New South Wales in April 2016: Warm and dry conditions continue

New South Wales recorded its second-warmest April for both statewide average maximum and mean temperatures. Over night temperatures were also very warm, fifth-warmest on record. April was also the ninth-driest on record with large parts of the state recording less than 40% of their average rainfall.

  • Second-warmest April for mean and maximum temperatures
  • Fifth-warmest April for minimum temperatures
  • Late season warmth sets temperature records

New South Wales recorded its second-warmest April on record for both average maximum and minimum temperatures. Maximum temperatures were 3.3°C above the historical average and the warmest since 2005. A number of sites recorded their highest April temperature on record, mostly on 6 April. This was also a late season temperature record for a number of sites across New South Wales including Cobar, Taralga, Camden throughout parts of the Hunter. In northern New South Wales Mungindi, Glenn Innes and Brewarrina also set late season records the following day.

Maximum temperatures were warmest in the northern parts of the state with parts of the northwest recording their highest April mean daily maximum temperature on record. Very warm sea surface temperatures contributed, particularly along the coast and for Lord Howe and Norfolk islands which both set maximum and mean temperature records for the month.

New South Wales statewide average rainfall was 64% below the historical average and the driest since 2013. Most of the interior of New South Wales recorded little to no rainfall during most of April until the end of the month. The passage of a low pressure trough on the 29 - 30th April brought widespread rainfall to inland New South Wales with falls in excess of 25 mm west of the Great Dividing Range. The highest falls during the month were recorded along the coast, particularly in the north, however compared to average very few areas recorded above average rainfall. Large areas of the state recorded rainfall 40% below their April average partly associated with the passage of several high pressure systems across the state which brought clear conditions and blocked any rain bearing systems from the south during most of the month.

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Extremes in April 2016
Hottest day 38.6 °C at Bourke Airport AWS on the 6th
Warmest days on average 32.6 °C at Mungindi Post Office
Coolest days on average 11.0 °C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day 6.4 °C at Thredbo AWS on the 22nd
Coldest night -3.7 °C at Perisher Valley AWS on the 24th
Coolest nights on average 2.2 °C at Perisher Valley AWS
Warmest nights on average 18.9 °C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS)
Warmest night 23.3 °C at Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) on the 4th
23.3 °C at Yamba Pilot Station on the 4th
Warmest on average overall 23.9 °C at Tibooburra Airport
Coolest on average overall 7.1 °C at Thredbo AWS
Wettest overall 198.4 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview)
Driest overall 0 mm at Baerami (The Old Dairy)
0 mm at Cobar Airport AWS
0 mm at Neurea (Fernfield)
0 mm at Newcastle (Blacksmiths)
Wettest day 109.4 mm at Williamtown RAAF on the 18th
Strongest wind gust 109 km/h at Walgett Airport AWS on the 10th

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Record highest April daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Alectown (Cawdor) 63.0 on the 30th 51.4 on the 5th in 1999 24



Record lowest April total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
April
Putty Tea Rooms 2.6 3.0 in 2004 27 60.4


