New South Wales in March 2019: near-average rainfall and very warm

Rainfall in March was close to average across much of the State. Large areas in the southeast quarter reported above average falls. Both daytime and night-time temperatures were warmer than average. March 2019 ranked as New South Wales' sixth-warmest March on record.

Close to average rainfall across much of the State

  • March rainfall was close to average for the State as a whole at 4% below the long-term average, although for many areas in the east it was a wet March
  • Thunderstorms between the 15th and 18th, brought heavy rain to the Sydney Metropolitan area
  • A vigorous cold front tracked across the State in the last few days of the month and delivered heavy falls with many sites recording more than 100 mm in 24 hours to 9am on the 30th; some sites had their highest March daily rainfall on record
  • The highest monthly totals were recorded along the east coast as a result of onshore flows, low pressure troughs and cold fronts
  • A few sites had their highest total March rainfall for many decades

Sixth-warmest March on record

Thunderstorms and snow

  • Around the 16th, a low pressure system developed off the northern coast and moved south generating heavy falls across the Sydney Metropolitan, Illawarra and South Coast regions on the 18th causing localised flash flooding and power outages
  • The passage of a cold front generated wild weather towards the end of the month; damaging winds, hail and heavy rain were reported between the 29th and 30th across southern regions of the State
  • A cold air mass in the wake of the cold front produced a light dusting of snow on the Snowy Mountains on the 31th

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Extremes in March 2019
Hottest day 41.9 °C at Bourke Airport AWS on the 23rd
Warmest days on average 35.0 °C at Mungindi Post Office
Coolest days on average 13.3 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day 4.0 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 30th
Coldest night -5.9 °C at Perisher Valley AWS on the 7th
Coolest nights on average 5.1 °C at Perisher Valley AWS
Warmest nights on average 21.3 °C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS)
Warmest night 27.3 °C at Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS) & at Wanaaring (Delta AWS) on the 24th
Warmest on average overall 27.5 °C at Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS)
Coolest on average overall 9.4 °C at Thredbo AWS
Wettest overall 329.8 mm at Mona Vale Golf Club
Driest overall 0.2 mm at Wentworth (Nulla)
Wettest day 128.0 mm at Cassilis (Thistledale) on the 30th
Strongest wind gust 131 km/h at Griffith Airport AWS on the 29th

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Record highest March daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Cassilis (Dalkeith) 121.0 on the 30th 119.4 on the 9th in 1893 138
Blackville (Krui Vale) 125.0 on the 30th 121.9 on the 24th in 1926 135
Binnaway (Wattle St) 106.4 on the 30th 105.4 on the 1st in 2013 114
Merriwa (Roscommon) 90.6 on the 30th 81.0 on the 4th in 1977 50
Mona Vale Golf Club 121.2 on the 15th 112.8 on the 13th in 2018 49
Scone Airport AWS 66.2 on the 30th 48.4 on the 31st in 2010 25
Coonamble Airport AWS 93.6 on the 30th 44.4 on the 2nd in 2012 22



Record highest March total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Mona Vale Golf Club 329.8 322.6 in 2017 46 121.4

Highest March total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Wallabadah (Woodton) 145.6 184.6 in 1921* 53.3
Baradine Forestry 148.0 211.5 in 1961* 48.7
Castle Cove (Rosebridge Ave) 304.0 354.9 in 1976* 147.6
Cassilis (Dalkeith) 166.2 169.9 in 1977* 55.9
Randwick (Randwick St) 265.1 310.3 in 1983 133.5

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


Record highest March temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Albury Airport AWS 38.5 on the 4th = 38.5 on the 7th in 2016 26 27.8
Casino Airport AWS 39.6 on the 12th 38.5 on the 5th in 2015 25 28.3



