Northern Territory in June 2016: Much hotter and wetter than normal

Daytime and overnight temperatures were well above average in nearly every part of the Northern Territory during June. Rainfall was also well above average, particularly in the southern half of the NT.

Record-breaking heat continues

Above average rainfall

  • Regular, rain-bearing cloudbands affected the southern NT during June
  • Most of the southern half of the NT received more than three times its average June rainfall
  • Significant thunderstorms occurred in the Alice Springs region on the 17th - golf-ball sized hail was reported in the area
  • Further heavy falls affected the southwest of the NT on the 26th. Yulara and Curtin Springs both received about 40 mm in the 24 hours to 9am

A warm start to the dry season for Darwin

  • Darwin Airport had it hottest June day on record on the 27th and exceeded its previous highest June mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures
  • Darwin's temperature did not drop below 25 °C on four separate mornings this month; this had previously never occurred more than once during June
  • Darwin had its first sub-20 °C overnight minimum temperature on 21 June; the previous latest date for this mark was 20 June, in 1980
  • Darwin has had three sub-20 °C overnight minimums so far this dry season, compared with the May-June average of 18 nights

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Extremes in June 2016
Hottest day 37.9 °C at Bradshaw on the 7th
Warmest days on average 34.9 °C at Oenpelli Airport
Coolest days on average 19.8 °C at Yulara Airport
Coldest day 11.3 °C at Yulara Airport on the 25th
Coldest night -0.3 °C at Arltunga on the 29th
Coolest nights on average 8.2 °C at Arltunga
Warmest nights on average 26.0 °C at McCluer Island
Warmest night 27.6 °C at McCluer Island on the 4th
Warmest on average overall 28.7 °C at Oenpelli Airport
Coolest on average overall 14.2 °C at Curtin Springs
Wettest overall 72.4 mm at Yulara Airport
Wettest day 56.8 mm at Alice Springs Desert Park on the 18th
Strongest wind gust 76 km/h at Walungurru Airport on the 7th

Maps
ObservedAnomalyDecile rank
Total
rainfall
Map of Rainfall totals Map of Percentage of normal rainfall Map of Rainfall deciles
Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
Mean
daily
minimum
temperatures
Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record highest June daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Howard Springs Nature Park 28.6 on the 6th 27.7 on the 16th in 1973 39
Humpty Doo Collard Road 2.2 on the 6th 2.0 on the 1st in 2004 33
Trephina Gorge 41.8 on the 18th 28.0 on the 7th in 1999 24



Record highest June total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
June
Humpty Doo Collard Road 2.2 = 2.2 in 2004 33 0.3
Trephina Gorge 67.0 52.2 in 1999 24 12.6

Highest June total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
June
Kurundi 43.0 68.3 in 1944* 8.6
Howard Springs Nature Park 28.6 30.3 in 1973* 1.9
Pirlangimpi Airport 12.2 13.0 in 1986* 4.1
Undoolya 68.0 127.2 in 1986* 15.0

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




Record highest June temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
June
Darwin Airport 34.6 on the 27th 34.5 on the 5th in 2003 76 30.6
Brunette Downs 35.9 on the 8th 34.7 on the 22nd in 1996 52 26.8
Victoria River Downs 36.9 on the 7th 36.3 on the 3rd in 1973 51 29.3
Warruwi Airport 33.1 on the 4th 33.0 on the 18th in 2002 51 29.3
Daly Waters Airstrip 36.3 on the 7th 35.4 on the 2nd in 1962 47 28.7
Tennant Creek Airport 34.0 on the 7th 33.6 on the 30th in 2009 47 24.5
Wave Hill 36.5 on the 7th 35.7 on the 30th in 2009 42 28.1
Jabiru Airport 36.7 on the 24th 36.0 on the 2nd in 2003 40 31.7
Tindal RAAF 36.1 on the 7th 34.5 on the 29th in 2009 29 29.9
Lajamanu Airport 36.6 on the 7th 35.8 on the 30th in 2009 23 26.5
Delamere Weapons Range 35.7 on the 7th 34.3 on the 30th in 2009 20 29.1
Rabbit Flat 35.5 on the 7th 34.7 on the 30th in 2009 20 25.6



Record highest June mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
June
Darwin Airport 33.2 32.4 in 1998 75 30.6
Warruwi Airport 31.5 30.4 in 2010 50 29.3
Wave Hill 31.5 31.4 in 1996 41 28.1
Jabiru Airport 34.4 33.3 in 2003 39 31.7
McArthur River Mine Airport 32.7 31.9 in 2015 38 29.8
Gove Airport 30.1 29.6 in 1973 37 28.3
Pirlangimpi Airport 33.1 33.0 in 2013 33 31.2
Tindal RAAF 33.4 32.0 in 1996 28 29.9
Douglas River 34.4 33.6 in 1996 24 31.2
Black Point 32.1 31.0 in 2010 23 30.0
Borroloola Airport 32.7 32.5 in 1996 22 30.2
Lajamanu Airport 30.5 29.9 in 1970 22 26.5