Record highest April temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
April
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 34.2 on the 6th 33.9 on the 5th in 1986 158 22.4
Norfolk Island Aero 27.3 on the 1st 26.6 on the 12th in 1944 78 22.7
Taralga Post Office 29.0 on the 6th 28.9 on the 15th in 2004 56 18.6
Wellington (D&J Rural) 33.9 on the 6th 33.0 on the 6th in 1998 50 24.5
Gulgong Post Office 32.9 on the 6th 31.9 on the 6th in 1998 43 23.4
Oberon (Springbank) 27.0 on the 6th 25.0 on the 4th in 2012 33 17.1
Lord Howe Island Aero 27.4 on the 11th 27.2 on the 7th in 2015 28 23.3
Bathurst Airport AWS 30.3 on the 6th 29.7 on the 15th in 2004 25 20.6
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 30.3 on the 6th 30.2 on the 15th in 2004 25 19.3
Cessnock Airport AWS 35.2 on the 6th 33.6 on the 8th in 1998 25 24.1
Mudgee Airport AWS 32.6 on the 6th 31.2 on the 6th in 1998 25 22.8
Scone Airport AWS 34.8 on the 6th 33.2 on the 6th in 1993 25 24.4
Tamworth Airport AWS 33.3 on the 7th 32.2 on the 4th in 2012 25 25.3
Ulladulla AWS 34.5 on the 6th = 34.5 on the 8th in 1998 25 21.4
Wanaaring Post Office 37.8 on the 6th 37.6 on the 16th in 2015 25 27.9
Young Airport 32.6 on the 6th 32.1 on the 15th in 2004 25 22.6
Dubbo Airport AWS 33.9 on the 6th 32.7 on the 3rd in 2005 24 24.6
Cobar Airport AWS 36.2 on the 6th = 36.2 on the 3rd in 2012 23 25.6
Richmond RAAF 36.6 on the 6th 34.0 on the 8th in 1998 23 23.9
Walgett Airport AWS 35.5 on the 6th 35.0 on the 6th in 1998 23 27.5
Armidale Airport AWS 26.9 on the 6th 26.8 on the 1st in 1998 22 19.7
Condobolin Airport AWS 36.6 on the 6th 34.4 on the 3rd in 2005 22 24.5
Inverell (Raglan St) 32.0 on the 3rd 31.6 on the 4th in 2005 22 24.5
Mangrove Mountain AWS 32.9 on the 6th 31.6 on the 8th in 1998 22 21.6
Badgerys Creek AWS 36.0 on the 6th 34.6 on the 8th in 1998 21 23.8
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 34.5 on the 6th 32.6 on the 5th in 2006 21 23.3
Forbes Airport AWS 35.1 on the 6th 34.5 on the 3rd in 2005 21 24.5
Moree Aero 35.3 on the 3rd 34.0 on the 12th in 1998 21 27.0
Orange Airport AWS 28.1 on the 6th 27.9 on the 15th in 2004 21 18.3
Penrith Lakes AWS 36.6 on the 6th 34.2 on the 3rd in 2005 21 24.4
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 32.3 on the 2nd 29.8 on the 26th in 2002 21 24.2
Cootamundra Airport 32.5 on the 6th 32.2 on the 15th in 2004 20 22.5
Glen Innes Airport AWS 28.7 on the 7th 27.5 on the 4th in 2000 20 20.6
Narrandera Airport AWS 33.7 on the 5th 32.9 on the 2nd in 2009 20 23.4



Record highest April mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
April
Quirindi Post Office 28.8 28.7 in 2005 95 24.9
Mungindi Post Office 32.6 32.0 in 2005 92 27.7
Katoomba (Murri St) 20.3 20.1 in 2005 88 16.7
Norfolk Island Aero 24.5 24.0 in 1956 77 22.7
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 26.5 26.1 in 2014 77 24.0
Gunnedah Resource Centre 28.8 28.5 in 2005 65 25.2
Inverell Research Centre 27.2 27.0 in 2005 58 23.5
Prospect Reservoir 26.0 = 26.0 in 2005 51 23.7
Bankstown Airport AWS 26.1 25.9 in 2005 47 23.7
Montague Island Lighthouse 21.8 21.5 in 2014 43 20.5
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 23.1 23.0 in 2005 40 20.0
Lord Howe Island Aero 24.4 24.3 in 2015 27 23.3
Cessnock Airport AWS 26.7 26.1 in 1997 24 24.1
Mount Boyce AWS 20.0 19.6 in 2005 24 17.0
Scone Airport AWS 28.2 27.3 in 2005 24 24.4
Tamworth Airport AWS 28.9 = 28.9 in 2005 24 25.3
Ballina Airport AWS 26.5 26.2 in 2010 23 24.9
Albury Airport AWS 25.8 = 25.8 in 2005 22 22.3
Richmond RAAF 26.7 26.0 in 1997 22 23.9
Casino Airport AWS 28.1 27.8 in 2014 21 25.8
Inverell (Raglan St) 27.9 27.6 in 2005 21 24.5
Mangrove Mountain AWS 23.9 23.6 in 2005 21 21.6
Norah Head AWS 24.4 = 24.4 in 2005 21 22.8
Badgerys Creek AWS 26.2 26.0 in 2005 20 23.8
Moree Aero 30.4 30.0 in 2005 20 27.0
Penrith Lakes AWS 26.7 26.4 in 2005 20 24.4
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 26.0 25.4 in 2014 20 24.2


