New South Wales in November 2020: very warm and dry

November daytime and night-time temperatures were very much above average for New South Wales. It was generally dry, with much of the north-east receiving less than 20% of its November average rainfall. Severe heatwave conditions affected much of the state, including Sydney, at the end of the month.

Dry conditions

  • Rainfall was generally below average across New South Wales in November.
  • For the state as a whole, November rainfall was 54% below average, making it the driest November since 2002.
  • Most of the north-east received less than 25 mm which is less than 20% of the November average, and it was the lowest November rainfall on record in areas around Tenterfield and Glen Innes.
  • Illawarra and areas of the South Coast recorded heavy rain in the 24 hours to 9am on the 1st.
  • From the event on the 1st, the region recorded above average November rainfall, and several sites had their highest November daily rainfall on record.

Very warm days and nights

  • Daytime and night-time temperatures were very much above average across most of New South Wales.
  • For the state as a while, the November mean temperature was 3.15 °C above average, the fifth warmest November on record and the warmest since 2014.
  • After a cool start to November, mild to warm settled conditions persisted for much of the month.
  • November ended with much of the state experiencing severe heatwave conditions.

Severe heatwave conditions at the end of the month

  • A heat trough over central Australia combined with two frontal systems brought dangerously hot and windy conditions to much of New South Wales at the end of the month.
  • Severe to extreme heatwave conditions occurred in west and north-east of the state, extending to the Sydney region, on the 28th and 29th.
  • On the 28th many sites had their highest November temperature on record.
  • Smithville reported 46.9 °C on the 28th, the highest November temperature ever recorded in New South Wales.
  • On the 29th many sites had their warmest November night on record, at Bankstown Airport and Camden Airport these were also the highest minimum temperatures recorded for any month.
  • Delta, west of Bourke, reported a minimum temperature of 33.8 °C on the 29th, the highest November minimum temperature ever recorded in New South Wales, and the 4th highest for all of Australia.
  • Sydney (Observatory Hill) recorded maximum temperatures of 40.8 °C and 40.5 °C on the 28th and 29th, only the second instance, with records starting in 1859, of consecutive days over 40 degrees in any month at the city's primary site.

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Extremes in November 2020
Hottest day 46.9 °C at Smithville AWS on the 28th
Warmest days on average 36.8 °C at Bourke Airport AWS
Coolest days on average 14.8 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day 5.0 °C at Mount Ginini AWS on the 5th
Coldest night -3.6 °C at Perisher Valley AWS on the 8th
Coolest nights on average 4.7 °C at Perisher Valley AWS
Warmest nights on average 21.4 °C at Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS)
Warmest night 33.8 °C at Wanaaring (Delta AWS) on the 29th
Warmest on average overall 28.7 °C at Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Cent
Coolest on average overall 9.9 °C at Thredbo AWS
Wettest overall 256.0 mm at Moruya (Plumwood)
Wettest day 191.0 mm at Moruya (Plumwood) on the 1st
Strongest wind gust 146 km/h at Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS on the 16th

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Record highest November daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Araluen Lower (Araluen Rd) 95.0 on the 1st 88.2 on the 19th in 1986 41
Ulladulla AWS 139.2 on the 1st 65.8 on the 28th in 2018 27
Moruya (Burra Creek) 114.0 on the 1st 55.0 on the 12th in 2013 20
Moruya (Plumwood) 191.0 on the 1st 87.0 on the 1st in 2005 20



Record highest November total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Ulladulla AWS 210.4 197.8 in 2010 27 88.1

Highest November total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
November
Araluen Lower (Araluen Rd) 147.0 192.4 in 1992 82.2
Bettowynd (Bellaringah) 149.0 159.4 in 1992* 64.9

