Queensland in August 2017: warm days; dry in the west and south

Rainfall was below average along much of the east coast south of Cooktown, and in large parts of western, central and southern Queensland. Large parts of Queensland recorded below average rainfall. Daytime temperatures were the fourth-warmest on record, while it was the tenth-warmest August in terms of mean temperature.

Dry along the east coast, in the west and the south

  • Large areas of Queensland recorded below average rainfall for the month, with total rainfall for the State 78% below average
  • Well below average in the southeast corner and parts of the central west
  • Some locations had their lowest August rainfall since the early 1990s
  • Above average rainfall in the Gulf Country and parts of the Cape York Peninsula

Warm days across the State; warm nights in the north

Bushfires, frost and hazardous surf

  • A significant bushfire broke out south of Caloundra on the 18th, with hundreds of residents evacuated from their homes
  • Frost affected parts of the southern interior and central Queensland during the month, most notably on the 20th and 21st
  • Widespread frosts in parts of the western, central and southern interior on the 28th
  • A powerful, long period swell affected coastal activities for southern beaches on the 20th and 21st

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Extremes in August 2017
Hottest day 37.2 °C at Century Mine on the 17th and Palmerville on the 19th
Warmest days on average 33.6 °C at Kowanyama Airport
Coolest days on average 18.0 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 11.4 °C at Applethorpe on the 19th
Coldest night -5.7 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 20th
Coolest nights on average -0.1 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average 24.1 °C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 25.3 °C at Coconut Island on the 8th
Warmest on average overall 27.4 °C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 9.4 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Wettest overall 45.4 mm at Gayndah Airport
Wettest day 45.4 mm at Gayndah Airport on the 7th
Strongest wind gust 72 km/h at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 19th
72 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 25th

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 lowest August total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
August
Toowoomba Airport 2.0 2.6 in 1997 22 32.0

Lowest August total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
August
Bingil Bay 10.8 8.2 in 1981* 82.1
Cairns Aero 1.4 0.0 in 1990 26.4
Meringa Sugar Exp Stn 1.7 0.0 in 1990 24.6
Tully Sugar Mill 10.6 5.4 in 1990 125.3
Lauriedale 3.4 0.0 in 1959* 29.0
University of Queensland Gatton 0.2 0.0 in 1991 26.9
Lowood Don St 1.7 0.0 in 1991* 29.5
Oakington 1.8 1.1 in 1994 29.4
Cooby Creek Dam 4.6 2.8 in 1997 24.9
Oakey Aero 1.8 0.0 in 1997 26.2

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




Record highest August temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
August
Palmerville 37.2 on the 19th = 37.2 on the 29th in 1968 116 31.3
Seventeen Seventy 28.4 on the 18th 26.6 on the 31st in 2009 30 22.1
Rundle Island 25.7 on the 15th 25.6 on the 27th in 2015 21 21.2



Record highest August mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
August
Cairns Aero 28.5 = 28.5 in 1998 74 26.6
Ayr DPI Research Stn 28.2 28.1 in 1964 59 26.2
Mackay M.O 25.3 = 25.3 in 2009 57 22.6
Seventeen Seventy 24.5 23.9 in 2009 29 22.1
Sunshine Coast Airport 24.4 24.3 in 2013 23 22.1

Highest August mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
August
Maryborough 26.1 26.2 in 1942* 23.4
Palmerville 33.3 33.8 in 1943* 31.3
Innisfail 26.5 26.7 in 1981 25.1
Cardwell Marine Pde 26.9 28.6 in 1981* 25.8
South Johnstone Exp Stn 26.7 27.2 in 1981* 25.2

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




Record highest August daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
August
Yeppoon The Esplanade 20.5 on the 6th 20.0 on the 17th in 2013 23 12.7
Alva Beach 23.0 on the 6th 22.8 on the 24th in 2015 21 15.3



Record highest August mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
August
Seventeen Seventy 16.5 16.2 in 2009 29 14.6