Record highest April daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
April
Norfolk Island Aero 23.1 on the 1st 22.8 on the 21st in 1996 78 17.8
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 22.2 on the 4th = 22.2 on the 17th in 1973 60 16.6
Trangie Research Station AWS 21.3 on the 6th 21.0 on the 11th in 1983 48 11.2
Mount Boyce AWS 17.0 on the 6th 16.6 on the 16th in 2004 25 8.6
Nullo Mountain AWS 15.8 on the 6th 15.6 on the 1st in 2000 25 8.4
Walgett Airport AWS 21.9 on the 5th 21.0 on the 5th in 2000 23 11.5
Norah Head AWS 21.5 on the 4th 21.3 on the 4th in 2004 22 15.8



Record highest April mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
April
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 16.9 = 16.9 in 1989 157 14.7
Katoomba (Murri St) 11.1 11.0 in 2005 88 8.7
Norfolk Island Aero 19.3 19.2 in 1955 77 17.8
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 18.2 18.1 in 1974 77 16.6
Sydney Airport AMO 16.8 = 16.8 in 1989 77 14.2
Peak Hill Post Office 16.1 16.0 in 2005 48 12.3
Tabulam (Muirne) 14.8 = 14.8 in 1998 45 13.5
Montague Island Lighthouse 16.8 16.4 in 2014 44 15.1
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 17.8 17.6 in 2014 30 15.1
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 8.4 8.1 in 2014 24 5.8
Scone Airport AWS 11.8 = 11.8 in 1998 24 9.9
Ulladulla AWS 15.3 = 15.3 in 2005 24 13.9
Ballina Airport AWS 17.2 17.0 in 2010 23 15.3
Armidale Airport AWS 9.8 9.6 in 2014 21 7.7
Grafton Research Stn 16.2 15.8 in 2014 21 14.4
Inverell (Raglan St) 9.8 9.5 in 1998 21 7.3
Norah Head AWS 17.7 17.2 in 2005 21 15.8
Badgerys Creek AWS 13.2 13.0 in 2014 20 11.3
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 14.2 14.0 in 2002 20 12.7
Moree Aero 15.4 15.0 in 2014 20 12.5
Penrith Lakes AWS 15.0 14.5 in 2002 20 13.1
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 15.3 15.1 in 2014 20 13.8


Record highest April mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
April
Quirindi Post Office 20.1 19.7 in 1974 94 17.0
Mungindi Post Office 23.6 = 23.6 in 2005 92 20.2
Katoomba (Murri St) 15.6 = 15.6 in 2005 88 12.7
Norfolk Island Aero 21.9 21.4 in 1956 77 20.3
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 22.4 22.0 in 2014 77 20.3
Gunnedah Resource Centre 21.9 21.8 in 2005 65 19.0
Williamtown RAAF 19.9 19.8 in 1989 65 18.4
Inverell Research Centre 20.0 19.4 in 2005 58 17.3
Prospect Reservoir 20.3 19.8 in 2005 51 18.3
Tumbarumba Post Office 15.1 14.8 in 2005 50 12.5
Bankstown Airport AWS 20.3 19.7 in 2005 47 18.2
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 20.4 20.2 in 2014 47 18.5
Montague Island Lighthouse 19.3 19.0 in 2014 43 17.8
Oberon (Springbank) 14.2 13.4 in 1981 43 11.2
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 16.1 15.4 in 1974 43 13.4
Gulgong Post Office 19.2 19.1 in 2005 42 16.6
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 20.1 19.6 in 1974 41 18.4
Thredbo Village 9.5 = 9.5 in 2005 40 7.7
Camden Airport AWS 19.3 19.0 in 1989 39 17.4
Goulburn TAFE 16.4 = 16.4 in 2005 39 13.8
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 22.0 21.9 in 2014 39 20.8
Guyra Hospital 14.6 14.4 in 2005 31 12.4
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 21.1 = 21.1 in 2005 30 19.3
Lord Howe Island Aero 21.9 21.8 in 2015 27 20.7
Bathurst Airport AWS 15.9 = 15.9 in 2005 24 13.4
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 15.0 14.8 in 2005 24 12.6
Mudgee Airport AWS 17.8 17.7 in 2005 24 15.2
Scone Airport AWS 20.0 19.0 in 2005 24 17.2
Tamworth Airport AWS 20.6 20.3 in 2005 24 17.6
Ballina Airport AWS 21.9 21.6 in 2010 23 20.1
Cessnock Airport AWS 19.2 18.5 in 2005 23 17.3
Albury Airport AWS 17.6 = 17.6 in 2005 22 15.3
Armidale Airport AWS 15.8 = 15.8 in 2005 21 13.7
Casino Airport AWS 21.5 = 21.5 in 1998 21 20.0
Grafton Research Stn 22.1 21.6 in 1922 21 20.0
Inverell (Raglan St) 18.8 17.7 in 2005 21 15.9
Norah Head AWS 21.0 20.8 in 2005 21 19.3
Richmond RAAF 19.9 19.3 in 2002 21 17.7
Badgerys Creek AWS 19.7 19.0 in 2005 20 17.6
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 19.5 19.4 in 2005 20 18.0
Moree Aero 22.9 22.3 in 2005 20 19.8
Penrith Lakes AWS 20.8 20.3 in 2005 20 18.7
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 20.6 20.3 in 2014 20 19.0