Highest June mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
June
Victoria River Downs 32.9 35.3 in 1973* 29.3
Brunette Downs 28.6 31.0 in 1996 26.8
Centre Island 29.0 29.3 in 1996 26.7
Tennant Creek Airport 26.7 28.6 in 1996 24.5

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




Record highest June daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
June
Tennant Creek Airport 21.7 on the 17th 21.3 on the 22nd in 1996 47 12.9
Wave Hill 24.5 on the 8th 22.7 on the 9th in 2005 42 11.3
Gove Airport 25.6 on the 25th = 25.6 on the 2nd in 1970 38 21.3
Elliott 22.5 on the 9th 22.0 on the 9th in 1986 36 12.5
Lajamanu Airport 22.1 on the 8th 21.0 on the 19th in 2005 23 9.6
Channel Point 25.0 on the 5th 24.0 on the 7th in 2008 21 17.5
Delamere Weapons Range 24.0 on the 9th 22.1 on the 1st in 2015 20 15.2



Record highest June mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
June
Darwin Airport 23.0 22.2 in 1973 75 19.9
Warruwi Airport 24.5 23.5 in 1998 49 21.9
Jervois 10.2 10.1 in 2013 48 6.5
Centre Island 22.1 21.5 in 1996 41 19.4
Wave Hill 16.3 15.8 in 2013 41 11.3
Jabiru Airport 22.9 21.6 in 2013 39 19.3
McArthur River Mine Airport 17.4 15.8 in 1986 38 12.6
Pirlangimpi Airport 22.6 21.8 in 2013 33 18.8
Tindal RAAF 17.5 17.0 in 1986 28 14.1
Douglas River 17.6 16.0 in 2001 25 13.5
Black Point 23.9 23.1 in 2013 23 21.7
Lajamanu Airport 14.9 13.4 in 2005 22 9.6

Highest June mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
June
Victoria River Downs 15.8 17.9 in 1973* 12.0
Alice Springs Airport 8.5 9.8 in 1996 5.0
Brunette Downs 14.6 15.9 in 1996 11.4
Curtin Springs 8.6 9.5 in 1996 5.0
Tennant Creek Airport 15.0 17.0 in 1996 12.9

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




Record highest June mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
June
Darwin Airport 28.1 27.0 in 1962 75 25.3
Warruwi Airport 28.0 26.8 in 2013 49 25.6
Centre Island 25.5 25.4 in 1996 41 23.1
Wave Hill 23.9 23.1 in 2013 41 19.7
Jabiru Airport 28.6 27.3 in 2013 39 25.5
McArthur River Mine Airport 25.0 23.6 in 2015 38 21.2
Gove Airport 26.6 26.2 in 1998 37 24.8
Pirlangimpi Airport 27.8 27.4 in 2013 33 25.0
Tindal RAAF 25.5 24.3 in 1996 28 22.0
Douglas River 26.0 24.7 in 2013 24 22.5
Black Point 28.0 27.0 in 2013 23 25.8
Borroloola Airport 24.2 23.9 in 2015 22 21.5
Lajamanu Airport 22.7 20.8 in 2005 22 18.1

Highest June mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
June
Victoria River Downs 24.4 26.6 in 1973* 20.6
Alice Springs Airport 14.6 16.7 in 1996 12.4
Brunette Downs 21.7 23.5 in 1996 19.1
Jervois 16.3 17.8 in 1996 14.3
Tennant Creek Airport 20.9 22.8 in 1996 18.7

