New South Wales in March 2016: warmest March on record

A significant and prolonged heatwave at the start of March broke numerous records across New South Wales, resulting in the warmest March on record for statewide average mean and minimum temperatures. Rainfall was below average, particularly in the north and east, but severe thunderstorms caused locally heavy rainfall.

  • Warmest March on record for statewide mean and minimum temperatures
  • Sixth-warmest March on record for statewide average maximum temperatures
  • Significant and prolonged heatwave breaks records in early March
  • Below average rainfall in the north and east

New South Wales recorded its warmest March on record for statewide average mean and minimum temperatures during 2016. It was also the sixth-warmest March on record for statewide average maximum temperatures, and the warmest since 1998. Temperatures were well above average across most of the State, with several stations recording their warmest March on record for either maximum, minimum, or mean temperatures.

Temperatures were very warm across the State during the first two weeks of the month, when a significant and prolonged heatwave affected the country (see Special Climate Statement 55: Prolonged March heatwave affects many parts of Australia). Numerous stations broke March records for extended periods above temperature thresholds such as 30 °C or 35 °C, as well as record spells of night-time temperatures above 20 °C, with some places such as Sydney recording warm spells twice as long as the previous record for any month. Some also broke records for extreme daily maximum or minimum temperatures, although the heatwave was more notable for its prolonged nature than daily extremes. Temperatures were closer to average during the second half of March, with particularly cool days in western NSW on the 29th.

Rainfall during March was 45% below average for the State as a whole, with average to below average rainfall across much of the east and north, parts of which recorded their driest March on record. Most of the rest of the State recorded close to average rainfall, with the exception of above-average falls in parts of the far west. Most of the rain during the month was associated with localised showers and thunderstorms, including isolated totals above 100 mm on several occasions, with a cold front producing wind gusts above 100 km/h and more widespread rainfall on the 18th.

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Extremes in March 2016
Hottest day 43.0 °C at Menindee Post Office on the 2nd
43.0 °C at Pooncarie Mail Agency on the 6th
43.0 °C at Pooncarie Mail Agency on the 8th
Warmest days on average 35.1 °C at Wanaaring Post Office
Coolest days on average 14.8 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day 5.9 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 19th
Coldest night -2.4 °C at Perisher Valley AWS on the 20th
Coolest nights on average 6.1 °C at Perisher Valley AWS
Warmest nights on average 21.9 °C at Tibooburra Airport
Warmest night 30.5 °C at White Cliffs AWS on the 10th
Warmest on average overall 27.9 °C at Tibooburra Airport
27.9 °C at Wanaaring Post Office
Coolest on average overall 10.7 °C at Thredbo AWS
Wettest overall 475.0 mm at Boat Harbour (Rous River)
Driest overall 1.0 mm at Brewarrina Hospital
Wettest day 125.2 mm at Bangalow (Fowlers Lane) on the 1st
Strongest wind gust 135 km/h at Thredbo AWS on the 18th

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daily
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Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
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Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Highest March total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 385.8 457.2 in 1987* 217.6
Broken Hill (Koralta) 62.0 119.4 in 1989* 15.9
Hay (Bedarbidgal) 50.2 177.0 in 1989* 18.1

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


Record lowest March total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Number One (Murrays Creek) 9.8 13.4 in 1981 45 140.2
Wittitrin 16.0 23.6 in 1965 41 152.4
Richmond RAAF 12.8 21.4 in 1997 22 70.7
Penrith Lakes AWS 16.8 18.4 in 1996 21 69.2
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 55.4 66.2 in 2008 20 294.3
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 27.8 59.8 in 2008 20 158.1

Lowest March total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
March
Meldrum (Coolawarrah) 39.0 18.8 in 1965* 217.3
Bundarra (Granite Heights) 2.6 0.0 in 1981 53.3
Walcha (Karori) 11.2 =11.2 in 1986* 89.9
Springwood (Valley Heights) 29.0 9.6 in 1991* 125.0
Wingham (Lanark Close) 29.0 17.8 in 1991* 144.1
Paterson Post Office 21.2 12.6 in 1991* 123.1