Record lowest March daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 14.8 on the 30th 15.6 on the 31st in 1969 52 27.9
Hume Reservoir 14.5 on the 30th 14.6 on the 23rd in 1983 52 27.1
Corowa Airport 15.5 on the 30th = 15.5 on the 29th in 1973 48 28.0
Bathurst Airport AWS 14.0 on the 31st 15.3 on the 2nd in 2012 28 24.8
Bombala AWS 9.5 on the 30th 10.3 on the 13th in 1994 28 21.8
Young Airport 15.1 on the 30th 17.3 on the 2nd in 2012 28 27.3
Dubbo Airport AWS 18.1 on the 30th 18.8 on the 20th in 1999 27 29.1
Albury Airport AWS 15.0 on the 30th 15.6 on the 22nd in 2001 26 27.8
Cobar Airport AWS 18.5 on the 30th 19.0 on the 27th in 2008 26 30.6
Condobolin Airport AWS 17.3 on the 30th 19.3 on the 2nd in 2012 26 29.8
Cootamundra Airport 14.4 on the 30th 16.9 on the 22nd in 2001 24 27.4
Forbes Airport AWS 16.8 on the 30th 17.6 on the 2nd in 2012 24 29.5
Gundagai (Nangus Rd) 15.0 on the 30th 16.6 on the 22nd in 2001 24 28.0
Khancoban AWS 12.9 on the 30th 15.0 on the 22nd in 2001 23 27.2
Narrandera Airport AWS 17.0 on the 30th = 17.0 on the 30th in 1973 23 28.8
Orange Airport AWS 11.8 on the 30th 11.9 on the 25th in 2011 23 23.1
Merimbula Airport AWS 16.5 on the 30th 17.0 on the 16th in 1999 22 23.7
Parkes Airport AWS 16.0 on the 30th 17.0 on the 28th in 1999 22 28.8
Coonamble Airport AWS 19.4 on the 30th 19.9 on the 26th in 2014 21 31.1
West Wyalong Airport AWS 15.6 on the 30th 17.5 on the 2nd in 2012 20 29.1
Yanco Agricultural Institute 17.3 on the 30th 18.0 on the 26th in 2002 20 29.1



Record highest March mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 28.4 28.3 in 2016 80 26.2
Grafton Research Stn 31.6 30.2 in 2016 24 27.9
Norah Head AWS 27.2 27.1 in 2018 24 25.1
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 28.0 27.7 in 2016 23 26.5
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 29.3 28.7 in 2015 21 26.9
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 26.9 26.3 in 2018 20 25.6

Highest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Yamba Pilot Station 28.2 30.0 in 1899 26.1
Sydney Airport AMO 27.4 28.4 in 1940 25.4
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 25.8 26.9 in 1980* 23.2
Ballina Airport AWS 28.6 29.2 in 1998 27.1
Casino Airport AWS 31.2 31.5 in 1998 28.3
Inverell Research Centre 30.0 30.9 in 1998 27.1
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 29.6 30.5 in 1998 28.1
Tabulam (Muirne) 27.8 28.6 in 1998 24.6
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 28.7 30.3 in 1998 26.8
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 26.9 29.0 in 1998* 24.6

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




Record highest March daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Inverell Research Centre 21.4 on the 25th = 21.4 on the 6th in 1980 55 14.5
Scone Airport AWS 21.7 on the 25th 21.4 on the 30th in 2017 28 14.3
Ulladulla AWS 22.5 on the 25th 22.1 on the 4th in 2007 28 16.5
Moree Aero 25.0 on the 24th = 25.0 on the 1st in 2011 24 17.3
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 22.4 on the 26th = 22.4 on the 10th in 2004 24 17.0
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 22.2 on the 25th = 22.2 on the 21st in 2017 20 15.6



Record lowest March temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Batemans Bay (Catalina Country Club) 4.4 on the 31st 5.7 on the 18th in 2013 28 14.1
Nullo Mountain AWS 2.5 on the 31st 2.9 on the 13th in 1994 28 11.4
Norah Head AWS 12.0 on the 31st 12.7 on the 26th in 2005 25 18.9
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 7.9 on the 31st = 7.9 on the 31st in 2007 24 17.0
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS -1.3 on the 31st -0.8 on the 6th in 2005 23 8.8
Bellambi AWS 10.9 on the 31st 11.8 on the 31st in 2008 22 18.2
Moruya Airport AWS 3.8 on the 31st 5.0 on the 24th in 2012 20 14.3



