New South Wales in February 2019: warm and very dry in the northeast

February 2019 was very warm and dry for New South Wales as a whole. Both days and nights were particularly warm across the northern half of the State and rainfall was well below average across the northeast and far western regions.

Drier than average February

  • Rainfall was 60% below the long-term average for New South Wales as a whole (drier than 2018 and 2017 but wetter than 2016)
  • A very dry month across the northeast corner of the State, with some sites in the Northern Tablelands and North West Slopes and Plains experiencing their lowest total February rainfall on record
  • Thunderstorms with troughs generated much of the February rainfall for the State and Young Airport (in the South West Slopes) had its highest February daily rainfall on record on the 6th
  • Onshore flow produced persistent rainfall along the north and central coast late in February: Yarras (Mount Seaview), on Mid North Coast, had the wettest day of the month, recording 165.6 mm on the 22nd

Warm across the north

Bushfires, dust and wind

  • Two significant fires in the northeast during the month; at Tingha, burning more than 23 000 hectares and 13 homes, and at Tabulam west of Casino, burning over 7000 hectares
  • On the 12th, raised dust moved over much of the State and created hazardous air quality levels for parts of the central coast
  • Towards the end of the month, tropical cyclone Oma approached eastern Australia; the system did not make landfall however, produced damaging winds and surf leading to coastal erosion and crop damage along parts of the far northeast

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Extremes in February 2019
Hottest day 43.9 °C at Menindee Post Office on the 18th
Warmest days on average 37.2 °C at Mungindi Post Office
Coolest days on average 16.2 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day 7.3 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 13th
Coldest night -2.7 °C at Perisher Valley AWS on the 14th
Coolest nights on average 5.6 °C at Perisher Valley AWS
Warmest nights on average 23.9 °C at Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS)
Warmest night 30.3 °C at Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS) on the 6th
Warmest on average overall 30.3 °C at Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS)
Coolest on average overall 11.3 °C at Thredbo AWS
Wettest overall 285.8 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview)
Driest overall 0 mm at several locations
Wettest day 165.6 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview) on the 22nd
Strongest wind gust 124 km/h at Thredbo AWS on the 12th

Maps
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Record highest February daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Young Airport 80.0 on the 6th 58.8 on the 3rd in 2012 25



Record lowest February total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 2.2 3.8 in 1879 148 92.8
Gunnedah Resource Centre 0.0 2.5 in 1960 72 69.9
Tabulam (Muirne) 35.8 39.4 in 2005 49 180.4
Guyra Hospital 8.6 20.6 in 2016 38 100.5
Nundle (Keeva) 5.0 16.4 in 2000 31 78.7
Armidale Airport AWS 7.6 25.4 in 2016 24 90.5
Moree Aero 0.0 3.2 in 2016 24 66.5
Glen Innes Airport AWS 3.0 6.6 in 2016 23 81.7
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 48.2 60.2 in 2000 23 156.5
Coonamble Airport AWS 1.2 8.2 in 2005 22 52.4
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 15.2 21.2 in 2016 21 91.6

Lowest February total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
February
Quirindi Post Office 2.4 0.0 in 1939 63.8
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 3.4 2.0 in 1939* 92.0
Glen Elgin (Glenbrook) 8.2 5.4 in 1939* 125.5
Mungindi Post Office 3.8 2.5 in 1946 62.5
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 44.4 40.0 in 1962* 167.3
Moss Vale (Hoskins Street) 10.6 4.3 in 1968 95.7
Barraba (Mount Lindsay) 4.2 1.5 in 1965* 103.8
Mittagong (Alfred Street) 16.0 12.2 in 1963* 90.8
Bellata Post Office 4.4 2.4 in 1974* 67.7
Bingara (Pallal) 4.8 3.3 in 1979* 83.4
Glen Alice 4.4 0.4 in 1979* 71.2
Camden Airport AWS 18.0 16.2 in 1979* 95.4
Coonabarabran (Showgrounds) 6.4 6.2 in 1986* 80.2
Baradine Forestry 0.8 0.0 in 1986* 65.8
Merriwa (Roscommon) 3.8 2.0 in 1991* 55.9
Adaminaby Alpine Tourist Park 9.2 8.6 in 1995* 52.2
Beaumont (The Cedars) 55.2 38.5 in 1998 208.3
Bendalong STP 19.8 16.0 in 1998 120.3
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 47.6 0.0 in 1998 150.1
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 20.6 7.8 in 1965* 80.3
Meldrum (Coolawarrah) 111.0 88.2 in 1989* 235.6
Ulladulla AWS 11.8 11.7 in 1998* 116.7

