New South Wales in March 2020: cool and wet

New South Wales was cool and wet in March 2020. Daytime temperatures were below to very much below average across the State. Rainfall was above average over most of the State west of the Dividing Range, but below average in the northeast and around Broken Hill in the west.

Above average rainfall in the west

  • Most of the State west of the Dividing Range, except for around Broken Hill, had above average rainfall for the month. Much of this fell on the 4th and 5th as an inland trough drew in tropical moisture from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther
  • The region recorded 50–150 mm from this event, with the highest total of 136.1 mm at Jingellic on the Murray River on the 5th
  • Fowlers Gap AWS in the far west of the State recorded 120.8 mm on the 4th. More rain fell in 6 hours than in 2018 and 2019 combined
  • Several sites had their highest March daily rainfall on record or their highest total March rainfall for at least 20 years
  • January–March 2020 totals for many towns in the State's west have been around twice as much as for the same period in 2019
  • Monthly rainfall was close to average along most of the coast, but below average in the northeast of the State

Cool conditions across the State

  • Daytime temperatures were below to very much below average across New South Wales in March 2020
  • Across the State, March maximum temperatures were 1.19 °C below the long-term average, the coolest March since 2012
  • February and March 2020 are the first consecutive months of below average maximum temperatures for New South Wales since September and October 2016
  • However, it was a warm start to the month, with maximum temperatures in the high 30s across much of the State on the 1st and 2nd. The State's highest temperature for March was 39.6 °C at Sydney Airport on the 2nd
  • The passage of a southerly airstream on the 14th saw a number of sites in the Sydney basin recording their coldest March day on record
  • Several sites with less than 30 years of data had their lowest March mean daily maximum temperature on record and several others had their lowest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
  • Night-time temperatures were close to average across the State. After several warm years March minimum temperatures were the coolest since 2015

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Extremes in March 2020
Hottest day 39.6 °C at Sydney Airport AMO on the 2nd
Warmest days on average 31.4 °C at Tibooburra Airport
Coolest days on average 12.6 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day 6.4 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 14th
Coldest night -6.0 °C at Perisher Valley AWS on the 15th
Coolest nights on average 3.8 °C at Perisher Valley AWS
Warmest nights on average 20.1 °C at Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS)
Warmest night 25.3 °C at Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Cent on the 4th
Warmest on average overall 25.5 °C at Tibooburra Airport
Coolest on average overall 8.3 °C at Thredbo AWS
Wettest overall 408.6 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview)
Wettest day 136.1 mm at Murray River @ Jingellic on the 5th
Strongest wind gust 104 km/h at Thredbo AWS on the 20th

Maps
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Record highest March daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Pilliga Post Office 94.0 on the 6th 88.9 on the 12th in 1949 138
Mathoura (Mathoura Station) 59.6 on the 5th 52.1 on the 19th in 1950 112
Fords Bridge (Delta) 102.0 on the 4th 96.5 on the 25th in 1969 71
Putty Tea Rooms 98.4 on the 26th 71.8 on the 3rd in 2012 29
Deniliquin Airport AWS 82.8 on the 5th 50.0 on the 1st in 2012 23



Record highest March total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Gwyder River (Gravesend Rd Bdg (Gwydir R 133.5 131.5 in 2017 20 53.9

Highest March total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Pilliga Post Office 176.1 197.1 in 1894 47.4
Wanaaring Post Office 109.0 209.5 in 1956* 27.0
Mendooran Post Office 140.8 192.2 in 1999 55.5
Brewarrina Hospital 175.3 176.7 in 2000 41.0
Mudgee Airport AWS 147.6 187.0 in 2000 62.3
Quambone Station 114.0 161.5 in 2000 36.0

* 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
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 36.3 on the 2nd 36.0 on the 19th in 2002 22 25.9