Summary statistics for April 2016
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
April
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
April
2016
Mean for
April
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
April
2016
Total for
April
2016
Average
for
April
Rank of
April
2016
Fraction of
April
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 28.7 +2.5 33.8 20th 14.3 +1.8 9.2 5th 1.8 9.4 low 19%
Tibooburra Airport 30.7 +3.1 35.5 6th 17.0 +2.1 13.2 5th 2.4 9.7 low 25%
White Cliffs AWS 29.5 +3.1 34.5 6th 16.1 +2.6 11.5 24th 18.6 15.1 average 123%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 29.5 +2.6 34.6 21st 12.7 +0.9 7.3 1st 15.2 13.6 average 112%
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill Airport AWS 26.2 +2.0 33.2 20th 12.4 +1.2 7.3 13th 21.4 20.9 average 102%
Lake Victoria Storage 25.7 +2.2 32.3 5th 10.6 +0.1 5.2 24th 2.0 18.4 low 11%
Menindee Post Office 28.6 +3.0 35.0 15th 12.8 +1.9 8.4 25th 36.0 16.7 high 216%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 28.1 +2.0 34.5 20th 11.6 +0.4 7.0 18th 6.8 17.8 average 38%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Bourke Airport AWS 31.4 +3.5 38.6 6th 15.6 +2.5 8.7 1st 1.6 23.9 average 7%
Brewarrina Hospital 31.0 +3.5 37.5 7th 14.9 +2.3 10.1 1st 5.8 29.3 average 20%
Cobar Airport AWS 29.1 +3.5 36.2 6th 13.9 +2.8 7.9 1st 0 16.5 lowest 0%
Cobar MO 28.7 +3.5 35.8 6th 15.2 +2.3 10.4 23rd 41.0 25.9 high 158%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 31.1 +3.2 35.3 6th 16.2 +2.0 11.0 19th 5.0 28.1 low 18%
Wanaaring Post Office 32.2 +4.3 37.8 6th 15.7 +2.9 8.5 1st 1.2 15.7 average 8%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 27.9 +2.3 33.4 5th 13.4 +1.3 7.2 23rd 21.0 19.0 average 111%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 27.8 +3.2 35.5 6th 11.6 +1.7 6.7 9th 9.4 30.8 average 31%
Condobolin Airport AWS 28.2 +3.7 36.6 6th 12.0 +2.6 7.2 1st 25.0 20.9 average 120%
Peak Hill Post Office 28.1 +3.1 33.3 6th 16.1 +3.8 11.8 16th 47.5 42.2 average 113%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 26.9 +3.0 34.7 6th 10.5 +0.9 5.0 26th 17.2 19.3 average 89%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 29.4 +3.2 34.0 6th 14.0 +2.2 9.0 1st 7.8 40.2 low 19%
Nyngan Airport 29.1 +3.5 36.5 6th 14.5 +2.6 10.5 1st 47.2 34.8 high 136%
Trangie Research Station AWS 29.0 +4.6 35.3 6th 13.3 +2.1 8.0 1st 39.0 40.0 average 98%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 32.6 +4.9 37.4 7th 14.9 +2.1 10.6 19th 1.8 30.5 low 6%
Walgett Airport AWS 30.7 +3.2 35.5 6th 13.8 +2.3 7.3 25th 14.0 20.5 average 68%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 30.4 +3.4 35.3 3rd 15.4 +2.9 10.9 25th 13.2 23.6 average 56%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 28.2 +3.2 33.5 7th 9.1 +1.2 5.1 1st 32.5 39.3 average 83%
Narrabri Airport AWS 30.0 +3.3 34.8 7th 14.0 +1.8 8.9 1st 22.2 29.8 average 74%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 29.5 +3.3 34.0 7th 12.7 +2.1 7.4 1st 5.4 22.8 low 24%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 28.8 +3.6 33.7 7th 14.9 +2.1 9.1 27th 51.6 39.0 high 132%