Record highest March mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Woolbrook (Woolbrook Road) 14.0 12.7 in 2000 46 9.9
Tamworth Airport AWS 17.2 16.8 in 2000 27 14.4
Ballina Airport AWS 20.1 19.8 in 2018 26 18.4
Casino Airport AWS 19.0 18.9 in 2017 24 17.6
Inverell (Raglan St) 14.7 = 14.7 in 2017 24 12.2
Armidale Airport AWS 13.1 = 13.1 in 2017 23 11.4
Glen Innes Airport AWS 12.7 12.5 in 2000 22 10.9
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 20.0 19.8 in 2018 21 18.9
Coonamble Airport AWS 18.9 18.6 in 2007 20 16.9

Highest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Yamba Pilot Station 21.1 21.4 in 1956 19.3
Inverell Research Centre 16.5 16.8 in 1956* 14.5
Trangie Research Station AWS 18.0 18.3 in 1998* 15.7

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




Record highest March mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Williamtown RAAF 23.2 23.1 in 2018 68 21.4
Inverell Research Centre 23.3 23.0 in 1998 61 20.8
Woolbrook (Woolbrook Road) 20.4 19.3 in 2016 46 17.4
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 19.4 19.1 in 1980 44 17.4
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 23.6 23.4 in 1998 44 21.4
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 24.8 24.6 in 2017 41 23.3
Scone Airport AWS 23.7 23.4 in 1998 27 21.2
Tamworth Airport AWS 24.6 24.3 in 2018 27 21.9
Ballina Airport AWS 24.3 24.0 in 2015 26 22.7
Cessnock Airport AWS 23.1 22.8 in 1998 25 21.1
Casino Airport AWS 25.1 24.5 in 2015 24 23.0
Grafton Research Stn 25.4 24.6 in 2016 24 22.8
Inverell (Raglan St) 22.6 22.5 in 2016 24 20.2
Armidale Airport AWS 19.3 18.9 in 2016 23 17.3
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 22.9 22.7 in 2017 23 21.8
Glen Innes Airport AWS 19.4 19.1 in 1998 22 17.5
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 19.2 19.0 in 1998 21 17.3
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 24.6 24.1 in 2015 21 22.9
Taree Airport AWS 22.9 = 22.9 in 2016 21 21.8
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 23.0 22.6 in 2017 20 21.7

Highest March mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Yamba Pilot Station 24.6 24.8 in 1892 22.7
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 19.2 19.4 in 1998 18.0
Gulgong Post Office 23.2 23.3 in 1998 20.6
Guyra Hospital 17.9 18.5 in 1998 15.7
Tabulam (Muirne) 22.5 22.8 in 1998 20.2
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 23.1 23.3 in 1998 21.3



