Greater Brisbane in December 2022: Cooler days and nights, near average rainfall

Rainfall was generally close to average across Greater Brisbane, though a few sites reported less than 60% of their long-term average. Rainfall totals ranged from around 60 mm to more than 140 mm at some coastal and island sites. Mean maximum temperatures were cooler than average and more than one degree below average at most sites. Mean minimum temperatures were also cooler than average across Greater Brisbane, and more than one degree cooler than average for most locations.

Average rainfall for most locations

  • Rainfall was close to average across Greater Brisbane during December though some locations received less than 60% of the long-term average for the month.
  • The wettest days for most locations occurred on the 1st and the 8th of the month with rainfall totals generally between 15 mm to 30 mm.
  • The wettest day was on the 8th, with 90 mm of rainfall at Caloundra Airport.
  • The wettest location for the month was at Caloundra Airport with a rainfall total of 232.7 mm.

Cooler days and nights

Brisbane

  • Total rainfall for Brisbane was 111.0 mm, which is 86% of the long-term average of 128.4 mm
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Brisbane was 28.1 °C, which is 1.5 °C below the long-term average of 29.6 °C
  • The warmest day was 35.4 °C on the 6th, and the coolest day was on the 1st when the temperature reached 22.3 °C
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Brisbane was 18.9 °C, which is 1.6 °C below the long-term average of 20.5 °C
  • The coldest morning was 15.8 °C on the 1st, and the warmest morning was on the 13th when the minimum temperature was 21.7 °C

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Extremes in December 2022
Hottest day 38.4 °C at Amberley AMO on the 6th
Warmest days on average 30.0 °C at Amberley AMO
30.0 °C at University of Queensland Gatton
Coolest days on average 25.5 °C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Coldest day 19.3 °C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 1st
Coldest night 8.8 °C at Canungra (Defence) on the 20th
Coolest nights on average 15.1 °C at Canungra (Defence)
Warmest nights on average 20.0 °C at Point Lookout
Warmest night 22.5 °C at Point Lookout on the 12th
22.5 °C at Point Lookout on the 24th
22.5 °C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 25th
Warmest on average overall 23.5 °C at Brisbane
Coolest on average overall 21.2 °C at Canungra (Defence)
Wettest overall 232.7 mm at Caloundra Airport
Wettest day 90.0 mm at Caloundra Airport on the 8th
Strongest wind gust 111 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 1st

Record lowest December daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 19.3 on the 1st 19.4 on the 6th in 1960 112 26.2
Point Lookout 20.0 on the 1st 21.7 on the 7th in 2011 26 28.3



Lowest December mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
December
Point Lookout 26.7 26.6 in 1999 28.3



Lowest December mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
December
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 19.8 =19.8 in 1983 21.0



Lowest December mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
December
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 22.6 22.3 in 1999 23.6
Point Lookout 23.4 23.3 in 1999 24.9



Summary statistics for December 2022
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
December
2022
Diff
from
average
Highest for
December
2022
Mean for
December
2022
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
December
2022
Total for
December
2022
Average
for
December
Rank of
December
2022
Fraction of
December
average
Amberley AMO 30.0 -0.9 38.4 6th 16.5 -1.9 11.8 21st 76.2 118.1 average 65%
Archerfield Airport 28.6 -1.1 36.8 6th 17.8 -1.4 14.5 3rd 76.0 125.2 low 61%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 29.2 -1.5 37.3 6th 16.8 -1.4 13.6 5th 66.4 122.8 low 54%
Beerburrum Forest Station 27.7 -2.1 36.5 6th 17.4 -1.1 13.7 20th 185.8 156.9 average 118%
Brisbane 28.1 -1.5 35.4 6th 18.9 -1.6 15.8 1st 111.0 128.4 average 86%
Brisbane Aero 26.8 -1.5 33.0 14th 18.8 -1.4 15.5 4th 91.4 120.3 average 76%
Canungra (Defence) 27.4   36.3 6th 15.1   8.8 20th 86.4
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 25.5 -0.7 29.0 13th 19.8 -1.2 16.0 2nd 145.0 125.7 average 115%
Greenbank (Defence) 29.1   37.6 6th 16.3   12.2 21st 67.0
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 27.8 -1.4 36.0 6th 18.5 -0.9 15.0 21st 58.2 123.5 v low 47%
Point Lookout 26.7 -1.6 29.2 7th 20.0 -1.4 17.3 17th 159.6 122.8 high 130%
Redcliffe 26.7 -1.7 32.3 14th 19.3 -1.8 15.5 1st 113.0 119.4 average 95%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 26.8   32.3 14th 18.1   14.1 20th 64.6
University of Queensland Gatton 30.0 -1.4 37.6 7th 15.9 -2.2 11.3 20th 88.0 98.2 average 90%