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




Summary statistics for June 2016
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
June
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
June
2016
Mean for
June
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
June
2016
Total for
June
2016
Average
for
June
Rank of
June
2016
Fraction of
June
average
Darwin-Daly (district 14GA)
Batchelor Airport 34.1 +2.7 35.5 6th 19.7 +2.9 12.6 22nd 0 0.4 lowest 0%
Black Point 32.1 +2.1 33.3 25th 23.9 +2.2 20.7 22nd 0.8 3.2 high 25%
Bradshaw 34.7 +3.6 37.9 7th 20.1 +4.9 12.8 21st 0 2.8 v low 0%
Central Arnhem Plateau 30.9 +2.6 33.3 4th 19.1 +3.1 13.7 22nd 0 0.1 v low 0%
Charles Point 32.6   34.2 11th     19.8 23rd 2.2
Croker Island Airport 32.0   33.7 4th 23.6   20.6 22nd 0
Darwin Airport 33.2 +2.6 34.6 27th 23.0 +3.1 17.7 21st 0 1.8 lowest 0%
Delamere Weapons Range 32.2 +3.1 35.7 7th 17.8 +2.6 11.1 21st 0.2 2.3 high 9%
Douglas River 34.4 +3.2 36.5 3rd 17.6 +4.1 9.3 22nd 0 2.1 lowest 0%
Dum In Mirrie Airstrip     34.7 1st 22.5 +3.7 15.9 22nd 10.6 2.5 v high 424%
Jabiru Airport 34.4 +2.7 36.7 24th 22.9 +3.6 18.9 22nd 1.2 1.1 high 109%
Katherine Country Club 33.4   36.0 7th 17.5   10.0 22nd 0
McCluer Island 29.9 +2.0 31.5 8th 26.0 +2.6 24.1 22nd 12.4 9.2 v high 135%
Middle Point 34.8 +2.7 36.4 27th 19.3 +4.2 12.5 22nd 0 0.7 v low 0%
Murganella Airstrip 33.2   34.9 8th 20.7   16.4 22nd 1.4
Noonamah Airstrip 34.5   35.8 6th 21.1   14.1 22nd 0
Oenpelli Airport 34.9   36.8 24th 22.4   17.3 21st 0.4
Pirlangimpi Airport 33.1 +1.9 34.4 1st 22.6 +3.8 17.5 22nd 12.2 4.1 v high 298%
Point Fawcett 32.6 +3.0 34.4 24th 20.9 +2.1 15.4 22nd 0.8 6.2 average 13%
Point Stuart 32.2   33.6 22nd 22.1   16.4 22nd 26.8 2.0 v high 1340%
Port Keats Airport 33.5 +2.7 35.1 4th 20.2 +3.4 12.5 23rd 0 5.2 v low 0%
Tindal RAAF 33.4 +3.5 36.1 7th 17.5 +3.4 11.1 23rd 0 0.7 lowest 0%
Arnhem (district 14BC)
Cape Wessel 30.9   32.1 1st 25.8   23.9 9th 34.4 35.5 average 97%
Gove Airport 30.1 +1.8 31.4 10th 23.1 +1.8 19.0 7th 40.0 33.1 high 121%
Groote Eylandt Airport 30.7 +1.9 33.0 3rd 19.7 +3.1 12.3 21st 8.8 5.6 average 157%
Maningrida Airport 32.9 +2.4 34.7 25th 21.8 +2.6 16.8 21st 0 3.9 v low 0%
Milingimbi Airport 32.6 +2.2 34.0 1st 22.8 +3.0 19.6 21st 0 7.6 v low 0%
Ngayawili 31.7 +2.1 33.3 4th 22.5 +2.1 19.1 7th 0 3.4 v low 0%
Warruwi Airport 31.5 +2.2 33.1 4th 24.5 +2.6 22.0 22nd 0 2.4 lowest 0%
Roper-Mcarthur (district 14DE)
Borroloola Airport 32.7 +2.5 35.0 18th 15.6 +2.8 8.3 21st 0.6 2.0 high 30%
Bulman 33.3 +3.2 35.4 27th 19.4 +4.9 12.8 21st 0.2 1.8 average 11%
Centre Island 29.0 +2.3 31.4 9th 22.1 +2.7 18.0 29th 0 6.7 lowest 0%
Daly Waters Airstrip 32.7 +4.0 36.3 7th 13.7 +0.6 4.6 21st 0.2 3.1 high 6%
McArthur River Mine Airport 32.7 +2.9 35.0 8th 17.4 +4.8 10.1 21st 1.6 1.7 high 94%
Ngukurr Airport 33.1   35.9 8th 18.9   12.0 22nd 2.8
Victoria (district 14F)
Lajamanu Airport 30.5 +4.0 36.6 7th 14.9 +5.3 7.1 30th 12.6 4.4 high 286%
Victoria River Downs 32.9 +3.6 36.9 7th 15.8 +3.8 7.9 21st 0.2 2.6 high 8%
Wave Hill 31.5 +3.4 36.5 7th 16.3 +5.0 9.0 22nd 0.2 4.2 high 5%
Barkly (district 15A)
Brunette Downs 28.6 +1.8 35.9 8th 14.6 +3.2 5.9 29th 22.0 7.2 v high 306%
Elliott 30.3 +1.9 35.7 7th 15.3 +2.8 6.8 21st 0 4.8 lowest 0%
Tennant Creek Airport 26.7 +2.2 34.0 7th 15.0 +2.1 8.5 29th 8.8 5.1 high 173%
Alice Springs (district 15B)
Alice Springs Airport 20.7 +0.9 29.6 7th 8.5 +3.5 0.2 28th 27.0 13.5 high 200%
Arltunga 20.4 +1.1 28.5 7th 8.2 +3.8 -0.3 29th 60.8 16.8 v high 362%
Curtin Springs 19.9 -0.3 25.5 15th 8.6 +3.6 2.4 24th 54.5 14.3 v high 381%
Jervois 22.4 +0.4 33.5 8th 10.2 +3.7 0.1 29th 20.4 10.5 high 194%
Rabbit Flat 28.6 +3.0 35.5 7th 12.2 +4.6 4.3 29th 3.6 6.4 average 56%
Territory Grape Farm 23.5 +1.3 31.7 7th 9.7 +3.5 1.4 29th 13.6 8.8 high 155%
Walungurru Airport 23.5 +0.4 31.7 7th 12.4 +1.4 7.8 11th 39.8 11.0 high 362%
Yulara Airport 19.8 -0.6 27.2 7th 8.7 +3.1 2.2 20th 72.4 19.5 v high 371%

Notes

The Monthly climate summary lists the main features of the weather in Northern Territory 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 July 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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