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




Record highest February mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Inverell Research Centre 32.3 32.0 in 2017 61 28.9
Inverell (Raglan St) 32.9 32.8 in 2017 23 30.1

Highest February mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
February
Yamba Pilot Station 29.2 29.4 in 1892* 26.8

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




Record lowest February temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 5.8 on the 14th = 5.8 on the 21st in 2017 53 16.1



Highest February mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
February
Yamba Pilot Station 25.4 25.8 in 1886* 23.6

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




Summary statistics for February 2019
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2019
Diff
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average
Highest for
February
2019
Mean for
February
2019
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from
average
Lowest for
February
2019
Total for
February
2019
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2019
Fraction of
February
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 35.6 +0.8 42.6 18th 20.8 +0.1 14.2 13th 2.4 22.4 average 11%
Smithville AWS 37.0   43.0 18th 21.7   12.9 14th 2.4
Tibooburra Airport 36.9 +0.7 42.3 18th 23.2 +0.4 16.7 14th 0.4 25.9 low 2%
Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS) 36.8   42.9 18th 23.9   16.6 14th 5.8
White Cliffs AWS 36.2 +0.7 42.6 18th 22.4 +0.2 15.6 14th 6.4 27.6 average 23%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 36.5 +1.0 43.7 18th 20.7 +0.4 10.3 14th 5.4 32.9 average 16%
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill Airport AWS 33.5 +1.1 41.2 18th 19.0 +0.4 11.5 13th 1.4 18.7 low 7%
Lake Victoria Storage 33.0 +1.3 41.5 3rd 15.5 -1.0 9.8 13th 1.4 18.9 low 7%
Menindee Post Office 35.3 +1.4 43.9 18th 18.1 -0.2 12.8 13th 6.5 21.0 average 31%
Mulurulu AWS 34.1   41.9 18th 18.2   10.7 13th 8.4
Pooncarie Mail Agency 34.9 +0.1 43.3 3rd 17.8 -0.6 10.5 13th 1.3 23.0 low 6%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 36.8 +1.0 42.7 18th 22.5 +0.7 15.7 11th 0.4 30.0 low 1%
Brewarrina Hospital 36.3 +1.3 41.8 19th 21.9 +1.5 15.2 14th 1.4 47.5 low 3%
Cobar Airport AWS 34.9 +1.0 41.0 18th 20.3 +0.4 10.8 14th 41.6 34.2 average 122%
Cobar MO 34.8 +1.4 41.6 18th 20.7 +0.5 12.5 14th 24.0 41.3 average 58%
Collarenebri (Albert St) 36.4 +1.9 43.5 19th 21.1 +0.7 14.0 11th 23.2 55.9 average 42%
Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Cent 35.8 +0.9 43.5 19th 22.3 +0.6 16.2 11th 0 38.2 lowest 0%
Noona AWS 34.9   41.5 5th 21.2   13.0 14th 46.6
Wanaaring (Delta AWS) 36.3   42.4 18th 22.1   14.3 11th 10.4
Wanaaring Post Office 36.9 +1.3 43.6 18th 22.5 +1.2 15.4 11th 13.8 33.8 average 41%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald (RSL) 32.8 +0.2 41.4 4th 15.5 -0.9 9.6 14th 5.4 24.9 average 22%
Euabalong (Mount Hope AWS) 33.9   41.2 18th 18.0   9.6 14th 19.2
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 34.9 +0.6 42.9 18th 19.5 -0.4 12.4 13th 10.0 25.1 average 40%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 33.3 +0.4 40.1 18th 18.9 +0.7 11.0 14th 37.4 42.8 average 87%
Condobolin Airport AWS 33.7 +0.6 40.7 4th 19.0 +0.6 10.7 14th 38.2 42.4 average 90%
