MEDIA RELEASE - Thursday, 2 July 2009
Average day time temperatures were greater than normal across almost the entire Northern Territory. In the Top End, most sites recorded zero rainfall, typical for the dry season month, but isolated showers around coastal areas provided significant falls at several sites. Further south in the Alice Springs district, rainfall was about average for the month. June started off cool in the south but by the end of the month the Victoria and Barkly districts were breaking records with their maximum temperatures.
A cloud band at the end of May persisted into the start of June producing some rainfall in the Alice Springs district. Isolated coastal showers occurred around the 23rd in the Darwin-Daly district. Another cloud band covering southern parts of the Northern Territory produced widespread rainfall across the Alice Springs district on the 26th.
The wettest overall was 23.2 mm at Point Fawcett AWS, followed by 15.2 mm at Warruwi AWS, followed by 7.2 mm at Cape Don AWS.
The wettest single day was 22.6 mm at Point Fawcett AWS on the 9th, followed by 15.2 mm at Warruwi AWS on the 22nd, followed by 7.2 mm at Cape Don AWS on the 23rd.
Maximum temperatures in the Alice Springs district were suppressed at the begining of the month, due to a cloud band lingering over from May. However, the only site in the Northern Territory whose average maximum temperature was below its climatological average was Yulara Aero AWS. The warmer then usual days were most pronounced in the Arnhem and Roper-McArthur districts where almost all sites recorded average maximum temperatures of more than one degree higher then normal. Hot northwesterly winds ahead of a cold front at the end of the month produced a string of maximum temperature records around the 30th.
The hottest day was 37.0°C at Kidman Springs on the 30th, followed by 36.1°C at Timber Creek on the 29th, followed by 36.0°C at Bradshaw AWS on the 6th, Ngukurr on the 26th and Kidman Springs on the 29th.
The warmest days on average were 33.7°C at Noonamah AWS, followed by 33.1°C at Jabiru Airport AWS, followed by 32.8°C at Middle Point AWS.
The coolest days on average were 20.4°C at Yulara Aero AWS, followed by 20.5°C at Curtin Springs, followed by 20.6°C at Arltunga.
The coldest day was 10.1°C at Kulgera on the 1st, followed by 10.9°C at Alice Springs Airport on the 1st, followed by 11.5°C at Arltunga on the 2nd.
Some sites had their highest June temperature on record.
Minimum temperatures were mixed across the Northern Territory but most sites recorded minimums within one degree of their long term average.
The coldest night was −0.9°C at Arltunga on the 20th, followed by 0.2°C at Yulara Aero AWS on the 22nd, followed by 0.4°C at Arltunga on the 19th.
The coolest nights on average were 5.1°C at Yulara Aero AWS, followed by 5.2°C at Arltunga and Curtin Springs, followed by 6.1°C at Watarrka.
The warmest nights on average were 23.5°C at Cape Don.
The strongest wind gust was 59 km/h at McCluer Island AWS on the 17th, followed by 57 km/h at McCluer Island AWS on the 18th and Alice Springs Airport on the 30th.
|37.0°C at Kidman Springs on the 30th|
|Warmest days on average|
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
|33.7°C at Noonamah AWS|
|Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
|20.4°C at Yulara Aero AWS|
Lowest daily maximum temperature
|10.1°C at Kulgera on the 1st|
|−0.9°C at Arltunga on the 20th|
|Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
|5.1°C at Yulara Aero AWS|
|Warmest nights on average|
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
|23.5°C at Cape Don|
Highest total rainfall
|23.2 mm at Point Fawcett AWS|
Highest daily rainfall
|22.6 mm at Point Fawcett on the 9th|
|Highest wind gust
||59 km/h at McCluer Island AWS on the 17th|
|Record highest June temperature|
|Jervois||33.9||on the 30th||33.8||on the 21st in 1996||39||22.2|
|Tennant Creek Airport||33.6||on the 30th||32.9||on the 15th in 2002||37||24.6|
|Wave Hill||35.7||on the 30th||35.0||on the 15th in 2002||32||28.2|
|Timber Creek||36.1||on the 29th||35.9||on the 12th in 2001||26||30.5|
|Record highest June mean daily maximum temperature|
Mean daily maximum
|Previous highest||Years of
|Ngukurr||31.9||= 31.9||in 1962||15||29.9|
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|Summary statistics for June 2009|
|Darwin-Daly (district 14GA)|
|Batchelor Aero AWS||32.7||34.8||26th||16.3||7.4||20th||0||very low||0%|
|Cape Don AWS||29.8||31.7||5th||23.5||20.6||12th||7.2||high||257%|
|Central Arnhem Plateau AWS||29.9||32.6||6th||16.5||8.9||19th||0|
|Channel Point||29.9||+0.8||33.4||2nd||17.3||−0.4||11.0||21st||0.8||very high||62%|
|Delamere Weapons Range AWS||30.5||+1.3||34.3||30th||15.0||−0.3||7.5||20th||0||very low||0%|
|Jabiru Airport AWS||33.1||+1.5||35.6||6th||19.5||+0.4||13.0||20th||0||lowest||0%|
|Katherine Aviation Museum||31.2||+0.9||34.0||29th||13.8||−0.1||6.0||20th||0||lowest||0%|
|McCluer Island AWS||28.3||30.1||4th||23.9||20.9||20th||2.4||average||16%|
|Middle Point AWS||32.8||35.1||28th||15.4||8.1||20th||0|
|Pine Creek Council||31.6||34.3||26th||17.4||11.9||19th||0|
|Point Fawcett AWS||30.2||32.6||5th||18.1||12.5||21st||23.2||very high||261%|
|Port Keats Aero||31.8||34.7||7th||17.0||10.1||19th||0|
|Tindal RAAF AWS||31.4||+1.5||34.5||29th||14.5||+0.2||6.8||20th||0||lowest||0%|
|Arnhem (district 14BC)|
|Maningrida Aero AWS||31.1||32.9||1st||19.7||14.0||11th||0.8|
|Warruwi AWS||29.7||+0.4||32.6||4th||22.2||+0.3||18.1||20th||15.2||very high||608%|
|Roper-Mcarthur (district 14DE)|
|Centre Island AWS||28.0||+1.3||30.6||7th||20.2||+0.7||16.9||18th||1.8||high||23%|
|Daly Waters AWS||30.2||+1.5||33.8||30th||10.9||−2.4||4.2||19th||0||lowest||0%|
|McArthur River Mine||31.1||+1.3||34.1||6th||13.5||+1.1||6.9||19th||0||lowest||0%|
|Victoria (district 14F)|
|Victoria River Downs||30.9||+1.5||35.3||28th||11.0||−1.2||3.6||19th||0||lowest||0%|
|Barkly (district 15A)|
|Tennant Creek Airport||26.0||+1.4||33.6||30th||12.7||−0.3||8.0||18th||0||lowest||0%|
|Alice Springs (district 15B)|
|Alice Springs Airport||20.7||+0.9||31.2||30th||6.4||+1.3||0.6||19th||1.4||average||10%|
|Rabbit Flat||26.7||+0.8||34.7||30th||8.4||+0.6||0.8||20th||0||very low||0%|
|Territory Grape Farm AWS||22.7||0.0||31.4||30th||7.0||+0.6||2.9||20th||2.8||high||33%|
|Yulara Aero AWS||20.4||−0.2||27.3||29th||5.1||−0.7||0.2||22nd||3.4||low||14%|