Queensland in March 2016: wet in the west and north, very warm nights

March rainfall was above average in the north and west of Queensland, but below average for most of the southeast. Overnight temperatures were above average, with the State mean minimum temperature a record high. Daytime temperatures were warmer than usual across southern districts and in the far north.

  • Above average rainfall in the west and north
  • Rainfall average or below average across the greater southeast
  • Record warm minimum temperatures
  • Warmer than average daytime temperatures in the south and far north
  • Third-warmest March on record for the State as a whole

March rainfall was above average in the west and north of Queensland, following several marked rain events; a few stations had their wettest March on record. Rain was average or below average in the greater southeast of the State during March. Total rain for the State was about 16% above average.

Moist easterly flow brought moderate falls through the first week of March to the coast north of Fraser Island, with some heavy falls between the Central and Wide Bay coasts. Mount Jukes, west of Mackay, had 264 mm in the 24 hours to 9 am on the 7th, the State's wettest day this month. There were moderate to locally heavy falls over western parts of Queensland on the 8th and 9th. Moist and unstable air brought showers and storms to the northern tropics from the 10th to the 12th, with some sites having their wettest March day on record. An active monsoon trough brought more rain until about the 18th, with some extremely heavy falls recorded as a tropical low tracked eastward across Cape York Peninsula: Abingdon Downs Station registered a March record 210 mm in the 24 hours to 9 am on the 17th. Thunderstorms brought moderate falls to southern parts of the State on the 16th, widespread light falls to the southeast interior on the 19th, and isolated moderate falls to the east on the 20th and 21st which were locally heavy over the Cape York Peninsula.

Minimum overnight temperatures were often well above average for the first three weeks of the month, and even though cooler nights prevailed in the final week the statewide mean minimum temperature was a record high at 1.96 °C above average, 0.34 °C above the previous record set in 2015. For most of the State, mean minimum temperatures were in the top 10% of historical records, and several sites had their highest March mean minimum on record.

Daytime temperatures were above average in the south and the far north, and the statewide mean maximum temperature was 1.29 °C above average. Although Queensland was not so affected by the heatwave as neighbouring States (as detailed in Special Climate Statement 55: Prolonged March heatwave affects many parts of Australia), hot days were observed over much of the Queensland in the first three days, before the heat retreated to southern districts and persisted until about the 18th. Cloud and rain kept daytime temperatures below average in the north and east from the 4th to the 17th. A cool change reached the southwest on the 18th, and more cool weather followed in the southwest from the 29th.

Overall, Queensland's mean March temperature was the third-highest on record, at 1.63 °C above average.

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Extremes in March 2016
Hottest day 43.9 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 2nd
Warmest days on average 37.2 °C at Isisford Post Office
Coolest days on average 25.4 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 19.3 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 30th
Coldest night 10.7 °C at Mitchell Post Office and Roma Airport on the 21st
Coolest nights on average 15.0 °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 26.8 °C at Lihou Reef Lighthouse
Warmest night 30.8 °C at Ballera Gas Field on the 1st
Warmest on average overall 30.4 °C at Boulia Airport
Coolest on average overall 20.2 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 1174.8 mm at Cardwell Range
Wettest day 264.0 mm at Mount Jukes on the 7th
Strongest wind gust 85 km/h at Lucinda Point on the 1st and Amberley AMO on the 22nd

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 March daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Abingdon Downs Station 210.0 on the 17th 148.8 on the 9th in 1971 69
Robin Hood Station 161.0 on the 12th 115.6 on the 8th in 1972 44
Plainby Station 91.0 on the 12th 82.6 on the 2nd in 1994 38
Gladstone Airport 120.8 on the 7th 105.4 on the 26th in 2014 22



Record highest March total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Lands End Station 329.4 305.8 in 1971 96 62.5
Abingdon Downs Station 657.0 541.0 in 1974 70 138.8
Cardwell Range 1174.8 1157.6 in 2012 51 444.7
Lucinda Point 684.0 409.6 in 1990 30 161.2
Gladstone Airport 308.4 306.2 in 2014 22 95.3

Highest March total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Mount McConnell 264.6 413.1 in 1955* 79.2
Solway Downs Station 184.2 190.6 in 1972 66.7

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




Record highest March temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Mount Isa Aero 41.9 on the 1st 41.4 on the 20th in 2015 50 34.3
Walkamin Research Station 35.0 on the 2nd 34.3 on the 18th in 1992 48 28.0
Weipa Aero 34.7 on the 12th = 34.7 on the 29th in 2014 24 31.8