Peak Hill Post Office 33.1 +0.5 38.9 4th 19.4 +0.1 13.2 14th 68.8 50.3 high 137%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 32.4 -0.1 39.8 18th 17.9 +0.1 11.2 14th 31.0 43.3 average 72%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 35.1 +1.1 41.0 19th 20.8 +1.3 14.4 11th 1.2 52.4 lowest 2%
Nyngan (Girilambone (Okeh) AWS) 35.1   40.7 18th 21.5   14.5 11th 0.4
Nyngan Airport 34.6 +1.2 40.0 18th 20.8 +1.6 14.9 11th 26.6 46.3 average 57%
Trangie Research Station AWS 34.2 +1.9 39.5 18th 19.8 +1.4 12.9 11th 16.8 49.7 low 34%
Walgett (Brewon AWS) 35.9   42.4 19th 21.3   12.0 11th 3.8
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 37.2 +3.0 43.1 19th 21.0 +0.7 12.8 11th 3.8 62.5 v low 6%
Walgett Airport AWS 36.1 +1.5 43.5 19th 20.7 +0.6 12.3 11th 0 47.7 lowest 0%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 35.7 +2.5 40.5 19th 20.1 +0.4 12.9 11th 0 66.5 lowest 0%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Narrabri Airport AWS 35.7 +2.0 40.7 19th 20.0 +0.5 13.1 11th 3.2 51.8 v low 6%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 35.0 +1.8 40.4 20th 18.7 +0.8 12.3 10th 1.6 59.5 v low 3%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 34.1 +2.9 40.0 20th 20.0 +1.3 13.6 23rd 0 69.9 lowest 0%
Quirindi Post Office 34.3 +2.9 39.4 4th 17.8 +1.7 12.2 10th 2.4 63.8 v low 4%
Tamworth Airport AWS 33.8 +2.2 39.2 19th 17.8 +0.9 12.5 12th 14.0 68.4 v low 20%
Woolbrook (Woolbrook Road) 29.7 +2.9 35.2 20th 14.0 +1.4 8.0 12th 13.0 74.1 v low 18%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 27.6 +1.7 34.5 20th 12.0 -0.7 7.4 12th 15.2 91.6 lowest 17%
Armidale Airport AWS 26.8 +1.6 34.3 20th 13.2 +0.1 9.5 10th 7.6 90.5 lowest 8%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 28.2 +3.3 34.0 20th 13.0 -0.4 10.0 12th 3.4 92.0 v low 4%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 27.7 +1.9 34.8 20th 12.6 -0.3 6.8 12th 3.0 81.7 lowest 4%
Guyra Hospital 24.8 +1.6 31.7 20th 11.8 -0.1 8.7 25th 8.6 100.5 lowest 9%
Inverell (Raglan St) 32.9 +2.8 37.4 20th 14.5 -0.3 9.6 16th 6.0 77.7 v low 8%
Inverell Research Centre 32.3 +3.4 37.8 20th 16.7 +0.4 13.4 16th 12.4 93.9 v low 13%
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 27.5 +1.4 35.5 13th 13.5 -0.9 10.0 13th 2.2 92.8 lowest 2%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 29.8 +3.8 38.2 13th 17.5 +0.6 14.2 25th 35.8 180.4 lowest 20%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 29.7 +1.6 35.2 13th 19.9 +0.3 16.2 19th 70.2 189.3 low 37%
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 28.8 +1.3 32.9 11th 21.6 +0.5 18.3 23rd 45.0 156.1 low 29%
Casino Airport AWS 33.0 +3.3 41.9 13th 18.7 -0.2 14.2 17th 51.6 142.9 low 36%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 30.0 +2.0 39.8 13th 20.6 +0.8 18.0 26th 47.6 150.1 v low 32%
Grafton Airport AWS 31.6 +1.9 41.3 13th 19.0 +0.2 16.2 18th 31.4 146.2 v low 21%
Grafton Research Stn 32.5 +2.6 43.2 13th 19.5 +0.6 17.1 26th 35.8 127.5 low 28%
Lismore Airport AWS 31.5 +2.0 41.8 13th 17.9 -0.7 12.9 17th 58.2 127.7 low 46%
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 29.9 +0.9 36.5 13th 20.2 +0.5 16.2 27th 43.1 220.1 v low 20%
Yamba Pilot Station 29.2 +2.4 31.9 12th 21.6 +1.2 18.5 26th 97.0 158.0 average 61%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour Airport 28.9   39.9 13th 19.7   16.8 17th 58.8
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 24.5 +0.6 33.0 13th 14.9 -0.2 11.4 17th 161.2 261.6 low 62%