Summary statistics for March 2019
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2019
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2019
Mean for
March
2019
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2019
Total for
March
2019
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2019
Fraction of
March
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 33.1 +1.8 39.9 22nd 17.9 +0.4 8.4 31st 7.2 22.1 average 33%
Smithville AWS 34.1   41.0 23rd 18.7   10.0 31st 4.6
Tibooburra Airport 34.1 +1.5 41.2 23rd 20.8 +1.2 10.4 31st 9.4 22.3 average 42%
Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS) 34.0   41.3 23rd 21.0   10.5 31st 2.8
White Cliffs AWS 33.3 +1.3 40.5 10th 19.9 +0.8 10.1 31st 4.8 36.9 v low 13%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 32.9 +1.3 40.8 5th 16.8 +0.5 8.3 31st 10.0 27.8 average 36%
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill Airport AWS 30.8 +1.7 38.7 22nd 17.2 +1.8 9.1 30th 19.2 20.2 average 95%
Lake Victoria Storage 30.3 +1.7 39.5 3rd     8.5 7th 3.2 14.5 average 22%
Menindee Post Office 32.0 +1.3 40.9 22nd 16.3 +1.0 8.1 31st 18.9 18.3 average 103%
Mulurulu AWS 31.2   39.4 4th 15.6   7.2 26th 6.0
Pooncarie Mail Agency 32.4 +1.4 41.0 4th 15.5 +0.3 7.0 28th 5.4 17.8 average 30%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 34.8 +2.0 41.9 23rd 19.4 +0.8 9.0 31st 9.6 36.8 low 26%
Brewarrina Hospital 34.7 +2.4 40.8 23rd 19.0 +1.5 8.9 31st 31.6 40.1 average 79%
Cobar Airport AWS 32.5 +1.9 39.4 23rd 17.1 +0.7 6.3 31st 25.6 28.8 average 89%
Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Cent 33.4 +1.0 39.3 23rd 20.5 +1.5 9.5 31st 51.4 41.2 average 125%
Noona AWS 32.0   39.2 5th 18.4   9.7 31st 18.2
Wanaaring (Delta AWS) 33.9   41.7 23rd 18.7   7.5 31st 11.2
Wanaaring Post Office 34.3 +1.6 41.3 23rd 18.6 +0.7 7.6 31st 6.6 26.4 average 25%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald (RSL) 30.5 +1.3 40.4 4th 14.9 +1.2 6.6 26th 6.2 22.0 average 28%
Euabalong (Mount Hope AWS) 30.4   38.6 5th 15.3   6.2 31st 34.0
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 31.4 +0.8 39.7 4th 17.5 +1.1 9.5 26th 15.6 24.8 average 63%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 30.6 +1.0 37.2 10th 17.4 +2.5 7.5 27th 12.5 40.3 average 31%
Condobolin Airport AWS 30.3 +0.5 37.1 10th 16.9 +1.9 7.2 27th 14.6 35.4 average 41%
Peak Hill Post Office 31.1 +1.6 36.8 5th 18.0 +1.6 10.6 27th 36.4 50.4 average 72%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 29.0 -0.1 36.5 4th 15.8 +1.3 7.3 27th 56.2 34.0 high 165%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 32.6 +1.5 39.2 23rd 18.9 +2.0 8.6 31st 117.8 51.3 v high 230%
Nyngan (Girilambone (Okeh) AWS) 32.7   40.6 23rd 19.2   9.1 31st 14.2
Nyngan Airport 31.8 +1.3 39.0 23rd 18.4 +1.9 8.6 31st 51.5 41.9 high 123%
Trangie Research Station AWS 31.9 +2.5 38.7 23rd 18.0 +2.3 7.8 31st 17.6 46.6 average 38%
Walgett (Brewon AWS) 33.7   41.0 23rd 18.5   7.8 31st 20.6
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 35.0 +3.1 41.0 10th 19.7 +2.0 7.7 31st 57.4 51.0 average 113%