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


Record highest March temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Thredbo Village 28.9 on the 6th 28.5 on the 8th in 1983 45 18.1
Albury Airport AWS 38.5 on the 7th = 38.5 on the 12th in 2006 23 27.5
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 28.4 on the 8th 27.8 on the 15th in 2008 20 17.4

Record lowest March daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Broken Hill Airport AWS 15.4 on the 29th 16.5 on the 16th in 2005 27 28.8

Record highest March mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 28.3 28.0 in 1998 77 26.2
Lord Howe Island Aero 26.0 = 26.0 in 2015 27 24.8
Mount Boyce AWS 23.5 23.4 in 1998 24 20.4
Wanaaring Post Office 35.1 34.7 in 2002 24 32.4
Young Airport 29.8 29.5 in 2006 24 27.1
Albury Airport AWS 30.8 30.4 in 2006 22 27.5
Grafton Research Stn 30.2 29.9 in 1924 21 27.8
Norah Head AWS 26.3 26.2 in 2006 21 24.9
Armidale Airport AWS 25.6 24.9 in 2015 20 23.0
Gundagai (Nangus Rd) 30.4 30.0 in 2006 20 27.8
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 27.7 27.5 in 2015 20 26.4

Highest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Hume Reservoir 30.2 31.8 in 1940* 27.0
Corowa Airport 32.3 34.2 in 1940* 28.0
Williamtown RAAF 28.4 28.5 in 1983 26.3
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 25.7 26.9 in 1980* 23.1
Murrurundi Post Office 29.5 29.8 in 1983* 27.7
Balranald (RSL) 32.1 33.8 in 1986 29.2
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 32.5 33.2 in 1986 29.5
Tocumwal Airport 31.2 31.9 in 1986 28.0
Wagga Wagga AMO 30.6 31.2 in 1986 27.6
Peak Hill Post Office 31.6 32.8 in 1986* 29.3
Griffith Airport AWS 32.1 32.2 in 1986* 28.7
Norfolk Island Aero 25.5 =25.5 in 1990 24.3

* 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
Sydney Airport AMO 23.4 on the 4th = 23.4 on the 5th in 1980 77 17.6
Tocumwal Airport 25.1 on the 6th 24.2 on the 13th in 1985 46 13.6
Wanaaring Post Office 27.6 on the 14th 26.6 on the 3rd in 2009 25 17.6
Albury Airport AWS 24.6 on the 10th 21.4 on the 12th in 1999 23 12.6
Richmond RAAF 22.7 on the 11th 22.0 on the 19th in 2000 22 15.6
Penrith Lakes AWS 23.3 on the 11th 23.2 on the 17th in 2000 21 16.6
Narrandera Airport AWS 24.2 on the 6th 22.5 on the 1st in 2015 20 13.8

Record highest March mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 19.7 19.6 in 2006 157 17.6
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 17.1 16.9 in 1876 140 15.0
Nyngan Airport 19.5 19.2 in 2007 92 16.4
Hume Reservoir 17.1 = 17.1 in 1956 84 13.8
Sydney Airport AMO 19.7 = 19.7 in 2006 76 17.6
Cobar MO 19.4 = 19.4 in 2007 53 17.1
Tumbarumba Post Office 11.6 11.5 in 2007 50 8.8
Peak Hill Post Office 19.3 18.9 in 2007 48 16.3
Montague Island Lighthouse 18.4 = 18.4 in 2006 43 17.1
Griffith Airport AWS 17.3 17.1 in 1983 41 14.2
Lord Howe Island Aero 21.2 20.8 in 2011 27 20.0
Broken Hill Airport AWS 18.1 17.5 in 2008 26 15.1
Bega AWS 15.3 14.9 in 2000 24 12.7
Cooma Airport AWS 10.1 9.6 in 2014 24 7.5
Ulladulla AWS 17.7 17.3 in 2014 24 16.3
Wanaaring Post Office 20.5 20.3 in 2007 24 17.6
Albury Airport AWS 15.8 15.4 in 2000 22 12.6
Cobar Airport AWS 18.5 = 18.5 in 2007 22 16.2
Grafton Research Stn 19.0 = 19.0 in 2015 21 17.4
Moree Aero 19.6 18.8 in 2000 20 17.0
Penrith Lakes AWS 18.3 18.1 in 2000 20 16.6