Record highest August mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
August
Ayr DPI Research Stn 21.0 20.8 in 2009 59 19.4
Low Isles Lighthouse 25.1 = 25.1 in 1981 49 23.7
Seventeen Seventy 20.5 20.1 in 2009 29 18.3

Highest August mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
August
Mackay Aero 19.4 21.6 in 1960* 17.9

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




Summary statistics for August 2017
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
August
2017
Diff
from
average
Highest for
August
2017
Mean for
August
2017
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
August
2017
Total for
August
2017
Average
for
August
Rank of
August
2017
Fraction of
August
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 30.6 +0.7 32.0 19th 24.1 +0.5 22.5 25th 12.8 9.6 high 133%
Coen Airport 30.5 +0.5 33.0 19th 17.0 0.0 13.4 29th 0.6 2.2 average 27%
Horn Island 29.7 +0.6 30.8 8th 23.7 +0.7 21.3 25th 5.6 5.9 average 95%
Scherger RAAF 32.7 +0.3 35.1 19th 18.9 +0.1 15.6 22nd 0.8 7.5 average 11%
Weipa Aero 33.2 +1.1 35.8 19th 19.2 +0.5 16.1 22nd 0.6 5.2 average 12%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 28.6 +0.9 30.3 7th 20.2 +0.9 14.4 29th 9.8 28.0 low 35%
Palmerville 33.3 +2.0 37.2 19th 14.7 0.0 11.3 11th 0 3.3 lowest 0%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 31.7 +1.2 36.8 18th 15.8 +0.7 12.9 21st 0.2 1.4 average 14%
Century Mine 32.7 +1.9 37.2 17th 13.4 0.0 8.2 21st 0 0.9 v low 0%
Cloncurry Airport 30.0 +1.2 36.0 17th 12.3 +0.1 7.0 7th 0 3.5 lowest 0%
Julia Creek Airport 31.4 +1.9 37.0 17th 8.9 -0.8 3.5 7th 0 4.3 v low 0%
Kowanyama Airport 33.6 +1.4 36.2 19th 17.6 +1.4 15.2 11th 0.8 2.3 high 35%
Lake Julius AWS 30.6   37.0 17th 14.3   9.2 7th 0
Mornington Island Airport 29.0   31.9 21st 18.7   15.7 21st 2.0
Mount Isa Aero 29.5 +2.2 36.3 17th 10.0 -0.2 0.9 7th 0 3.5 lowest 0%
Normanton Airport 33.0 +1.5 35.6 19th 17.5 +0.7 14.1 8th 0.2 1.0 low 20%
Sweers Island 28.2 +1.4 32.0 19th 20.1 +1.6 16.8 30th 0.2 1.9 average 11%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 31.6 +1.4 36.1 18th 13.8 +0.1 7.5 14th 3.0 2.1 high 143%
Hughenden Airport 29.9 +1.9 35.8 17th 11.4 +0.9 4.7 8th 0 8.7 v low 0%
Richmond Airport 30.9 +1.9 36.7 17th 9.7 -0.2 4.2 26th 0 4.7 lowest 0%
Richmond Post Office 30.6 +2.1 36.8 17th 11.3 +1.2 6.1 23rd 0 4.2 lowest 0%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 28.5 +1.9 30.0 8th 18.4 +1.0 14.3 22nd 1.4 26.4 v low 5%
Cairns Racecourse 28.1   30.6 19th 16.6   13.1 22nd 2.0
Cape Flattery 28.1 +0.8 28.8 18th 22.5 +1.4 20.3 25th 7.6 16.0 average 48%
Cooktown Airport 28.3 +1.2 29.6 8th 21.2 +3.0 15.3 25th 10.0 15.8 average 63%
Low Isles Lighthouse 28.1 +1.5 29.4 7th 22.2 +1.5 20.5 1st 14.4 36.9 low 39%