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




Record highest November temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Menindee Post Office 46.4 on the 28th 45.4 on the 29th in 2012 105 30.1
Lake Victoria Storage 45.5 on the 28th 45.1 on the 29th in 2012 95 27.4
Hillston Airport 43.8 on the 28th 43.5 on the 14th in 2014 63 28.6
Inverell Research Centre 39.2 on the 30th 38.6 on the 15th in 2014 56 26.1
Mungindi Post Office 45.8 on the 30th 44.9 on the 15th in 2014 54 32.3
Corowa Airport 43.0 on the 28th 42.5 on the 17th in 1980 46 26.7
Griffith Airport AWS 43.2 on the 28th 43.0 on the 26th in 1997 46 28.2
Broken Hill Airport AWS 44.7 on the 28th 43.5 on the 18th in 2009 31 28.8
Albury Airport AWS 41.8 on the 28th 40.9 on the 21st in 2019 28 26.2
Moree Aero 44.3 on the 30th 43.5 on the 15th in 2014 26 30.9
Narrandera Airport AWS 43.4 on the 28th 43.0 on the 20th in 2009 26 28.2
Norah Head AWS 41.5 on the 29th 40.3 on the 20th in 2015 26 23.8
Deniliquin Airport AWS 44.1 on the 28th 44.0 on the 26th in 1997 24 28.0
Taree Airport AWS 42.0 on the 29th 40.0 on the 20th in 2015 24 26.1
Tibooburra Airport 45.3 on the 28th = 45.3 on the 18th in 2009 24 32.5
Albion Park (Shellharbour Airport) 41.8 on the 28th = 41.8 on the 20th in 2015 22 24.1
Newcastle University 42.2 on the 29th 42.0 on the 20th in 2009 22 26.1
Yanco Agricultural Institute 43.3 on the 28th 42.0 on the 30th in 2004 22 28.8
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 45.4 on the 28th 44.8 on the 29th in 2012 21 30.7
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 46.0 on the 28th 45.9 on the 29th in 2012 21 32.0
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular) 38.9 on the 28th 38.2 on the 20th in 2009 20 22.4
Kempsey Airport AWS 40.2 on the 29th 39.8 on the 29th in 2006 20 27.0



Record lowest November daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Cooma Airport AWS 8.1 on the 5th 8.6 on the 11th in 2013 29 21.4



Record highest November mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Wanaaring Post Office 36.7 = 36.7 in 2002 29 32.7
Tibooburra Airport 35.8 35.5 in 2012 23 32.5



Record highest November daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
November
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 24.1 on the 29th 23.1 on the 3rd in 2018 64 16.2
Coonabarabran (Showgrounds) 26.0 on the 29th 23.1 on the 26th in 1982 63 10.6
Cobar MO 29.8 on the 29th 28.8 on the 20th in 2009 59 16.0
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 27.8 on the 28th 26.9 on the 24th in 2014 56 13.2
Balranald (RSL) 27.6 on the 22nd 26.7 on the 19th in 2009 55 12.7
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 26.5 on the 29th 25.6 on the 18th in 1968 54 14.1
Bankstown Airport AWS 28.1 on the 29th 22.6 on the 19th in 2004 53 14.4
Lake Cargelligo Airport 28.0 on the 28th = 28.0 on the 18th in 1980 47 14.2
Camden Airport AWS 25.1 on the 29th 21.7 on the 21st in 2009 45 13.0
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 24.0 on the 28th 22.5 on the 16th in 2014 45 9.9
Wanaaring Post Office 32.9 on the 29th 30.9 on the 30th in 2012 30 17.0
Mudgee Airport AWS 21.5 on the 29th = 21.5 on the 23rd in 2009 29 11.3
Ulladulla AWS 20.6 on the 29th 20.4 on the 10th in 2011 29 14.2
Cobar Airport AWS 30.7 on the 29th 28.7 on the 2nd in 1995 28 15.6
Condobolin Airport AWS 27.9 on the 28th 27.0 on the 24th in 2014 28 13.8
Richmond RAAF 24.9 on the 29th 23.0 on the 27th in 2002 28 14.2
Mangrove Mountain AWS 25.5 on the 29th 25.4 on the 26th in 2002 27 13.7
Badgerys Creek AWS 26.1 on the 29th 23.8 on the 22nd in 2006 26 13.5
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 25.1 on the 29th 23.2 on the 10th in 2011 26 14.8
Penrith Lakes AWS 24.9 on the 29th 23.1 on the 21st in 2009 26 15.0
Bellambi AWS 22.4 on the 29th 21.8 on the 26th in 2015 24 15.8
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 27.4 on the 29th 24.6 on the 22nd in 2006 24 14.4
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 22.5 on the 29th 22.2 on the 17th in 1968 24 16.0
Albion Park (Shellharbour Airport) 24.5 on the 29th 21.0 on the 19th in 2004 22 13.3
Newcastle University 23.7 on the 29th 23.0 on the 3rd in 2018 22 15.9
Yanco Agricultural Institute 27.2 on the 28th 27.1 on the 20th in 2009 22 14.3
Bourke Airport AWS 31.3 on the 29th 28.7 on the 22nd in 2019 20 17.4