Highest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 20.3 20.4 in 1956 18.8
Katoomba (Murri St) 13.4 14.7 in 1940* 11.4
Wagga Wagga AMO 16.4 16.5 in 1968 13.4
Menindee Post Office 18.6 19.6 in 1974* 15.2
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 18.3 18.5 in 1983 14.8
Cooma Visitors Centre 10.5 10.6 in 1983 8.1
Lake Victoria Storage 16.7 17.3 in 1983 14.0
Tocumwal Airport 16.0 =16.0 in 1983 13.6
Hillston Airport 17.3 18.7 in 1983* 15.1
Corowa Airport 16.4 16.5 in 1983* 12.7
Oberon (Springbank) 10.9 =10.9 in 1968* 9.0
Inverell Research Centre 15.7 16.1 in 1989 14.4
Lake Cargelligo Airport 18.4 19.2 in 1983* 15.2
Mungindi Post Office 20.1 20.9 in 1989* 17.6
Bombala AWS 11.0 11.8 in 1995 8.5
Thredbo AWS 6.6 6.8 in 1980* 4.8

* 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
Hume Reservoir 23.6 = 23.6 in 1940 83 20.4
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 24.3 23.8 in 2015 77 22.5
Sydney Airport AMO 23.3 = 23.3 in 2006 76 21.4
Wagga Wagga AMO 23.5 23.1 in 1968 74 20.5
Williamtown RAAF 22.9 = 22.9 in 1983 65 21.3
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 25.4 24.9 in 1983 52 22.1
Barraba Post Office 23.2 22.7 in 1998 50 20.8
Tumbarumba Post Office 19.5 19.2 in 1968 50 16.9
Peak Hill Post Office 25.4 = 25.4 in 1983 48 22.8
Tocumwal Airport 23.6 23.3 in 1974 45 20.8
Oberon (Springbank) 17.7 17.3 in 1980 43 15.2
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 19.3 19.2 in 2000 43 17.3
Thredbo Village 13.9 13.6 in 2000 42 11.4
Griffith Airport AWS 24.7 23.9 in 1986 40 21.4
Lord Howe Island Aero 23.6 23.2 in 2015 27 22.4
Bathurst Airport AWS 20.1 19.2 in 1998 24 17.5
Bega AWS 20.7 20.5 in 2014 24 18.7
Cooma Airport AWS 17.1 16.6 in 1998 24 14.9
Goulburn Airport AWS 19.1 18.5 in 2006 24 16.8
Mount Boyce AWS 18.0 = 18.0 in 1998 24 15.8
Mudgee Airport AWS 21.9 21.6 in 1998 24 19.5
Wanaaring Post Office 27.9 27.4 in 2007 24 25.0
Young Airport 21.9 21.5 in 2007 24 19.0
Albury Airport AWS 23.3 21.8 in 2006 22 20.1
Cobar Airport AWS 25.3 = 25.3 in 1998 22 23.3
Grafton Research Stn 24.6 24.3 in 2015 21 22.6
Armidale Airport AWS 18.9 18.7 in 2000 20 17.1
Badgerys Creek AWS 22.9 22.8 in 1998 20 20.9
Cootamundra Airport 22.2 21.7 in 2007 20 19.6
Forbes Airport AWS 24.0 23.6 in 2007 20 21.7
Moree Aero 26.5 26.1 in 1998 20 23.9
Penrith Lakes AWS 24.1 23.9 in 1998 20 22.0

Highest March mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Nyngan Airport 26.2 26.3 in 1938* 23.4
Lake Victoria Storage 24.0 24.4 in 1934* 21.3
Mungindi Post Office 27.5 =27.5 in 1943* 24.7
Taralga Post Office 18.7 18.8 in 1968* 16.2
Bankstown Airport AWS 23.1 23.2 in 1983 21.2
Bathurst Agricultural Station 20.1 20.2 in 1983 17.7
Goulburn TAFE 19.9 20.6 in 1983 17.5
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 19.0 19.1 in 1980* 17.2
Murrurundi Post Office 21.1 22.1 in 1983* 20.2
Bombala (Therry Street) 17.7 18.4 in 1983* 15.6
Cooma Visitors Centre 17.9 18.1 in 1986 15.9
Hillston Airport 24.5 24.7 in 1986* 22.2
Lake Cargelligo Airport 25.0 25.5 in 1983* 22.7
Bombala AWS 17.3 18.0 in 1995 15.1

