °C at Wanaaring Post Office is the hottest ever recorded in New South Wales with standard equipment
  • There were some very warm days and nights across the State throughout the month; numerous locations west of the Great Dividing Range reported their highest January temperature on record and their warmest January night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record
  • Temperatures in the 24 hours to 9am on the 26th at Wanaaring (Borrona Downs) did not drop below 36.6 °C, making it the highest minimum temperature ever recorded in Australia. The previous national record of 35.5 °C was also exceeded on the 18th at Noona and Wanaaring (Borrona Downs) (for more details see the daily extremes table)
  • NSW had 5 consecutive days with the Statewide averaged daily maximum temperature was 40 °C or higher from the 14 to 18 January; second only to 1939 when there were 8 consecutive days
  • Numerous sites in western regions observed a record number of consecutive hot days. Bourke Airport experienced 21 consecutive days of 40 °C or above from the 9th to 29th; a new State record, exceeding 17 consecutive days at Bourke Post Office from in January 1939

Dry month overall

Severe thunderstorms and dust

  • Severe thunderstorms produced wind gusts of 109 km/h at Temora Airport in the southern Central West Slopes and Plains district on the 7th
  • On the 8th, a severe dust storm blanketed large areas of the Riverina district in southern New South Wales as a broad low pressure trough moved across western regions
  • A surface trough tracking across the State in the last few days of the month generated a wind gust of 115 km/h at Thredbo on the 31st

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Extremes in January 2019
Hottest day 48.8 °C at Menindee Post Office on the 25th
Warmest days on average 43.1 °C at Wanaaring Post Office
Coolest days on average 21.1 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day 15.1 °C at High Range AWS (Wanganderry) on the 6th
Coldest night 1.2 °C at Perisher Valley AWS on the 10th
Coolest nights on average 10.0 °C at Perisher Valley AWS
Warmest nights on average 29.3 °C at Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS)
Warmest night 36.6 °C at Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS) on the 26th
Warmest on average overall 35.9 °C at Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS)
Coolest on average overall 16.1 °C at Thredbo AWS
Wettest overall 224.8 mm at Glen Alice
Driest overall 0 mm at several locations
Wettest day 101.2 mm at Kiama (Brighton St) on the 6th
Strongest wind gust 115 km/h at Thredbo AWS on the 31st

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Record highest January daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Little Hartley (Roscommon) 73.4 on the 12th 61.6 on the 18th in 2007 24



Record highest January total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
Bathurst Airport AWS 171.2 148.2 in 1995 25 63.0
Little Hartley (Roscommon) 187.4 169.0 in 2006 24 76.9

Highest January total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
January
Bathurst Agricultural Station 154.5 180.2 in 1984 68.4
Glen Alice 224.8 255.6 in 1978* 81.8
Quandialla Post Office 91.6 163.4 in 1995 48.5
Murringo (Yallambee) 112.8 132.8 in 1996* 50.2
Coolah (Binnia St) 119.8 133.6 in 1997* 74.5
Murrumburrah (Historical Society) 77.8 123.7 in 1992* 49.4

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




Record lowest January total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
Yamba Pilot Station 2.0 13.1 in 1966 141 138.2
Nymboida (Sutton St) 18.8 21.6 in 1966 93 157.9
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 8.2 15.0 in 1942 81 144.1
Urbenville 0.0 13.2 in 1966 80 143.5
Grafton Research Stn 7.0 9.6 in 2014 63 131.9
Nana Glen (Cowling Close) 11.8 24.0 in 1966 62 185.3
Taylors Arm 10.0 15.0 in 1981 58 161.6
Clunes (Flatley Drive) 0.2 22.0 in 2003 56 187.2
Lillian Rock (Williams Road) 0.0 20.8 in 2003 52 198.7
Green Pigeon (Morning View) 0.6 13.2 in 2003 51 202.4
Wooli Beach 4.2 19.0 in 2003 51 145.4
Tabulam (Muirne) 0.6 18.8 in 2002 49 179.7
Kunghur (The Junction) 0.0 20.8 in 2003 46 173.9
Smiths Lake (Patsys Flat Road) 11.2 20.5 in 1981 39 116.0
Ballina Airport AWS 2.4 36.2 in 2003 26 167.3
Casino Airport AWS 1.0 17.8 in 1995 25 129.0
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 8.4 19.4 in 2009 24 144.9
Wilsons Downfall 4.4 25.6 in 2003 24 150.3
Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Cent 2.2 6.6 in 2002 22 48.4
Eungella (Oxley River) 1.0 16.0 in 2003 21 205.5
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 3.0 13.0 in 2007 21 145.7
McLeans Ridges (Lascott Drive) 0.3 17.2 in 2003 20 175.4

Lowest January total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
January
Collarenebri (Albert St) 0.4 0.3 in 1932* 67.6
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 13.2 8.4 in 1942 109.8
Brays Creek (Misty Mountain) 1.0 0.0 in 1975* 188.0
The Channon 1.2 0.0 in 1960* 167.1
Uralla (Blue Nobby) 24.0 9.4 in 1981* 137.5
Mulwala Post Office 1.6 0.8 in 1986* 35.0
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 29.5 20.0 in 1997 264.5
Barraba (Mount Lindsay) 20.2 15.2 in 1990* 120.0