Summary statistics for November 2020
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
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(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
November
2020
Diff
from
average
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November
2020
Mean for
November
2020
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
November
2020
Total for
November
2020
Average
for
November
Rank of
November
2020
Fraction of
November
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 34.2 +2.7 46.2 28th 18.5 +1.5 10.6 6th 1.6 21.7 low 7%
Smithville AWS 36.4   46.9 28th 18.4   10.0 6th 2.8
Tibooburra Airport 35.8 +3.3 45.3 28th 20.8 +1.9 11.7 6th 1.0 23.3 low 4%
Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS) 35.7   45.0 28th 21.4   12.0 6th 16.0
White Cliffs AWS 34.8 +2.7 45.9 28th 20.4 +2.2 11.7 6th 6.4 24.1 low 27%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 34.4 +2.4 46.0 28th 17.2 +1.3 8.5 6th 10.0 21.7 average 46%
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill Airport AWS 32.5 +3.7 44.7 28th 17.2 +2.4 8.5 7th 0 20.7 lowest 0%
Lake Victoria Storage 31.1 +3.7 45.5 28th 15.0 +1.8 8.0 6th 17.8 23.3 average 76%
Menindee Post Office 33.3 +3.2 46.4 28th 16.3 +1.7 9.6 6th 2.6 20.8 low 13%
Mulurulu AWS 32.3   45.1 28th 15.7   8.0 6th 11.2
Pooncarie Mail Agency 33.0 +2.0 45.9 28th 16.3 +1.9 9.0 6th 14.2 20.8 average 68%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 36.8 +4.0 43.9 28th 19.9 +2.5 10.5 6th 8.6 39.6 low 22%
Brewarrina Hospital 36.4 +3.9 44.1 29th 19.2 +3.0 11.3 1st 3.6 34.3 low 10%
Cobar Airport AWS 34.1 +3.7 42.9 28th 18.2 +2.6 5.9 6th 2.6 33.2 v low 8%
Cobar MO 34.2 +4.5 43.1 28th 18.8 +2.8 8.2 6th 5.4 35.1 low 15%
Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Cent 36.2 +4.2 44.1 30th 20.9 +2.7 12.2 6th 1.2 51.4 lowest 2%
Noona AWS 33.7   43.7 28th 19.4   9.3 6th 2.6
Wanaaring (Delta AWS) 36.2   43.6 28th 19.6   12.5 18th 7.0
Wanaaring Post Office 36.7 +4.0 44.5 28th     14.0 14th 3.4 25.1 low 14%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Euabalong (Mount Hope AWS) 32.7   42.7 28th 15.5   4.5 6th 15.6
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 33.0 +2.3 45.4 28th 17.8 +1.8 7.7 6th 11.2 21.9 average 51%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 31.7 +2.9 41.7 28th 14.2 +1.0 5.7 6th 38.1 39.9 average 95%
Condobolin Airport AWS 32.3 +3.0 42.8 28th 13.8 0.0 4.9 6th 40.2 45.4 average 89%
Peak Hill Post Office 31.3 +2.9 40.4 29th 15.6 +1.0 7.9 6th 45.4 47.3 average 96%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 30.8 +2.1 41.0 28th 13.5 +0.4 5.9 6th 33.0 44.5 average 74%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 33.9 +2.9 43.4 29th 17.2 +1.7 9.5 1st 4.4 51.3 v low 9%
Girilambone (Okeh) AWS 34.5   42.7 28th 18.8   11.8 6th 3.4
Trangie Research Station AWS 33.5 +4.5 42.0 21st 16.0 +2.2 7.7 6th 11.6 44.0 low 26%
Walgett (Brewon AWS) 36.5   45.0 29th 17.9   7.2 6th 3.6
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 36.7 +4.4 45.8 30th 18.7 +2.0 10.6 6th 4.4 45.8 v low 10%