Daily maximum temperatures for December 2022
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Amberley AMO23.326.726.927.231.438.437.536.728.127.829.633.230.133.229.829.827.727.927.329.628.529.231.527.731.530.329.628.730.029.230.8
Archerfield Airport22.226.126.826.430.436.831.530.127.126.728.530.529.132.729.028.126.726.526.327.927.127.729.629.828.829.429.327.829.7
Beaudesert Drumley Street22.825.725.925.531.637.334.632.727.727.430.433.430.032.730.129.128.228.327.828.127.829.231.025.529.528.629.028.128.928.429.4
Beerburrum Forest Station22.224.725.526.429.136.530.730.926.325.428.031.129.632.629.627.325.825.525.725.926.227.428.428.327.627.726.727.226.325.927.5
Brisbane22.325.226.226.629.235.430.029.826.526.127.629.630.932.829.227.326.527.126.427.127.426.829.127.727.928.728.228.028.127.928.7
Brisbane Aero23.025.225.425.927.230.227.828.025.625.826.828.429.433.026.726.125.325.825.225.525.426.527.926.027.727.626.627.226.726.527.4
Canungra (Defence)20.523.824.425.029.136.331.631.724.826.028.331.327.132.427.627.125.826.026.226.926.126.729.925.828.326.827.026.826.925.427.5
Cape Moreton Lighthouse19.321.622.823.024.527.827.927.124.726.227.027.329.026.325.526.124.323.223.123.725.726.927.125.727.326.225.725.825.626.226.8
Greenbank (Defence)22.325.326.126.631.437.633.932.127.327.530.032.428.033.129.628.727.426.827.228.527.229.132.527.030.329.629.327.729.827.030.5
Logan City Water Treatment Plant21.624.525.026.728.536.029.830.526.026.128.030.128.033.527.226.926.426.026.625.827.129.526.828.828.528.028.028.026.528.5
Point Lookout20.022.724.424.826.728.129.227.527.628.728.828.028.428.727.526.824.924.524.825.528.427.526.727.728.426.828.725.826.627.3
Redcliffe22.624.925.325.426.430.927.328.725.725.327.328.730.332.326.526.025.125.325.824.925.626.627.127.027.627.027.126.426.426.227.2
Redland (Alexandra Hills)22.024.425.125.327.530.327.027.725.425.025.427.628.532.326.826.525.626.226.725.926.325.627.226.227.228.327.727.928.327.428.3
University of Queensland Gatton21.326.526.427.531.537.537.635.029.628.529.833.630.831.829.129.828.028.427.729.029.130.030.927.330.530.730.430.231.429.930.5
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 December 2022
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Amberley AMO15.415.814.113.813.715.914.820.319.919.415.415.820.718.813.316.714.915.313.812.911.817.516.219.820.219.315.815.014.620.419.5
Archerfield Airport15.515.414.515.716.118.316.820.120.220.216.718.821.019.317.218.516.516.416.015.715.718.817.620.819.118.715.920.820.3
Beaudesert Drumley Street15.815.415.014.613.617.516.321.319.919.514.217.620.317.917.515.814.016.415.214.714.117.216.319.718.418.115.414.914.420.319.8
Beerburrum Forest Station15.014.914.915.117.016.419.219.819.818.815.817.319.819.916.016.517.316.615.213.714.817.315.819.520.019.717.918.217.220.819.1
Brisbane15.816.116.216.617.819.418.920.321.020.916.920.521.720.618.619.218.117.517.216.216.719.119.221.321.219.119.919.718.621.420.8
Brisbane Aero15.615.916.215.516.919.018.819.921.321.619.718.921.320.617.419.318.618.115.516.616.219.318.320.521.220.519.719.318.121.220.8
Canungra (Defence)15.315.014.112.012.816.212.519.419.917.613.915.819.116.414.814.113.312.311.98.89.813.614.818.617.617.815.513.613.619.617.8
Cape Moreton Lighthouse17.616.016.517.818.320.721.520.421.620.520.221.920.220.620.220.017.618.418.117.217.619.821.422.222.521.221.119.121.721.020.9
Greenbank (Defence)15.415.513.714.914.015.915.220.018.918.914.016.520.718.615.316.613.513.113.114.912.216.914.919.618.218.215.915.014.020.419.8
Logan City Water Treatment Plant15.515.415.915.515.919.018.521.220.519.818.119.520.920.119.419.017.516.515.515.018.319.020.620.020.420.518.517.021.020.0
Point Lookout18.017.417.519.419.721.021.220.221.820.720.722.521.420.220.818.417.318.319.017.319.519.422.521.321.520.719.921.321.521.0
Redcliffe15.516.116.916.617.518.920.621.021.721.921.119.821.320.318.019.418.718.017.316.317.119.618.621.221.421.520.718.819.021.420.7
Redland (Alexandra Hills)15.415.415.615.716.219.317.920.020.219.217.519.621.319.518.018.517.316.615.414.114.917.518.620.319.920.919.318.717.820.719.6
University of Queensland Gatton14.713.711.511.813.014.914.419.715.619.215.915.719.618.015.314.615.716.415.211.311.318.615.119.618.720.015.714.115.119.919.4
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 December 2022
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Alderley 28.0 12.4 - 0.6 - - - 26.2 - - 0.1 - 4.4 0.4 - - 0.1 - - - - - - - - 10.4 2.4 2.4 - 1.4 4.0
Amberley AMO 13.0 7.8 - - 2.2 - - 12.2 - - - - 11.6 0.2 - 18.0 - - - - - - - 0.6 - 10.2 - - - - 0.4
Archerfield Airport 22.6 15.2 - - - - - 13.8 - - - - 13.8 - - 4.8 0.4 - - - - - - -