Walgett Airport AWS 33.9 +2.0 40.3 24th 18.3 +1.5 7.4 31st 32.6 34.2 average 95%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 33.4 +2.3 39.0 10th 19.5 +2.2 7.4 31st 38.2 52.9 average 72%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Narrabri Airport AWS 33.3 +2.3 38.4 24th 19.1 +2.4 8.1 31st 81.4 59.9 high 136%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Resource Centre 31.5 +2.3 37.9 24th 18.4 +1.7 8.9 31st 102.4 44.1 high 232%
Quirindi Post Office 30.9 +1.6 36.0 24th 16.4 +2.8 6.4 31st 103.6 53.4 high 194%
Tamworth Airport AWS 31.8 +2.5 37.7 24th 17.2 +2.8 8.0 31st 76.6 49.9 average 154%
Woolbrook (Woolbrook Road) 26.8 +1.9 31.7 4th 14.0 +4.1 5.6 31st 63.0 52.8 average 119%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 26.2 +2.3 31.3 24th 12.1 +1.5 2.9 31st 69.2 67.9 average 102%
Armidale Airport AWS 25.5 +2.3 30.3 9th 13.1 +1.7 3.1 31st 74.6 61.4 average 121%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 25.8 +2.6 30.5 11th 13.2 +1.7 3.0 31st 71.6 70.7 average 101%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 26.0 +2.0 30.5 11th 12.7 +1.8 3.6 31st 109.4 80.6 high 136%
Guyra Hospital 23.9 +2.6 28.5 11th 11.8 +1.7 1.2 31st 48.6 70.3 average 69%
Inverell (Raglan St) 30.6 +2.3 34.8 13th 14.7 +2.5 5.8 31st 74.6 76.6 average 97%
Inverell Research Centre 30.0 +2.9 34.3 24th 16.5 +2.0 5.6 31st 86.8 70.0 high 124%
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 26.9 +2.3 33.4 11th 13.5 +1.0 5.4 31st 57.8 81.0 average 71%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 27.8 +3.2 34.8 11th 17.2 +1.3 10.6 31st 222.4 159.6 high 139%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 28.6 +1.5 33.0 11th 20.1 +1.7 15.2 31st 139.2 206.5 average 67%
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 28.1 +1.6 32.8 12th 21.3 +1.2 15.6 31st 121.8 150.9 average 81%
Casino Airport AWS 31.2 +2.9 39.6 12th 19.0 +1.4 11.2 31st 220.2 140.8 high 156%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 29.3 +2.4 37.5 24th 20.0 +1.1 13.1 31st 138.6 197.5 average 70%
Grafton Airport AWS 30.5 +2.3 37.2 24th 18.6 +1.0 11.2 31st 77.0 164.1 low 47%
Grafton Research Stn 31.6 +3.7 39.4 24th 19.2 +1.6 13.1 31st 55.4 122.4 low 45%
Lismore Airport AWS 30.3 +2.2 39.0 12th 18.7 +1.5 13.7 31st 254.6 179.4 high 142%
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 29.6 +1.5 35.3 12th 20.0 +1.6 15.2 31st 175.8 216.4 average 81%
Yamba Pilot Station 28.2 +2.1 32.7 23rd 21.1 +1.8 14.2 31st 140.4 186.0 average 75%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour Airport 27.7   35.8 25th 19.1   13.3 31st 143.0
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 23.7 +1.3 31.5 24th 14.7 +1.1 6.1 31st 136.4 309.0 low 44%
Kempsey Airport AWS 29.5 +2.1 37.0 6th 17.6 +1.2 11.6 31st 82.0 162.9 low 50%
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 28.4 +2.2 31.7 11th 19.3 +0.5 12.6 31st
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 26.9 +1.3 30.0 25th 19.1 +1.2 12.5 31st 138.9 152.4 average 91%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 28.0 +1.5 33.9 25th 17.8 +0.8 7.9 31st 93.2 179.1 low 52%
Taree Airport AWS 28.2 +1.3 37.4 6th 17.6 +0.9 11.9 31st 79.0 164.0 average 48%
