1 April 2010 - Monthly Climate Summary for Brisbane Metro - Product code IDCKGC14R0

Brisbane Metro in March 2010: A wet start to the month

  • A wet start to the month.
  • Close to average temperatures in the Metropolitan area.

Overview

At the start of the month, a monsoon low extended a developing monsoon trough into the Queensland east coast, north of Fraser Island. An east coast low with gale force winds developed on the trough during the 2nd. The heaviest rainfall was concentrated around the Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Burnett districts in response to the developing system, but the south east also received moderate rainfall.

Rainfall

The wettest overall was Brisbane Aero with 202.4 mm and the highest daily rainfall total was 92.6 mm at Redcliffe to 9am on the 2nd.
See a map of total rainfall. See a map of rainfall deciles.

Temperature

Mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures were close to average across the Metropolitan area.

Maximum temperature

The hottest day was 33.1 C at Brisbane on the 10th, and the warmest days on average were 28.2 C at Amberley AMO and Brisbane.

The coolest days on average were 27.2 C at Redcliffe and the coldest day was 23.8 C at Brisbane Aero on the 2nd.

See a map of mean maximum temperatures. See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.

Minimum temperature

The coldest night was 14.0 C at Amberley on the 25th and the coolest nights on average were 18.2 C at Amberley.

The warmest nights on average were 20.8 C at Redcliffe and the warmest night was 24.0 C also at Redcliffe on the 7th.

See a map of mean minimum temperatures. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

Wind

The strongest wind gusts was 74 km/h at Redcliffe on the 12th, followed by 70 km/h on the 13th and 69 km/h on the 3rd.

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Extremes in March 2010
Hottest day 33.1 C at Brisbane on the 10th
Warmest days on average 28.2 C at Amberley and Brisbane
Coolest days on average 27.2 C at Redcliffe
Coldest day 23.8 C at Brisbane Aero on the 2nd
Coldest night 14.0 C at Amberley on the 25th
Coolest nights on average 18.2 C at Amberley AMO
Warmest nights on average 20.8 C at Redcliffe
Warmest night 24.0 C at Redcliffe on the 7th
Wettest overall 215.2 mm at Brisbane Aero
Wettest day 92.6 mm at Redcliffe on the 2nd
Highest wind gust 74 km/h at Redcliffe on the 12th




Summary statistics for March 2010
Maximum temperatures
for March
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for March
(C)
Rainfall
for March
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2010
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2010
Mean for
March
2010
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2010
Total for
March
2010
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2010
Fraction of
March
average
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 28.2 -1.2 31.9 10th 18.2 +0.5 14.0 25th 152.8 82.3 high 186%
Archerfield Airport 27.9 -0.8 31.9 10th 19.2 +1.0 15.7 25th 150.2 124.5 average 121%
Brisbane 28.2 -0.8 33.1 10th 20.4 +0.6 17.2 20th 162.2 89.3 high 182%
Brisbane Aero* 27.3 -0.7 30.1 10th 20.0 +0.7 17.4 25th 215.2 138.5 high 155%
Logan City Water Treatment 27.9 -0.4 32.5 9th 20.0 +1.3 17.2 25th 147.1 113.7 high 129%
Redcliffe 27.2   29.8 10th 20.8   18.6 15th 190.2
* The rainfall for March at this site is compared to another site at the airport with a longer record.

Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Brisbane Metro 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 Thursday 1 April 2010. 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 9 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.

Further information

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