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




Record highest January temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
Wagga Wagga AMO 45.2 on the 17th 44.8 on the 23rd in 2001 78 31.8
Hillston Airport 47.0 on the 16th 46.0 on the 1st in 2006 61 33.5
Taralga Post Office 39.0 on the 17th = 39.0 on the 7th in 2018 58 26.2
Burrinjuck Dam 43.1 on the 17th 42.5 on the 16th in 2014 54 29.7
Murrurundi (Haydon Street) 41.6 on the 16th 41.2 on the 3rd in 2014 54 30.8
Bathurst Agricultural Station 40.2 on the 17th = 40.2 on the 12th in 2013 53 28.1
Hume Reservoir 44.0 on the 25th 43.4 on the 24th in 1982 53 30.9
Tumbarumba Post Office 40.8 on the 16th 40.5 on the 16th in 2014 51 28.9
Tocumwal Airport 46.5 on the 25th 45.8 on the 3rd in 1990 49 31.9
Lake Cargelligo Airport 47.7 on the 17th 47.0 on the 3rd in 1973 48 34.1
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 38.7 on the 16th 37.5 on the 3rd in 2014 47 27.6
Cooma Visitors Centre 39.5 on the 16th 39.0 on the 31st in 2009 45 27.3
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 36.5 on the 19th 36.0 on the 3rd in 2014 45 25.5
Gulgong Post Office 42.7 on the 16th 42.3 on the 3rd in 2014 45 31.1
Orange Agricultural Institute 37.3 on the 16th 37.2 on the 12th in 2013 44 26.6
Griffith Airport AWS 46.4 on the 16th 46.0 on the 23rd in 2001 43 33.1
Goulburn TAFE 40.7 on the 26th 40.1 on the 30th in 2003 42 27.9
Broken Hill Airport AWS 46.3 on the 16th 45.3 on the 14th in 2001 31 33.6
Goulburn Airport AWS 40.6 on the 26th 40.4 on the 16th in 1999 28 28.0
Young Airport 43.5 on the 26th 42.6 on the 18th in 2013 28 31.8
Albury Airport AWS 45.3 on the 16th 43.6 on the 16th in 2014 26 32.3
Cobar Airport AWS 47.2 on the 17th 46.7 on the 12th in 2013 26 35.4
Condobolin Airport AWS 46.7 on the 17th 45.9 on the 18th in 2013 26 34.3
Cootamundra Airport 43.6 on the 17th 43.2 on the 1st in 2006 24 32.0
Narrandera Airport AWS 46.3 on the 16th 45.4 on the 7th in 2018 23 33.4
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 40.8 on the 17th 40.2 on the 18th in 1998 23 29.5
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 37.4 on the 19th 37.1 on the 3rd in 2014 22 26.9
Deniliquin Airport AWS 47.2 on the 25th 46.0 on the 23rd in 2001 22 33.2
Parkes Airport AWS 44.5 on the 17th 44.1 on the 13th in 2017 22 33.5
West Wyalong Airport AWS 46.3 on the 17th 45.5 on the 7th in 2018 20 34.1
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 48.5 on the 25th 47.6 on the 6th in 2013 20 36.9
Yanco Agricultural Institute 45.6 on the 16th 45.0 on the 1st in 2006 20 34.0



Record highest January mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 29.6 = 29.6 in 2017 160 26.0
Burrinjuck Dam 36.3 35.8 in 1939 98 29.7
Quirindi Post Office 38.5 37.3 in 1952 98 32.3
Lake Cargelligo Airport 40.5 39.9 in 1939 97 34.1
Nyngan Airport 40.5 39.2 in 2013 96 34.4
Bathurst Agricultural Station 34.0 32.8 in 1929 95 28.1
Brewarrina Hospital 41.8 40.7 in 1932 95 36.2
Mungindi Post Office 40.3 = 40.3 in 2017 95 35.5
Hume Reservoir 36.6 36.4 in 1939 87 30.9
Lake Victoria Storage 37.7 37.5 in 1968 83 32.2
Sydney Airport AMO 30.6 30.1 in 2017 79 26.6
Wagga Wagga AMO 37.9 35.8 in 1979 77 31.8
Trangie Research Station AWS 39.7 38.7 in 1939 75 33.4
Gunnedah Resource Centre 38.1 37.3 in 1952 68 32.1
Williamtown RAAF 33.3 31.5 in 2017 68 28.2
Dunedoo Post Office 38.0 36.0 in 1952 61 32.0
Inverell Research Centre 34.6 34.0 in 1952 60 29.6
Taralga Post Office 32.3 30.4 in 2017 58 26.2
Cobar MO 41.3 38.5 in 2001 56 34.3
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 39.8 37.8 in 1981 54 33.9
Peak Hill Post Office 38.7 37.1 in 2013 51 33.3
Bankstown Airport AWS 32.3 31.8 in 2017 50 28.4
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 32.0 31.7 in 2017 50 28.5
Tumbarumba Post Office 34.7 32.3 in 1979 50 28.9
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 34.7 32.8 in 1969 50 29.2
Tabulam (Muirne) 32.4 30.6 in 2003 48 27.1
Thredbo Village 26.9 24.7 in 2006 48 21.5
Tocumwal Airport 37.8 36.6 in 1981 48 31.9
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 34.0 31.6 in 1981 46 27.6
Oberon (Albion St) 29.5 28.7 in 1952 45 25.0
Cooma Visitors Centre 32.3 30.4 in 2009 44 27.3
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 30.6 28.8 in 2018 44 25.5
Gulgong Post Office 36.5 34.9 in 1981 44 31.1
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 35.3 33.0 in 2018 44 29.9
Camden Airport AWS 33.3 33.1 in 2017 42 29.7
Griffith Airport AWS 39.1 37.3 in 2006 42 33.1
Goulburn TAFE 32.4 31.7 in 2017 41 27.9
Thredbo AWS 21.1 19.3 in 2013 38 16.4
Guyra Hospital 28.7 26.4 in 2018 32 24.2
Broken Hill Airport AWS 38.3 37.8 in 2001 30 33.6
Bathurst Airport AWS 33.1 32.5 in 2017 27 28.7
Bombala AWS 29.3 = 29.3 in 2017 27 25.5
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 30.5 29.7 in 2014 27 26.9
Cessnock Airport AWS 35.6 33.7 in 2018 27 30.3
Cooma Airport AWS 31.3 29.3 in 2013 27 26.6
Goulburn Airport AWS 32.3 31.1 in 2013 27 28.0
Mount Boyce AWS 29.0 27.4 in 2018 27 24.1
Mudgee Airport AWS 35.5 33.9 in 2018 27 30.8
Nullo Mountain AWS 28.4 27.8 in 2018 27 24.2
Scone Airport AWS 37.5 35.7 in 2018 27 31.6
Young Airport 37.1 35.0 in 2013 27 31.8
Dubbo Airport AWS 39.0 36.9 in 2013 26 33.3
Grafton Research Stn 33.5 32.4 in 1919 26 30.2
Tamworth Airport AWS 37.9 35.9 in 2018 26 32.8
Wanaaring Post Office 43.1 40.6 in 2013 26 37.0
Albury Airport AWS 37.4 35.2 in 2006 25 32.3
Cobar Airport AWS 41.4 39.0 in 2013 25 35.4
Condobolin Airport AWS 40.6 37.9 in 2013 25 34.3
Walgett Airport AWS 40.6 39.6 in 2017 25 35.7
Armidale Airport AWS 31.1 28.6 in 2003 24 26.1
Casino Airport AWS 35.2 33.7 in 2017 24 30.3
Mangrove Mountain AWS 31.5 31.3 in 2017 24 27.4
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 30.3 = 30.3 in 2017 23 27.8
Cootamundra Airport 36.9 34.5 in 2013 23 32.0
Forbes Airport AWS 39.4 37.4 in 2006 23 34.3
Gundagai (Nangus Rd) 37.2 35.2 in 2013 23 32.6
Inverell (Raglan St) 35.0 33.4 in 2018 23 30.7
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 31.2 29.8 in 2017 23 27.7
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 25.6 24.5 in 2006 22 21.5
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 28.2 27.3 in 2017 22 24.3
Glen Innes Airport AWS 30.6 28.8 in 2003 22 26.4
Khancoban AWS 35.6 33.8 in 2006 22 31.6
Orange Airport AWS 32.5 30.5 in 2013 22 27.2
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 34.1 32.0 in 2013 22 29.5
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 32.1 29.2 in 2018 21 26.9
Coonamble Airport AWS 39.7 38.3 in 2017 21 35.1
Deniliquin Airport AWS 37.8 35.5 in 2018 21 33.2
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 32.8 32.6 in 2018 21 30.0
Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Cent 40.0 39.4 in 2017 21 36.1
Parkes Airport AWS 38.7 36.4 in 2013 21 33.5
Taree Airport AWS 32.7 30.8 in 2017 21 28.9
Tibooburra Airport 42.5 40.6 in 2018 21 37.7
Bourke Airport AWS 42.6 40.6 in 2013 20 37.3
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 31.4 31.3 in 2017 20 28.5