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 28.7 +1.9 36.2 24th 17.4 +1.6 10.4 31st 273.8 241.2 average 114%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock Airport AWS 29.4 +2.1 38.4 6th 16.7 +1.9 10.0 31st 121.4 75.8 high 160%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 27.4 +0.5 38.0 6th 16.9 +1.0 11.4 28th 178.0 125.0 high 142%
Gosford AWS 26.6   36.8 6th 17.8   12.1 31st 256.4
Maitland Airport AWS 29.6   38.0 6th 17.5   11.1 31st 156.0
Mangrove Mountain AWS 26.3 +1.5 35.4 6th 16.2 +1.0 10.6 27th 228.0 140.8 high 162%
Merriwa (Roscommon) 29.4 +1.6 35.8 6th 15.5 +1.9 7.9 31st 128.8 54.7 v high 235%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 26.1 +1.6 31.8 11th 15.1 +0.9 5.5 31st 134.0 75.7 high 177%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 26.5 +0.6 30.5 6th 19.3 +1.5 14.3 31st 121.7 117.5 average 104%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 26.0 +1.3 37.0 6th 19.9 +1.6 12.4 31st 88.0 119.2 average 74%
Newcastle University 28.3 +1.5 38.2 6th 18.8 +1.3 11.4 31st 112.9 124.6 average 91%
Norah Head AWS 27.2 +2.1 36.7 6th 19.6 +0.7 12.0 31st 166.4 115.2 high 144%
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 29.6 +2.5 39.2 6th 17.7 +1.9 12.3 28th 165.6 117.6 high 141%
Scone Airport AWS 30.6 +2.6 37.0 24th 16.7 +2.4 9.7 31st 114.4 57.0 high 201%
Singleton (Defence) 29.5   37.3 6th 18.0   9.8 31st 138.2
Williamtown RAAF 28.1 +1.8 38.7 6th 18.3 +1.9 12.2 31st 145.8 120.9 high 121%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 29.9 +2.4 34.9 4th 16.4 +2.6 10.8 27th 59.4 55.0 average 108%
Mudgee Airport AWS 28.3 +1.5 34.4 5th 15.1 +2.4 7.4 31st 140.4 58.9 high 238%
Nullo Mountain AWS 21.9 +1.7 28.7 11th 12.4 +1.0 2.5 31st 143.8 93.3 high 154%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 25.7 +1.1 32.8 4th 12.0 +1.2 6.0 31st 78.9 52.1 high 151%
Bathurst Airport AWS 25.6 +0.8 32.9 5th 11.8 +1.1 3.1 31st 74.0 56.4 high 131%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 22.9 +0.6 30.5 5th 11.5 +0.6 4.7 31st 108.4 74.9 high 145%
Marrangaroo (Defence) 23.4   31.4 5th 10.4   4.3 31st 111.8
Mount Boyce AWS 21.8 +1.2 29.4 5th 12.0 +0.6 3.0 31st 136.4 117.5 average 116%
Oberon (Albion St) 22.2 +0.7 29.9 5th 9.7 +0.6 3.1 7th 89.6 65.7 high 136%
Orange Airport AWS 23.9 +0.8 30.6 5th 10.8 +1.0 2.9 7th
Springwood (Valley Heights) 25.9 +0.7 34.0 10th 16.0 +0.5 9.2 31st 117.2 127.1 average 92%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran (Showgrounds) 30.0 +1.8 34.8 10th 14.2 +2.4 7.5 31st 109.1 63.4 high 172%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 28.9 +2.2 33.4 6th 16.4 +1.3 7.6 31st 148.8 70.4 high 211%
Dunedoo Post Office 30.3 +1.9 36.2 8th 16.5 +2.1 6.5 31st 82.6 54.1 high 153%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 28.5 -0.2 35.7 4th 15.1 +1.6 7.4 7th 57.2 52.6 average 109%
Dubbo Airport AWS 31.3 +2.2 36.5 10th 16.8 +2.1 6.3 31st 46.8 60.0 average 78%
Forbes Airport AWS 29.6 +0.1 36.0 10th 15.6 +1.2 5.5 31st 25.2 49.7 average 51%
Parkes Airport AWS 30.1 +1.3 36.5 5th 15.2 +1.2 5.5 31st 47.0 53.8 average 87%