Mareeba Airport 27.5 +1.3 32.2 18th 14.4 +0.7 11.2 19th 3.8 7.9 average 48%
Walkamin Research Station 26.2 +1.4 31.0 18th 13.8 +0.5 10.6 22nd 2.8 10.5 average 27%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 26.9 +1.1 29.8 19th 16.0 +1.6 12.7 22nd 2.5 29.0 low 9%
Cowley Beach (Defence) 26.6   28.4 31st 16.9   12.4 22nd 20.2
Innisfail 26.5 +1.4 28.8 19th 17.3 +1.8 14.3 22nd 15.4 116.1 v low 13%
Innisfail Aerodrome 27.0   29.1 18th 14.3   11.5 22nd 16.2
Lucinda Point 24.7 +0.8 27.0 19th 19.9 +1.0 18.1 14th 8.8 25.1 average 35%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 26.7 +1.5 29.3 18th 16.1 +0.6 12.7 22nd 14.0 88.4 v low 16%
Townsville Aero 27.4 +1.3 30.4 19th 15.6 +0.9 10.2 20th 4.2 15.9 average 26%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 26.0 +1.0 29.0 8th 16.9 +1.6 11.6 20th 16.6 15.8 average 105%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 28.2 +2.0 30.6 25th 13.8 +1.1 8.4 20th 0.8 15.4 low 5%
Bowen Airport AWS 27.1   28.6 18th 14.3   8.3 21st 1.0
Collinsville Post Office 28.6 +1.7 32.3 18th 11.8 +1.2 5.1 21st 8.1 17.2 average 47%
Hamilton Island Airport 24.4 +1.7 27.3 18th 19.8 +1.5 17.8 20th 5.4 23.7 low 23%
Mackay Aero 26.2 +2.5 28.5 18th 12.5 +0.5 7.0 26th 2.8 32.7 low 9%
Mackay M.O 25.3 +2.7 28.6 18th 14.9 +0.9 10.7 21st 3.4 30.2 low 11%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 25.6   28.5 18th 12.1   7.1 20th 3.0
Proserpine Airport 27.6 +1.9 32.1 18th 11.5 -0.1 5.3 20th 2.4 25.4 low 9%
Samuel Hill Aero 25.6 +1.8 30.2 18th 9.6 +0.1 4.2 21st 11.8 37.8 average 31%
St Lawrence 26.5 +1.5 30.3 18th 11.9 +0.7 5.2 26th 4.0 26.8 low 15%
Williamson 26.6 +1.6 31.5 18th 10.8 +0.2 2.4 20th 1.2 23.9 low 5%
Woolshed 24.9 +1.6 28.4 18th 13.6 +1.3 6.9 20th 15.4 14.1 average 109%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 23.8 +1.7 28.3 18th 13.3 +0.6 7.1 21st 3.2 33.4 low 10%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 28.4 +1.7 32.0 18th 13.1 +0.7 8.7 21st 11.6 16.2 high 72%
Moranbah Airport 28.5   33.3 17th 9.2   2.4 21st 1.2
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 27.7   33.2 17th 10.5   3.1 21st 8.8
Clermont Airport 28.0   33.6 17th 7.6   -0.8 21st 1.0
Emerald Airport 27.9 +2.6 33.6 17th 10.7 +0.7 3.4 21st 7.4 21.8 average 34%
Lochington 27.9   34.0 17th 6.8   0.0 21st 6.6
Rolleston Airport 26.8   33.0 17th 7.2   0.5 10th 6.0
Springsure Comet St 26.5 +2.5 32.0 17th 8.9 +1.3 1.9 10th 4.0 24.0 low 17%
Tambo Post Office 26.4 +2.9 32.5 16th 4.7 -0.4 -1.0 20th 0 18.9 lowest 0%
Taroom Post Office 26.3 +3.2 32.6 17th 6.7 +0.2 0.0 21st 2.2 27.8 low 8%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 27.8 +2.9 33.3 17th 10.7 +1.2 5.2 7th 0 16.0 lowest 0%
Blackall Airport 27.2 +2.0 33.7 16th 7.4 -0.4 1.6 7th 0 14.2 v low 0%
