Sydney in July 2014: A warm and very dry July

Rainfall was very much below-average during July with Sydney Observatory Hill recording just 16.4 mm (17% of the July average). This is the driest July since 1995 when 5.4 mm was recorded. Only four days recorded rainfall greater than 1 mm with the majority of the rainfall falling on the weekend of the 26 and 27 July associated with the passage of a low pressure trough. Strong, high pressure systems dominated during the month bringing clear skies and warm day-time temperatures. Sydney Airport recorded an average of 7.4 hours of bright sunshine, above the historical average of 6.6 hours.

Temperatures across Sydney were very warm with an average maximum temperature of 19.0 °C, 2.7 °C above the historical average. Conditions were mild throughout the month with Sydney recording 24 days of 18 °C or above, a new record for July beating last year’s July record of 23 days. There were 7 days reaching at least 20 degrees (average is 3). The average minimum temperature was 8.9 °C, 0.9 °C above the historical average.

  • Record 24 days of 18 °C or above
  • Above-average maximum and minimum temperatures
  • Very dry July – lowest since 1995

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Extremes in July 2014
Hottest day 25.8 °C at Sydney Airport AMO on the 31st
Warmest days on average 19.0 °C at Sydney (Observatory Hill)
19.0 °C at Penrith Lakes AWS
Coolest days on average 16.8 °C at Springwood (Valley Heights)
Coldest day 12.5 °C at Springwood (Valley Heights) on the 15th
Coldest night -3.4 °C at Camden Airport AWS on the 9th
Coolest nights on average 2.2 °C at Camden Airport AWS
Warmest nights on average 8.9 °C at Sydney (Observatory Hill)
Warmest night 13.9 °C at Sydney (Observatory Hill) on the 30th
Warmest on average overall 13.9 °C at Sydney (Observatory Hill)
Coolest on average overall 10.4 °C at Camden Airport AWS
Wettest overall 40.0 mm at Abbotsford (Blackwall Point Rd)
Wettest day 24.0 mm at Abbotsford (Blackwall Point Rd) on the 26th
Highest wind gust 81 km/h at Sydney Airport AMO on the 9th


Summary statistics for July 2014
Maximum temperatures
for July
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for July
(°C)
Rainfall
for July
(millimetres)
Mean for
July
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
July
2014
Mean for
July
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
July
2014
Total for
July
2014
Average
for
July
Rank of
July
2014
Fraction of
July
average
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Springwood (Valley Heights) 16.8   21.6 25th 6.5   3.5 8th 9.8 55.7 low 18%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 18.9 +1.7 25.7 31st 4.7 -0.4 -1.1 9th 9.0 44.1 low 20%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 18.3   24.7 31st 4.7   0.0 12th 13.6
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS 18.4   25.1 31st 4.9   -1.4 9th 5.6
Holsworthy Control Range 18.6   25.3 31st 4.3   -2.1 9th 5.8
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) 18.7 +1.4 24.6 31st 6.3 +0.1 1.3 9th 17.8 45.6 low 39%
Sydney (Observatory Hill) 19.0 +2.7 25.0 31st 8.9 +0.9 6.4 12th 16.4 97.4 low 17%
Sydney Airport AMO 18.8 +1.8 25.8 31st 8.8 +1.6 5.7 9th 11.2 69.9 v low 16%
Terrey Hills AWS 16.9   23.6 31st 7.7   4.0 12th 13.6
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 18.3   24.6 31st 3.4   -1.5 9th 8.4
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 18.3   25.0 31st 5.2   0.4 12th 9.0
Penrith Lakes AWS 19.0   25.6 31st 4.3   0.1 9th 12.0
Prospect Reservoir 18.1 +1.3 25.3 31st 5.9 -0.2 2.6 7th 11.1 56.3 low 20%
Richmond RAAF 18.9   25.2 31st 2.6   -3.3 4th 4.0 28.5 low 14%
Illawarra (district 68)
Camden Airport AWS 18.7 +1.5 25.0 31st 2.2 -0.8 -3.4 9th 7.6 37.2 low 20%
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) 18.3   24.9 31st 3.2   -2.2 9th 6.2

Daily rainfall for July 2014
Hunter (61)12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Webbs Ck-Wisemans Ferry (Hawkesbury Rive - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.8 0.4 - - - - - - - - 7.6 2.4 0.2 - - -
Central Tablelands (South) (63)12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
North Richmond (Hospital) - - - - - - - 1.0 - 1.0 - - - - - 1.0 - - - - - - - - - 7.0 1.0 - - - -
Springwood (Valley Heights) - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - 0.2 - - 1.2 0.4 0.4 - - - - - - 0.4 5.6 1.4 - - - -
Metropolitan (East) (66)12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Abbotsford (Blackwall Point Rd) - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - 3.0 - - - - - - - - - 8.0 5.0