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


Summary statistics for March 2016
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2016
Mean for
March
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2016
Total for
March
2016
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2016
Fraction of
March
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 32.5 +1.7 40.9 2nd 20.3 +3.2 11.3 31st 15.0 27.0 average 56%
Tibooburra Airport 33.9 +1.6 40.9 1st 21.9 +2.6 11.6 31st 32.4 23.9 high 136%
White Cliffs AWS 33.3 +1.8 40.7 2nd 21.8 +3.2 11.8 31st 45.4 43.7 average 104%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 33.6 +2.4 41.9 2nd 18.8 +2.8 7.6 31st 6.2 30.7 low 20%
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill Airport AWS 30.2 +1.4 40.4 2nd 18.1 +3.0 9.1 31st 31.2 20.9 high 149%
Lake Victoria Storage 31.2 +2.7 41.5 6th 16.7 +2.7 9.5 30th 1.2 14.9 low 8%
Menindee Post Office 32.6 +1.9 43.0 2nd 18.6 +3.4 9.6 31st 25.4 18.6 high 137%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 32.8 +2.2 43.0 8th 18.1 +3.3 6.8 31st 25.7 18.1 high 142%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 34.7 +2.3 40.4 3rd 20.0 +1.7 9.0 31st 1.6 38.7 v low 4%
Brewarrina Hospital 33.9 +1.6 38.7 3rd 19.2 +1.8 10.8 31st 1.0 39.8 low 3%
Cobar Airport AWS 32.1 +1.7 39.5 3rd 18.5 +2.3 7.1 31st 23.0 29.5 average 78%
Cobar MO 31.7 +1.7 39.4 3rd 19.4 +2.3 8.8 31st 69.4 35.9 high 193%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 33.6 +1.3 37.2 14th 20.8 +2.1 9.5 31st 24.5 40.0 average 61%
Wanaaring Post Office 35.1 +2.7 41.7 13th 20.5 +2.9 9.6 31st 6.2 26.7 average 23%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald (RSL) 32.1 +2.9 41.6 6th     6.7 31st 9.8 22.3 average 44%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 33.7 +3.6 41.0 6th 20.9 +4.9 9.2 31st 10.8 26.1 average 41%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 32.5 +3.0 38.0 3rd 18.3 +3.5 8.5 20th 21.8 39.3 average 55%
Condobolin Airport AWS 32.3 +2.8 38.7 3rd 18.1 +3.4 8.7 20th 18.8 29.9 average 63%
Peak Hill Post Office 31.6 +2.3 37.5 12th 19.3 +3.0 10.6 19th 43.0 50.2 average 86%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 31.5 +2.8 38.3 5th 16.9 +2.7 8.9 20th 13.4 35.2 average 38%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 32.7 +1.8 38.1 3rd 18.3 +1.7 9.0 31st 5.0 47.5 v low 11%
Nyngan Airport 33.0 +2.5 39.5 12th 19.5 +3.1 11.0 31st 7.0 41.7 low 17%
Trangie Research Station AWS 32.7 +3.4 38.9 3rd 17.7 +2.0 6.9 31st 7.0 46.9 low 15%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 34.9 +3.0 38.9 14th 20.1 +2.5 11.4 20th 32.6 51.0 average 64%
Walgett Airport AWS 33.7 +2.0 38.1 3rd 18.4 +1.8 10.2 20th 10.6 32.9 average 32%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 33.4 +2.5 36.3 2nd 19.6 +2.6 12.2 20th 9.0 48.7 low 18%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 32.0 +3.1 36.4 8th 14.4 +1.6 7.4 23rd 21.1 54.5 low 39%
Narrabri Airport AWS 33.3 +2.6 36.9 7th 18.7 +2.4 10.0 31st 18.0 50.4 average 36%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 32.5 +2.5 36.8 3rd 16.8 +1.8 8.9 23rd 7.4 42.8 low 17%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 31.6 +2.5 36.0 3rd 18.2 +1.6 9.7 31st 13.6 42.6 low 32%