Record highest March mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 28.1 27.8 in 2015 105 26.1
Willis Island 31.5 = 31.5 in 1942 90 29.9
Lockhart River Airport 31.7 = 31.7 in 1992 50 30.6
Weipa Aero 32.7 = 32.7 in 1998 23 31.8
Horn Island 31.9 31.5 in 2010 21 30.4

Highest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Cairns Aero 31.8 32.5 in 1993 30.6



Record highest March daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Willis Island 28.3 on the 16th = 28.3 on the 5th in 2010 91 25.4



Record highest March mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 22.8 = 22.8 in 2015 105 21.2
Barcaldine Post Office 24.0 = 24.0 in 2015 98 20.9
Willis Island 26.6 26.4 in 1998 90 25.4
Rockhampton Aero 22.6 22.4 in 2015 76 20.8
Cairns Aero 24.0 = 24.0 in 2015 73 23.1
Taroom Post Office 20.8 20.5 in 2001 63 18.2
Collinsville Post Office 22.1 21.7 in 1983 58 20.0
Applethorpe 15.0 = 15.0 in 1982 47 13.3
Kowanyama Airport 25.1 24.6 in 2004 47 23.8
Oakey Aero 17.7 17.6 in 1976 42 15.7
Charters Towers Airport 22.2 22.0 in 1995 23 20.9
Emerald Airport 22.0 21.8 in 2015 23 20.2
Horn Island 26.1 25.7 in 1999 21 25.0
Sunshine Coast Airport 21.1 21.0 in 2001 21 20.0
Warwick 16.5 16.4 in 2015 20 15.0

Highest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Palmerville 23.4 24.3 in 1921* 21.9
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 15.7 =15.7 in 1982* 13.8

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




Record highest March mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 25.5 25.3 in 2015 105 23.6
Willis Island 29.1 28.6 in 1942 90 27.6
Cairns Aero 27.9 = 27.9 in 2015 73 26.8
Taroom Post Office 27.7 27.5 in 2015 63 24.9
Lockhart River Airport 27.9 27.7 in 1988 50 27.0
Kowanyama Airport 29.4 29.0 in 2015 47 28.3
Horn Island 29.0 28.5 in 2010 21 27.7

Highest March mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Palmerville 28.2 28.4 in 1978* 27.1
Low Isles Lighthouse 28.6 29.2 in 1993 27.9