Auburn (Rosnay Golf Club) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 1.0 - - - - - - - - 6.0 1.0 - - 1.0 -
Audley (Royal National Park) - - - - - - - - - - - 4.0 - - 1.0 2.0 1.0 - - - - - - - 1.0 3.0 - - - - -
Avalon (Wollstonecraft Ave) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - - 1.0 - - 4.0 3.0 - - - -
Avalon Beach (Avalon (Palmgrove Rd)) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 2.2 - - - - 0.6









Bankstown Airport AWS - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - 0.4 2.0 0.6 - - - - - - - 0.2 4.6 1.0 - - - -
Belrose (Evelyn Place) - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - 0.4 - 1.0 1.4 0.2 - - - - - - - - 6.8 4.8 -


Campbelltown (Ingleburn (Long Point)) - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - - 1.0 2.0 - - - - - - - - 3.0 - - - - -
Canterbury Racecourse AWS - - - - - - - - - 1.4 - - - - 1.2 1.8 0.4 - - - - - - - - 6.8 2.0 -

-
Castle Cove (Rosebridge Ave) - - - - - - - - - 0.5 - - - - 2.0 1.0 - - - - - - - - - 6.5 3.5



Centennial Park - - - - - - - - - 0.1 - - - - 2.2 2.0 - - - 0.2 - - - - - 5.0




Chatswood Bowling Club - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - 1.0 - - - 8.0 3.0 - - - -
Collaroy (Long Reef Golf Club)














2.4


0.2 2.0









Concord (Brays Rd) - - - - - - - - - 1.2 - - - - 0.6 - 1.0 - - - - - - - - 8.6 4.0



Concord Golf Club - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - 1.0 1.8














Frenchs Forest (Frenchs Forest Rd) - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - 2.0 1.0 - - - - - - 1.0 - - 8.0 3.0 - - - -
Guildford (Woodville Golf Club) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - - - - 1.0 5.0 1.0 - - - -
Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.6 0.6 - - - - - - - 0.2 2.8 0.4 - - - -
Holsworthy Control Range - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.6 0.4 - - - - - - - 0.2 3.2 0.4 - - - -
Lidcombe (Carnarvon Golf Club) - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - - 3.0 - - - - - - - - 1.0 5.0 2.0 - - - 1.0
Liverpool-Scrivener St (Georges River) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - - - - - 4.0 1.0 - - - 1.0
Lucas Heights (ANSTO) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.3 2.2 0.5 - - - - - - - - 3.0 0.3



Manley / Warringah (Allambie) - - - - - - - - - 0.5 - - - - 2.5 1.0 - - - - - 1.5 - - - 6.0 3.5 - - - -
Marrickville Golf Club - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - 1.0 2.0 - - - - - - - - 1.0 6.0 1.0 - - - -
Milperra Bridge (Georges River) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - - - - - 4.0 - - - - -
Mona Vale Golf Club




















- 0.2 0.4 0.2 5.2 2.6 0.2 - - -
Palm Beach (Sunrise Road) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 1.8 - - - - »» 1.6 - - - 6.2 3.4 - - - -
Parramatta (Erts) - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - - 1.0 0.5 - - - - - - - - 7.5 2.5 - - - -
Parramatta North (Masons Drive) - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - - 1.6 0.6 0.2 - - - - - - 0.6 9.4 4.4 - - - -
Peakhurst Golf Club - - - 1.0 - - - - - 1.0 - - 1.0 - 2.0 3.0 - - - - - - - - 1.0 4.0 1.0 - - - -
Pennant Hills (Yarrara Road) »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» 2.0 2.0 0.8 - - - - - 0.2 - - 8.0 4.6 - - - -
Randwick (Randwick St) - - - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - - 2.4 2.0 0.2 - - 0.4 0.2 - - - - 4.6 4.2



Riverview Observatory - - - - - - - - - 0.8 - - - - 0.6 1.8 - - - - - - 0.2 »» 0.2 8.6 »» 3.6 - - -
Rose Bay (Royal Sydney Golf Club) - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - 1.4
















Sans Souci (Public School) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.0 2.0 1.0 - - - - - 3.0 - 1.0 4.0 1.0 - - - -
St Ives (Richmond Avenue)