Highest January mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
January
Yamba Pilot Station 28.9 30.7 in 1896 26.7
Coonabarabran (Showgrounds) 37.0 38.8 in 1896* 31.7
Menindee Post Office 39.9 40.4 in 1939* 34.5
Wellington (D&J Rural) 38.2 40.5 in 1932* 33.0
Balranald (RSL) 38.0 38.1 in 1939* 33.1
Corowa Airport 36.9 37.2 in 1939* 32.0
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 30.2 32.9 in 1952* 27.1
Hillston Airport 39.7 41.6 in 1960* 33.5

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




Record highest January daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
Wagga Wagga AMO 29.8 on the 17th 29.5 on the 25th in 1973 78 16.3
Coonabarabran (Showgrounds) 25.6 on the 27th 25.0 on the 18th in 2017 62 15.0
Nyngan Airport 32.0 on the 18th 30.7 on the 1st in 2006 61 19.6
Menindee Post Office 33.4 on the 25th 30.4 on the 15th in 2001 59 18.6
Cobar MO 32.6 on the 18th 32.1 on the 1st in 2006 57 20.6
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 32.0 on the 18th 30.7 on the 7th in 2018 54 18.3
Hume Reservoir 28.9 on the 26th 26.3 on the 10th in 1979 53 16.6
Quirindi Post Office 27.8 on the 27th 27.0 on the 14th in 2017 52 16.5
Tumbarumba Post Office 25.9 on the 5th 25.2 on the 23rd in 2010 52 12.2
Dunedoo Post Office 29.8 on the 18th 27.0 on the 18th in 2017 51 17.1
Lake Cargelligo Airport 33.9 on the 18th 32.8 on the 8th in 1969 48 18.5
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 23.9 on the 27th 23.0 on the 24th in 1993 47 12.6
Griffith Airport AWS 30.5 on the 25th 30.0 on the 8th in 2013 44 17.2
Thredbo AWS 18.3 on the 26th 17.1 on the 5th in 2013 39 6.8
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 22.0 on the 16th = 22.0 on the 28th in 2018 33 16.6
Broken Hill Airport AWS 33.6 on the 25th 33.2 on the 1st in 2006 31 19.3
Nullo Mountain AWS 24.5 on the 16th 23.6 on the 18th in 2003 28 13.6
Young Airport 24.9 on the 18th 24.1 on the 24th in 2018 28 14.7
Wanaaring Post Office 33.7 on the 25th 32.6 on the 7th in 2018 27 22.1
Albury Airport AWS 28.0 on the 26th 26.8 on the 14th in 2016 26 16.6
Cobar Airport AWS 33.2 on the 18th 32.6 on the 1st in 2006 26 20.6
Condobolin Airport AWS 31.6 on the 5th 31.1 on the 1st in 2006 26 18.9
Walgett Airport AWS 31.8 on the 27th 30.5 on the 13th in 2013 26 20.6
Cootamundra Airport 27.0 on the 5th 26.5 on the 24th in 2001 24 16.0
Forbes Airport AWS 30.0 on the 5th 28.5 on the 30th in 2003 24 18.1
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 24.0 on the 21st = 24.0 on the 8th in 2004 24 18.4
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 21.7 on the 26th 21.2 on the 31st in 2009 23 11.5
Coonamble Airport AWS 29.8 on the 18th 29.7 on the 14th in 2017 22 20.2
Tibooburra Airport 34.8 on the 26th 33.0 on the 15th in 2001 22 23.9
West Wyalong Airport AWS 30.3 on the 5th 29.4 on the 15th in 2009 20 18.2
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 33.6 on the 25th 32.5 on the 18th in 2017 20 20.8