Record lowest March daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Richmond RAAF 16.6 on the 14th 17.9 on the 17th in 2005 27 27.1
Badgerys Creek AWS 16.7 on the 14th 17.9 on the 21st in 2000 25 26.9
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 18.2 on the 14th 19.0 on the 22nd in 2012 25 26.0
Penrith Lakes AWS 16.8 on the 14th 17.9 on the 17th in 2005 25 27.7
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 14.5 on the 15th 14.9 on the 30th in 2002 24 22.5
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 16.5 on the 14th 17.9 on the 21st in 2000 23 26.9
Albion Park (Shellharbour Airport) 17.4 on the 14th 18.0 on the 21st in 2008 21 25.3
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 17.2 on the 3rd 18.0 on the 16th in 2005 21 30.6
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 17.1 on the 3rd 19.3 on the 29th in 2016 21 31.7
Kempsey Airport AWS 19.8 on the 9th 20.5 on the 22nd in 2018 20 27.5
Moss Vale AWS 11.2 on the 14th 12.5 on the 21st in 2008 20 22.1



Record lowest March mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Scone Airport AWS 26.0 = 26.0 in 2001 28 28.1
Wanaaring Post Office 29.8 30.0 in 1994 28 32.8
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 20.8 20.9 in 2003 23 22.5
Taree Airport AWS 25.5 = 25.5 in 2003 22 27.0
Coonamble Airport AWS 28.3 28.6 in 2012 21 31.2

Lowest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
March
Coonabarabran (Showgrounds) 25.8 24.7 in 1967* 28.2
Dunedoo Post Office 26.2 26.1 in 1994 28.5
Mudgee Airport AWS 24.5 24.3 in 1994 26.8
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 25.3 24.3 in 1994* 26.8
Dubbo Airport AWS 26.9 26.3 in 1999 29.1

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




Record highest March daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 22.4 on the 6th = 22.4 on the 26th in 2019 25 17.1
Glen Innes Airport AWS 17.8 on the 6th 17.6 on the 30th in 2017 24 11.0



Record lowest March temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Bega AWS 2.9 on the 15th 3.1 on the 27th in 2015 29 12.9