0.6














10.0 1.2


-
Strathfield Golf Club - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - 3.0 2.0 1.0 - - - - - - - 1.0 5.0 1.0 - - - -
Sydney (Observatory Hill) - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - 0.2 - - 1.6 1.8 - - - 0.2 - - - - - 8.2 4.2 - - - -
Sydney Airport AMO - - - - - - - - - 1.2 0.2 - - - 1.2 1.6 0.2 - - - - - - - - 5.6 1.2 - - - -
Sydney Botanic Gardens - - - - - - - - - 0.4 - - 1.0 - 1.8 2.0 0.2 - 0.1 - - - - - - 7.0 6.4 - - - -
Terrey Hills AWS - - - - - - - - - 0.6 - - - - 0.2 1.4 0.2 - - - 0.2 0.2 - - 0.4 7.2 3.2 - - - -
Turramurra (Kissing Point Road) - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - 1.0 2.3 - - - - - - - - - 11.7 1.2 - - - -
Metropolitan (West) (67)12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Abbotsbury (Fairfield City Farm) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6.0 5.0 - - 1.0 - - - - 1.0 - 5.0 2.0 - - - -
Badgerys Creek AWS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 0.6 0.6 - - - - - - - 4.0 2.2 - - - -
Baulkham Hills (Swimming Pool ) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 0.5 - - - - - - - 0.5 10.5 2.0 - - - -
Baulkham Hills Eucalyptus Ct - - - - - - - - - 0.5 - - - - - 2.0 0.5 - - - - - - - 0.5 9.5 2.5 - - - -
Berowra (Goodwyn Road) - - - - - - - - - - - 0.1 - - - 2.1 - - - - - - - - - 7.8




Blacktown (Dog Pound) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.5 0.5 - - - - - - - - 7.5 1.0 - - - -
Box Hill (Hynds Road) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - 3.0 1.0 - - - - - - 1.0 - 1.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 - -
Castle Hill (Kathleen Ave)



















0.4 1.4








Glenorie (Old Northern Rd)













3.4 1.4








3.0




Greystanes (Bathurst Street) - - - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - - - 2.2 - - - - - - - - - 6.6 2.6 - - - -
Greystanes (Cumberland Golf Club) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - - - - - 6.0 1.0 - - - -
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - 1.4 0.4 0.2 - - - - - - 0.4 4.4 1.8 0.2 - - -
Kings Langley (NSW Soccer Federation) - - - - - - - - - 0.5 - - - - - 2.0 1.0 - - - - - - - - 10.0 2.5 - - - -
Maroota (Tobruk) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.4 0.4 - - - - 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 11.8 2.6 - - - -
Merrylands West (Finlayson Creek) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - - - - 0.5 6.0 1.5 - - - -
North Parramatta (Burnside Homes) - - - - - - - - - 0.5 - - - - - 1.5 - - - - - - - - 0.5 3.5 3.5 - - - -
North Rocks (Muirfield Golf Club) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - - - - 0.5 8.0 2.5 - - - -
Northmead Bowling Club - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - - 2.0 0.5 - - - - - - - - 9.0 2.5 - - - -
Penrith Lakes AWS - - - - 0.2 - - - - 0.2 - - 0.2 - 1.0 1.8 0.6 0.4 - - - - 1.2 0.2 0.6 4.8 0.6 0.2 - - -
Prospect Reservoir - - - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - - - 2.0 0.4 - - - - - - - 0.2 6.0 2.1 - - - -
Richmond - UWS Hawkesbury - - - - - - - - - 0.8 - »» »» 0.4 - - 1.8 0.1 - - - - - - 0.1 »» »» 9.6 - - -
Richmond RAAF - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - 0.2 - 0.2 1.0 0.6 0.2 - - - - - - -
1.6 - - - -
Sackville - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Seven Hills (Radio FM 103.2) - - - - - - - - - 0.5 - - - - - 1.5 0.5 - - - - - - - 0.5 10.5 2.0 - - - -
Seven Hills (Collins St)








3.4




2.0








12.4 1.6



South Creek (Elizabeth Drive)














0.5
0.5






1.5 0.5



Toongabbie Bowling Club - - - - 0.5 - - - - 1.5 - - - - - 2.5 0.5 - - - 1.0 - - - - 10.0 2.5 - - - -
Toongabbie Ck (Redbank Road (Toongabbee - - - - - - - - - 1.5 - - - - - 2.0 0.5 - - - - - - - - 11.5 3.0 - - - -
West Pennant Hills (Cumberland S F Alert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - - - - 0.5 11.0 2.0 - - - -
Willmot (Resolution Ave) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - - - - - - 11.0 1.0 - - 2.0 -
Windsor SWC (Hawkesbury River) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - - - - - 7.0 1.0 - - - -
Illawarra (68)12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Camden Airport AWS - - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 1.8 0.6 - - - - - - - - 4.6 - - - - -
Campbelltown (Kentlyn (Georges River Roa - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - - - - 1.0 3.0 - - - - -
Campbelltown (Mount Annan) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 1.8 0.6 - - - - - - - - 3.4 0.2 - -

Rossmore (South Creek) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 1.0 - - - - - - - - 4.0 3.0 - - - -

Most values are the precipitation in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated. Days marked with »» are part of a longer accumulation, which is marked like this on the final day. Values over 100 mm have been rounded to the nearest whole millimetre. Days marked with - have a rainfall report of zero; days left blank have no rainfall report (which often indicates no rain fell).
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Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Sydney - Greater Sydney 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, usually published in the fourth week of the month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Friday 1 August 2014. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages 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 20 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.

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