Kempsey Airport AWS 30.8 +1.9 39.5 12th 17.2 -0.7 13.5 27th 18.0 145.0 v low 12%
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 29.3 +2.3 33.6 5th 20.1 +0.4 16.5 26th 44.4 167.3 v low 27%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 26.8 +0.3 36.0 12th 19.6 +0.1 14.7 1st 116.9 120.2 average 97%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 29.4 +1.7 39.7 12th 17.7 -0.7 13.6 11th 48.2 156.5 lowest 31%
Taree Airport AWS 29.5 +1.1 38.4 12th 17.5 -0.7 12.7 16th 48.0 132.7 v low 36%
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 30.2 +2.1 38.2 19th 16.9 -0.6 13.2 24th 285.8 259.9 average 110%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock Airport AWS 31.6 +2.3 41.2 19th 16.8 -0.1 11.2 12th 41.4 96.2 average 43%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 28.3 +0.1 38.2 12th 16.7 -0.7 11.5 15th 100.4 115.7 average 87%
Gosford AWS 27.6   36.8 12th 18.2   13.5 26th 109.0
Maitland Airport AWS 31.9   40.4 19th 17.2   12.5 15th 28.2
Mangrove Mountain AWS 27.7 +1.1 35.6 18th 16.1 -0.8 12.1 26th 119.0 144.4 average 82%
Merriwa (Roscommon) 32.0 +1.8 39.9 19th 16.2 +0.6 10.8 26th 3.8 55.9 v low 7%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 29.1 +1.7 35.0 19th 16.6 +0.8 12.6 11th 7.6 67.3 v low 11%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 27.9 +0.9 34.7 12th 19.7 +0.6 15.1 25th 30.9 110.7 low 28%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 25.9 +0.5 36.9 12th 20.2 +0.8 17.9 26th 24.8 106.9 low 23%
Newcastle University 29.6 +1.2 36.4 9th 19.5 +0.1 15.2 26th 16.2 133.1 v low 12%
Norah Head AWS 27.3 +1.2 36.9 12th 19.8 -0.2 17.5 26th
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 31.4 +2.4 41.5 19th 17.2 -0.4 12.2 15th 39.0 115.3 low 34%
Scone Airport AWS 33.2 +2.6 40.6 19th 17.2 +0.6 11.5 26th 24.4 54.6 low 45%
Singleton (Defence) 31.9   41.3 19th 18.4   14.1 26th 23.8
Williamtown RAAF 30.1 +2.4 39.4 12th 18.4 +0.3 13.1 15th 33.6 117.0 low 29%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 31.6 +1.6 37.9 19th 17.5 +1.1 11.5 10th 7.0 60.9 low 11%
Mudgee Airport AWS 30.7 +1.2 37.5 19th 16.6 +1.0 8.9 12th 9.2 63.1 v low 15%
Nullo Mountain AWS 23.1 +0.2 31.5 19th 13.1 -0.2 7.6 10th 19.4 97.0 v low 20%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 28.6 +1.3 33.2 4th 13.7 +0.3 8.0 11th 48.6 57.7 average 84%
Bathurst Airport AWS 27.6 0.0 32.8 4th 14.1 +0.6 8.6 11th 43.6 56.8 average 77%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 24.7 +0.1 32.3 18th 12.5 -0.5 6.4 10th 20.6 80.3 low 26%
Marrangaroo (Defence) 24.8   32.6 18th 11.5   5.0 10th 16.6
Mount Boyce AWS 23.4 +0.4 31.3 18th 12.8 -0.4 7.8 10th 73.6 121.7 average 60%
Oberon (Albion St) 25.1 +1.2 31.5 18th 11.6 +0.4 4.9 10th 65.4 60.9 average 107%
Orange Airport AWS 26.8 +0.8 32.5 4th 12.6 0.0 6.4 10th 62.2 76.3 average 82%
Springwood (Valley Heights) 27.8 +0.9 37.0 18th 16.7 -0.3 12.8 10th 49.0 137.7 low 36%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran (Showgrounds) 32.1 +1.4 36.6 19th 16.5 +1.8 10.5 27th 6.4 80.2 low 8%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 31.2 +1.3 36.9 19th 17.5 +0.2 12.1 25th 4.2 69.9 v low 6%
Dunedoo Post Office 32.9 +1.9 39.5 18th 18.0 +0.8 11.6 11th 13.7 62.4 low 22%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 32.5 +0.8 38.4 18th 16.7 +0.5 9.6 14th 17.4 52.8 average 33%
Dubbo Airport AWS 33.4 +1.3 38.6 18th 18.4 +0.8 11.0 11th 18.4 40.5 low 45%