Quirindi Post Office 31.6 +2.3 36.0 13th 15.6 +2.1 8.8 23rd 11.8 53.0 low 22%
Tamworth Airport AWS 31.6 +2.5 35.7 3rd 15.6 +1.4 8.5 23rd 22.0 47.5 average 46%
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 27.4 +2.6 32.5 3rd 11.2 +1.4 3.0 23rd 31.7 51.8 average 61%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 26.3 +2.5 30.4 2nd 11.2 +0.8 3.9 23rd 28.0 63.3 low 44%
Armidale Airport AWS 25.6 +2.6 29.2 2nd 12.2 +0.9 6.1 23rd 29.6 55.9 average 53%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 25.7 +2.6 30.5 10th 12.4 +1.0 6.5 31st 29.2 69.5 low 42%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 26.0 +2.1 30.1 10th 12.1 +1.4 4.3 31st 32.0 71.6 low 45%
Guyra Hospital 23.9 +2.7 28.4 2nd 11.2 +1.2 6.7 23rd 23.6 68.0 low 35%
Inverell Research Centre 29.9 +2.9 33.3 2nd 15.7 +1.3 10.7 31st 20.8 67.3 low 31%
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 25.3 +0.7 30.0 18th 13.6 +1.1 9.6 31st 71.9 80.3 average 90%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 25.4 +0.8 29.7 18th 16.7 +0.9 13.8 22nd 117.6 154.5 average 76%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 27.5 +0.5 28.7 29th 19.2 +1.0 15.7 25th 289.0 213.1 high 136%
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 27.0 +0.6 29.5 6th 20.7 +0.8 16.9 22nd 329.2 142.1 v high 232%
Casino Airport AWS 29.2 +1.0 32.5 18th 17.8 +0.3 14.9 23rd 123.6 121.7 average 102%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 27.7 +0.9 31.3 29th 19.4 +0.6 16.3 22nd 204.4 172.4 high 119%
Grafton Airport AWS 29.3   32.7 18th 18.2   12.5 22nd 68.6 146.4 v low 47%
Grafton Research Stn 30.2 +2.4 34.7 18th 19.0 +1.6 14.8 22nd 52.6 119.8 low 44%
Lismore Airport AWS 28.4 +0.3 31.0 29th 17.7 +0.8 14.3 23rd 139.0 131.1 average 106%
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 28.3 +0.2 30.2 31st 19.5 +1.2 16.7 25th 385.8 217.6 high 177%
Yamba Pilot Station 27.5 +1.5 29.6 3rd 20.3 +1.0 15.9 22nd 190.4 183.0 average 104%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour Airport 27.5   31.5 18th 19.0   14.0 23rd 71.4
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 23.5 +1.2 28.0 14th 14.5 +1.0 10.5 24th 55.4 294.3 lowest 19%
Kempsey Airport AWS 28.8 +1.5 32.5 29th 16.4 +0.1 12.2 23rd 10.2 136.7 v low 7%
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 28.3 +2.1 30.9 12th 20.3 +1.5 16.8 22nd 65.3 180.6 low 36%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 26.2 +0.7 28.0 15th 18.9 +1.2 15.2 31st 64.4 148.1 low 43%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 27.7 +1.3 30.5 18th 17.3 +0.4 13.6 25th 27.8 158.1 lowest 18%
Taree Airport AWS 28.3 +1.5 31.5 9th 17.4 +0.9 12.6 24th 7.8 146.2 v low 5%
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 28.3 +1.6 32.5 10th 16.8 +1.1 11.0 24th 55.2 223.6 low 25%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock Airport AWS 29.8 +2.6 34.8 10th 15.3 +0.8 9.8 24th 13.4 70.0 v low 19%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 27.4   31.9 10th 15.7   10.6 19th 65.8
Gosford AWS 26.9   31.4 9th 17.9   13.6 24th 150.4
