Queensland in May 2016: Wet in the north and west; warm across the State

May was a very warm month in Queensland. It was the warmest May mean temperature on record for the State. Rainfall was well above average in the western and northern parts of the State.

  • Warmest May on record
  • Third-warmest mean maximum temperature on record for Queensland
  • Warmest mean minimum temperature on record for Queensland
  • Above average rainfall in the west and north, highest on record in some parts
  • Well below average rainfall across southeast quarter of the State.

May rainfall was above average in western and northern parts of the State. Large areas of below average rainfall were recorded along the east coast south of about Townsville, the central west, the Central Highlands, Wide Bay and Burnett and southeast coast. Remaining parts received near-average falls. There was a particularly heavy downpour in the third week of May, when a complex upper-level trough developed over the Gulf of Carpentaria on the 21st. The system extended across far northern Queensland on the 22nd, before weakening over the following days. The upper trough extended a deep, moist tropical air mass over northern parts, with areas of rain developing from about Burketown to Ingham. Widespread daily totals in excess of 100 mm were recorded about the north tropical coast and ranges between Cooktown and Ingham, and also in southwestern parts of the Peninsula and Gulf Country between the 22nd and 24th. Numerous locations recorded their highest May daily rainfall on record and some stations had their highest total May rainfall on record. Near the end of the month, a surface trough over inland parts of the State generated showers over the Darling Downs and southern interior. 

Queensland had its warmest May on record. The mean maximum temperature was the third-warmest on record, while Queensland's mean minimum temperature was the warmest on record for May.

It was a warm start to the month, with large areas in western and inland Queensland recording above average daytime temperatures in the first week of May. Numerous stations had their  highest May temperature on record at the start of the month. The warm days retreated to the east coast by the 10th. A return to widespread warmth occurred mid-month across most of the State. Very cold days were observed across northern Queensland as a result of heavy falls recorded across the Gulf Country to the north tropical coast, though warm daytime temperatures persisted across most of the southern parts of the State until the end of the month. Numerous locations had their highest May mean daily maximum temperature on record. Locations with record warmth spanned from the northwest, through the central and southern interior and along the east coast.

Above average overnight temperatures were also recorded across much of the State up to the 11th. A number of locations had their their warmest May night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record mainly in the central and southern interior and along parts of the east coast. Cold overnight temperatures were recorded across much of central and southern Queensland on the 12th, with the first frost for the year occurring in parts of the Darling Downs, Maranoa and Warrego. Cooler than usual nights persisted across the west, central and southeastern districts between the 12th until the 17th, before a return to warm nights in the west, central and southern interior. It was a particularly warm night on the 22nd, as thick cloud cover from the rainfall event kept the minima up to 8 C above average in the central west.  Numerous locations had their highest May mean daily minimum temperature on record. Also, many locations had their warmest May on record.

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Extremes in May 2016
Hottest day 38.5 C at Lake Julius AWS on the 1st and at Century Mine on the 2nd
Warmest days on average 34.1 C at Kowanyama Airport
Coolest days on average 21.1 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 13.5 C at Applethorpe on the 28th
Coldest night -4.4 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 25th
Coolest nights on average 5.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average 26.4 C at Coconut Island and at Horn Island
Warmest night 27.9 C at Sweers Island on the 4th
Warmest on average overall 29.8 C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 13.3 C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall510.5 mm at Babinda Post Office
Wettest day 274.0 mm at Hazelmere on the 22nd
Strongest wind gust 80 km/h at Thargomindah Airport on the 9th
80 km/h at St George Airport on the 26th

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daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
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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 May daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Low Isles Lighthouse 185.8 on the 22nd 99.4 on the 9th in 1987 124
Miranda Downs Station 72.0 on the 23rd 36.1 on the 15th in 1890 102
Whyanbeel Valley 270.4 on the 22nd 151.0 on the 9th in 1987 78
Cairns Aero 118.0 on the 22nd 89.6 on the 9th in 1992 74
Nockatunga Station 87.0 on the 8th 65.3 on the 1st in 1964 63
Orientos Station 72.0 on the 9th 52.6 on the 18th in 1989 51
Mt Sophia 167.0 on the 22nd 144.0 on the 3rd in 1990 48
Hazelmere 274.0 on the 22nd 66.4 on the 4th in 1990 43
Daintree Village 190.0 on the 22nd 94.2 on the 17th in 1981 36
Greenhaven 165.8 on the 22nd 113.8 on the 9th in 1987 36
Durrie Station 68.0 on the 9th 23.0 on the 27th in 1977 26
Cloncurry Airport 21.6 on the 23rd 19.6 on the 24th in 2012 25
Weipa Aero 67.6 on the 22nd 53.6 on the 15th in 2003 24
Coconut Island 80.4 on the 22nd 79.6 on the 2nd in 2006 21



