Brisbane in January 2017: Warm days, record warm nights

Brisbane had its warmest January on record. Daytime temperatures were well above average, with overnight temperatures record warm in Brisbane. Rainfall was well above average in the Brisbane city area, and in western suburbs for January.

Very warm days; record warm nights in Brisbane

Rainfall above average in the city and western suburbs

  • January rainfall was well above average in the Brisbane and in western suburbs; Bayside locations recorded half their January average
  • A band of slow-moving thunderstorms affected Brisbane on the 2nd, with heavy falls recorded in western suburbs 
  • In the middle of the month, thunderstorms formed about the southeast, producing moderate to locally heavy falls on the 16th
  • A surface trough along the southeast Queensland coast produced showers about the Brisbane area on the 26th and 27th

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Extremes in January 2017
Hottest day 38.7 °C at Amberley AMO on the 14th
Warmest days on average 32.5 °C at Amberley AMO
Coolest days on average 29.8 °C at Brisbane Aero
Coldest day 25.4 °C at Redcliffe on the 3rd
Coldest night 15.7 °C at Amberley AMO on the 24th
Coolest nights on average 21.0 °C at Amberley AMO
Warmest nights on average 23.5 °C at Redcliffe
Warmest night 28.0 °C at Brisbane on the 21st
Warmest on average overall 27.2 °C at Brisbane
Coolest on average overall 26.3 °C at Brisbane Aero
Wettest overall 218.4 mm at Brisbane
Driest overall 69.0 mm at Redcliffe
Wettest day 98.0 mm at Brisbane on the 3rd
Strongest wind gust 67 km/h at Redcliffe on the 3rd


Record highest January mean daily maximum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 31.3 = 31.3 in 2010 24 29.7



Record highest January daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
Brisbane^ = 28.0 on the 21st 28.0  on the 29th in 1940 117 21.0
Brisbane Aero 27.3 on the 21st 26.4 on the 26th in 1998 23 21.3
^New record, Old record and Years of record calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites. January average calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites.

Record highest January mean daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
Brisbane^ 23.0 22.8 in 1973 117 21.0
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 22.3 22.0 in 2013 24 20.5
Brisbane Aero 22.8 22.7 in 2013 22 21.3
^New record, Old record and Years of record calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites. January average calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites.
Highest January mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
January
Archerfield Airport 22.2 22.4 in 1994 20.3



Record highest January mean temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
Brisbane^ 27.2 27.0 in 2004 117 25.4
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 26.8 26.5 in 2004 24 25.1
Brisbane Aero 26.3 26.2 in 2013 22 25.1
^New record, Old record and Years of record calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites. January average calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites.
Highest January mean temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
January
Archerfield Airport 27.1 27.7 in 1994 25.3



Summary statistics for January 2017

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
January
2017
Diff
from
average
Highest for
January
2017
Mean for
January
2017
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
January
2017
Total for
January
2017
Average
for
January
Rank of
January
2017
Fraction of
January
average
Amberley AMO 32.5 +1.4 38.7 14th 21.0 +1.4 15.7 24th 179.8 117.2 high 153%
Archerfield Airport 32.0 +1.6 36.7 12th 22.2 +1.9 17.3 9th 135.4 138.6 average 98%
Brisbane 31.4 +1.6 35.6 12th 23.0 +2.0 19.3 9th 218.4 151.8 average 144%
Brisbane Aero 29.8 +0.8 33.3 21st 22.8 +1.5 18.2 9th 73.4 136.5 average 54%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 31.3 +1.6 36.9 12th 22.3 +1.8 17.9 9th 145.6 133.3 average 109%
Redcliffe 30.2 +1.2 35.9 21st 23.5 +1.4 19.6 9th 69.0 150.8 average 46%
*Brisbane's maximum and minimum temperature anomalies are calculated using the old (closed) and current (open) sites. 
Daily maximum temperatures for January 2017

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Amberley AMO 37.4 35.2 26.3 30.3 29.7 29.5 28.3 29.4 31.3 33.3 34.9 37.2 34.5 38.7 33.0 31.7 33.1 36.8 31.6 35.2 34.4 28.6 29.8 34.0 33.6 33.4 28.1 31.2 32.4 32.2
Archerfield Airport 36.4 33.8 26.9 30.3 29.1 29.7 29.3 29.9 30.3 31.9 33.5 36.7 33.7 36.0 32.7 31.8 32.6 36.0 31.0 33.2 32.9 29.2 30.0 33.1 32.5 33.1 28.2 31.7 32.3 32.2 33.5
Brisbane 34.7 32.5 26.8 29.6 29.4 28.6 28.5 29.2 30.0 31.2 32.3 35.6 33.3 35.0 32.0 31.2 31.9 35.0 30.9 32.3 33.6 29.1 29.2 32.2 31.4 32.3 29.1 30.6 31.8
32.5
Brisbane Aero 30.9 29.8 26.7 27.9 27.7 27.8 27.6 28.0 27.9 29.2 29.9 32.8 31.3 31.8 29.2 29.7 30.4 31.5 30.1 31.9 33.3 28.6 29.1 30.5 30.3 30.6 28.4 29.6 30.2 30.6 31.2
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 34.5 32.5 26.9 29.0 28.0 29.4 27.9 28.0 29.0 30.5 33.5 36.9 33.5 36.6 31.5 30.5 31.5 36.5 29.9 33.9 31.3 28.0 29.0 32.5 31.0 31.8 30.1 30.5 30.9 31.5 32.8
Redcliffe 32.7 31.4 25.4 27.5 27.4 27.8 27.7 27.9 28.2 29.8 30.4 32.4 31.3 33.3 30.6 29.8 30.9 33.3 30.3 31.4 35.9 28.2 29.2 30.6 30.2 30.3 28.4 30.2 30.3 31.3 32.0
Values are the maximum temperature, usually in the 24 hours from 9 am on the day indicated,
and typically occurred in the afternoon of that day.
Temperatures coloured according to their difference
from the long-term average for the period
-10.0 -9.0 -8.0 -7.0 -6.0 -5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 +1.0 +2.0 +3.0 +4.0 +5.0 +6.0 +7.0 +8.0 +9.0 +10.0 °C Grey outline marks highest
and lowest for the period