Record highest January mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 21.7 21.6 in 2017 160 18.8
Coonabarabran (Showgrounds) 20.8 19.4 in 1981 138 15.0
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 21.3 21.1 in 1939 101 16.3
Wellington (D&J Rural) 22.3 20.3 in 2017 99 17.0
Bathurst Agricultural Station 18.4 16.8 in 1939 98 13.4
Burrinjuck Dam 19.5 19.1 in 2006 98 15.5
Quirindi Post Office 22.4 20.0 in 2006 97 16.5
Nyngan Airport 26.2 23.8 in 2006 96 19.6
Lake Cargelligo Airport 25.4 23.9 in 1939 95 18.5
Bombala (Therry Street) 14.9 14.2 in 2003 94 10.4
Brewarrina Hospital 26.8 25.1 in 1981 94 20.8
Corowa Airport 19.8 19.7 in 1939 94 15.7
Mungindi Post Office 25.5 24.7 in 2017 93 20.7
Hume Reservoir 22.4 20.8 in 1999 87 16.6
Sydney Airport AMO 21.4 21.2 in 2017 79 18.9
Wagga Wagga AMO 22.3 19.7 in 2006 77 16.3
Trangie Research Station AWS 24.6 23.0 in 1939 75 18.6
Gunnedah Resource Centre 24.0 22.0 in 1981 68 19.0
Williamtown RAAF 21.0 20.2 in 2017 68 18.1
Dunedoo Post Office 22.6 20.4 in 2017 60 17.1
Inverell Research Centre 18.9 18.8 in 2017 60 16.4
Taralga Post Office 16.4 14.5 in 2017 58 12.0
Cobar MO 26.9 24.4 in 2006 56 20.6
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 25.4 22.9 in 1981 55 18.3
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 20.4 20.0 in 2017 51 17.6
Peak Hill Post Office 24.3 22.9 in 2006 51 19.3
Tumbarumba Post Office 16.9 15.6 in 2006 51 12.2
Bankstown Airport AWS 21.5 20.3 in 2017 50 18.2
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 19.9 19.8 in 2017 50 17.6
Tocumwal Airport 19.9 19.1 in 1999 48 16.1
Thredbo Village 11.2 10.6 in 2006 47 7.4
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 17.2 15.9 in 2017 46 12.6
Cooma Visitors Centre 14.5 13.7 in 2011 45 10.8
Oberon (Albion St) 15.5 13.9 in 2017 45 11.0
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 20.5 19.6 in 2017 45 17.7
Gulgong Post Office 21.2 19.6 in 2017 44 16.8
Griffith Airport AWS 22.4 20.9 in 2006 43 17.2
Camden Airport AWS 20.2 19.1 in 2017 42 16.9
Goulburn TAFE 18.0 16.2 in 2017 41 13.7
Thredbo AWS 11.1 10.4 in 2006 38 6.8
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 19.3 18.2 in 2017 32 16.6
Bathurst Airport AWS 18.1 16.2 in 2017 27 13.7
Bombala AWS 14.1 12.9 in 2011 27 10.8
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 16.0 15.8 in 1992 27 12.2
Cessnock Airport AWS 20.2 19.2 in 2006 27 16.9
Cooma Airport AWS 14.7 13.4 in 2011 27 10.8
Goulburn Airport AWS 16.8 14.9 in 2006 27 12.7
Mount Boyce AWS 17.2 15.4 in 2017 27 13.3
Mudgee Airport AWS 20.2 18.7 in 2017 27 15.9
Nullo Mountain AWS 17.6 15.9 in 2018 27 13.6
Scone Airport AWS 21.7 19.2 in 2017 27 16.9
Ulladulla AWS 19.8 19.3 in 2017 27 17.4
Young Airport 20.0 16.7 in 2006 27 14.7
Bega AWS 17.8 16.4 in 2011 26 15.0
Dubbo Airport AWS 23.0 21.2 in 2006 26 18.2
Tamworth Airport AWS 21.9 19.8 in 2006 26 17.5
Wanaaring Post Office 27.7 25.6 in 2006 26 22.1
Albury Airport AWS 20.7 19.3 in 1999 25 16.6
Cobar Airport AWS 27.1 24.1 in 2006 25 20.6
Condobolin Airport AWS 25.4 21.7 in 2006 25 18.9
Walgett Airport AWS 25.9 24.3 in 2017 25 20.6
Mangrove Mountain AWS 19.5 18.7 in 2017 24 16.9
Richmond RAAF 21.1 20.0 in 2017 24 17.7
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 21.1 20.3 in 2017 23 18.4
Cootamundra Airport 20.6 18.1 in 1999 23 16.0
Forbes Airport AWS 23.5 20.1 in 2006 23 18.1
Moree Aero 24.3 23.3 in 2017 23 20.2
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 15.5 13.9 in 2001 22 11.5
Khancoban AWS 17.0 15.8 in 2006 22 13.6
Orange Airport AWS 17.0 15.0 in 2006 22 12.8
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 18.0 16.5 in 2006 22 14.3
Bellambi AWS 20.5 = 20.5 in 2017 21 19.0
Coonamble Airport AWS 25.7 23.5 in 2017 21 20.2
Deniliquin Airport AWS 19.3 19.0 in 2001 21 16.6
Gundagai (Nangus Rd) 21.1 19.0 in 2006 21 16.8
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 20.5 19.6 in 2017 21 17.8
Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Cent 27.3 25.2 in 2006 21 22.5
Parkes Airport AWS 23.1 19.6 in 2017 21 17.5
Tibooburra Airport 28.5 26.6 in 2006 21 23.9
Merimbula Airport AWS 18.2 17.2 in 2018 20 15.3

Highest January mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
January
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 19.5 21.7 in 1878* 16.0
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 21.1 =21.1 in 1896* 19.2
Balranald (RSL) 20.3 20.4 in 1929* 16.5
Menindee Post Office 24.0 24.6 in 1939* 18.6
Hillston Airport 23.9 27.2 in 1960* 18.4