Record highest May total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
May
Miranda Downs Station 161.0 149.9 in 1920 107 7.1
Moreton Telegraph Station 116.2 114.3 in 1917 106 22.4
Aurukun Shire Council 126.6 123.1 in 1920 97 13.1
Whyanbeel Valley 439.6 360.0 in 1990 77 138.2
Hazelmere 274.0 255.2 in 1990 43 61.2
Daintree Village 353.5 340.0 in 1981 35 138.8
Boodjamulla - Lawn Hill NP 49.0 36.4 in 2012 29 7.0
Green Hills 51.8 51.4 in 2006 29 12.6
Durrie Station 74.2 51.6 in 1968 26 10.3

Highest May total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
May
Low Isles Lighthouse 275.6 279.6 in 1920* 100.0
Nockatunga Station 87.0 134.1 in 1890* 17.3
Cardwell Marine Pde 205.1 347.4 in 1977* 94.7
Lorraine 49.0 82.6 in 1981* 11.5
Roseberth Station 49.0 87.0 in 1981* 9.5
Innot Hot Springs Township 71.4 111.0 in 1983 28.3
Kowanyama Airport 102.6 162.0 in 1983 11.7
Abingdon Downs Station 55.0 86.6 in 1981* 8.9
Orientos Station 72.0 107.2 in 1989 17.0
Cairns Aero 178.4 199.4 in 1992 91.7
Meringa Sugar Exp Stn 186.2 246.0 in 1990* 79.4
Nardoo Station 69.4 93.4 in 1992 14.8
Bedourie Police Station 52.0 92.4 in 1990* 12.1
Croydon Township 35.4 38.8 in 1992* 8.0
Ironhurst Station 31.5 46.6 in 1989* 9.9
Wyora 32.3 91.0 in 1992* 12.0
Glenormiston 37.5 59.8 in 1995* 11.9
Greenhaven 318.6 357.0 in 1996 203.6
Walkamin Research Station 57.9 66.8 in 1996 26.4

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



Record lowest May total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
May
Maryborough 2.4 2.5 in 1970 147 78.0
Mackay M.O 4.8 15.8 in 1971 57 104.1
Embreys Bridge 2.4 7.2 in 2006 38 48.7
Monogorilby - Home 0.0 7.0 in 2006 34 41.7
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 15.3 17.1 in 2006 24 107.0
Hazeldean 3.0 = 3.0 in 2014 23 28.3
Ormiston College 30.0 32.4 in 2001 23 125.1
Gold Coast Seaway 17.4 22.6 in 2004 22 107.5
Yeppoon The Esplanade 2.8 3.4 in 2004 22 72.5
Mungar Gayndah St 2.1 14.4 in 2004 20 67.1
Point Lookout 0.0 59.0 in 2004 20 147.0

Lowest May total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
May
Nanango Wills St 0.6 0.0 in 1929 43.7
Pacific Heights 1.0 0.3 in 1929 85.5
Farleigh Co-op Sugar Mill 7.4 0.0 in 1926* 98.7
Teddington Waterworks 4.6 1.8 in 1957 74.1
Blackbutt Post Office 3.0 0.0 in 1957* 52.5
Lady Elliot Island 27.4 18.7 in 1958* 113.6
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 32.5 12.4 in 1958* 118.4
Tuan Creek Forest Stn 5.2 0.5 in 1970 95.3
Broadmeadows 0.4 0.0 in 1970* 54.5
Mount Joseph 4.9 1.5 in 1971 50.1
Jandowae Post Office 5.4 1.0 in 1975 36.9
Mundubbera 1.6 1.0 in 1975 39.3
Marnhull 4.0 1.2 in 1975* 37.8
Mount Larcom Post Office 1.2 0.2 in 1984 46.8
Woodgate Store 2.0 0.0 in 1984* 68.5
Lansdown CSIRO 5.1 2.2 in 1984* 36.1
Monto Township 4.5 0.6 in 1984* 43.8