Maitland Visitors Centre 30.3 +2.7 35.0 9th 17.5 +1.5 12.6 20th 26.3 85.5 v low 31%
Mangrove Mountain AWS 27.0 +2.3 33.5 9th 15.8 +0.7 9.9 19th 84.6 121.5 average 70%
Merriwa (Roscommon) 29.8   35.7 10th 14.2   8.0 23rd 49.8 51.0 average 98%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 27.0 +2.8 33.0 9th 14.8 +0.8 10.4 20th 30.0 68.5 v low 44%
Murrurundi Post Office 29.5 +1.8 34.6 14th 12.6 0.0 6.1 31st 17.6 61.7 low 29%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 26.5 +0.6 29.2 1st 19.8 +2.2 15.7 22nd 96.2 115.8 average 83%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 24.9 +0.2 28.2 18th 19.4 +1.1 15.6 19th 97.6 118.8 average 82%
Norah Head AWS 26.3 +1.4 30.0 2nd 19.2 +0.5 15.4 19th 154.4 108.9 high 142%
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 29.8 +2.8 34.8 9th 16.4 +0.7 11.6 20th 35.0 113.3 low 31%
Scone Airport AWS 31.2 +3.4 36.6 9th 15.2 +1.1 9.2 24th 10.0 51.4 low 19%
Singleton STP 30.3 +2.3 35.3 10th 15.5 +0.6 11.1 24th 7.9 59.5 v low 13%
Williamtown RAAF 28.4 +2.1 33.6 9th 17.4 +1.1 13.0 19th 39.4 118.2 low 33%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 30.0 +2.7 36.5 3rd     8.0 19th 23.5 54.6 average 43%
Mudgee Airport AWS 29.4 +2.8 35.6 3rd 14.4 +2.0 4.8 31st 19.0 52.5 low 36%
Nullo Mountain AWS 22.0 +2.0 28.6 3rd 12.2 +0.9 6.3 19th 98.4 86.4 average 114%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 27.7 +3.1 35.2 9th 12.4 +1.6 5.5 31st 48.0 51.7 average 93%
Bathurst Airport AWS 27.6 +3.1 34.5 3rd 12.6 +2.2 5.2 31st 44.8 54.7 average 82%
Katoomba (Murri St) 23.6 +3.3 30.4 9th 13.4 +2.0 7.1 19th 98.0 165.2 average 59%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 24.8   30.9 7th 11.3   4.0 23rd 36.8 74.0 average 50%
Mount Boyce AWS 23.5 +3.1 29.7 9th 12.6 +1.4 5.7 19th 46.0 103.2 low 45%
Oberon (Springbank) 24.4 +3.0 31.5 7th 10.9 +1.9 3.3 23rd 16.4 65.7 low 25%
Orange Airport AWS 25.7 +3.0 31.8 5th 10.8 +1.2 4.2 31st 30.0 66.9 low 45%
Springwood (Valley Heights) 27.1 +2.1 32.7 9th 16.2 +0.9 11.0 29th 29.0 125.0 v low 23%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 28.9 +2.5 33.7 3rd 16.5 +1.7 10.2 19th 26.6 58.1 low 46%
Dunedoo Post Office 30.9 +2.6 36.8 3rd 16.2 +1.9 6.7 31st 5.7 53.0 low 11%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 30.6 +2.4 37.4 3rd 15.3 +2.2 6.9 27th 28.8 52.9 average 54%
Dubbo Airport AWS 31.3 +2.6 37.5 3rd 16.5 +2.1 7.2 31st 16.2 55.3 low 29%
Forbes Airport AWS 31.4 +2.2 38.3 3rd 16.6 +2.4 7.4 31st 9.2 46.1 low 20%
Parkes Airport AWS 31.1 +2.6 37.4 12th 16.1 +2.3 5.3 31st 27.6 50.8 average 54%
Wellington (D&J Rural) 30.9 +1.6 37.2 3rd 16.0 +2.1 5.9 31st 37.3 50.6 average 74%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 28.6 +2.3 34.9 9th 17.6 +1.4 12.7 31st 28.0 97.2 low 29%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 27.3 +1.4 32.1 9th 17.2 +0.8 13.1 19th 99.6 74.6 high 134%
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 27.8   33.8 9th 16.9   10.4 19th 65.4
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 28.0 +1.7 33.5 9th 17.1 +1.3 12.0 23rd 46.6 106.7 low 44%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 26.8 +2.0 30.7 14th 19.7 +2.1 14.3 22nd 193.2 129.6 high 149%