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




Record highest January mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 25.7 25.6 in 2017 160 22.4
Coonabarabran (Showgrounds) 28.8 27.9 in 1882 138 23.4
Balranald (RSL) 29.1 29.0 in 1908 102 24.8
Wellington (D&J Rural) 30.2 29.8 in 1932 99 25.0
Quirindi Post Office 30.4 28.0 in 2017 97 24.4
Nyngan Airport 33.4 30.9 in 2006 96 27.0
Bathurst Agricultural Station 26.1 24.3 in 2017 95 20.8
Lake Cargelligo Airport 32.9 31.9 in 1939 95 26.3
Bombala (Therry Street) 22.5 = 22.5 in 2003 94 18.0
Brewarrina Hospital 34.3 32.8 in 1939 94 28.5
Mungindi Post Office 32.8 32.5 in 2017 93 28.1
Hume Reservoir 29.6 28.6 in 1939 87 23.7
Sydney Airport AMO 26.0 25.7 in 2017 79 22.8
Wagga Wagga AMO 30.1 27.6 in 2006 77 24.1
Trangie Research Station AWS 32.2 30.9 in 1939 75 26.0
Gunnedah Resource Centre 31.0 29.0 in 1952 68 25.5
Williamtown RAAF 27.2 25.9 in 2017 68 23.1
Dunedoo Post Office 30.3 28.2 in 2017 60 24.5
Inverell Research Centre 26.7 26.4 in 1952 60 23.0
Cobar MO 34.1 31.1 in 2006 56 27.5
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 32.6 30.4 in 1981 54 26.1
Bankstown Airport AWS 26.9 26.1 in 2017 50 23.3
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 26.2 25.9 in 2017 50 23.1
Tumbarumba Post Office 25.6 23.7 in 2006 50 20.5
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 27.3 25.7 in 2017 50 23.4
Tabulam (Muirne) 25.3 24.2 in 2002 48 22.1
Tocumwal Airport 29.0 27.6 in 1981 48 24.0
Thredbo Village 19.0 17.7 in 2006 47 14.4
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 25.7 22.9 in 2017 46 20.1
Oberon (Albion St) 22.4 21.3 in 2017 45 18.0
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 22.7 21.8 in 2017 44 19.5
Gulgong Post Office 28.8 27.1 in 1981 44 24.0
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 27.9 26.3 in 2017 44 23.8
Camden Airport AWS 26.7 26.1 in 2017 42 23.3
Griffith Airport AWS 30.8 29.1 in 2006 42 25.2
Goulburn TAFE 25.1 24.0 in 2017 40 20.9
Thredbo AWS 16.1 14.8 in 2006 38 11.6
Guyra Hospital 21.5 20.6 in 2017 32 18.2
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 22.1 21.8 in 2017 32 20.1
Broken Hill Airport AWS 30.6 = 30.6 in 2001 30 26.4
Bathurst Airport AWS 25.6 24.4 in 2017 27 21.2
Bombala AWS 21.7 20.5 in 2001 27 18.2
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 23.2 21.5 in 2017 27 19.6
Cessnock Airport AWS 27.9 26.2 in 2017 27 23.6
Cooma Airport AWS 23.0 20.9 in 2006 27 18.7
Goulburn Airport AWS 24.6 22.7 in 2017 27 20.3
Mount Boyce AWS 23.1 21.3 in 2017 27 18.7
Mudgee Airport AWS 27.9 26.2 in 2017 27 23.4
Nullo Mountain AWS 23.0 21.9 in 2018 27 18.9
Scone Airport AWS 29.6 27.1 in 2017 27 24.3
Young Airport 28.6 25.4 in 2006 27 23.3
Bega AWS 23.2 22.8 in 2017 26 21.1
Dubbo Airport AWS 31.0 28.6 in 2006 26 25.8
Grafton Research Stn 26.8 26.7 in 2017 26 24.6
Tamworth Airport AWS 29.9 27.5 in 2013 26 25.1
Wanaaring Post Office 35.4 32.7 in 2017 26 29.5
Albury Airport AWS 29.1 27.1 in 2006 25 24.4
Cobar Airport AWS 34.3 30.9 in 2006 25 28.0
Condobolin Airport AWS 33.0 29.5 in 2006 25 26.6
Walgett Airport AWS 33.3 32.0 in 2017 25 28.2
Armidale Airport AWS 23.5 22.2 in 2017 24 19.7
Mangrove Mountain AWS 25.5 25.0 in 2017 24 22.1
Richmond RAAF 27.5 27.1 in 2017 24 24.0
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 25.7 25.3 in 2017 23 23.1
Cootamundra Airport 28.8 26.1 in 2006 23 24.0
Forbes Airport AWS 31.4 28.8 in 2006 23 26.2
Moree Aero 31.1 30.8 in 2017 23 27.1
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 25.7 24.9 in 2017 23 23.1
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 20.5 19.2 in 2006 22 16.5
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 22.4 22.2 in 2017 22 19.7
Glen Innes Airport AWS 22.3 21.8 in 2017 22 19.7
Khancoban AWS 26.3 24.8 in 2006 22 22.6
Orange Airport AWS 24.8 22.6 in 2017 22 20.0
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 26.0 23.8 in 2010 22 21.9
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 23.5 22.5 in 2017 21 19.9
Coonamble Airport AWS 32.7 30.9 in 2017 21 27.7
Deniliquin Airport AWS 28.6 27.3 in 2001 21 24.9
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 26.6 26.1 in 2017 21 23.9
Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Cent 33.7 32.2 in 2017 21 29.3
Parkes Airport AWS 30.9 27.9 in 2006 21 25.5
Taree Airport AWS 26.5 25.3 in 2017 21 23.6
Tibooburra Airport 35.5 33.4 in 2006 21 30.8
Merimbula Airport AWS 22.1 21.7 in 2018 20 20.1

Highest January mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
January
Yamba Pilot Station 25.2 25.3 in 1898 23.5
Menindee Post Office 32.0 32.5 in 1939* 26.5
Corowa Airport 28.0 28.5 in 1939* 23.9
Hillston Airport 31.8 34.4 in 1960* 26.0