Quirindi Post Office 28.8 +3.9 33.7 7th 11.7 +2.7 7.2 26th 0.2 41.5 v low 0%
Tamworth Airport AWS 28.9 +3.6 33.3 7th 12.2 +2.3 8.2 24th 4.8 26.2 average 18%
Woolbrook (Danglemah Road) 24.3 +3.1 28.5 8th 7.9 +2.4 4.0 24th 21.2 41.5 average 51%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale (Tree Group Nursery) 22.8 +2.6 28.0 7th 8.5 +1.8 3.4 1st 31.6 40.8 average 77%
Armidale Airport AWS 21.8 +2.1 26.9 6th 9.8 +2.1 6.5 19th 38.6 37.2 average 104%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 23.1 +3.1 28.0 7th 9.4 +1.4 6.0 19th 41.8 41.5 average 101%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 23.2 +2.6 28.7 7th 8.3 +1.7 3.9 19th 44.8 52.5 average 85%
Guyra Hospital 20.5 +2.5 26.4 7th 8.8 +1.9 4.5 15th 35.6 52.0 average 68%
Inverell (Raglan St) 27.9 +3.4 32.0 3rd 9.8 +2.5 5.6 24th 10.6 35.3 low 30%
Inverell Research Centre 27.2 +3.7 31.9 3rd 12.7 +1.7 9.8 18th 8.2 40.3 low 20%
Tenterfield (Federation Park) 22.9 +1.2 29.2 7th 10.0 +1.5 3.4 24th 49.3 47.3 average 104%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam (Muirne) 24.1 +2.0 30.2 7th 14.8 +1.3 11.3 17th 28.8 98.8 low 29%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Ballina Airport AWS 26.5 +1.6 30.0 10th 17.2 +1.9 13.2 17th 59.0 188.7 v low 31%
Byron Bay (Cape Byron AWS) 25.1 +1.2 28.4 11th 18.9 +1.3 15.8 15th 93.4 177.0 v low 53%
Casino Airport AWS 28.1 +2.3 32.1 9th 15.0 +0.9 12.0 6th 42.2 71.0 average 59%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 26.2 +1.7 31.3 2nd 17.6 +1.2 15.3 19th 125.8 168.0 average 75%
Grafton Airport AWS 27.3 +1.7 31.8 2nd 15.2 +1.7 10.2 16th 59.2 90.0 low 66%
Grafton Research Stn 27.9 +2.3 33.7 2nd 16.2 +1.8 12.6 16th 36.6 80.1 low 46%
Lismore Airport AWS 27.3 +1.5 31.7 10th 15.1 +1.0 10.4 15th 39.2 119.5 v low 33%
Murwillumbah (Bray Park) 27.4 +1.3 31.2 10th 16.6 +1.0 12.4 24th 24.8 155.9 v low 16%
Yamba Pilot Station 25.9 +1.6 29.2 9th 18.3 +1.8 15.0 16th 51.4 162.0 low 32%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour Airport 25.9   31.0 2nd 16.7   11.9 16th 115.8
Dorrigo (Old Coramba Rd) 21.3 +1.5 26.9 2nd 12.2 +1.6 8.6 16th 127.2 144.1 average 88%
Kempsey Airport AWS 27.1 +2.0 33.2 2nd 14.0 +1.0 11.1 6th 50.4 77.4 average 65%
South West Rocks (Smoky Cape Lighthouse) 26.5 +2.5 29.5 4th 18.2 +1.6 15.0 24th 84.8 170.4 low 50%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry Marine Rescue 25.2 +1.5 27.4 2nd 16.6 +1.5 12.2 2nd 50.6 128.7 low 39%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 26.0 +1.8 32.3 2nd 15.3 +1.5 11.8 29th 112.8 142.5 average 79%
Taree Airport AWS 26.1 +1.9 32.7 2nd 14.2 +0.5 9.7 16th 44.2 105.3 low 42%
Yarras (Mount Seaview) 26.6 +2.2 33.0 2nd 14.2 +1.6 9.0 16th 198.4 146.4 average 136%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock Airport AWS 26.7 +2.6 35.2 6th 11.7 +1.2 6.7 25th 19.4 58.0 low 33%