Summary statistics for March 2020
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2020
Diff
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Highest for
March
2020
Mean for
March
2020
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2020
Total for
March
2020
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2020
Fraction of
March
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 28.9 -2.5 37.9 1st 17.0 -0.5 12.3 27th 146.0 29.9 v high 488%
Smithville AWS 31.1   39.0 1st 18.3   13.1 27th 6.4
Tibooburra Airport 31.4 -1.3 39.2 1st 19.5 -0.2 15.5 15th 41.4 23.2 high 178%
Wanaaring (Borrona Downs AWS) 30.7   38.6 1st 20.1   15.5 25th 58.8
White Cliffs AWS 29.9 -2.2 38.4 1st 18.5 -0.6 14.1 15th 37.0 36.9 average 100%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 29.5 -2.2 38.6 1st 16.1 -0.3 11.3 4th 76.2 30.1 high 253%
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill Airport AWS 27.6 -1.5 36.0 1st 15.2 -0.2 9.0 26th 10.6 20.0 average 53%
Lake Victoria Storage 27.8 -0.8 38.0 19th 13.9 -0.2 8.5 26th 21.3 14.6 high 146%
Menindee Post Office 29.0 -1.7 37.6 1st 15.5 +0.2 11.0 26th 31.5 18.4 high 171%
Mulurulu AWS 27.8   36.5 1st 15.1   8.5 26th 54.6
Pooncarie Mail Agency 29.2 -1.9 37.5 1st 14.9 -0.4 9.1 31st 16.5 17.8 average 93%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 30.0 -2.8 37.9 1st 17.8 -0.9 13.5 26th 83.0 38.9 high 213%
Brewarrina Hospital 29.9 -2.5 37.9 1st 17.3 -0.2 13.6 26th 175.3 41.0 v high 428%
Cobar Airport AWS 28.9 -1.8 35.8 1st 16.9 +0.5 11.8 26th 49.6 29.6 high 168%
Cobar MO 28.6 -1.6 35.6 20th 17.1 -0.1 12.2 26th 57.8 35.0 high 165%
Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Cent 30.3 -2.2 38.1 2nd 18.6 -0.5 14.2 19th 38.2 41.0 average 93%
Noona AWS 29.4   36.9 1st 17.2   12.3 26th 45.4
Wanaaring (Delta AWS) 30.0   37.6 1st 18.2   14.2 1st 115.4
Wanaaring Post Office 29.8 -3.0 38.6 2nd 18.8 +0.9 14.1 25th 109.0 27.0 v high 404%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald (RSL) 28.0 -1.2 36.4 19th 13.9 +0.2 7.0 26th 22.2 22.0 average 101%
Euabalong (Mount Hope AWS) 28.0   35.9 1st 14.5   9.3 23rd 87.6
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 28.0 -2.6 37.0 1st 16.1 -0.4 10.4 26th 56.6 26.4 high 214%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 27.4 -2.2 34.9 1st 15.3 +0.4 10.5 23rd 113.1 41.5 v high 273%
Condobolin Airport AWS 27.4 -2.4 34.9 1st 15.2 +0.2 9.7 23rd 108.8 38.6 v high 282%
Peak Hill Post Office     35.5 2nd 17.2 +0.7 13.4 22nd 59.2 50.6 average 117%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 26.8 -2.3 34.1 1st 14.6 0.0 8.7 23rd 83.4 36.3 high 230%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 28.3 -2.9 36.4 2nd 16.0 -1.0 12.1 15th 115.4 54.2 high 213%
Girilambone (Okeh) AWS 28.6   37.5 2nd 17.4   13.9 26th 128.8
Trangie Research Station AWS 27.6 -1.9 35.2 2nd 16.2 +0.4 12.4 16th 113.4 47.3 high 240%
Walgett (Brewon AWS) 29.1   37.4 2nd 16.1   11.7 22nd 91.4
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 31.0 -1.0 37.4 2nd 18.4 +0.7 14.0 18th 75.6 51.2 high 148%