Sydney Airport AMO 27.0 +1.7 31.7 9th 19.7 +2.1 14.4 22nd 147.4 115.7 average 127%
Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) 24.1 +0.3 27.1 18th 19.9 +0.7 15.7 22nd
Sydney Olympic Park AWS (Archery Centre) 28.2   33.7 9th 18.2   13.2 31st 78.0
Terrey Hills AWS 26.0 +1.3 30.9 9th 17.9 +1.2 12.7 19th 98.0 118.7 average 83%
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 29.4 +2.7 35.5 9th 16.5 +1.5 11.4 31st 31.6 74.1 low 43%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 28.8 +2.1 34.8 9th 17.1 +1.2 10.6 19th 19.8 71.5 v low 28%
Penrith Lakes AWS 29.9 +2.4 35.6 9th 18.3 +1.7 11.6 19th 16.8 69.2 lowest 24%
Prospect Reservoir 28.8 +2.5 34.9 9th 17.3 +1.2 11.7 19th 34.1 96.2 low 35%
Richmond RAAF 29.7 +2.8 35.4 9th 16.7 +1.1 9.7 19th 12.8 70.7 lowest 18%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 26.5 +1.3 30.0 10th 16.8 +1.5 12.3 24th
Bellambi AWS 24.2 +0.2 26.9 18th 18.7 +0.6 15.2 21st 204.2 110.1 high 185%
Camden Airport AWS 29.1 +2.3 35.2 9th 16.1 +1.3 9.9 31st 37.4 86.9 low 43%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 29.2   35.6 9th 16.1   8.9 19th 29.2 70.9 low 41%
High Range AWS (Wanganderry) 24.4   31.8 9th 13.6   6.5 20th 37.6
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular) 24.0 +0.6 28.2 12th 18.7 +1.3 14.5 21st 145.8 110.6 high 132%
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 24.6 +0.9 27.0 7th 19.0 +1.5 15.0 23rd 86.6
Moss Vale AWS 24.6 +2.7 33.0 9th 13.6 +1.9 7.3 20th 37.2 73.5 low 51%
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 26.4 +1.3 31.5 9th 16.3 +1.5 10.5 20th 64.8 98.6 low 66%
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay (Catalina Country Club)     32.0 2nd 13.8 -0.1 8.5 31st 36.0 73.3 average 49%
Bega AWS 26.0 +1.3 34.2 9th 15.3 +2.6 8.4 23rd 62.2 70.2 average 89%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 25.3 +2.5 33.4 7th 11.5 +1.6 3.4 20th 21.0 52.9 low 40%
Green Cape AWS 23.2 +0.8 27.9 3rd 17.7 +1.7 13.6 20th 51.4 41.7 high 123%
Merimbula Airport AWS 24.4 +0.9 28.5 2nd 15.7 +2.4 10.0 23rd 89.2 73.0 average 122%
Montague Island Lighthouse 23.0 +0.6 25.7 1st 18.4 +1.3 14.6 21st 64.8 100.3 average 65%
Moruya Airport AWS 25.0 +1.2 30.2 18th 15.8 +1.7 8.5 20th 21.6 73.6 v low 29%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 23.9 +0.6 28.5 18th 17.1 +2.1 10.5 20th 29.8 106.7 low 28%
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 23.6 +0.9 26.9 18th 16.8 +1.5 11.3 19th 60.2 104.2 average 58%
Nerriga AWS 25.6   34.0 7th 12.5   3.7 20th 10.8
Ulladulla AWS 23.8 +0.5 27.8 18th 17.7 +1.4 12.9 19th 33.6 101.6 low 33%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 24.4 +1.8 34.7 6th 11.2 +2.6 4.9 20th 91.6 60.3 high 152%
Bombala AWS 23.5 +1.8 34.5 5th 11.0 +2.5 3.8 21st 78.2 58.4 high 134%
Canberra Airport 27.7   35.5 5th 12.6   5.3 19th 28.4
Cooma Airport AWS 24.2 +2.0 32.5 7th 10.1 +2.6 0.6 23rd 75.0 47.2 high 159%
Cooma Visitors Centre 25.4 +1.7 34.1 7th 10.5 +2.4 1.2 20th 42.0 56.6 average 74%
Goulburn Airport AWS 26.5 +2.9 34.7 3rd 11.8 +1.9 3.3 20th 22.4 38.9 average 58%
Goulburn TAFE 26.5 +2.6 34.5 3rd 13.3 +2.1 6.4 20th 30.6 56.4 average 54%