Forbes Airport AWS 32.7 -0.2 38.9 4th 17.8 +0.3 9.9 14th 85.8 48.4 high 177%
Parkes Airport AWS 33.3 +1.1 39.2 18th 17.1 -0.1 9.2 10th 10.2 57.2 low 18%
Wellington (D&J Rural) 33.4 +1.3 37.5 4th 18.1 +1.4 10.8 11th 23.0 50.9 average 45%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 29.3 +1.4 36.5 12th 18.0 -0.2 13.2 26th 46.2 101.0 low 46%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 27.6 +0.3 36.2 12th 17.9 -0.4 13.0 26th 72.6 101.8 average 71%
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 28.8   36.4 12th 17.5   12.2 26th 49.2
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 28.8 +0.9 36.3 18th 17.0 -0.6 12.5 26th 90.0 120.7 average 75%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 27.5 +1.7 36.3 12th 19.7 +0.9 16.6 26th 85.4 117.3 average 73%
Sydney Airport AMO 28.0 +1.5 37.7 12th 19.6 +0.5 17.1 10th 73.0 111.1 average 66%
Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) 25.0 +0.2 35.6 12th 20.0 -0.7 18.1 2nd
Sydney Olympic Park AWS (Archery Centre) 28.6   36.1 12th 18.4   14.2 26th 88.6
Terrey Hills AWS 26.2 +0.2 35.4 12th 17.9 -0.3 14.7 26th 92.6 125.6 average 74%
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 30.4 +1.6 38.9 18th 16.7 -0.4 11.8 26th 21.2 95.3 low 22%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 29.6 +0.8 37.7 18th 17.3 -0.5 13.0 26th 32.2 103.6 low 31%
Penrith Lakes AWS 31.2 +1.6 40.4 18th 18.1 -0.4 13.9 26th 19.0 112.8 v low 17%
Richmond RAAF 30.2 +0.9 39.5 18th 17.2 -0.6 12.7 26th 23.8 110.1 v low 22%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 27.4 +1.1 36.7 12th 16.5 -0.6 10.7 14th 30.6 135.0 low 23%
Bellambi AWS 24.8 -0.1 35.9 12th 18.6 -0.6 14.5 10th 89.2 134.6 average 66%
Camden Airport AWS 30.2 +1.5 38.8 18th 16.5 -0.3 11.3 26th 18.0 95.4 v low 19%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 29.9 +1.3 38.1 18th 16.4 -0.5 11.4 26th 16.8 85.6 low 20%
High Range AWS (Wanganderry) 25.6   35.3 18th 13.6   8.8 14th 23.6
Holsworthy (Defence) 28.7   37.1 12th 16.8   11.9 26th 35.6
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular) 24.8 +0.4 34.1 12th 18.6 +0.1 15.3 11th 67.8 126.9 low 53%
Jervis Bay NSW (Jervis Bay Airfield AWS) 25.4   35.3 12th 17.6   13.2 14th 44.2
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 25.4 +0.8 36.5 12th 18.6 -0.2 14.6 10th 22.8 128.1 v low 18%
Moss Vale AWS 25.6 +1.1 35.1 18th 13.8 -0.3 6.6 14th 6.4 94.5 v low 7%
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 27.5 +1.1 35.1 12th 16.3 -0.4 10.8 14th 44.0 127.7 low 34%
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay (Catalina Country Club)     34.6 12th 15.8 -0.1 9.0 10th
Bega AWS 26.7 +0.1 33.0 3rd 14.5 -0.5 7.4 14th 99.0 81.1 high 122%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 25.7 +0.3 35.1 3rd 11.9 -0.4 4.8 14th 75.2 66.8 average 113%
Green Cape AWS 24.2 +0.4 31.0 12th 17.1 -0.4 12.0 14th 43.0 49.4 average 87%
Merimbula Airport AWS 25.1 +0.4 33.6 12th 15.1 -0.1 8.7 14th 63.4 84.1 average 75%
Montague Island Lighthouse 23.8 +0.5 33.0 12th 18.0 +0.1 14.4 10th 13.8 82.4 low 17%
Moruya Airport AWS 25.5 +0.7 35.5 12th 15.5 -0.6 8.8 10th 36.0 101.5 low 35%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 24.4 +0.4 34.2 12th 16.7 +0.4 12.0 14th 36.2 94.7 average 38%
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 24.5 +0.9 34.0 12th 16.5 -0.3 13.6 13th 36.0 90.7 average 40%