Walgett Airport AWS 29.6 -2.4 38.7 2nd 16.6 -0.3 10.4 22nd 78.8 35.8 high 220%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 30.1 -1.1 35.7 2nd 17.6 +0.2 14.4 13th 99.4 54.8 high 181%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba (Clifton Lane) 27.2 -1.9 33.0 2nd 13.4 +0.5 7.1 19th 96.4 54.7 high 176%
Narrabri Airport AWS 29.4 -1.7 36.1 2nd 16.0 -0.8 10.3 22nd 71.6 60.5 average 118%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 28.1 -2.3 34.8 21st 15.0 -0.4 9.6 19th 70.8 48.0 high 148%
Quirindi Post Office 27.2 -2.1 34.7 2nd 13.9 +0.3 8.0 17th 77.6 53.6 high 145%
Tamworth Airport AWS 27.5 -1.9 33.6 2nd 14.4 -0.1 8.8 19th 83.4 51.1 average 163%
Woolbrook (Woolbrook Road) 23.2 -1.7 32.8 22nd 12.3 +2.3 5.0 19th 77.6 53.2 high 146%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 22.3 -1.7 28.6 2nd 11.5 +0.8 3.6 19th 59.4 67.5 average 88%
Armidale Airport AWS 21.8 -1.5 28.1 2nd 11.6 +0.1 6.9 14th 67.6 61.7 average 110%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 22.9 -0.3 29.0 2nd 10.8 -0.8 4.5 19th 52.4 70.9 average 74%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 22.8 -1.3 28.3 21st 10.9 -0.1 4.1 19th 73.4 80.3 average 91%
Guyra Hospital 20.0 -1.4 26.0 2nd 10.4 +0.2 6.1 28th 77.2 70.5 average 110%
Inverell (Raglan St) 27.4 -1.0 32.3 3rd 13.1 +0.8 7.2 19th 81.3 76.6 average 106%
Inverell Research Centre 26.6 -0.6 32.2 3rd 14.6 +0.1 9.5 19th 78.4 70.2 average 112%
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 23.5 -1.1 30.5 2nd     6.2 20th 18.8 80.6 low 23%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 23.9 -0.8 31.3 22nd 15.9 0.0 13.0 16th 85.8 158.1 low 54%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 27.1 0.0 32.0 2nd 18.6 +0.2 12.7 19th 85.2 201.9 low 42%
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 25.9 -0.7 29.8 22nd 19.8 -0.4 16.3 17th 138.8 150.2 average 92%
Casino Airport AWS 28.2 -0.2 35.3 2nd 17.3 -0.4 12.7 19th 58.6 137.7 low 43%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 27.2 +0.2 35.5 2nd 18.8 -0.2 15.0 20th 178.8 196.7 average 91%
Grafton Airport AWS 27.4 -1.0 34.6 2nd 17.3 -0.3 12.0 19th 66.2 158.3 v low 42%
Grafton Research Stn 27.4 -0.7 34.5 2nd     13.6 19th 76.6 121.7 average 63%
Lismore Airport AWS 27.6 -0.7 36.0 2nd 17.3 0.0 11.5 19th 65.2 173.1 v low 38%
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 27.5 -0.7 33.9 2nd 18.3 -0.1 13.5 19th 119.1 214.3 average 56%
Yamba Pilot Station 26.5 +0.4 31.3 2nd 19.6 +0.3 16.0 19th 157.8 185.8 average 85%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour Airport 26.1   32.8 2nd 18.0   14.2 14th 225.8
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 20.8 -1.7 30.5 2nd 13.5 -0.2 9.0 14th 294.8 308.4 average 96%
Kempsey Airport AWS 26.1 -1.4 36.4 2nd 16.9 +0.4 12.3 19th
Manning (district 60)
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 25.5 -1.0 33.4 2nd 17.4 +0.3 13.6 19th 257.8 182.3 high 141%
Taree Airport AWS 25.5 -1.5 36.6 2nd 16.8 +0.1 12.0 19th 193.2 165.3 high 117%
