Brisbane in February 2017: Record warmth and very dry

Brisbane had its warmest February on record in terms of mean temperature. Brisbane also had its highest February mean maximum temperature on record and second-warmest February mean minimum temperature on record. Rainfall was well below average at all Brisbane locations. 

Persistent heat throughout the month; record warmth

  • Brisbane had its warmest February on record, with a mean temperature of 27.6 °C (+2.3 °C above average), beating the previous record of 27.3 °C set in 2004
  • Brisbane also had its hottest February days on record, with 32.5 °C (+3.5 °C above average); also its second-warmest mean minimum temperature on record with 22.7 °C, and only 0.2 °C below the record set in 1981
  • Brisbane had a record run of 26 consecutive days above 30 °C (1st to 26th), beating the previous record of 16 days set in 2016 by a long margin
  • The peak of the heat occurred between the 10th and the 13th, and the hottest day on the 12th at most sites; Amberley had its hottest February day on record
  • A mostly stagnant weather pattern over the southeast during the month resulted in all sites recording mean maximum temperatures more than more than 2 °C above the long-term average, and most metropolitan locations having their warmest February days on record 
  • Warm nights brought little relief, with a very warm night on the 13th
  • Overnight temperatures were well above average, and some locations sites had their warmest February nights or equal highest on record

Well below average rainfall totals

  • Overall, rainfall was below to well below average at all Brisbane metropolitan locations
  • All sites recorded less than 30% of their average February rainfall and reported monthly totals between 20 mm and 40 mm
  • Showers brought light falls to the southeast on the 8th and 9th; thunderstorms on the 13th produced falls up to 20 mm across the metropolitan area
  • Overnight thunderstorms on the 18th, and continuing showers across the southeast coast resulted in falls of 10 mm to 15 mm at most locations

Severe Thunderstorms

  • A line of severe thunderstorms formed over the southeast coast on the 13th, and affected parts of the greater Brisbane area with very strong wind gusts of up to 115 km/h recorded at the Inner Reciprocal Marker in Moreton Bay

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Extremes in February 2017
Hottest day 43.0 °C at Amberley AMO on the 12th
Warmest days on average 33.7 °C at Amberley AMO
Coolest days on average 30.6 °C at Redcliffe
Coldest day 26.4 °C at Redcliffe on the 27th
Coldest night 16.2 °C at Amberley AMO on the 24th
Coolest nights on average 20.1 °C at Amberley AMO
Warmest nights on average 23.2 °C at Redcliffe
Warmest night 27.4 °C at Brisbane Aero on the 13th
Warmest on average overall 27.6 °C at Brisbane
Coolest on average overall 26.6 °C at Brisbane Aero
Wettest overall 53.8 mm at Redcliffe
Driest overall 22.6 mm at Brisbane Aero
Wettest day 21.4 mm at Amberley AMO on the 14th on the 14th
Strongest wind gust 89 km/h at Archerfield Airport on the 13th

Record highest February temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Amberley AMO 43.0 on the 12th 42.6 on the 1st in 1952 76 30.4



Record highest February mean daily maximum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Brisbane^ 32.5 32.2 in 2004 117 29.0
Amberley AMO 33.7 33.2 in 2006 75 30.4
Archerfield Airport 33.0 32.3 in 2016 41 29.7
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 32.2 31.6 in 2004 24 29.3
Brisbane Aero 30.8 30.6 in 2004 22 29.0
^New record, Old record and Years of record calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites. Average calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites.

Record highest February daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 26.6 on the 13th = 26.6 on the 2nd in 1996 25 20.4



Record highest February mean daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 21.9 21.7 in 1998 24 20.4
Brisbane Aero 22.4 22.3 in 1995 22 21.1



Record highest February mean temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Brisbane^ 27.6 27.3 in 2004 117 25.3
Amberley AMO 26.9 26.7 in 2006 75 25.0
Archerfield Airport 27.2 26.9 in 2004 41 24.9
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 27.1 26.3 in 1998 24 24.9
Brisbane Aero 26.6 26.3 in 2004 22 25.1
^New record, Old record and Years of record calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites. Average calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites.