Mount Ginini AWS 18.1 +1.9 25.8 7th 8.9 +1.8 0.0 19th 54.8 84.8 low 65%
Taralga Post Office 25.5 +3.0 33.5 9th 11.8 +2.0 5.0 20th 61.7 66.6 average 93%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 26.8 +1.6 34.8 5th 13.3 +2.1 6.0 23rd 54.4 50.9 average 107%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Perisher Valley AWS 17.2   25.3 8th 6.1   -2.4 20th 103.0
Thredbo AWS 14.8 +1.4 23.2 6th 6.6 +1.8 -1.6 19th 91.8 116.9 average 79%
Thredbo Village 20.3 +2.2 28.9 6th 7.5 +2.8 -1.3 20th 90.5 115.5 average 78%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 30.8 +3.3 38.5 7th 15.8 +3.2 8.9 26th 29.8 40.0 average 75%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 19.6 +2.2 28.4 8th 11.1 +2.4 1.4 19th 63.4 79.6 average 80%
Hume Reservoir 30.2 +3.2 38.1 5th 17.1 +3.3 9.4 26th 37.6 45.5 average 83%
Khancoban AWS 29.5 +2.6 37.4 8th 12.8 +2.3 6.6 20th 24.2 59.0 low 41%
Tumbarumba Post Office 27.4 +2.4 35.5 8th 11.6 +2.8 4.8 19th 60.4 66.5 average 91%
Wagga Wagga AMO 30.6 +3.0 37.9 6th 16.4 +3.0 8.7 19th 33.2 45.1 average 74%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 29.5 +3.5 36.8 5th 14.9 +1.5 8.9 19th 44.1 61.1 average 72%
Cootamundra Airport 29.4 +2.2 36.5 6th 14.9 +2.9 6.4 31st 74.0 50.8 average 146%
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 29.6 +1.8 37.1 3rd 15.2 +1.8 7.1 31st 39.3 48.5 average 81%
Gundagai (Nangus Rd) 30.4 +2.6 38.2 5th     10.0 31st 72.4 49.3 average 147%
Temora Airport 31.3 +3.1 38.2 2nd 15.8 +2.7 6.5 31st 8.4 29.7 low 28%
Young Airport 29.8 +2.7 36.8 5th 14.1 +3.1 5.4 31st 27.8 46.2 average 60%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 32.3 +4.3 39.5 7th 16.4 +3.7 8.1 31st 23.7 37.7 average 63%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 31.7 +3.4 41.2 7th 16.3 +3.1 6.9 31st 2.0 24.3 low 8%
Narrandera Airport AWS 31.9 +3.6 39.5 6th 16.9 +3.1 7.8 31st 4.6 31.2 low 15%
Tocumwal Airport 31.2 +3.2 40.6 7th 16.0 +2.4 8.2 21st 22.0 34.7 average 63%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 31.4 +2.7 39.6 5th 18.0 +2.8 8.3 20th 50.4 33.2 high 152%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 32.1 +3.4 39.8 2nd 17.3 +3.1 6.1 31st 12.4 35.5 average 35%
Hay Airport AWS 32.7   41.7 5th 17.1   7.2 20th 0.6
Hillston Airport 31.9 +2.7 40.0 2nd 17.3 +2.2 6.8 31st 36.1 33.5 average 108%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 31.7 +1.5 38.7 8th 18.4 +3.2 9.3 31st 25.6 36.5 average 70%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Lord Howe Island Aero 26.0 +1.2 27.7 19th 21.2 +1.2 15.2 26th 27.8 125.4 v low 22%
Norfolk Island Aero 25.5 +1.2 26.8 13th 20.7 +1.5 18.0 28th 62.8 101.2 average 62%

Notes

The Monthly climate summary 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. Later information, including data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

A climate summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Friday 1 April 2016. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

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.

The ACORN-SAT dataset is used for temperature area averages.

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