Nerriga AWS 26.1   35.3 18th 12.6   4.8 14th 37.2
Ulladulla AWS 24.6 +0.4 34.6 12th 17.7 0.0 12.8 10th 11.8 116.7 v low 10%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 26.5 +1.5 33.4 3rd 10.6 0.0 2.4 14th 37.6 58.0 average 65%
Bombala AWS 25.2 +1.0 33.3 3rd 10.1 -0.5 2.4 14th 61.6 56.9 average 108%
Canberra Airport 29.1 +0.9 36.0 18th 12.9 -0.6 5.5 10th 42.8 64.8 average 66%
Cooma Airport AWS 25.9 +0.9 33.0 3rd 9.9 -0.4 0.5 14th 32.8 48.3 average 68%
Cooma Visitors Centre 26.5 +0.2 33.0 3rd     2.5 14th 56.6 59.7 average 95%
Goulburn Airport AWS 27.4 +1.0 35.8 18th 12.0 -0.7 5.1 14th 16.4 52.6 low 31%
Goulburn TAFE 27.1 +0.6 34.6 18th 13.2 -0.4 7.1 14th 54.8 60.6 average 90%
Mount Ginini AWS 20.0 +1.1 25.3 3rd 8.4 -0.6 0.2 13th 31.4 90.2 low 35%
Taralga Post Office 25.7 +0.7 33.5 18th 12.0 -0.1 5.5 10th 122.0 70.2 high 174%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 28.9 +0.8 35.6 18th 13.3 -0.9 6.2 10th 26.4 69.6 low 38%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Perisher Valley AWS 18.8   23.2 28th 5.6   -2.7 14th 60.0
Thredbo AWS 16.2 -0.1 21.2 3rd 6.4 -0.7 -1.5 13th 100.4 92.4 average 109%
Thredbo Village 21.4 +0.3 27.0 3rd 6.8 -0.2 -1.0 14th 90.0 85.2 average 106%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 31.8 +0.5 37.7 3rd 15.5 -0.8 8.0 14th 27.6 45.3 average 61%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 20.7 -0.1 25.5 4th 10.4 -0.9 2.3 13th 51.2 75.4 average 68%
Hume Reservoir 31.3 +0.8 37.9 3rd 17.0 +0.4 8.2 14th 27.4 42.7 average 64%
Khancoban AWS 30.3 -0.3 36.6 3rd 12.2 -1.2 4.9 14th 36.8 60.6 average 61%
Tumbarumba Post Office 29.2 +0.8 33.6 18th 11.5 -0.5 5.0 13th 33.2 54.0 average 61%
Wagga Wagga AMO 31.9 +1.0 39.6 18th 16.7 +0.3 7.7 14th 16.2 40.2 average 40%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 31.2 +2.2 38.5 18th 15.6 -0.1 8.7 10th 16.6 57.0 low 29%
Cootamundra Airport 30.4 -0.2 37.9 18th 15.5 -0.1 5.9 14th 21.7 55.6 average 39%
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 31.3 +0.3 37.9 18th 15.3 -0.8 5.8 14th 20.0 47.5 average 42%
Gundagai (Nangus Rd) 31.2 -0.1 37.8 18th 16.2 -0.5 9.4 10th 10.6 47.8 low 22%
Temora Airport 31.2 -0.6 38.6 18th 16.4 0.0 8.1 14th 37.4 46.8 average 80%
Young Airport 30.3 -0.2 37.1 18th 14.6 0.0 6.2 14th 90.2 52.4 high 172%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 31.8 +0.4 37.2 4th 15.8 0.0 8.2 13th 32.8 37.0 average 89%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 32.5 +0.4 40.1 3rd 16.0 -0.2 8.7 14th 31.0 30.9 average 100%
Kapooka (Defence) 32.4   40.7 18th 16.6   6.7 14th 9.6
Narrandera Airport AWS 33.0 +0.9 40.5 18th 17.0 -0.4 8.2 14th 13.8 34.6 average 40%
Tocumwal Airport 31.1 -0.4 39.8 3rd 14.8 -1.3 8.7 13th 27.8 29.1 average 96%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 32.6 +0.1 39.9 18th 18.2 -0.2 10.8 10th 28.4 30.8 average 92%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 33.0 +0.6 41.6 18th 17.7 +0.2 10.2 10th 16.2 28.3 average 57%
Hay Airport AWS 33.3 -0.1 41.1 18th 16.6 -0.9 8.0 13th 24.8 41.6 average 60%
Hillston Airport 34.3 +1.5 41.5 18th 18.6 +0.3 9.1 14th 15.0 27.4 average 55%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 33.3 -0.2 41.0 18th 19.0 +0.6 12.2 14th 11.6 35.0 average 33%
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 10 am on Friday 1 March 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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