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




Summary statistics for January 2019
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2019
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2019
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average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 40.4 +4.0 47.5 25th 25.8 +3.7 17.0 28th 9.2 37.6 low 24%
Smithville AWS 42.0   48.0 25th 26.8   19.7 6th 0
Tibooburra Airport 42.5 +4.8 48.2 17th 28.5 +4.6 21.4 6th 17.6 20.2 average 87%
Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS) 42.5   47.0 17th 29.3   22.2 6th 10.6
White Cliffs AWS 41.8 +4.7 48.2 16th 27.6 +4.2 19.1 6th 5.2 30.3 v low 17%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 41.5 +4.6 48.5 25th 25.5 +4.7 17.5 6th 6.2 25.4 average 24%
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill Airport AWS 38.3 +4.7 46.3 16th 22.9 +3.6 14.1 6th 15.4 28.1 average 55%
Lake Victoria Storage 37.7 +5.5 46.0 16th 19.5 +2.9 13.0 6th 3.2 19.8 low 16%
Menindee Post Office 39.9 +5.4 48.8 25th 24.0 +5.4 16.0 6th 5.3 23.7 average 22%
Mulurulu AWS 39.6   47.8 25th 22.8   14.5 6th 10.8
Pooncarie Mail Agency 39.5 +3.6 48.2 16th 21.8 +2.7 13.4 7th 4.2 23.0 average 18%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 42.6 +5.3 47.4 17th 27.8 +5.4 22.0 12th 14.4 30.3 average 48%
Brewarrina Hospital 41.8 +5.6 46.3 16th 26.8 +6.0 20.5 6th 2.8 50.0 v low 6%
Cobar Airport AWS 41.4 +6.0 47.2 17th 27.1 +6.5 19.8 6th 14.8 34.6 average 43%
Cobar MO 41.3 +7.0 46.8 17th 26.9 +6.3 19.9 6th 15.4 44.2 average 35%
Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Cent 40.0 +3.9 46.0 16th 27.3 +4.8 21.2 3rd 2.2 48.4 lowest 5%
Noona AWS 41.4   48.1 17th 27.7   18.4 6th 14.4
Wanaaring (Delta AWS) 42.4   47.5 17th 28.3   21.4 12th 8.6
Wanaaring Post Office 43.1 +6.1 48.1 17th 27.7 +5.6 21.9 9th 24.8 34.7 average 71%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald (RSL) 38.0 +4.9 47.4 25th 20.3 +3.8 14.1 6th 3.1 22.4 low 14%
Euabalong (Mount Hope AWS) 40.3   46.9 16th 24.7   16.8 6th 4.2
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 39.8 +3.8 47.9 16th 24.1 +3.4 15.5 6th 18.8 17.0 average 111%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 39.8 +5.9 45.9 17th 25.4 +7.1 17.2 6th 14.3 46.4 low 31%
Condobolin Airport AWS 40.6 +6.3 46.7 17th 25.4 +6.5 16.6 6th 12.6 35.6 average 35%
Peak Hill Post Office 38.7 +5.4 44.0 17th 24.3 +5.0 16.4 6th 100.6 58.9 high 171%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 39.3 +5.2 46.3 17th 23.6 +5.4 14.9 6th 32.6 28.0 high 116%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 39.7 +4.6 45.3 16th 25.7 +5.5 20.1 6th 36.4 47.9 average 76%
Nyngan (Girilambone (Okeh) AWS) 40.9   46.6 16th 27.1   19.5 6th 8.0
Nyngan Airport 40.5 +6.1 45.5 17th 26.2 +6.6 18.8 6th 32.6 51.2 average 64%
Trangie Research Station AWS 39.7 +6.3 45.2 16th 24.6 +6.0 17.5 6th 58.0 53.0 average 109%
Walgett (Brewon AWS) 41.0   46.8 16th 26.4   19.9 6th 23.8
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 40.3 +4.8 45.6 16th 25.5 +4.8 22.2 10th 4.6 69.9 v low 7%
Walgett Airport AWS 40.6 +4.9 46.4 16th 25.9 +5.3 21.3 19th 11.8 55.2 low 21%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 37.9 +3.9 42.9 16th 24.3 +4.1 20.1 8th 5.0 77.8 v low 6%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Narrabri Airport AWS 39.0 +4.3 42.7 13th 24.7 +4.4 21.2 2nd 10.2 67.9 v low 15%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 38.8 +4.4 43.5 16th 22.3 +3.9 19.1 9th 19.8 49.5 average 40%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 38.1 +6.0 43.0 16th 24.0 +5.0 20.8 7th 3.8 82.0 v low 5%
Quirindi Post Office 38.5 +6.2 43.6 16th 22.4 +5.9 19.5 9th 31.0 79.9 low 39%
Tamworth Airport AWS 37.9 +5.1 42.9 16th 21.9 +4.4 17.8 2nd 29.6 60.2 average 49%
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 34.0 +6.4 38.7 16th 17.2 +4.6 13.0 2nd 39.4 97.7 low 40%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 32.1 +5.2 37.4 19th 14.9 +2.1 11.2 2nd 69.6 86.2 average 81%
Armidale Airport AWS 31.1 +5.0 36.0 19th 15.9 +2.5 12.8 2nd 82.8 90.6 average 91%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 30.6 +5.1 36.5 19th 15.0 +1.5 12.5 1st 58.6 105.7 low 55%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 30.6 +4.2 36.0 19th 13.9 +1.0 10.6 1st 71.8 99.5 average 72%
Guyra Hospital 28.7 +4.5 33.8 19th 14.3 +2.1 10.7 14th 100.2 119.3 average 84%
Inverell (Raglan St) 35.0 +4.3 38.9 19th     16.2 24th 61.6 93.7 low 66%
Inverell Research Centre 34.6 +5.0 38.8 19th 18.9 +2.5 16.4 2nd 50.2 99.0 low 51%
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 30.2 +3.1 35.7 19th 14.6 +0.2 9.0 1st 84.6 114.2 average 74%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 32.4 +5.3 38.2 19th 18.3 +1.2 16.0 19th 0.6 179.7 lowest 0%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 30.3 +2.0 33.7 19th 19.8 +0.1 16.6 12th 2.4 167.3 lowest 1%
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 30.5 +2.7 33.6 31st 22.4 +1.2 20.2 3rd 3.0 153.4 v low 2%
Casino Airport AWS 35.2 +4.9 41.5 19th 18.2 -0.9 14.3 3rd 1.0 129.0 lowest 1%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 31.4 +2.9 35.6 19th 20.5 +0.6 17.6 19th 3.0 145.7 lowest 2%
Grafton Airport AWS 32.7 +2.6 40.1 19th 19.7 +0.7 16.4 3rd 2.4 119.4 v low 2%
Grafton Research Stn 33.5 +3.3 39.3 19th 20.1 +1.2 17.4 12th 7.0 131.9 lowest 5%