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




Summary statistics for March 2016
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2016
Mean for
March
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2016
Total for
March
2016
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2016
Fraction of
March
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 33.1 +1.6 35.7 13th 26.7 +1.0 24.6 19th 88.8 285.9 low 31%
Coen Airport 32.5 +1.2 35.5 2nd 24.1 +0.9 21.8 27th 178.2 269.4 low 66%
Horn Island 31.9 +1.5 33.8 12th 26.1 +1.1 24.4 18th 177.6 354.3 v low 50%
Scherger RAAF 33.2 +1.2 35.9 2nd 24.6 +1.0 23.2 31st 475.8 347.7 average 137%
Weipa Aero 32.7 +0.9 34.7 12th 24.6 +0.8 23.6 31st 377.0 417.9 average 90%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 31.7 +1.1 34.3 2nd 24.1 +0.6 21.7 31st 304.0 447.6 low 68%
Palmerville 32.9 +0.6 35.3 20th 23.4 +1.5 19.8 27th 298.4 180.5 high 165%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 34.8 +0.5 39.1 3rd 24.6 +0.8 17.6 23rd 216.8 151.0 high 144%
Century Mine 36.1 +0.1 42.1 2nd 23.7 +0.2 18.4 24th 181.4 85.0 high 213%
Cloncurry Airport 35.7 -0.1 42.0 1st 24.0 +1.3 18.2 23rd 92.8 74.1 high 125%
Julia Creek Airport 35.9 -0.6 42.2 1st 22.9 +1.8 15.8 23rd 182.2 68.9 high 264%
Kowanyama Airport 33.7 +0.9 36.0 22nd 25.1 +1.3 22.2 22nd 279.8 237.4 average 118%
Lake Julius AWS 35.8   42.6 1st 24.2   18.3 23rd 83.0
Mornington Island Airport 32.1   34.6 24th 25.9   21.7 23rd 388.2
Mount Isa Aero 35.4 +1.1 41.9 1st 22.2 +0.4 14.2 23rd 87.2 63.2 high 138%
Normanton Airport 34.0 -0.1 37.5 2nd 24.9 +0.4 21.0 23rd 217.2 138.4 high 157%
Sweers Island 32.7 +0.5 37.9 1st 26.5 +0.6 21.9 23rd 390.9 237.9 high 164%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 33.5 0.0 36.7 7th 23.3 +1.4 19.2 22nd 340.0 128.4 high 265%
Hughenden Airport 34.9 +0.4 39.4 19th 23.0 +1.5 16.9 22nd 69.2 31.4 high 220%
Richmond Airport 35.8 +0.1 40.2 2nd 23.1 +1.9 15.2 22nd 181.2 59.5 v high 305%
Richmond Post Office 35.5 +0.6 39.8 2nd 23.4 +2.7 16.7 23rd 209.4 61.2 v high 342%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 31.8 +1.2 34.0 2nd 24.0 +0.9 21.2 31st 256.4 419.4 average 61%
Cairns Racecourse 31.8   35.1 2nd 23.5   20.4 27th 239.2
Cape Flattery 31.8 +0.8 33.5 2nd 25.1 +0.6 22.9 22nd 224.0 438.6 v low 51%
Cooktown Airport 31.4 +1.0 34.8 2nd 24.4 +0.6 21.2 31st 267.4 393.5 average 68%
Low Isles Lighthouse 31.7 +0.9 36.5 2nd 25.5 +0.4 23.9 13th 608.4 437.3 high 139%
Mareeba Airport 30.6 +1.0 35.2 2nd 21.6 +1.1 18.0 31st 185.6 159.3 average 117%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 30.0 -0.7 32.7 2nd 23.4 +1.4 21.0 28th 807.4 400.0 v high 202%
Ingham Composite 30.8 0.0 34.1 22nd 23.0 +0.7 21.1 28th 828.2 390.3 v high 212%
Innisfail 30.5 +0.7 33.2 2nd 23.5 +1.4 21.5 1st 848.6 662.2 high 128%
Lucinda Point 29.6 0.0 32.2 2nd 24.7 0.0 22.4 1st 684.0 161.2 highest 424%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 30.3 +0.5 33.3 22nd 23.0 +1.0 20.5 27th 679.4 615.3 average 110%
Townsville Aero 30.7 0.0 32.9 2nd 24.1 +1.1 21.9 4th 549.4 192.3 v high 286%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.6 0.0 33.9 2nd 24.1 +1.1 21.9 26th 373.0 132.6 v high 281%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 30.9 0.0 35.0 1st 22.9 +1.4 20.1 26th 202.0 151.7 high 133%
Bowen Airport AWS 30.9   35.0 1st 23.5   19.3 27th 120.6
Collinsville Post Office 33.0 +1.1 38.0 19th 22.1 +2.1 18.5 26th 86.6 95.2 average 91%
Hamilton Island Airport 29.1 +0.6 30.1 1st 24.8 +0.7 22.0 22nd 293.2 241.7 average 121%
Mackay Aero 29.7 +0.5 32.6 1st 22.8 +0.8 19.6 26th 445.6 245.3 high 182%
Mackay M.O 29.1 +0.5 31.2 1st 23.3 +1.0 20.5 26th 418.8 278.1 high 151%