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 25.3 -1.5 34.9 2nd 16.1 +0.3 12.8 19th 408.6 243.5 high 168%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock Airport AWS 25.8 -1.6 36.3 2nd 15.1 +0.3 9.7 18th 108.8 76.9 high 141%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 25.4 -1.5 37.0 2nd 15.3 -0.7 10.3 18th 173.0 129.0 high 134%
Gosford AWS 24.8   36.7 2nd 16.2   11.3 18th 180.4
Maitland Airport AWS 26.0   36.5 2nd 15.4   10.8 13th 118.2
Mangrove Mountain AWS     37.2 2nd 14.6 -0.7 10.5 28th 161.4 141.6 average 114%
Merriwa (Roscommon) 24.6 -3.3 33.4 2nd 13.3 -0.5 8.5 14th 83.4 55.2 high 151%
Murrurundi (Haydon Street) 25.0   33.8 2nd 13.0   6.5 18th 75.1
Murrurundi Gap AWS 22.1 -2.5 29.8 2nd 13.5 -0.7 9.4 28th 67.0 75.1 average 89%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 25.7 -0.2 36.3 2nd 18.4 +0.5 15.9 18th 153.0 117.7 high 130%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 24.6 -0.2 36.1 2nd 18.4 +0.1 14.4 18th 155.4 119.4 high 130%
Newcastle University 26.5 -0.4 37.5 2nd 16.9 -0.7 12.6 18th 182.4 127.3 high 143%
Norah Head AWS 25.4 +0.2 36.4 2nd 18.1 -0.8 14.1 15th 141.2 116.2 average 122%
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 26.1 -1.0 37.3 2nd 15.6 -0.2 11.4 13th 147.4 118.2 high 125%
Scone Airport AWS 26.0 -2.1 34.4 2nd 13.7 -0.7 7.3 13th 62.8 57.2 average 110%
Singleton Defence AWS 25.5   36.0 2nd 16.0   12.2 18th 79.4
Williamtown RAAF 26.1 -0.3 37.4 2nd 16.5 +0.1 12.5 28th 106.2 120.7 average 88%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Mudgee Airport AWS 24.5 -2.3 33.7 2nd 13.5 +0.7 8.3 19th 147.6 62.3 v high 237%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 23.4 -1.3 33.5 2nd 10.8 0.0 6.5 18th 135.6 52.9 v high 256%
Bathurst Airport AWS 23.2 -1.6 33.6 2nd 11.4 +0.7 6.7 18th 123.4 59.0 high 209%
Katoomba (Farnells Rd) 19.6 -0.8 30.7 2nd 10.4 -1.1 5.6 15th 218.2 168.9 high 129%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 20.1 -2.3 30.0 2nd 10.9 0.0 4.4 13th 102.9 75.2 high 137%
Marrangaroo (Defence) 20.1   30.6 2nd 10.4   4.6 18th 86.8
Mount Boyce AWS 19.3 -1.3 29.8 2nd 10.8 -0.6 5.8 15th 148.4 118.7 high 125%
Oberon (Albion St) 20.5 -1.0 27.9 2nd 9.8 +0.7 3.1 13th 108.0 66.1 high 163%
Orange Airport AWS 20.8 -2.3 30.2 2nd 9.7 -0.2 5.1 18th 131.2 69.3 high 189%
Springwood (Valley Heights) 23.4 -1.9 37.0 2nd 14.7 -0.8 11.0 15th 129.8 127.1 average 102%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran (Showgrounds) 25.8 -2.4 33.4 2nd 13.2 +1.4 8.5 19th 108.8 63.7 high 171%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 24.4 -2.4 31.8 2nd 14.4 -0.7 9.7 15th 100.4 72.0 average 139%
Dunedoo Post Office 26.2 -2.3 34.8 2nd 14.9 +0.5 10.5 19th 123.3 54.7 v high 225%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 26.7 -1.9 35.4 2nd 14.0 +0.4 9.2 28th 94.4 55.2 high 171%
Dubbo Airport AWS 26.9 -2.2 34.5 1st 14.8 0.0 11.2 16th 145.0 63.5 high 228%
Forbes Airport AWS 27.4 -2.1 34.7 1st 14.6 +0.2 9.4 23rd 63.6 50.2 average 127%
Parkes Airport AWS 27.1 -1.8 34.2 2nd 14.6 +0.5 9.2 23rd 52.8 53.7 average 98%
Wellington (D&J Rural) 27.0 -2.4 34.6 2nd 14.3 +0.3 10.0 22nd 119.0 51.3 v high 232%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 25.7 -0.7 38.0 2nd 16.2 -0.1 12.0 18th 104.0 100.6 average 103%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 25.1 -0.9 37.3 2nd 15.7 -0.9 11.1 18th 143.6 81.1 high 177%