Cooranbong (Lake Macquarie AWS) 25.5   34.6 6th 12.4   7.3 25th 15.6
Gosford AWS 24.4   34.1 6th 14.8   10.3 25th 58.8
Maitland Visitors Centre 26.9 +2.5 36.0 6th 13.9 +1.6 9.0 27th 26.2 94.0 low 28%
Mangrove Mountain AWS 23.9 +2.3 32.9 6th 12.9 +0.9 7.6 25th 19.8 86.2 v low 23%
Merriwa (Roscommon) 26.7   33.2 6th 10.8   6.2 29th 2.8 33.9 low 8%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 24.2 +3.5 29.2 5th 13.0 +2.0 9.5 25th 6.6 35.7 low 18%
Murrurundi Post Office 27.0 +3.3 31.4 6th 9.3 +0.8 4.1 1st 3.8 52.3 v low 7%
Nelson Bay (Nelson Head) 24.5 +1.0 30.5 2nd 17.8 +2.7 15.5 27th 48.0 130.3 low 37%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 24.3 +1.5 32.1 2nd 17.5 +2.2 13.7 27th 61.6 116.9 average 53%
Newcastle University 25.7 +1.9 34.5 6th 15.3 +1.4 9.8 27th 57.6 135.6 low 42%
Norah Head AWS 24.4 +1.6 30.0 2nd 17.7 +1.9 14.6 25th 54.4 132.9 low 41%
Paterson (Tocal AWS) 26.4 +2.2 36.3 6th 13.8 +1.3 9.4 27th 33.8 88.9 low 38%
Scone Airport AWS 28.2 +3.8 34.8 6th 11.8 +1.9 7.0 27th 3.4 35.8 low 9%
Singleton STP 27.1 +2.6 35.3 6th 13.3 +2.3 7.9 27th 55.6 62.6 average 89%
Williamtown RAAF 25.4 +1.8 34.0 6th 14.5 +1.3 10.0 27th 147.8 111.8 high 132%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 26.5 +3.1 32.9 6th 11.7 +1.9 8.0 25th 14.8 44.1 average 34%
Mudgee Airport AWS 26.0 +3.2 32.6 6th 9.7 +2.0 4.7 11th 14.8 35.1 average 42%
Nullo Mountain AWS 19.3 +2.6 25.3 6th 10.4 +2.0 7.1 27th 10.6 59.3 low 18%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 24.0 +3.9 30.2 6th 7.8 +1.1 2.7 25th 20.2 42.1 low 48%
Bathurst Airport AWS 23.8 +3.2 30.3 6th 8.1 +1.8 3.0 25th 18.6 34.3 average 54%
Katoomba (Murri St) 20.3 +3.6 27.2 6th 11.1 +2.4 8.1 25th 25.2 122.7 v low 21%
Lithgow (Cooerwull) 21.5   28.1 6th 8.1   2.8 10th 6.4 58.3 v low 11%
Mount Boyce AWS 20.0 +3.0 26.3 6th 10.6 +2.0 7.3 25th 12.8 69.3 low 18%
Oberon (Springbank) 20.8 +3.7 27.0 6th 7.6 +2.2 2.3 26th 13.6 57.8 low 24%
Orange Airport AWS 22.0 +3.7 28.1 6th 6.9 +1.5 2.8 25th 54.6 41.9 high 130%
Springwood (Valley Heights) 24.0 +2.2 34.3 6th 14.0 +1.9 6.6 27th 26.0 89.1 low 29%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 25.8 +3.1 30.8 7th 13.7 +2.0 8.8 25th 32.4 38.5 average 84%
Dunedoo Post Office 27.5 +3.3 34.0 6th 12.3 +2.5 6.8 1st 26.6 41.3 average 64%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 26.8 +3.3 33.9 6th 9.5 +1.0 3.5 25th 34.8 33.1 average 105%
Dubbo Airport AWS 27.8 +3.2 33.9 6th 12.6 +2.4 7.3 1st 25.0 35.1 average 71%
Forbes Airport AWS 27.3 +2.8 35.1 6th 10.6 +1.2 5.5 25th 27.4 24.0 average 114%
Parkes Airport AWS 27.4 +3.5 34.5 6th 10.6 +1.2 4.4 10th 41.2 32.6 average 126%
Wellington (D&J Rural) 27.7 +3.2 33.9 6th 11.5 +2.1 6.5 11th 18.4 45.1 average 41%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 26.1 +2.4 35.8 6th 14.5 +1.8 10.6 27th 16.6 86.9 low 19%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 24.8 +1.5 34.5 6th 14.2 +1.5 9.5 25th 65.0 111.0 average 59%