Walgett Airport AWS 35.8 +3.6 44.5 29th 17.5 +1.5 7.6 6th 5.8 42.7 low 14%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 35.3 +4.4 44.3 30th 17.9 +1.5 8.0 6th 0.2 70.4 lowest 0%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba (Clifton Lane) 31.1 +2.9 39.8 30th 11.8 -0.2 4.3 7th 4.2 72.3 v low 6%
Narrabri Airport AWS 33.8 +2.6 42.2 29th 16.5 +0.4 8.5 7th 7.0 67.7 lowest 10%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 32.5 +1.8 41.6 29th 14.3 +0.2 6.8 7th 11.8 59.2 low 20%
Quirindi Post Office 30.6 +1.9 39.4 29th 13.5 +1.4 5.9 3rd 24.0 65.0 low 37%
Tamworth Airport AWS 31.8 +3.2 39.9 29th 13.3 0.0 6.1 7th 3.0 78.4 lowest 4%
Woolbrook (Woolbrook Road) 26.5 +2.8 34.0 28th 10.8 +2.4 3.5 15th 19.0 83.5 v low 23%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 26.0 +2.4 32.5 29th 9.2 0.0 2.0 3rd 15.2 90.0 lowest 17%
Armidale Airport AWS 25.0 +2.1 32.2 29th 10.1 0.0 3.1 3rd 23.8 93.0 v low 26%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn         10.4 +0.5 3.5 7th 22.2 89.6 v low 25%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 26.6 +3.3 34.5 30th 8.6 -0.4 0.7 7th 19.6 114.8 lowest 17%
Guyra Hospital 23.9 +3.0 32.2 30th 9.2 +0.2 2.7 3rd 15.0 100.4 lowest 15%
Inverell (Raglan St) 30.6 +3.3 39.6 30th 11.4 -0.2 4.1 7th 23.2 96.1 v low 24%
Inverell Research Centre 30.0 +3.9 39.2 30th 13.8 +1.0 7.7 1st 16.4 85.0 v low 19%
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 27.2 +2.3 34.2 29th 10.5 -0.3 3.9 6th 6.1 83.9 lowest 7%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 28.9 +3.4 37.1 29th 14.9 +0.5 10.7 6th 10.0 113.7 v low 9%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 26.4 0.0 31.7 17th 16.6 0.0 13.0 11th 38.2 118.7 low 32%
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 25.5 +0.2 30.6 27th 18.8 +0.2 15.6 8th 54.0 85.9 average 63%
Casino Airport AWS 31.8 +2.8 40.9 29th 15.0 -0.9 10.0 3rd 3.2 103.4 lowest 3%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 28.1 +1.3 38.7 29th 17.1 +0.2 14.0 5th 11.6 112.3 v low 10%
Grafton Airport AWS 30.1 +1.5 40.8 29th 15.5 -0.4 9.9 3rd 6.4 98.9 v low 6%
Grafton Research Stn 30.5 +1.8 42.5 29th 16.8 +0.8 12.2 7th 7.0 78.0 v low 9%
Lismore Airport AWS 29.8 +1.0 39.6 29th 14.3 -1.1 9.2 4th 4.2 93.7 v low 4%
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 29.0 +1.2 36.5 23rd 16.6 -0.1 13.5 11th 8.7 118.4 v low 7%
Yamba Pilot Station 26.1 +1.4 29.3 23rd 18.3 +0.8 14.3 7th 19.6 92.5 v low 21%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour Airport 26.2   31.2 29th 17.0   11.2 7th 27.8
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 24.1 +1.7 35.6 29th 12.3 +0.2 6.4 7th 31.6 166.1 v low 19%
Kempsey Airport AWS 27.3 +0.3 40.2 29th 14.2 -0.1 9.0 7th 44.4 101.4 low 44%
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 26.3 +1.7 29.5 27th 17.7 +1.0 13.7 8th 17.4 112.2 v low 16%
Manning (district 60)
Port Macquarie Airport AWS (Comparison) 26.1 +0.7 36.1 29th 14.9 -0.2 9.4 9th 14.2 139.7 v low 10%
Port Maquarie (Port Macquarie Airport Aw 26.2   36.7 29th 14.7   8.8 9th 13.6
Taree Airport AWS 27.2 +1.1 42.0 29th 15.1 +0.1 10.2 4th 31.8 106.1 v low 30%