Isisford Post Office 28.1 +2.9 34.7 16th 7.9 -0.2 3.1 26th 0 12.1 lowest 0%
Longreach Aero 28.1 +2.1 34.6 16th 8.8 +0.3 3.6 7th 0 11.1 lowest 0%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 30.8 +2.4 36.1 17th 10.2 -0.7 5.0 29th 0 3.0 lowest 0%
Carters Bore 28.7   35.5 17th 14.3   6.7 6th 0
New May Downs 29.0   35.5 17th 13.7   8.2 6th 0
The Monument Airport 28.2 +1.4 34.6 16th 8.7 -0.4 3.5 31st 0 3.7 v low 0%
Trepell Airport 28.4 +1.2 35.3 16th 10.2 +0.6 5.1 6th 0 2.2 v low 0%
Urandangi Aerodrome 29.3   36.0 17th 6.9   1.0 5th 0
Winton Airport 29.3 +1.7 35.1 17th 9.8 0.0 3.4 21st 0 8.9 v low 0%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 26.7 +1.1 34.0 15th 8.9 -0.2 5.2 5th 0 7.7 lowest 0%
Birdsville Airport 25.1 +0.5 34.8 15th 8.5 -0.3 4.2 29th 0 3.5 v low 0%
Windorah Airport 26.2   33.8 15th 9.1   4.1 29th 0
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 25.6 +2.2 29.4 18th 11.0 +0.1 5.8 9th 0 33.7 lowest 0%
Gayndah Airport 26.0 +1.4 31.1 17th 8.0 +0.1 2.3 9th 45.4 25.9 high 175%
Gladstone Airport 25.9 +2.0 31.4 18th 13.1 +0.5 7.4 21st 13.0 32.9 average 40%
Gladstone Radar 26.7 +2.5 30.6 18th 15.6 +1.3 10.8 20th 22.2 31.5 average 70%
Rockhampton Aero 27.6 +2.8 32.1 17th 12.3 +1.6 6.5 21st 1.8 27.4 low 7%
Rundle Island 23.2 +2.0 25.7 15th 18.2 +1.3 13.4 20th
Seventeen Seventy 24.5 +2.4 28.4 18th 16.5 +1.9 9.8 20th 7.8 42.4 low 18%
Thangool Airport 26.1 +1.2 30.0 17th 6.6 +0.2 0.5 9th 11.0 23.6 average 47%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 25.5 +2.7 33.9 16th 4.5 -1.7 -0.9 20th        
Archerfield Airport 25.0 +2.4 32.5 17th 8.2 +0.1 3.4 10th 6.0 37.0 low 16%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 24.6 +1.6 31.6 17th 5.6 -1.1 -0.7 9th 15.8 32.8 average 48%
Beerburrum Forest Station 25.0 +1.8 32.7 17th 9.3 -0.1 4.4 21st 15.8 45.4 low 35%
Brisbane 24.7 +1.5 32.3 17th 10.9 +0.1 7.5 28th 5.2 38.7 low 13%
Brisbane Aero 23.3 +1.4 29.3 17th 10.3 +0.5 6.2 9th 6.0 38.7 average 16%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 21.6 +1.8 25.0 18th 15.5 +1.5 11.1 20th 16.2 75.9 low 21%
Coolangatta 23.1 +1.7 28.3 17th 10.7 +0.2 5.5 9th 6.2 59.0 low 11%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 23.4 +2.7 27.9 18th 16.3 +1.6 12.0 20th 3.8 63.2 v low 6%
Gold Coast Seaway 23.6 +1.6 29.0 17th 12.3 -0.2 6.3 20th 6.0 59.3 low 10%
Gympie 26.1 +2.7 31.1 17th 7.4 +0.3 0.7 9th 6.8 40.2 low 17%
Hervey Bay Airport 24.1 +1.4 29.5 18th 10.7 +0.1 4.4 9th 14.4 57.2 average 25%
Kingaroy Airport 23.5 +2.0 29.8 17th 3.6 -0.7 -1.6 9th 1.6 30.7 v low 5%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 24.6 +2.0 32.9 17th 9.7 +0.2 5.4 20th 8.3 45.9 low 18%
Maryborough 26.1 +2.7 29.6 17th 9.1 -0.2 1.8 9th 8.0 41.2 low 19%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 25.2   32.6 17th 11.3   7.0 21st 4.0 53.1 average 8%