Lismore Airport AWS 33.4 +3.3 39.6 19th 17.8 -0.9 13.5 3rd 3.2 143.3 v low 2%
Yamba Pilot Station 28.9 +2.2 31.1 23rd 21.4 +1.2 19.6 2nd 2.0 138.2 lowest 1%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour Airport 29.7   32.4 31st 21.8   18.0 12th 0.8
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 28.2 +3.9 35.2 19th 16.6 +1.6 12.5 14th 29.5 264.5 v low 11%
Kempsey Airport AWS 32.4 +3.1 38.1 19th 18.2 +0.4 13.5 3rd 15.0 112.7 v low 13%
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 28.2 +1.2 32.0 24th     19.0 28th 8.2 144.1 lowest 6%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 26.4 -0.1 31.2 19th 20.5 +1.0 15.4 31st 13.2 109.8 v low 12%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 31.2 +3.5 34.6 19th 20.3 +1.9 14.9 13th 8.4 144.9 lowest 6%
Taree Airport AWS 32.7 +3.8 38.8 5th 20.3 +2.0 17.1 3rd 27.6 91.0 low 30%
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 34.7 +5.5 41.1 19th 19.9 +2.3 17.6 9th 123.6 245.6 low 50%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock Airport AWS 35.6 +5.3 43.5 26th 20.2 +3.3 17.3 4th 46.8 77.4 low 60%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 30.9 +2.0 40.3 26th 20.0 +2.3 17.4 2nd 59.6 114.1 average 52%
Gosford AWS 30.3   40.8 5th 20.7   18.3 7th 57.0
Maitland Airport AWS 35.2   42.6 26th 20.3   16.7 3rd 30.2
Mangrove Mountain AWS 31.5 +4.1 39.7 26th 19.5 +2.6 16.3 7th 95.2 103.0 average 92%
Merriwa (Roscommon) 35.4 +4.0 40.8 27th 20.6 +4.1 17.1 4th
Murrurundi Gap AWS 33.6 +5.3 39.2 16th 20.4 +3.9 15.8 7th 27.0 64.5 low 42%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 28.2 +0.9 32.0 5th     15.1 31st 16.4 99.8 v low 16%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 27.2 +1.6 38.2 26th 21.1 +1.9 18.6 7th 16.0 89.0 v low 18%
Newcastle University 32.8 +3.5 40.6 5th 21.7 +2.3 19.0 7th 10.8 84.5 v low 13%
Norah Head AWS 27.9 +1.8 39.5 5th 20.8 +1.1 18.3 6th 86.0 82.7 average 104%
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 35.3 +5.4 43.5 26th 20.5 +2.8 17.2 3rd 36.2 106.8 low 34%
Scone Airport AWS 37.5 +5.9 43.4 16th 21.7 +4.8 18.1 4th 28.0 60.4 low 46%
Singleton (Defence) 36.1   43.9 26th 21.3   18.3 7th 62.0
Williamtown RAAF 33.3 +5.1 41.8 26th 21.0 +2.9 17.5 3rd 14.6 98.7 v low 15%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 36.5 +5.4 42.7 16th 21.2 +4.4 18.8 12th 74.1 70.5 average 105%
Mudgee Airport AWS 35.5 +4.7 40.7 16th 20.2 +4.3 17.6 4th 105.2 67.6 high 156%
Nullo Mountain AWS 28.4 +4.2 34.6 16th 17.6 +4.0 13.0 7th 202.6 100.9 v high 201%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 34.0 +5.9 40.2 17th 18.4 +5.0 14.5 12th 154.5 68.4 v high 226%
Bathurst Airport AWS 33.1 +4.4 38.1 16th 18.1 +4.4 14.1 12th 171.2 63.0 highest 272%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 30.0 +3.6 36.1 17th 16.5 +3.1 12.4 4th 109.2 84.1 high 130%
Marrangaroo (Defence) 29.8   35.9 17th 15.4   11.2 4th 119.0
Mount Boyce AWS 29.0 +4.9 36.1 17th 17.2 +3.9 12.1 7th 183.4 118.8 high 154%
Oberon (Albion St) 29.5 +4.5 35.5 17th 15.5 +4.5 12.4 4th 147.7 80.1 v high 184%
Orange Airport AWS 32.5 +5.3 37.5 16th 17.0 +4.2 12.0 6th 61.6 60.4 average 102%
Springwood (Valley Heights) 31.6 +2.8 39.6 5th 19.7 +2.5 15.7 7th 109.2 125.3 average 87%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran (Showgrounds) 37.0 +5.3 42.0 16th 20.8 +5.8 17.7 13th 56.9 89.8 average 63%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 35.6 +4.6 40.5 16th 22.2 +4.3 18.1 7th 63.8 74.3 average 86%
Dunedoo Post Office 38.0 +6.0 43.8 16th 22.6 +5.5 18.9 7th 88.2 69.8 high 126%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 37.9 +4.3 43.6 26th 21.7 +4.7 15.9 6th 59.4 36.8 average 161%
Dubbo Airport AWS 39.0 +5.7 44.6 16th 23.0 +4.8 18.4 6th 64.4 56.9 high 113%
Forbes Airport AWS 39.4 +5.1 45.4 17th 23.5 +5.4 15.6 6th 25.2 28.1 average 90%
Parkes Airport AWS 38.7 +5.2 44.5 17th 23.1 +5.6 15.2 6th 41.2 61.5 average 67%
Wellington (D&J Rural) 38.2 +5.2 43.5 17th 22.3 +5.3 17.5 6th 62.3 59.2 average 105%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 32.3 +3.9 40.0 31st 21.5 +3.3 18.2 6th 97.8 91.9 average 106%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 30.3 +2.5 38.9 31st 21.1 +2.7 17.9 6th 74.4 80.6 average 92%
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 32.0   40.2 31st 20.9   17.8 6th 66.2
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 32.0 +3.5 39.2 31st 20.4 +2.8 17.2 6th 52.2 102.2 average 51%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 29.6 +3.6 39.6 31st 21.7 +2.9 17.9 6th 48.8 101.4 low 48%
Sydney Airport AMO 30.6 +4.0 40.6 31st 21.4 +2.5 18.0 6th 69.0 94.3 average 73%
Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) 26.0 +1.3 36.2 31st 21.4 +1.1 18.0 7th
Sydney Olympic Park AWS (Archery Centre) 31.3   40.2 31st 21.5   18.2 6th
Terrey Hills AWS 28.7 +1.9 37.0 5th 19.9 +1.5 16.5 6th 65.0 91.9 average 71%
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 32.8 +2.8 39.6 18th 20.5 +2.7 17.4 6th 72.6 75.6 average 96%
Richmond RAAF 33.8 +3.5 41.4 17th 21.1 +3.4 17.6 7th 121.2 83.2 average 146%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 28.9 +1.9 39.8 31st 19.9 +3.0 15.7 4th 102.6 74.4 high 138%
Bellambi AWS 25.7 +0.8 31.4 5th 20.5 +1.5 17.0 6th 68.2 80.7 average 85%
Camden Airport AWS 33.3 +3.6 40.9 26th 20.2 +3.3 17.2 12th 77.4 79.7 average 97%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 33.0 +2.7 40.1 5th 19.7 +2.7 17.0 12th 75.0 80.3 average 93%