1.2 0.2 - 0.4 3.6
Beaudesert Drumley Street 9.0 10.6 - - 0.8 - - 1.0 - - - - 9.8 0.2 0.2 - 2.8 0.2 - - - - - 7.6 12.0 12.0 - - - - 0.2
Beerburrum Forest Station 34.4 21.0 - 0.8 - 0.2 - 8.0 10.2 - - - 9.4 7.4 - - - 5.2 0.8 - - - - 0.4 - 24.4 2.8 36.8 0.4 8.4 15.2
Blackbutt State School 35.0 23.2 - - - - - 14.6 - - - - 16.4 - - - - - - - - - - 1.6 - 10.4 - - - 2.6
Brisbane 26.2 15.2 - 0.2 - - - 29.8 - - - - 4.2 - - 1.8 0.4 - - - - - - - - 30.2 0.2 0.2 - 0.4 2.2
Brisbane Aero 21.6 12.0 - 0.4 - - - 25.4 0.2 - - - 4.8 0.2 - - 1.4 - - - - - - - - 0.8 18.4 1.4 - 3.2 1.6
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha 26.0 15.1 - - - - - 33.3 - - - - - 5.0 - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 8.0 9.0 0.1 - 1.2
Caloundra Airport 40.0 22.5 0.2 30.0 3.5 - - 90.0 0.3 - - - 2.0 2.2 - - 11.0 0.1 2.0 - - - - - - 7.0 0.6 11.0 0.1 2.7 7.5
Canungra (Defence) 8.4 6.6 - - - - - 0.6 - - - - 8.0 0.2 - - 3.4 - - - - - - 17.0 28.0 10.8 - - - 2.4 1.0
Capalaba Water Treat 22.0 - - - - - - 18.0 - - - - 5.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - - 3.6
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 13.4 21.4 15.6 1.0 10.8 - - 5.0 2.2 - - - 20.8 5.0 - - 40.6 1.2 1.6 - 1.0 - - - - 1.4 - 2.8 0.2 0.8 0.2
Carneys Creek The Ranch 18.0 12.0 1.0 - - - - - - - 1.6 - 4.0 2.4 - 4.6 1.6 - - - - - - 2.0 - 3.0




Clontarf 23.2 14.8 - - - - - 17.2 - - - - 7.2 6.0 - - 9.0 4.0 0.2 - - - - - - 2.4 2.6 4.8 - 8.8 5.2
Coominya Post Office 22.0 16.0 - - - - - 26.0 - - - - 16.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8.0 - 0.5
Ebbw Vale 17.0 13.0 - 2.2 - - 12.2 - - - - 11.6 - - 18.0 - - - - - - - 0.6 - - - - - 0.8
Esk Post Office 24.8 16.0 - - - - - - 7.6 - - - 26.0 1.0 - - - - - - - - - 4.0 - 2.2 2.6



Gatton Allan Street 15.0 16.0 - - - - - 34.0






















Godwin Beach 25.0 16.8 - 1.0 - - - 24.2 - - - - 12.0 5.0 - - 1.8 0.2 0.4 - - - - 0.2 - 0.8 0.4 7.8 1.0 3.0 6.0
Greenbank (Defence) 17.6 14.4 - - - - - 3.0 - - - - 21.6 - - - 0.4 - - - - - - 0.6 - 4.0 - - 3.0 1.4 1.0
Greenbank Thompson Road 13.6 14.0 - - - - - 3.2 - - - - 16.4 - - - 3.0 - - - - - - 1.0 - 4.0 - - 1.6 - 2.0
Harrisville Mary Street 10.8 11.0 - 0.1 - - - 1.8 - - - - 5.6 0.4 - 1.6 - - - - - - - 4.2 1.8 2.4 - - - 0.1 1.4
Highvale 21.2 15.2 - - 1.0 - - 26.4 - - - - 5.0 - - - 4.0 - - - - - - 0.4 - 14.6 1.8