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 28.9 +2.0 40.0 28th 15.0 +0.9 9.2 7th 58.8 164.5 low 36%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock Airport AWS 28.1 +1.0 41.9 29th 13.7 +0.7 7.7 10th 48.0 71.6 average 67%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 26.6 +0.4 41.2 29th 14.0 -0.1 7.8 10th 57.0 102.3 average 56%
Gosford AWS 26.0   41.6 29th 15.5   10.0 10th 36.2
Maitland Airport AWS 29.4   41.3 29th 14.9   7.8 10th 32.0
Mangrove Mountain AWS 26.3 +1.7 40.4 29th 13.9 +0.2 8.3 10th 60.8 91.7 low 66%
Merriwa (Roscommon) 28.6 +0.2 39.7 29th 11.5 -1.0 5.3 10th 25.6 58.0 low 44%
Murrurundi (Haydon Street) 28.3   37.8 29th 11.7   5.2 9th 43.4
Murrurundi Gap AWS 25.5 +0.9 35.2 29th 13.5 +0.3 6.8 3rd 39.2 78.6 low 50%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 24.8 0.0 37.8 29th 16.9 +0.9 12.5 6th 85.3 79.7 average 107%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 24.0 +0.4 40.6 29th 17.3 +1.1 13.1 7th 42.6 70.5 average 60%
Newcastle University 27.4 +1.3 42.2 29th 15.9 0.0 10.8 7th 40.0 102.3 low 39%
Norah Head AWS 25.3 +1.5 41.5 29th 17.0 +0.2 13.0 6th 51.8 89.7 average 58%
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 28.3 +1.3 41.6 29th 14.6 +0.6 8.1 10th 34.2 81.5 low 42%
Scone Airport AWS 29.8 +1.6 41.5 29th 12.9 -0.2 6.3 9th 23.6 70.7 low 33%
Singleton Defence AWS 27.7   41.7 29th 15.8   11.0 1st 66.2
Williamtown RAAF 27.0 +1.4 41.8 29th 15.5 +1.1 8.4 10th 58.2 81.6 average 71%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Mudgee Airport AWS 28.1 +1.6 37.7 29th 11.9 +0.6 4.8 2nd 52.6 72.3 average 73%
Nullo Mountain AWS 21.5 +1.4 30.9 29th 10.5 +0.4 5.4 9th 47.8 94.1 low 51%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 25.4 +1.9 35.1 28th 9.8 +0.8 4.0 3rd 44.8 60.7 average 74%
Bathurst Airport AWS 25.5 +1.7 34.7 28th 10.1 +0.7 3.9 2nd 55.8 63.4 average 88%
Katoomba (Farnells Rd) 22.6 +2.2 32.5 28th 9.5 -0.4 4.7 6th 74.3 108.8 average 68%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 23.3 +0.5 32.2 28th 9.6 +0.2 3.1 7th 67.6 63.3 average 107%
Marrangaroo (Defence) 23.3   31.5 28th 8.7   2.9 7th 89.2
Mount Boyce AWS 22.7 +2.3 31.6 28th 10.7 +0.9 5.2 6th 61.0 98.3 average 62%
Oberon (Albion St) 22.9 +2.7 31.4 28th 7.3 +0.4 1.5 7th 46.8 70.8 average 66%
Orange Airport AWS 23.0 +1.1 31.4 28th 8.8 +0.4 2.9 7th 55.8 78.3 average 71%
Springwood (Valley Heights) 26.8 +1.1 38.5 28th 14.2 +0.2 9.1 7th 76.6 95.4 average 80%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran (Showgrounds) 30.1 +2.2 38.4 30th 12.3 +1.7 5.6 7th 13.9 63.7 v low 22%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 29.3 +2.2 38.9 29th 15.0 +0.8 6.6 6th 11.8 57.0 v low 21%
Dunedoo Post Office 30.5 +2.6 40.2 29th 13.8 +1.3 7.3 7th 28.3 54.5 average 52%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 29.5 +1.5 40.2 28th 12.2 +0.6 6.0 7th 39.4 60.9 low 65%
Dubbo Airport AWS 31.5 +2.7 40.7 28th 14.6 +1.1 6.2 6th 12.6 57.2 low 22%
Forbes Airport AWS 30.9 +1.8 41.3 28th 13.3 +0.6 7.2 6th 32.6 45.0 average 72%
Parkes Airport AWS 30.0 +1.7 40.6 28th 13.1 +1.0 5.6 7th 47.8 58.2 average 82%
Wellington (D&J Rural) 30.9 +2.4 39.6 28th 13.6 +1.3 6.0 6th 29.6 57.6 average 51%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 27.5 +2.0 41.9 28th 15.6 +1.2 10.5 3rd 47.2 74.9 average 63%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 26.0 +1.2 40.7 28th 15.3 +0.5 9.4 10th 47.2 73.8 average 64%