Wellington (D&J Rural) 30.1 +0.7 35.5 10th 15.9 +1.9 6.2 31st 71.4 50.9 high 140%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 27.9 +1.5 36.7 6th 17.6 +1.3 9.3 31st 190.6 100.5 high 190%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 26.7 +0.7 35.8 6th 17.4 +0.8 10.2 31st 149.0 78.2 high 191%
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 27.2   36.2 6th 17.1   10.6 27th 175.0
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 27.4 +1.1 35.4 6th 16.5 +0.6 10.0 31st 225.6 112.6 high 200%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 26.8 +2.0 35.6 6th 19.1 +1.5 12.5 31st 229.2 131.4 high 174%
Sydney Airport AMO 27.4 +2.0 36.5 12th 19.1 +1.5 11.5 31st 181.6 117.7 high 154%
Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) 25.0 +1.1 34.3 6th 19.6 +0.3 13.2 31st
Sydney Olympic Park AWS (Archery Centre) 27.4   37.0 6th 17.9   10.8 31st 185.2
Terrey Hills AWS 25.2 +0.4 36.0 6th 17.2 +0.3 9.8 31st 268.6 142.3 high 189%
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 28.0 +1.1 36.0 6th 16.5 +1.2 9.8 31st 124.0 83.1 high 149%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 27.8 +0.9 36.9 6th 16.9 +0.8 7.6 31st 194.0 83.3 high 233%
Penrith Lakes AWS 29.0 +1.4 38.4 6th 17.4 +0.6 10.9 31st 131.8 78.9 high 167%
Richmond RAAF 28.6 +1.5 38.1 6th 16.6 +0.8 10.7 31st 125.8 80.3 high 157%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 26.4 +1.1 34.6 12th 16.7 +1.1 10.8 27th 157.2 124.1 average 127%
Bellambi AWS 24.8 +0.7 34.6 12th 18.5 +0.3 10.9 31st 187.0 124.6 high 150%
Camden Airport AWS 28.0 +1.2 35.3 12th 16.4 +1.5 9.5 27th
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 27.9 +0.7 36.7 6th 16.1 +0.9 9.6 27th 121.4 83.3 high 146%
High Range AWS (Wanganderry) 23.0   32.0 4th 12.9   4.2 31st 93.0
Holsworthy (Defence) 27.0   36.5 6th 16.4   8.3 31st 228.0
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular) 24.2 +0.7 30.3 12th 18.3 +0.7 11.9 31st 152.4 117.8 high 129%
Jervis Bay NSW (Jervis Bay Airfield AWS) 24.7   32.8 12th 17.5   10.6 31st 154.0
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 25.1 +1.3 34.1 12th 18.6 +0.7 11.8 31st 159.4 150.6 average 106%
Moss Vale AWS 23.2 +1.1 32.2 4th 13.5 +1.5 4.8 27th 124.4 82.0 high 152%
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 26.7 +1.5 32.5 4th 16.1 +1.0 9.7 31st 120.8 112.0 high 108%
South Coast (district 69)
Bega AWS 25.6 +0.8 33.0 3rd 14.0 +1.1 6.1 27th 64.0 68.0 high 94%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 23.9 +1.0 32.4 4th 11.2 +1.1 2.9 27th 92.2 55.6 high 166%
Green Cape AWS 22.7 +0.1 25.8 1st 17.2 +1.0 11.3 31st 129.6 44.8 high 289%
Merimbula Airport AWS 24.2 +0.5 29.9 25th 14.9 +1.3 8.3 26th 179.0 77.7 v high 230%
Montague Island Lighthouse 23.0 +0.6 26.8 25th 18.2 +1.1 12.4 31st 99.4 99.8 average 100%
Moruya Airport AWS 24.8 +0.9 30.6 12th 14.6 +0.3 3.8 31st 150.4 81.8 high 184%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 23.8 +0.5 28.9 12th 16.2 +1.1 8.0 31st 155.2 107.2 high 145%
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 23.7 +0.9 27.6 19th 16.3 +0.8 8.7 31st 148.6 104.9 high 142%
Nerriga AWS 24.2   33.9 4th 12.2   4.5 27th 85.6