Kalbar State School 13.4 13.0 - - - - - 1.8 - - - - 9.2 5.5 - - - - - - - - - - 4.5 - - - - - -
Karalee 20.1 17.9 - - - - 28.0 - 0.2 - - - 7.6 - - - - 1.4 - - - - - 0.3 - 2.0 - 0.3 - 0.8 3.2
Karragarra Island 33.0 19.6 1.4 6.2 - - - 3.2 - - - - 5.6 - - - 24.0 - - - - - - - - 5.8 3.2 - - 2.2 10.2
Landsborough 36.8 23.2 - 1.4 - - - - - - - - - 4.6 - - - - 1.0 - - - - - - 15.4 1.4 11.8 - 8.8 13.4
Lindfield 41.2 21.2 - - - - - 12.2 5.0 - - - 1.4 7.8 - - - - - - - - - 0.4 - 6.4 3.8 10.6 6.2 2.4
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 17.8 14.4 - 1.0 - - - 2.2 - - - - 14.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - 1.4 2.4 3.0
Lowood Don St 18.6 7.8 0.4 0.6 - - - 18.4 - - - - 6.4 0.6 - - - - - - - - - - - 5.0 - - - - 1.4
Manly Railway Station - - - - - - - 46.0 - - - - - 5.8 - 1.0 - - - - - - - - - - - 8.6 2.2

Maroon Dam 13.8 9.0 - - - - - 1.0 - - 1.6 - 3.8 18.2 - 11.8 16.6 - - - - - - 1.4 1.0 6.4




Mt Alford 16.0 12.0 - 0.2 - - 0.6 - - - - - 14.8 9.0 - - - - - - - - - 1.0 0.8 0.6 1.4



Mt Tamborine Fern St 8.2 11.2 0.8 - - - - 1.2 - - - - 10.0 - - - 10.0 - - - - - - 8.0 14.6 18.0 0.2 - - 4.0
Mt Tarampa 17.2 11.8 - 0.4 - - - 19.8 - - - - 7.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.8 - - - 0.4 2.2
Ormiston College 20.5 14.4 - - - - - 15.8 - - - - 6.0

















Peachester 36.5 28.0 - 0.6 - - - 12.5 3.8 - - - 4.0 - - - - 0.6 - - - - - - - 20.0 2.2 22.4 3.0 12.0 16.5
Point Lookout 19.8 18.6 15.4 0.4 2.4 - - 13.4 - 0.2 - - 6.0 7.0 - 9.6 31.4 1.8 0.6 0.2 - - - - 6.8 6.8 4.2 3.4 - 4.6 7.0
Redcliffe 31.6 17.8 - 0.2 - - - 20.4 - - - - 7.6 8.6 - - 2.4 2.4 0.4 - - - - - - 1.2 0.2 6.2 - 9.4 4.6
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 20.0 12.6 0.2 2.6 - - - 14.8 - - 1.0 - 4.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - 1.6 6.8
Regents Park 16.6 9.6 - - 0.4 - - 3.4 - - - - 19.2 - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 2.6 - - 1.4 3.6 2.6
Somerset Dam 37.4 15.0 - - - - - 40.2 - - - - 24.8 - - - 1.2













University of Queensland Gatton 16.0 11.0 0.4 - - - - 27.2 - - - - 7.4 - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 - 23.2 - - - - 2.2
Wamuran 19.9 13.8 - 2.7 - - - 23.5 - - - 12.7 - 37.5
















Wivenhoe Dam 24.4 4.6 - 1.0 - - - 29.4 - - - - 12.0 0.6
















Woodford Stanmore 43.5 26.8 - 3.4 - - - 14.0 - 5.4 - - 5.2 10.2 - - - 1.0 - - - - - - - 22.0 10.2 17.0 6.2 6.6 12.2
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, usually published in the first week of the following month, lists the main features of the weather in Greater 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 summary includes data from observing sites in or near the Greater Brisbane “Greater Capital City Statistical Area” (GCCSA). The Australian Bureau of Statistics designed the GCCSAs to “include the population within the urban area of the city, as well as people who regularly socialise, shop or work within the city, and live in small towns and rural areas surrounding the city. It is important to note that GCCSAs do not define the built up edge of the city. They provide a stable definition for these cities and are designed for the output of a range of social and economic survey data.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Tuesday 3 January 2023. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

In some situations, some or all of the rainfall is in the form of hail or snow. In these cases the totals given are for the water equivalent: the depth of liquid water that results from melting any frozen precipitation. There can be significant 'undercatch' of snow in strong winds, meaning the true precipitation can be higher than that reported.

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.

Information about Australian Indigenous seasonal calendars is available at the Indigenous Weather Knowledge website.

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