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 25.1   35.1 6th 13.6   9.6 26th 24.8
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 25.3 +1.5 35.2 6th 14.3 +1.5 10.7 26th 30.6 93.6 low 33%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 24.7 +2.3 34.2 6th 16.9 +2.2 13.1 25th 155.0 128.8 high 120%
Sydney Airport AMO 24.8 +1.9 34.7 6th 16.8 +2.6 12.6 25th 76.0 108.9 average 70%
Sydney Harbour (Wedding Cake West) 23.2 +1.0 30.3 6th 17.9 +1.3 14.6 25th
Sydney Olympic Park AWS (Archery Centre) 25.3   35.1 6th 15.2   10.8 25th 24.8
Terrey Hills AWS 23.2 +1.2 32.2 6th 15.5 +1.8 11.7 25th 47.4 134.5 low 35%
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 26.2 +2.4 36.0 6th 13.2 +1.9 8.8 27th 10.4 52.1 low 20%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 26.0 +2.5 35.8 6th 14.3 +1.5 10.1 11th 14.8 78.3 v low 19%
Penrith Lakes AWS 26.7 +2.3 36.6 6th 15.0 +1.9 10.6 25th 12.2 51.1 low 24%
Prospect Reservoir 26.0 +2.3 35.7 6th 14.5 +1.5 10.7 26th 15.1 76.7 low 20%
Richmond RAAF 26.7 +2.8 36.6 6th 13.1 +1.6 7.8 11th 8.6 60.6 low 14%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park (Wollongong Airport) 24.2 +1.1 32.4 6th 13.3 +1.2 9.1 25th 37.2 79.3 low 47%
Bellambi AWS 23.1 +1.0 29.2 2nd 17.1 +1.6 13.8 25th 54.6 102.4 average 53%
Camden Airport AWS 26.0 +2.2 36.3 6th 12.5 +1.5 7.6 11th 17.6 69.2 low 25%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 26.3   35.6 6th 12.9   8.5 27th 11.4 73.7 low 15%
High Range AWS (Wanganderry) 20.7   29.3 6th 11.5   8.5 9th 34.0
Jervis Bay (Point Perpendicular) 22.5 +1.4 30.7 6th 16.3 +1.0 13.5 25th 192.4 136.4 high 141%
Kiama (Bombo Headland) 23.0 +1.1 30.4 6th 16.8 +1.4 14.3 25th 32.6 104.1 v low 31%
Moss Vale AWS 21.2 +2.4 30.5 6th 10.1 +1.7 2.8 25th 33.2 55.9 low 59%
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 24.2 +1.6 34.6 6th 13.4 +1.1 9.8 11th 23.0 67.9 low 34%
South Coast (district 69)
Bega AWS 24.2 +2.0 29.8 2nd 10.0 +0.5 4.7 24th 17.8 33.0 average 54%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 21.6 +2.3 30.3 6th 8.4 +2.6 1.2 11th 25.2 43.3 average 58%
Green Cape AWS 22.2 +1.5 28.1 2nd 15.5 +0.9 13.1 8th 15.2 67.9 low 22%
Merimbula Airport AWS 23.1 +1.6 27.4 2nd 11.4 +0.5 7.6 27th 22.8 71.3 low 32%
Montague Island Lighthouse 21.8 +1.3 27.2 2nd 16.8 +1.7 15.0 7th 77.0 81.4 average 95%
Moruya Airport AWS 23.6 +1.7 35.4 6th 12.6 +1.7 7.0 26th 48.4 52.4 average 92%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 22.8 +1.2 34.0 6th 14.1 +1.9 10.6 26th 52.6 86.7 average 61%
Narooma (Marine Rescue) 22.5 +1.4 30.0 2nd 14.2 +1.2 10.5 26th 82.1 81.7 average 100%
Nerriga AWS 22.6   31.1 6th 8.9   4.4 11th 8.0
Ulladulla AWS 22.2 +0.8 34.5 6th 15.3 +1.4 11.1 26th 82.2 107.2 average 77%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala (Therry Street) 22.0 +3.5 27.5 5th 6.0 +0.8 -1.1 27th 15.2 46.0 low 33%
Bombala AWS 20.6 +2.9 26.1 5th 5.8 +0.4 0.7 24th 14.0 41.1 low 34%
Canberra Airport 23.9   31.1 6th 8.3   1.4 26th 6.8
Cooma Airport AWS 20.3 +2.4 25.4 6th 4.9 +1.2 -1.6 24th 11.8 42.9 low 28%
