Northern Territory Monthly Climate Summary: June 2006
Cold and Dry

Monday 3 July, 2006

In Brief

Temperatures over the Northern Territory were well below normal during June. The minimum temperature, averaged over the Territory, was 2.25°C below normal, the second lowest for June since high quality monthly records began in 1950. The mean temperature (average of maximum and minimum) for June was ranked 3rd coldest on record. On the 21st Arltunga reported −4.8°C, the coldest night across the Territory. Lajamanu AWS in the Victoria River district, Yulara Aero AWS and Territory Grape Farm AWS in the Alice Springs district recorded their respective lowest on record monthly minimum temperatures for June. Ngukurr in the Barkly District recorded the lowest on record mean maximum temperature of 28.3°C for the month.

Maximum temperatures were below average at each recording site in the Territory. Virtually no rain was recorded over the Territory during June, except for some showers about the northeast coast of the Top End.


A table of Territory extremes, some new records, and summaries for sites across the Territory appear below.

Extremes

Weather extremes during June 2006

Highest temperature
Hottest day
33.8°C
Jabiru Airport AWS on the 16th
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
Warmest days on average
31.5°C
Jabiru Airport AWS
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
Coolest days on average
17.4°C
Arltunga
Lowest daily maximum temperature
Coldest day
12.1°C
Arltunga on the 12th
Lowest temperature
Coldest night
−4.8°C
Arltunga on the 21st
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
Coldest nights on average
0.8°C
Alice Springs Airport
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
Warmest nights on average
22.5°C
Cape Don AWS
Highest daily minimum
Warmest night
24.7°C
Cape Don AWS on the 16th
Highest total rainfall
Wettest overall
7.4 mm
Gove Airport
Highest daily rainfall
Wettest day
2.4 mm
Gove Airport on 17th

Records

Record Lowest Mean Maximum Temperature for June 2006


Mean daily maximum
temperature
(°C)
Previous lowest Years of
record
Ngukurr
28.3
28.6
in 1967
12


Record Lowest Mean Daily Minimum Temperature for June 2006


Mean daily minimum
temperature
(°C)
Previous lowest Years of
record
Yulara Aero AWS
2.7
2.8
in 2002
18
Lajamanu AWS
7.5
8.2
in 2002
11
Territory Grape Farm AWS
3.3
3.8
in 2002
10


Record Lowest Temperature for June 2006


Lowest temperature
(°C)
Previous lowest Years of
record
Kulgera
−4.5
on the 13th
−4.0
on the 29th in 2002
25


Summaries

Summary statistics for June 2006


Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(mm)
Mean Difference from normal Highest Mean Difference from normal Lowest Total Normal total
Ali Curung
22.8
−1.8
27.6
5.7
−2.9
1.0
0
4
Alice Springs Airport
18.1
−1.7
23.0
0.8
−4.4
−3.8
0
15
Alyangula Police
27.8
−1.0
29.1
18.3
−0.5
14.5
0
10
Arltunga
17.4

23.7
2.1

−4.8
0
17
Batchelor Aero AWS
30.3

32.7
16.1

9.4
0

Black Point
29.6
−0.3
31.7
21.1
−0.6
17.6
0
4
Borroloola AWS
28.6
−1.9
31.0
11.4
−1.9
6.4
0
3
Brunette Downs
25.0
−2.0
29.3
9.5
−2.2
3.0
0
7
Cape Don AWS
28.0

29.6
22.5

20.1
0
3
Centre Island AWS
26.0
−0.8
27.5
18.9
−0.6
14.7
0
8
Curtin Springs
19.0
−1.2
22.0
1.7
−3.4
−2.4
0
15
Daly Waters AWS


30.8


7.7
0
2
Darwin Airport
29.9
−0.7
32.1
18.5
−1.4
14.1
0
2
Delamere Weapons Range AWS
27.2
−2.2
31.0
14.5
−0.9
9.0
0

Douglas River
29.9
−1.6
32.6
14.4
+0.9
9.0
0
3
Dum In Mirrie AWS
29.8

32.2
17.6

13.1
0

Elliott


27.2


7.0
0
4
Gove Airport
27.1
−1.3
28.4
21.8
+0.5
19.1
7.4
32
Groote Eylandt Airport AWS
28.2

30.6
16.3

10.3
1

Jabiru Airport AWS
31.5
−0.2
33.8
18.9
−0.2
14.5
0
1
Jervois
20.3
−1.8
27.5
5.8
−0.7
1.3
0
11
Katherine Aviation Museum
28.3
−2.1
30.7
12.2
−1.8
6.5
0
0
Kidman Springs
27.8
−2.5
31.6
11.8
−1.6
7.2
0
2
Kulgera
17.5
−1.6
22.1
2.4
−3.3
−4.5
0
19
Lajamanu AWS
25.0
−2.0
29.0
7.5
−2.4
3.0
0
3
Larrimah
27.6
−1.7
30.3
11.1
−2.1
7.0
0
4
Mango Farm
29.0
−2.4
32.2
15.8
+0.1
10.2
0
0
Maningrida


32.5


0.0
0
1
McArthur River Mine
29.0
−1.0
31.3
12.4
−0.2
7.2
0
2
McCluer Island AWS
26.8

28.8
22.6

20.2
0

Ngukurr
28.3
−2.1
30.6
15.1
−1.3
11.1
0
6
Papunya
20.2

23.5
4.1

−0.7
0
18
Pirlangimpi AWS
30.1
−1.1
32.2
18.6
−0.1
14.8
0
5
Point Fawcett AWS
28.3

30.4
16.8

13.1
0
10
Rabbit Flat
23.8
−2.3
26.6
4.5
−3.6
−0.4
0

Tennant Creek Airport
23.0
−1.7
27.0
11.2
−1.8
6.1
0
5
Territory Grape Farm AWS
20.3
−2.6
24.7
3.3
−3.4
−1.0
0
9
Timber Creek
28.4
−2.2
31.8
14.6
−1.1
7.7
0
1
Tindal RAAF AWS
28.7
−1.2
31.1
12.0
−2.4
7.5
0
1
Victoria River Downs
26.8
−2.5
30.5
9.0
−3.2
3.0
0
2
Warruwi AWS
29.0
−0.2
31.5
21.1
−0.8
18.7
0
3
Watarrka
19.6
−2.1
23.5
4.9
−2.4
−2.0
0
23
Wave Hill
26.0
−2.3
29.7
8.4
−3.2
3.7
0
3
Wollogorang
27.5
−1.7
29.9
12.1
−0.2
7.3
0
4
Yuendumu
20.7
−1.4
24.7
4.6
−3.1
−1.1
0
13
Yulara Aero AWS
19.0
−1.4
21.9
2.7
−3.3
−1.2
0
26

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Monday 3 July. Although every effort has been made to verify the data, it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

* denotes that one or more observations missing, or that the data is unconfirmed

Further information

The Daily Weather Observations lists daily temperatures and rainfall, plus many other meteorological variables, at more than 50 locations across the Territory (and over 700 across Australia). Data from the last 13 months are available from this web site.

Monthly rainfall and temperature maps are also available.

Further climate data and information can be obtained from:
Climate and Consultative Services
Northern Territory Regional Office
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (08) 8920 3813
Email climate.nt@bom.gov.au