High Range AWS (Wanganderry) 29.6   38.6 26th 17.3   11.8 6th 95.6
Holsworthy (Defence) 32.6   40.3 31st 20.0   16.6 6th 92.6
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular) 25.9 +0.9 35.1 31st 20.1 +1.6 15.4 6th 57.2 87.2 average 66%
Jervis Bay NSW (Jervis Bay Airfield AWS) 26.4   38.3 31st 19.7   14.8 6th 46.0
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 25.7 +0.6 30.1 31st 20.5 +1.6 16.3 6th 107.2 85.3 high 126%
Moss Vale AWS 29.9 +3.6 39.4 26th 17.2 +3.2 12.6 6th 55.0 59.5 average 92%
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 29.4 +1.7 39.5 31st 19.7 +3.1 14.8 6th 65.2 63.3 average 103%
South Coast (district 69)
Bega AWS 28.7 +1.5 37.9 22nd 17.8 +2.8 12.0 6th 105.6 51.3 v high 206%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 30.5 +3.6 39.6 17th 16.0 +3.8 11.3 7th 63.4 60.4 average 105%
Green Cape AWS 24.7 +1.0 29.1 22nd 19.0 +1.7 14.7 6th 74.4 64.5 high 115%
Merimbula Airport AWS 26.0 +1.1 31.6 12th 18.2 +2.9 11.5 6th 72.8 61.9 average 118%
Moruya Airport AWS 26.4 +1.0 37.2 31st 18.7 +3.1 13.7 7th 74.2 62.5 high 119%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 24.8 +0.9 35.8 31st 19.5 +3.5 13.9 6th 86.8 94.6 average 92%
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 24.9 +1.2 34.0 31st 19.3 +2.7 14.1 6th 127.2 91.3 high 139%
Nerriga AWS 31.1   40.8 17th 16.8   11.7 7th 62.4
Ulladulla AWS 25.4 +1.1 37.3 31st 19.8 +2.4 14.1 6th 57.0 89.4 low 64%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 30.1 +4.5 39.5 25th 14.9 +4.5 9.1 7th 61.0 63.8 average 96%
Bombala AWS 29.3 +3.8 38.9 25th 14.1 +3.3 8.5 6th 67.2 49.8 average 135%
Canberra Airport 34.5 +4.1 41.6 16th 17.7 +3.7 13.4 6th 61.2 49.1 average 125%
Cooma Airport AWS 31.3 +4.7 37.9 16th 14.7 +3.9 9.4 6th 35.6 53.5 average 67%
Cooma Visitors Centre 32.3 +5.0 39.5 16th 14.5 +3.7 10.5 6th 31.5 57.7 low 55%
Goulburn Airport AWS 32.3 +4.3 40.6 26th 16.8 +4.1 12.6 6th 73.8 50.0 high 148%
Goulburn TAFE 32.4 +4.5 40.7 26th 18.0 +4.3 12.5 6th 72.2 62.2 average 116%
Mount Ginini AWS 25.0 +4.2 32.2 16th 13.4 +3.4 5.7 6th 88.8 75.5 average 118%
Taralga Post Office 32.3 +6.1 39.0 17th 16.4 +4.4 12.5 7th 69.5 72.7 average 96%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 34.1 +4.6 40.8 17th 18.0 +3.7 13.5 6th 63.2 53.9 average 117%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Perisher Valley AWS 23.3   30.1 16th 10.0   1.2 10th 58.2
Thredbo AWS 21.1 +4.7 27.2 16th 11.1 +4.3 1.3 6th 59.8 98.7 low 61%
Thredbo Village 26.9 +5.4 33.0 16th 11.2 +3.8 4.5 10th 67.9 108.8 low 62%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 37.4 +5.1 45.3 16th 20.7 +4.1 12.4 6th 22.4 37.5 average 60%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 25.6 +4.1 32.3 16th 15.5 +4.0 6.7 6th 66.6 63.1 average 106%
Hume Reservoir 36.6 +5.7 44.0 25th 22.4 +5.8 15.3 6th 17.0 45.9 average 37%
Khancoban AWS 35.6 +4.0 41.6 16th 17.0 +3.4 9.7 10th 66.0 50.5 high 131%
Tumbarumba Post Office 34.7 +5.8 40.8 16th 16.9 +4.7 8.6 10th 69.0 62.7 average 110%
Wagga Wagga AMO 37.9 +6.1 45.2 17th 22.3 +6.0 12.4 6th 38.4 40.5 average 95%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 36.3 +6.6 43.1 17th 19.5 +4.0 15.8 7th 66.6 62.0 average 107%
Cootamundra Airport 36.9 +4.9 43.6 17th 20.6 +4.6 11.9 6th 49.4 43.1 average 115%
Grenfell (Manganese Rd)     43.8 26th 21.3 +5.0 14.4 6th 75.6 52.0 high 145%
Gundagai (Nangus Rd) 37.2 +4.6 43.0 17th 21.1 +4.3 13.0 6th 53.0 41.7 average 127%
Temora Airport 38.3 +4.4 44.8 17th 21.9 +4.7 12.1 6th 57.6 39.3 average 147%
Young Airport 37.1 +5.3 43.5 26th 20.0 +5.3 13.1 6th 90.6 42.6 high 213%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 36.9 +4.9 45.5 25th 19.8 +4.1 11.0 6th 9.7 36.4 low 27%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 37.8 +4.6 47.2 25th 19.3 +2.7 11.7 6th 3.0 22.6 v low 13%
Kapooka (Defence) 38.7   45.5 17th 22.0   11.2 6th 10.8
Tocumwal Airport 37.8 +5.9 46.5 25th 19.9 +3.8 12.3 10th 3.4 32.7 low 10%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 39.1 +6.0 46.4 16th 22.4 +5.2 13.2 10th 10.0 33.3 low 30%
Hay Airport AWS 38.9 +4.0 47.7 25th 21.4 +3.3 14.0 6th 11.0 23.7 average 46%
Hillston Airport 39.7 +6.2 47.0 16th 23.9 +5.5 15.0 6th 6.4 30.6 low 21%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 40.5 +6.4 47.7 17th 25.4 +6.9 17.6 6th 16.2 38.9 average 42%
Note: From 2017, information about Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands can be found in the climate summary for the Remote Islands and Antarctica

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each month, 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. More extensive discussion of significant weather events, along with later information and data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Friday 1 February 2019. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

In some situations, some or all of the rainfall is in the form of hail or snow. In these cases the totals given are for the water equivalent: the depth of liquid water that results from melting any frozen precipitation. There can be significant 'undercatch' of snow in strong winds, meaning the true precipitation can be higher than that reported.

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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

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