Summary statistics for February 2017

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2017
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2017
Mean for
February
2017
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2017
Total for
February
2017
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2017
Fraction of
February
average
Amberley AMO 33.7 +3.3 43.0 12th 20.1 +0.6 16.2 24th 33.4 119.2 low 28%
Archerfield Airport 33.0 +3.3 40.0 12th 21.4 +1.3 17.3 24th 35.0 151.0 v low 23%
Brisbane 32.5 +3.5 37.6 12th 22.7 +2.1 19.6 28th 30.6 135.5 v low 23%
Brisbane Aero 30.8 +1.8 33.2 11th 22.4 +1.3 18.4 28th 22.6 118.4 v low 19%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 32.2 +2.9 38.5 12th 21.9 +1.5 18.2 28th 32.8 152.3 v low 22%
Redcliffe 30.6 +1.8 35.0 12th 23.2 +1.4 19.5 28th 53.8 120.3 average 45%
*Brisbane's maximum and minimum temperature anomalies are calculated using the old (closed) and current (open) sites.
Daily maximum temperatures for February 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
Amberley AMO 34.4 36.1 33.5 33.8 33.4 34.0 34.0 33.0 33.5 35.2 40.0 43.0 36.0 30.8 30.9 32.2 33.8 34.3 30.7 33.1 32.9 31.0 32.0 33.0 33.6 33.1 30.0 31.4
Archerfield Airport 33.8 33.9 33.1 33.5 33.3 33.4 33.9 33.3 32.6 34.8 38.5 40.0 35.2 30.5 30.2 31.8 32.5 32.8 33.2 32.1 32.4 30.4 30.9 32.3 32.8 31.9 29.7 30.8
Brisbane 32.9 32.9 32.4 32.8 32.8 33.0 32.8 32.8 32.2 33.0 37.0 37.6 35.6 30.3 30.4 31.7 31.8 31.9 34.0 31.7 32.0 30.3 31.0 32.0 31.9 31.6 29.1 31.1
Brisbane Aero 31.6 31.1 31.3 31.4 31.5 31.3 31.6 31.6 30.9 31.2 33.2 33.1 33.0 29.5 29.4 30.8 30.3 31.3 32.5 30.6 30.3 29.1 29.4 29.9 30.0 29.5 27.7 28.4
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 33.0 34.6 33.0
33.5 33.0
32.7 31.2 32.4 37.1 38.5 34.2 29.7 30.0 31.7 31.8 33.0 34.6 31.2 30.7 29.6 30.0 30.7 31.2 30.5 27.6
Redcliffe 32.0 32.2 31.2 32.0 31.9 31.6 31.3 31.0 30.6 30.5 32.9 35.0 32.6 29.4 29.2 30.0 30.0 31.4 32.3 29.8 30.2 29.3 29.2 29.1 29.5 29.3 26.4 27.9
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 February 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
Amberley AMO 19.4 21.3 23.6 19.3 20.4 19.9 20.7 22.5 22.3 21.5 19.6 20.6 26.1 21.5 19.5 19.4 19.7 21.8 21.4 20.3 19.7 20.2 18.0 16.2 17.3 17.6 17.1 17.0
Archerfield Airport 21.8 23.6 24.5 22.4 24.2 22.2 22.5 23.4 22.9 21.7 20.7 21.2 26.9 20.4 19.4 20.1 21.7 22.7 22.0 21.3 21.3 21.4 20.6 17.3 17.3 18.4 20.2 17.9
Brisbane 23.4 24.6 25.8 23.5 24.5 24.1
24.6 23.3 22.9 22.6 22.7 27.3 22.9 21.7 21.1 23.1 23.0 22.5 21.6 22.1 22.5 21.0 19.9 20.1 21.1 21.0 19.6
Brisbane Aero 22.8 24.0 25.5 23.7 24.8 24.0 24.4 25.9 22.9 22.5 22.0 21.8 27.4 22.4 21.5 23.9 22.5 22.0 22.0 21.1 21.6 21.7 20.0 18.9 19.8 19.6 20.2 18.4
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 22.5 24.0 23.5 21.6
21.5 21.7
22.9 22.3 24.2 24.5 26.6 24.5 21.1 21.5 20.4 20.7 22.7 21.1 21.3 22.3 22.3 19.2 18.8 19.9 20.4 18.2
Redcliffe 22.5 24.9 25.1 23.3 24.3 24.0 25.9 26.2 23.5 23.0 22.7 23.5 27.3 22.8 23.7 24.2 24.1 22.4 23.3 21.7 22.3 23.0 21.8 20.8 21.2 21.5 21.3 19.5
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 February 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
Amberley AMO - -
- - - - - 1.0 - - - - 21.4 - -
- 5.8 5.0 -

- - - - 0.2
Archerfield Airport - - - - - - -
5.6 0.8 0.2 - - 19.0 0.2 - - - 2.0 7.0 0.2 - - - - - - -
Brisbane - - - - - -
- 4.0 1.4 - - - 8.6 0.2 - - - 1.2 15.2 - - - - - - - -
Brisbane Aero - - - - - - - - 5.6 1.0 - - - 7.8 - 0.4 - - - 7.8 - - - - - - - -
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha - - - - - - - - 6.2 - - - - 12.0 - - - - - 12.0







Logan City Water Treatment Plant - - - - - - - 11.0 2.6 - - - 3.0 - - - - - 16.2 - - - - - - - -
Redcliffe - - - - - - - - 0.4 6.2 - - - 17.4 - - - - - 12.4 0.2 0.2 - - - - 0.8 16.2
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 9 am on Wednesday 1 March 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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