Proserpine Airport 30.2 0.0 33.6 1st 22.6 +1.1 18.4 27th 356.8 208.5 high 171%
Samuel Hill Aero 29.3 +0.2 31.9 19th 21.7 +1.1 16.5 26th 240.0 192.8 average 124%
St Lawrence 31.0 +0.3 33.5 19th 22.3 +0.9 18.5 26th 106.2 121.5 average 87%
Williamson 30.4 +0.1 33.0 19th 22.4 +1.1 18.5 26th 135.4 108.4 average 125%
Woolshed 27.7 +0.1 31.2 2nd 20.8 +1.1 18.0 28th 321.8 154.4 high 208%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 28.4 0.0 30.1 1st 23.6 +1.2 20.3 26th 143.4 133.3 high 108%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 31.5 -0.5 34.9 21st 22.2 +1.3 19.8 29th 121.0 72.9 high 166%
Moranbah Airport 32.0   36.3 19th 20.8   18.1 27th 53.6
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 32.1   37.6 19th 21.5   18.2 13th 82.8
Clermont Airport 32.8   37.2 19th 20.9   17.6 29th 11.4
Emerald Airport 33.3 +0.6 38.1 19th 22.0 +1.8 19.2 27th 20.8 53.5 average 39%
Lochington 33.4   38.6 19th 20.8   16.7 13th 15.6
Rolleston Airport 33.9   37.6 19th 20.8   16.9 28th 21.0
Springsure Comet St 32.3 +0.7 36.8 19th 20.7 +1.9 17.9 13th 65.6 70.0 average 94%
Tambo Post Office 34.6 +2.1 37.1 14th 19.9 +2.3 11.9 22nd 29.2 57.7 average 51%
Taroom Post Office 34.7 +3.0 37.2 18th 20.8 +2.6 17.0 28th 7.1 63.0 low 11%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 35.5 +2.3 39.6 19th 24.0 +3.1 18.3 27th 29.4 59.6 average 49%
Blackall Airport 35.8 +2.1 38.6 14th 22.5 +2.5 15.1 23rd 23.8 34.9 average 68%
Isisford Post Office 37.2 +2.9 40.0 18th 23.3 +2.9 16.1 22nd 3.6 58.5 low 6%
Longreach Aero 36.6 +2.0 39.9 19th 23.4 +3.1 16.9 22nd 23.0 54.1 average 43%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 36.3 +1.0 41.7 2nd 22.9 +1.1 14.5 23rd 156.6 55.5 v high 282%
New May Downs 35.1   40.7 1st 23.1   18.8 23rd 103.4
The Monument Airport 35.6 0.0 41.3 2nd 22.5 +0.7 14.4 23rd 126.2 34.1 v high 370%
Trepell Airport 35.7 -0.1 41.8 1st 23.2 +1.5 17.2 22nd 63.4 30.9 high 205%
Urandangi Aerodrome 36.3   42.7 2nd 21.6   13.6 23rd 159.6
Winton Airport 35.7 0.0 40.6 2nd 22.7 +1.5 16.6 22nd 142.8 51.7 high 276%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 36.5 +1.0 43.9 2nd 23.6 +1.9 15.9 31st 86.0 38.4 high 224%
Boulia Airport 36.5 +1.1 41.9 2nd 24.4 +2.6 18.4 31st 44.8 36.3 high 123%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 30.5 +1.3 32.3 19th 20.9 +0.9 17.4 30th 37.6 112.5 low 33%
Gayndah Airport 32.6 +1.5 36.1 19th 19.7 +1.0 16.2 28th 31.4 58.2 average 54%
Gladstone Airport 30.1 +0.3 32.5 1st 22.4 +0.7 19.1 26th 308.4 95.3 highest 324%
Gladstone Radar 30.1 -0.1 32.9 1st 22.5 +1.0 19.5 22nd 338.4 98.2 v high 345%
Lady Elliot Island 29.0 +0.7 30.4 13th 24.5 +1.1 21.5 22nd 105.0 123.9 average 85%
Monto Township 30.6 +0.7 34.6 19th 18.9 +1.6 16.0 26th 53.0 76.9 average 69%
Rockhampton Aero 30.2 -0.3 33.7 19th 22.6 +1.8 20.4 26th 183.2 102.7 high 178%
Rundle Island 27.6 +0.3 28.8 24th 24.1 +0.5 21.7 7th
Seventeen Seventy 28.6 +0.4 30.4 19th 22.0 +0.5 19.1 22nd 194.0 135.0 high 144%
Thangool Airport 32.3 +0.3 35.7 19th 19.3 +1.6 15.6 26th 28.6 61.7 average 46%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 30.7 +1.3 34.9 19th 18.6 +0.8 15.6 23rd 71.4 83.3 average 86%
Archerfield Airport 30.2 +1.5 33.1 19th 19.6 +1.3 16.0 23rd 72.4 124.1 average 58%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 29.6   33.2 19th 18.0   15.4 6th 92.0
Beerburrum Forest Station 29.2 +0.7 32.5 19th 19.4 +0.9 16.2 26th 131.4 172.8 average 76%
Brisbane 29.9 +1.0 33.5 19th 20.7 +0.7 19.0 22nd 117.4 109.7 average 107%
Brisbane Aero 28.8 +0.9 30.7 19th 20.4 +0.9 18.1 22nd 120.0 98.7 average 122%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 28.1 +2.0 29.8 19th 22.8 +1.6 20.8 23rd 39.8 175.9 v low 23%