Cooma Visitors Centre 22.3 +2.9 27.6 6th 5.1 +1.0 -2.0 27th 8.0 40.6 low 20%
Goulburn Airport AWS 22.8 +3.0 30.5 6th 7.7 +2.1 2.1 27th 12.6 25.9 average 49%
Goulburn TAFE 22.8 +2.8 30.5 6th 10.0 +2.2 3.8 27th 14.2 45.0 low 32%
Mount Ginini AWS 14.1 +2.6 18.8 6th 5.8 +2.2 1.8 23rd 15.6 58.7 v low 27%
Taralga Post Office 22.2 +3.6 29.0 6th 7.7 +1.5 1.0 26th 21.3 59.1 low 36%
Tuggeranong (Isabella Plains) AWS 23.4 +2.6 29.9 6th 8.3 +1.5 1.2 27th 6.6 34.4 v low 19%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Perisher Valley AWS 13.5   17.5 26th 2.2   -3.7 24th 67.4
Thredbo AWS 11.0 +1.8 14.1 26th 3.1 +1.6 -2.6 23rd 68.4 100.1 average 68%
Thredbo Village 16.2 +2.4 19.5 6th 2.8 +1.2 -2.4 24th 60.3 110.7 low 54%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 25.8 +3.5 31.8 5th 9.4 +1.1 4.8 9th 16.4 40.4 low 41%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 15.1 +2.3 19.2 6th 7.8 +2.1 2.7 23rd 23.6 70.6 v low 33%
Hume Reservoir 25.1 +3.4 31.0 5th 11.7 +1.7 6.5 9th 15.8 52.2 low 30%
Khancoban AWS 24.7 +3.2 30.5 5th 7.6 +0.4 2.8 9th 17.4 53.2 low 33%
Tumbarumba Post Office 23.2 +3.3 28.4 5th 6.7 +1.7 0.9 9th 52.8 66.0 average 80%
Wagga Wagga AMO 26.2 +3.7 33.2 6th 10.6 +1.4 4.2 9th 10.8 40.3 low 27%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 25.0 +4.0 32.0 6th 10.5 +1.0 6.6 9th 8.4 64.7 v low 13%
Cootamundra Airport 25.2 +2.7 32.5 6th 8.2 +1.0 1.4 10th 8.4 32.9 low 26%
Grenfell (Manganese Rd) 25.7 +3.1 32.8 6th 9.3 0.0 4.0 26th 19.8 47.0 average 42%
Gundagai (Nangus Rd) 25.9 +3.0 32.4 5th     3.6 9th 9.8 30.8 low 32%
Temora Airport 26.5 +3.0 34.5 6th 8.6 +0.1 3.3 9th 8.8 26.1 low 34%
Young Airport 25.6 +3.0 32.6 6th 7.6 +1.0 2.6 9th 21.6 31.5 average 69%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 26.1 +3.6 32.0 5th 10.2 +1.6 5.5 9th 13.4 37.3 low 36%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 25.6 +2.3 31.1 5th 10.7 +1.3 5.0 7th 19.2 24.3 average 79%
Narrandera Airport AWS 27.0 +3.6 33.7 5th 10.7 +1.2 5.0 9th 11.6 33.9 average 34%
Tocumwal Airport 25.5 +2.5 31.0 5th 10.8 +1.1 4.8 9th 11.6 32.5 low 36%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 26.9 +2.9 32.9 5th 12.7 +1.1 7.4 23rd 11.8 29.5 average 40%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 27.4 +3.5 33.2 5th 11.7 +1.5 6.0 13th 14.8 27.8 average 53%
Hay Airport AWS 26.9   32.4 5th 11.3   4.6 7th 11.2
Hillston Airport 27.5 +3.2 33.6 5th 11.3 +0.7 5.0 13th 32.1 27.2 average 118%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 27.6 +2.4 34.9 6th 12.7 +2.0 9.0 11th 24.4 30.4 average 80%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Lord Howe Island Aero 24.4 +1.1 27.4 11th 19.3 +1.2 14.2 2nd 127.0 140.9 average 90%
Norfolk Island Aero 24.5 +1.8 27.3 1st 19.3 +1.5 16.5 23rd 79.6 123.0 average 65%

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 8 am on Monday 2 May 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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