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 26.7   41.4 28th 14.6   9.4 10th 68.8
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 27.1 +1.6 40.6 28th 14.8 +0.7 9.0 10th 46.6 82.8 average 56%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 26.1   40.8 28th 16.8   12.4 6th 69.0
Sydney Airport AMO 26.7 +2.5 43.0 28th 17.0 +1.5 12.4 6th 40.4 79.5 average 51%
Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) 22.8 +0.6 40.1 28th 17.5 +0.3 12.9 6th
Sydney Olympic Park AWS (Archery Centre) 27.2   41.6 28th 15.7   10.6 10th 39.4 80.0 average 49%
Terrey Hills AWS 25.0 +0.9 39.9 29th 15.3 0.0 11.0 6th 54.6 95.1 low 57%
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS         15.3 +1.8 9.7 3rd 49.0 66.9 average 73%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 27.3 +0.7 40.5 28th 14.6 +0.2 9.0 10th 42.8 74.8 average 57%
Penrith Lakes AWS 29.4 +1.8 41.5 28th 14.9 -0.1 9.6 10th 65.8 79.8 average 82%
Richmond RAAF 28.3 +1.1 39.9 28th 14.6 +0.4 8.7 10th 54.8 74.6 average 73%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Shellharbour Airport) 25.2 +1.1 41.8 28th 14.3 +1.0 9.3 3rd 59.0 79.3 average 74%
Bellambi AWS 23.4 +1.0 39.7 29th 16.1 +0.3 11.8 3rd 63.4 92.1 average 69%
Camden Airport AWS 28.0 +1.6 40.7 28th 13.5 +0.5 7.8 3rd 61.2 74.3 average 82%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 27.7 +0.4 40.2 28th 13.3 -0.1 7.4 10th 71.4 63.5 average 112%
High Range AWS (Wanganderry) 22.8   33.6 28th 10.8   6.0 8th 73.2
Holsworthy Defence AWS 26.8   41.8 28th 14.0   8.7 10th 76.0
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular) 23.4 +1.0 38.9 28th 16.1 +0.7 11.8 6th 68.2 78.7 average 87%
Jervis Bay NSW (Jervis Bay Airfield AWS) 23.6   40.3 28th 15.2   10.2 10th 99.8
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 23.4 +0.8 41.5 28th 16.2 +0.6 12.2 3rd 76.2 67.3 average 113%
Moss Vale AWS 23.3 +1.1 34.2 28th 10.8 +0.2 3.8 3rd 89.0 67.2 high 132%
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 26.3 +1.4 40.4 28th 14.2 +0.7 9.1 10th 114.0 75.0 high 152%
South Coast (district 69)
Bega AWS 25.4 +1.8 33.4 16th 12.6 +1.2 5.1 8th 53.8 63.0 average 85%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 23.5 +1.4 33.7 28th 9.9 +1.5 3.8 6th 112.8 73.8 high 153%
Green Cape AWS 21.3 +0.6 26.4 28th 15.2 +0.9 10.6 8th 36.0 60.6 low 59%
Merimbula Airport AWS 23.0 +1.3 33.6 29th 13.0 +1.2 5.9 8th 43.0 77.8 low 55%
Montague Island Lighthouse 21.5 +1.4 34.2 29th 15.8 +1.5 10.3 5th 80.0 75.3 average 106%
Moruya Airport AWS 24.2 +1.6 40.5 28th 13.7 +1.5 7.5 6th 107.8 84.3 average 128%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 23.0 +1.6 38.5 28th 14.8 +2.0 8.9 6th 113.0 77.4 high 146%
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 22.3 +1.5 34.4 29th 14.4 +1.1 8.5 6th 65.0 73.8 average 88%
Nerriga AWS 23.9   34.1 28th 11.2   6.0 6th 118.0
Ulladulla AWS 23.1 +1.4 38.8 28th 15.8 +1.6 11.7 10th 210.4 88.1 highest 239%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 24.9 +3.6 34.8 28th 9.6 +2.7 0.5 8th 28.8 64.6 low 45%