Coolangatta 28.1 +0.9 30.0 19th 20.3 +0.6 17.4 25th 266.8 176.0 high 152%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 27.9 +1.1 31.6 19th 22.6 +0.8 19.1 23rd 159.0 162.7 average 98%
Gold Coast Seaway 29.1 +1.3 31.0 30th 21.7 +0.9 19.4 22nd 68.6 108.9 low 63%
Gympie 29.9 +0.6 34.4 19th 19.2 +1.1 15.2 26th 75.4 144.1 average 52%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.0 +1.1 31.8 19th 20.7 +0.2 16.9 26th 47.6 120.7 low 39%
Jimna Forestry 26.9 +1.0 31.6 19th 17.2 +1.2 13.5 26th 0.4 77.4 v low 1%
Kingaroy Airport 29.4 +1.3 32.5 18th 17.8 +1.9 13.9 26th 71.2 59.3 average 120%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 29.4 +1.0 32.4 30th 20.0 +1.0 17.6 25th 78.9 116.4 average 68%
Maleny Tamarind St 26.2 +1.0 29.8 19th 18.3 +1.0 15.8 26th 167.2 285.4 average 59%
Maryborough 30.4 +1.2 33.6 19th 20.1 +0.7 16.7 30th 83.2 156.8 average 53%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 28.4   31.8 19th 20.1   17.2 26th 211.4
Point Lookout 29.7 +1.2 31.8 6th 22.6 +0.7 20.9 23rd 82.7 124.9 average 66%
Rainbow Beach 28.6 +0.8 29.8 12th       142.1 145.5 average 98%
Redcliffe 28.5 +0.8 30.0 19th 21.5 +1.0 19.5 29th 97.4 120.6 average 81%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 28.8   30.1 19th 19.9   16.7 23rd 123.6
Sunshine Coast Airport 29.4 +1.6 31.7 19th 21.1 +1.1 17.4 26th 209.2 161.4 average 130%
Tewantin RSL Park 28.1 +0.7 30.2 19th 21.6 +0.9 18.4 26th 210.4 202.1 average 104%
University of Queensland Gatton 31.0 +1.5 33.9 19th 18.7 +1.4 15.7 22nd 87.8 78.7 average 112%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 25.4 +1.5 29.5 18th 15.0 +1.7 11.8 10th 54.6 68.9 average 79%
Dalby Airport 31.6 +1.4 34.8 18th 17.8 +1.5 13.5 28th 14.0 53.4 low 26%
Oakey Aero 30.1 +1.4 33.7 18th 17.7 +2.0 13.8 31st 14.8 47.9 low 31%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 25.7 +0.8 30.8 18th 15.7 +1.9 12.3 10th 61.4 65.8 average 93%
Texas Post Office 32.7 +1.6 36.5 12th 17.6 +1.7 14.8 24th 45.2 56.0 average 81%
Toowoomba Airport 27.0 +1.0 29.7 18th 17.4 +1.2 14.8 22nd 70.2 71.2 average 99%
Warwick 29.3 +1.6 33.0 18th 16.5 +1.5 13.4 6th 51.2 62.0 average 83%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 33.1 +1.8 35.7 14th 19.4 +1.6 16.0 21st 3.6 54.1 low 7%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 32.3 +1.4 35.9 18th 18.7 +2.3 13.2 21st 69.6 62.1 average 112%
Mitchell Post Office 33.5 +2.4 36.0 15th 18.7 +1.9 10.7 21st 12.3 61.3 low 20%
Roma Airport 33.5 +2.1 36.8 18th 19.1 +1.8 10.7 21st 12.6 53.2 low 24%
St George Airport 33.8 +2.0 37.6 18th 20.9 +2.3 11.4 20th 9.6 48.2 low 20%
Surat 33.2 +1.4 35.9 14th 20.1 +2.3 11.4 20th 23.6 58.1 average 41%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 34.7 +2.7 38.2 18th 21.2 +3.0 13.0 20th 19.2 48.8 average 39%
Charleville Aero 34.9 +2.9 38.1 18th 21.1 +2.4 12.7 21st 49.6 58.8 average 84%
Cunnamulla Post Office 34.3 +1.9 39.3 1st 21.4 +2.6 14.2 20th 110.2 41.5 v high 266%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 35.4 +0.9 41.9 1st 23.5 +2.2 14.4 31st 18.4 27.3 average 67%
Thargomindah Airport 34.9 +1.3 40.6 2nd 23.3 +2.0 16.1 31st 36.4 42.3 average 86%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Frederick Reef 27.7   29.0 5th 25.4   23.0 2nd
Middle Percy Island 27.7 +0.2 28.9 20th 23.3 +0.5 21.9 22nd 307.2 173.5 high 177%
Willis Island 31.5 +1.6 32.7 13th 26.6 +1.2 24.5 18th 298.0 206.7 high 144%

Notes

The Monthly climate summary lists the main features of the weather in Queensland 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 April 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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