Daily minimum temperatures for January 2017

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Amberley AMO 23.1 24.8 21.8 20.7 18.0 19.1 20.8 17.0 15.8 19.5 21.6 21.8 23.6 22.4 23.4 21.5 21.3 20.7 23.7 24.0 25.0 22.0 20.1 15.7 19.6 20.2 23.0 22.6 19.6 20.7 18.4
Archerfield Airport 23.9 25.5 22.1 21.4 20.1 20.5 21.2 18.8 17.3 21.4 23.0 22.9 24.7 24.4 25.2 22.2 22.3 21.6 25.0 24.5 26.0 22.9 18.2 18.3 22.0 22.2 23.0 22.3 21.3 22.5 21.0
Brisbane 24.8 26.1 22.3 22.4 21.5 21.1 21.7 19.5 19.3 22.5 23.7 23.5 25.1 25.2 24.6 22.6 23.0 22.6 25.8 24.6 28.0 23.0 19.8 19.5 22.5 24.1 23.6 22.9 21.4 23.0
Brisbane Aero 25.0 25.8 22.2 22.1 22.0 22.0 21.6 19.2 18.2 23.5 22.7 23.3 25.0 24.3 23.8 22.6 22.6 22.1 24.9 24.1 27.3 21.9 22.2 19.0 22.0 23.4 23.1 22.9 22.2 23.4 22.0
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 25.0 24.7 21.7
22.0 20.9 21.0 19.1 17.9 21.2 22.5 24.0 24.4 25.2 23.9 22.9 22.5 22.5 24.8 24.2 25.8 22.3 20.0 18.0 21.5 21.7 22.7 22.4 21.5 21.8 20.9
Redcliffe 25.4 25.9 22.6 21.8 22.4 22.5 21.9 20.8 19.6 23.1 22.8 24.3 25.5 24.5 25.8 24.6 23.2 21.9 26.3 24.0 27.4 22.8 23.9 19.8 21.8 23.1 24.2 25.0 23.7 25.4 22.0
Values are the minimum temperature, usually in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated,
and typically occurred that morning.
Temperatures coloured according to their difference
from the long-term average for the period
-10.0 -9.0 -8.0 -7.0 -6.0 -5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 +1.0 +2.0 +3.0 +4.0 +5.0 +6.0 +7.0 +8.0 +9.0 +10.0 °C Grey outline marks highest
and lowest for the period


Daily rainfall for January 2017

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Alderley

75.0 2.2
1.0 23.6




1.4

18.6



6.4




2.2



Amberley AMO - - 65.2 - -
15.6 0.2 -
- - 1.0

69.4 0.2
- -
8.8 - - - - 2.4 16.8 0.2 - -
Archerfield Airport - - 83.6 0.6 - 0.8 7.2 0.4 - - - - - - - 27.2 - - - - 0.4 0.8 - - - - 2.8 11.6 - - -
Brisbane - - 98.0 0.6 - 0.4 23.4 0.2 - - - - 0.2 - - 83.2 0.2 - - - - 2.4 - - - - 3.2 6.6 - -
Brisbane Aero - - 15.8 11.2 0.2 - 13.0 - - - - - - - 4.4 5.2 - - 0.2 - - 10.8 - - - - 2.0 10.6 - - -
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha - - 75.0 - - - 16.0 - - - - - - - - 76.8 - - - - - 4.0 - - - - 3.0 4.0


Logan City Water Treatment Plant - 1.0 60.4 1.8 - - 22.4 0.8 - - - - - - 0.3 23.8 - - - - 0.2 14.0 - - - - 9.2 11.6 0.1 - -
Redcliffe - - 14.8 38.6 - 9.8 2.8 0.8 - 0.2 - - - - 0.6 - - - - - - 0.4 - - - - 0.8 0.2 - - -
Most values are the precipitation in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated. Days marked with → are part of a longer accumulation, which is shown on the final day.
Values over 100 mm have been rounded to the nearest whole millimetre.
Days marked with - have a rainfall report of zero; days left blank have no rainfall report (which often indicates no rain fell).
Rainfalls coloured
according to the amount
0 1.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 25.0 50.0 100 150 200 300 400 600 millimetres

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each month, lists the main features of the weather in Brisbane using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. More extensive discussion of significant weather events, along with later information and data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Wednesday 1 February 2017. 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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

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