Point Lookout 23.9 +1.9 26.9 12th 14.9 +0.7 10.7 21st 8.4 59.3 low 14%
Redcliffe 23.3 +1.3 31.0 17th 11.8 +0.3 8.0 9th 11.2 41.7 average 27%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 22.8   26.8 17th 10.6   5.3 10th 5.8
Sunshine Coast Airport 24.4 +2.3 32.2 17th 9.7 -0.2 3.0 9th 0.8 77.2 v low 1%
Tewantin RSL Park 24.4 +2.2 30.5 17th 12.1 +0.4 6.5 9th 1.0 86.0 v low 1%
University of Queensland Gatton 25.5 +3.1 33.3 16th 5.2 -1.5 -1.0 10th 0.2 26.9 v low 1%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 18.0 +2.4 25.7 16th 1.2 -1.6 -4.8 13th 8.4 41.8 low 20%
Dalby Airport 23.9 +2.1 31.0 16th 3.6 -1.1 -2.8 20th 1.4 23.5 v low 6%
Oakey Aero 23.2 +2.8 30.2 16th 2.3 -1.3 -4.0 29th 1.8 26.2 low 7%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 18.8 +2.4 26.0 16th -0.1 -2.1 -5.7 20th 11.2 42.5 low 26%
Texas Post Office 22.2 +1.4 31.2 16th 3.1 -1.4 -3.4 20th 8.4 33.8 low 25%
Toowoomba Airport 20.7 +2.1 27.8 16th 7.5 0.0 2.5 20th 2.0 32.0 lowest 6%
Warwick 21.8 +1.9 29.4 16th 1.4 -1.9 -4.2 13th 4.6 27.0 low 17%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 24.4 +1.9 32.2 16th 4.1 -1.2 -2.5 29th 4.4 32.9 low 13%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 25.6 +3.2 32.4 17th 3.4 -1.0 -2.4 9th 1.6 25.4 low 6%
Mitchell Post Office 25.0 +3.2 32.4 16th 2.6 -1.3 -2.7 29th 1.8 23.8 low 8%
Roma Airport 24.8 +2.3 33.2 16th 3.2 -1.7 -1.8 29th 6.4 23.8 average 27%
St George Airport 23.3 +1.3 33.0 16th 5.5 -0.7 -0.3 29th 5.6 20.8 average 27%
Surat 23.8 +2.1 32.6 16th 4.0 -1.6 -1.6 29th 5.6 27.4 low 20%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 24.1 +2.6 32.6 16th 5.7 +0.1 -0.4 29th 3.0 21.9 low 14%
Charleville Aero 24.7 +2.7 33.0 16th 5.5 -0.4 -0.4 29th 1.0 20.1 low 5%
Cunnamulla Post Office 22.7 +1.3 32.1 15th 7.3 +0.2 1.6 29th 4.6 17.2 average 27%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 24.1 +0.6 33.6 15th 9.1 0.0 4.3 29th 2.8 6.9 average 41%
Thargomindah Airport 23.2 +0.4 33.5 15th 7.7 -0.6 2.9 8th 2.6 9.4 average 28%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Frederick Reef     26.0 7th 21.5   19.0 21st
Middle Percy Island 23.1 +1.5 24.5 11th 18.0 +1.4 14.4 20th 2.8 27.7 low 10%
Willis Island 27.1 +0.8 28.2 4th 23.0 +1.0 21.0 21st 3.4 22.9 low 15%
Note: From 2017, information about Macquarie Island can be found in the climate summary for the Remote Islands and Antarctica

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each month, 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. 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 11 am on Friday 1 September 2017. 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.

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