Bombala AWS 23.5 +2.8 34.6 28th 8.8 +1.7 -1.5 8th 23.8 64.7 v low 37%
Canberra Airport 25.1 -0.2 35.3 28th 10.4 +0.6 4.0 6th 93.0 66.0 high 141%
Cooma Airport AWS 23.3 +1.9 31.7 28th 8.1 +1.6 1.7 6th 42.8 66.3 low 65%
Cooma Visitors Centre 25.4 +2.8 34.0 28th 8.6 +1.6 3.4 14th 32.6 62.6 low 52%
Goulburn Airport AWS 24.4 +1.3 33.8 28th 9.0 +0.7 2.2 2nd 85.2 54.6 high 156%
Goulburn TAFE 24.2 +1.3 34.4 28th 11.0 +1.4 5.7 8th 87.2 62.1 high 140%
Mount Ginini AWS 17.0 +1.4 25.1 28th 7.1 +1.3 -0.4 6th 121.0 108.7 average 111%
Taralga Post Office 23.7 +2.1 33.0 28th 8.7 +1.0 3.5 2nd 66.7 67.7 average 99%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 25.3 +0.9 34.9 28th 10.9 +1.1 4.5 6th 96.4 75.1 high 128%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Perisher Valley AWS 16.9 +2.5 24.9 28th 4.7 +1.3 -3.6 8th 109.4 169.8 low 64%
Thredbo AWS 14.8 +3.1 21.2 28th 5.0 +2.3 -2.9 6th 68.4 145.1 low 47%
Thredbo Village 20.4 +3.8 27.5 28th 5.9 +2.1 -0.5 8th 74.5 161.1 v low 46%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 29.2 +3.0 41.8 28th 13.3 +1.6 6.5 6th 38.0 59.7 low 64%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 17.8 +2.0 27.5 28th 9.0 +1.8 1.0 5th 76.4 112.1 average 68%
Hume Reservoir 28.3 +3.2 36.9 20th 14.2 +2.4 6.4 7th 43.0 53.0 average 81%
Khancoban AWS 26.7 +1.5 34.8 20th 11.0 +1.5 3.9 6th 54.8 86.4 low 63%
Tumbarumba Post Office 26.5 +3.6 35.1 28th 10.1 +2.4 2.7 6th 50.6 74.9 average 68%
Wagga Wagga AMO 29.2 +3.3 40.3 28th 13.3 +2.4 5.2 7th 49.8 46.5 average 107%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 26.4 +2.4 35.0 20th 13.2 +2.1 7.8 7th 84.0 72.9 average 115%
Cootamundra Airport 28.0 +1.6 38.8 28th 11.7 +1.3 4.4 6th 52.8 58.6 average 90%
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 28.7 +2.0 39.1 28th 13.0 +1.2 5.7 6th 36.6 50.1 average 73%
Gundagai (Nangus Rd) 28.7 +2.1 39.5 28th 12.7 +0.7 5.8 6th 31.8 64.8 low 49%
Temora Airport 30.5 +2.1 42.4 28th 12.4 +0.6 3.5 6th 34.2 50.6 average 68%
Young Airport 27.9 +1.7 39.2 28th 10.9 +1.5 4.0 7th 79.6 63.0 high 126%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 30.2 +3.5 43.0 28th 12.0 +1.0 4.2 6th 21.2 41.6 average 51%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 31.4 +3.4 44.1 28th 12.9 +0.9 4.5 6th 8.8 42.0 v low 21%
Kapooka (Defence) 29.8   42.7 28th 12.6   4.2 6th 22.0
Narrandera Airport AWS 32.1 +3.9 43.4 28th 13.8 +1.2 4.7 6th 17.6 34.9 low 50%
Tocumwal Airport 30.4 +3.6 42.8 28th 13.4 +1.5 6.2 6th 26.0 34.8 average 75%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 32.4 +3.6 43.3 28th 15.2 +0.9 5.8 6th 8.0 29.6 low 27%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 32.1 +3.9 43.2 28th 15.2 +2.4 5.0 6th 11.6 33.8 low 34%
Hay Airport AWS 32.7 +3.0 45.5 28th 14.5 +0.8 6.0 6th 16.6 43.4 low 38%
Hillston Airport 33.2 +4.6 43.8 28th 16.7 +2.9 10.0 14th 32.8 28.9 average 113%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 32.1 +2.6 42.3 28th 16.2 +2.0 8.0 6th 14.8 32.9 average 45%
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 11 am on Tuesday 1 December 2020. 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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