Ulladulla AWS 24.3 +1.0 32.7 12th 17.5 +1.0 10.6 31st 119.8 110.2 average 109%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 23.6 +0.9 32.1 3rd 10.1 +1.5 0.9 7th 113.2 60.4 high 187%
Bombala AWS 22.5 +0.7 31.9 3rd 9.9 +1.2 1.0 27th 112.4 59.4 high 189%
Canberra Airport 26.0 +0.7 34.1 4th 12.0 +0.9 3.1 31st 76.2 60.0 average 127%
Cooma Airport AWS 23.0 +0.6 30.4 4th 9.6 +1.9 -0.4 7th 81.0 48.1 high 168%
Goulburn Airport AWS 24.6 +0.8 34.0 4th 11.3 +1.3 2.1 27th 79.2 40.1 v high 198%
Goulburn TAFE 24.3 +0.3 33.2 4th 12.3 +1.0 3.8 27th 146.4 57.6 v high 254%
Mount Ginini AWS 15.8 -0.6 24.5 4th 7.3 0.0 -2.9 31st 120.4 81.6 high 148%
Taralga Post Office 23.3 +0.7 32.2 4th 10.8 +0.9 2.5 27th 83.6 67.1 high 125%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 25.6 +0.3 34.6 4th 12.3 +0.9 3.1 31st 73.8 52.5 high 141%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Perisher Valley AWS 15.3   23.6 4th 5.1   -5.9 7th 280.2
Thredbo AWS 13.3 -0.2 20.6 4th 5.5 +0.6 -4.2 31st 244.4 120.4 v high 203%
Thredbo Village 18.3 +0.1 26.5 4th 6.5 +1.7 -3.0 7th 231.1 117.8 v high 196%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 28.7 +0.9 38.5 4th 14.3 +1.4 7.0 27th 52.0 39.8 high 131%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 17.1 -0.5 26.1 4th 9.0 +0.2 -1.3 31st 170.4 81.5 v high 209%
Hume Reservoir 28.2 +1.1 36.9 4th 15.4 +1.5 8.4 26th 48.6 45.5 average 107%
Khancoban AWS 26.8 -0.4 36.0 1st 11.6 +0.9 4.6 27th 156.4 61.5 v high 254%
Tumbarumba Post Office 25.4 +0.3 34.0 4th 9.7 +0.8 2.5 7th 108.4 66.1 high 164%
Wagga Wagga AMO 28.5 +0.8 37.6 4th 15.3 +1.9 7.3 27th 67.0 44.9 high 149%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 27.1 +1.1 37.1 4th 14.2 +0.8 6.9 7th 109.3 61.3 high 178%
Cootamundra Airport 27.1 -0.3 35.9 4th 14.1 +1.8 4.4 7th 97.0 51.5 high 188%
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 28.0 +0.1 35.0 4th 13.4 0.0 4.3 7th 49.0 48.7 average 101%
Gundagai (Nangus Rd) 27.6 -0.4 36.0 4th 15.4 +2.0 6.5 7th 65.8 48.5 average 136%
Temora Airport 28.6 -0.1 36.7 4th 15.1 +1.6 4.8 27th 43.2 30.1 average 144%
Young Airport 27.4 +0.1 35.3 4th 13.1 +1.8 4.9 7th 95.8 46.9 high 204%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 28.7 +0.7 39.3 4th     7.2 27th 16.1 37.5 average 43%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 30.0 +1.3 39.8 4th 14.8 +1.3 7.6 27th 15.4 23.0 average 67%
Kapooka (Defence) 29.2   38.0 4th 15.1   5.2 27th 28.8
Narrandera Airport AWS 30.1 +1.3 38.8 4th 15.5 +1.4 5.2 27th 14.6 30.2 average 48%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 29.3 +0.2 38.5 4th 16.4 +1.0 6.5 31st 14.8 32.2 average 46%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 30.3 +1.4 38.3 4th 15.8 +1.5 5.3 26th 34.0 35.2 average 97%
Hay Airport AWS 30.9 +1.1 40.8 4th 15.7 +1.0 6.0 27th 6.0 27.0 low 22%
Hillston Airport 30.7 +1.4 38.5 4th 16.2 +1.1 7.5 27th 22.7 33.0 average 69%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 29.9 -0.3 37.0 5th 17.3 +2.0 7.4 31st 52.6 36.6 high 144%
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 Monday 1 April 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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