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 25.1   37.5 2nd 15.5   11.0 18th 99.6
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 25.3 -1.0 37.7 2nd 15.3 -0.6 10.4 15th 110.2 112.5 average 98%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 25.3 +0.5 37.6 2nd 17.6 0.0 13.3 15th 160.4 131.6 high 122%
Sydney Airport AMO 25.5 +0.1 39.6 2nd 17.7 +0.1 13.1 15th 129.8 118.1 average 110%
Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) 23.6 -0.3 34.8 20th 18.2 -1.2 13.5 15th
Sydney Olympic Park AWS (Archery Centre) 25.6   37.9 2nd 16.4   11.8 15th 132.0
Terrey Hills AWS 23.6 -1.2 36.3 2nd 16.0 -0.9 11.7 15th 235.0 148.1 high 159%
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 25.1 -1.8 36.4 2nd 15.2 -0.1 11.4 18th 107.6 84.1 high 128%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 25.3 -1.6 37.1 2nd 15.4 -0.8 11.5 15th 118.2 84.8 high 139%
Penrith Lakes AWS 26.3 -1.4 39.5 2nd 15.8 -1.0 12.6 13th 82.0 79.0 average 104%
Richmond RAAF 25.8 -1.3 38.7 2nd 15.5 -0.3 11.4 13th 102.6 81.1 average 127%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Shellharbour Airport) 25.0 -0.3 36.1 2nd 15.3 -0.3 10.2 18th 56.8 120.7 average 47%
Bellambi AWS 23.5 -0.6 35.1 20th 17.1 -1.1 11.8 15th 164.0 126.3 high 130%
Camden Airport AWS 25.9 -1.0 36.8 2nd 14.4 -0.5 9.6 18th 88.4 89.6 average 99%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 25.3 -1.9 36.9 2nd 14.4 -0.8 9.8 18th 82.2 83.2 average 99%
High Range AWS (Wanganderry) 19.8   31.0 2nd 11.8   5.8 15th 87.4
Holsworthy Defence AWS 24.4   37.5 2nd 15.0   10.7 18th 99.8
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular) 23.1 -0.4 33.0 20th 17.1 -0.6 12.5 15th 77.6 115.6 average 67%
Jervis Bay NSW (Jervis Bay Airfield AWS) 23.5   33.9 20th 15.8   11.9 15th 81.6
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 23.6 -0.3 35.2 20th 17.4 -0.5 12.5 15th 76.4 144.9 average 53%
Moss Vale AWS 20.2 -1.9 30.1 2nd 11.8 -0.2 6.5 15th 51.4 80.5 low 64%
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 24.8 -0.5 35.9 2nd 15.0 -0.1 10.8 15th 53.0 109.0 low 49%
South Coast (district 69)
Bega AWS 24.7 -0.1 33.8 19th 11.9 -1.0 2.9 15th 37.2 66.9 average 56%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 21.2 -1.7 29.6 1st 10.1 0.0 2.6 15th 126.2 58.0 high 218%
Green Cape AWS 22.2 -0.4 28.5 19th 16.1 -0.2 12.6 15th 26.8 44.1 average 61%
Merimbula Airport AWS 23.5 -0.2 32.0 19th 12.9 -0.8 6.3 15th 112.6 79.2 high 142%
Montague Island Lighthouse 22.2 -0.2 27.7 19th 16.8 -0.4 13.1 14th 128.0 100.3 high 128%
Moruya Airport AWS 23.4 -0.6 31.4 20th 13.6 -0.7 6.6 15th 98.6 82.6 average 119%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 22.5 -0.8 30.5 20th 15.1 0.0 9.9 15th 103.4 107.1 average 97%
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 22.4 -0.5 26.0 19th 15.4 -0.1 11.4 15th 116.2 105.0 average 111%
Nerriga AWS 21.3   30.8 2nd 11.2   4.8 15th 58.6
Ulladulla AWS 23.1 -0.3 34.5 2nd 15.9 -0.6 11.1 15th 111.6 110.3 average 101%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 22.4 -0.3 31.2 19th 8.4 -0.2 0.5 15th 30.2 60.2 average 50%
Bombala AWS 20.7 -1.2 30.1 1st 8.3 -0.4 0.9 15th 29.0 58.2 average 50%
Canberra Airport 23.4 -2.0 31.1 2nd 10.8 -0.4 4.3 15th 99.8 63.3 high 158%
Cooma Airport AWS 21.2 -1.2 28.5 19th 7.3 -0.5 -1.6 15th 30.2 47.5 average 64%
Goulburn Airport AWS 22.3 -1.5 31.0 2nd 9.9 -0.2 2.2 15th 48.2 40.4 average 119%
Goulburn TAFE 21.9 -2.1 30.3 2nd 11.5 +0.1 4.4 15th 60.2 57.7 average 104%
Mount Ginini AWS 14.9 -1.5 21.4 19th 6.2 -1.1 0.2 15th 154.0 86.1 high 179%
Taralga Post Office 20.9 -1.7 29.5 2nd 10.0 +0.1 3.5 15th 64.8 67.1 average 97%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 23.4 -1.9 30.2 1st 11.0 -0.4 5.1 15th 99.4 54.5 high 182%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Perisher Valley AWS 14.4   19.6 2nd 3.8   -6.0 15th 102.0 181.7 low 56%
Thredbo AWS 12.6 -0.9 16.8 2nd 4.0 -0.9 -3.8 15th 128.0 120.6 average 106%
Thredbo Village 17.4 -0.8 22.5 2nd 4.9 +0.1 -4.0 15th 99.5 117.7 average 85%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 26.2 -1.7 33.7 1st 13.3 +0.3 10.0 16th 129.8 43.4 v high 299%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 16.8 -0.8 22.4 1st 8.2 -0.6 0.9 15th 124.6 83.4 high 149%
Hume Reservoir 26.3 -0.8 33.1 1st 14.4 +0.5 9.9 31st 144.8 46.6 v high 311%
Khancoban AWS 25.8 -1.4 32.5 1st 10.7 0.0 3.9 15th 105.8 63.4 high 167%
Tumbarumba Post Office 24.8 -0.3 30.0 1st 9.7 +0.8 3.9 15th 70.2 66.2 average 106%
Wagga Wagga AMO 26.7 -1.0 33.7 1st 14.2 +0.7 8.7 23rd 77.4 45.0 high 172%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 25.7 -0.4 33.6 1st 13.5 +0.1 9.3 15th 102.7 61.7 high 166%
Cootamundra Airport 25.7 -1.7 33.1 1st 12.7 +0.4 7.0 18th 85.2 52.9 high 161%
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 26.0 -1.9 33.7 2nd 13.1 -0.3 7.8 23rd 74.4 48.9 high 152%
Gundagai (Nangus Rd) 26.7 -1.3 33.6 1st 13.4 -0.1 7.5 15th 72.1 49.4 average 146%
Temora Airport 26.6 -2.1 34.6 1st 13.6 0.0 6.0 23rd 97.2 34.3 v high 283%
Young Airport 25.7 -1.6 32.7 2nd 12.0 +0.7 5.9 23rd 62.2 47.5 high 131%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Deniliquin Airport AWS 27.1 -1.6 35.1 1st 13.3 -0.2 7.9 24th 89.6 25.9 v high 346%
Kapooka (Defence) 26.9   34.4 1st 14.4   7.2 23rd 96.8
Narrandera Airport AWS 27.2 -1.6 34.8 1st 13.9 -0.3 7.3 23rd 103.6 31.7 v high 327%
Tocumwal Airport 26.4 -1.7 34.5 19th 13.1 -0.6 8.1 15th 77.4 34.8 high 222%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 27.1 -2.0 34.5 1st 14.9 -0.6 8.3 23rd 99.4 33.2 v high 299%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 27.2 -1.7 34.4 1st 14.1 -0.2 8.0 31st 45.6 35.3 high 129%
Hay Airport AWS 27.5 -2.4 35.5 1st 14.5 -0.3 7.0 26th 50.0 28.7 high 174%
Hillston Airport 28.0 -1.3 35.5 1st 15.4 +0.2 9.5 31st 68.6 33.3 high 206%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 27.6 -2.6 36.0 1st 16.2 +0.9 11.5 23rd 60.4 36.8 high 164%
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 Wednesday 1 April 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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