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



Record highest May temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
May
Richmond Post Office 37.8 on the 2nd 37.0 on the 4th in 2007 123 29.1
Rockhampton Aero 34.4 on the 27th 32.6 on the 20th in 2003 77 26.0
Camooweal Township 38.4 on the 1st 38.2 on the 4th in 2007 75 29.0
Charleville Aero 32.5 on the 1st 32.4 on the 1st in 1964 75 23.3
Cairns Aero 31.3 on the 2nd = 31.3 on the 29th in 1958 74 27.6
Gladstone Radar 33.2 on the 2nd 31.3 on the 11th in 1973 59 25.7
Collinsville Post Office 34.7 on the 3rd 33.2 on the 1st in 1998 58 27.5
Mackay M.O 30.3 on the 10th 29.2 on the 20th in 2002 57 24.2
Barcaldine Post Office 35.2 on the 2nd = 35.2 on the 4th in 2007 55 26.0
Longreach Aero 36.5 on the 2nd 36.2 on the 4th in 2007 51 27.0
Mount Isa Aero 37.8 on the 2nd 37.1 on the 4th in 2007 50 27.9
Bundaberg Aero 31.2 on the 24th 30.4 on the 19th in 2007 37 24.7
Mackay Aero 31.4 on the 27th 29.8 on the 6th in 2015 31 25.2
Seventeen Seventy 28.6 on the 2nd 28.5 on the 4th in 2007 29 24.1
Charters Towers Airport 35.0 on the 27th 33.0 on the 20th in 2003 24 27.3
Roma Airport 33.2 on the 1st 31.6 on the 3rd in 2007 24 23.8
Weipa Aero 35.5 on the 10th 34.4 on the 5th in 2003 24 31.8
Gladstone Airport 33.4 on the 27th 30.7 on the 6th in 2015 23 25.6
Yeppoon The Esplanade 33.0 on the 27th 29.1 on the 19th in 2002 23 24.1
Horn Island 32.2 on the 15th 32.1 on the 9th in 2013 22 30.0
Sunshine Coast Airport 31.5 on the 10th 29.7 on the 6th in 2015 22 23.4
Coconut Island 34.8 on the 14th 34.7 on the 27th in 2014 20 31.1
Rundle Island 28.4 on the 9th = 28.4 on the 3rd in 2007 20 23.4



Record highest May mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
May
Richmond Post Office 32.4 = 32.4 in 1923 122 29.1
Brisbane City^27.026.5in 200711523.2
Maryborough 28.1 26.6 in 1933 107 24.6
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 25.4 24.3 in 1910 106 21.8
Bollon Mary St 26.2 25.9 in 1975 105 23.1
Gympie 27.3 = 27.3 in 1923 99 24.5
Barcaldine Post Office 29.7 29.5 in 1923 98 26.0
Mitchell Post Office 26.9 = 26.9 in 2007 96 23.1
University of Queensland Gatton 27.5 27.2 in 2007 93 23.7
Rockhampton Aero 29.2 28.4 in 2007 76 26.0
Lady Elliot Island 26.3 = 26.3 in 2007 75 24.1
Townsville Aero 29.8 29.4 in 2007 75 27.6
Amberley AMO 27.6 27.3 in 2007 74 24.0
Charleville Aero 26.7 26.5 in 1958 74 23.3
Cairns Aero 29.3 29.1 in 1956 73 27.6
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.0 24.4 in 2007 73 22.3
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 22.0 21.9 in 1973 72 18.4
Taroom Post Office 28.4 27.9 in 2007 64 24.6
South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.1 27.5 in 2007 60 26.2
Collinsville Post Office 31.2 29.8 in 2007 58 27.5
Gladstone Radar 28.1 = 28.1 in 2007 58 25.7
Ayr DPI Research Stn 29.8 29.2 in 2015 57 27.6
Mackay M.O 26.8 25.5 in 2007 56 24.2
Lockhart River Airport 29.8 29.7 in 1992 50 28.7
Injune Post Office 27.0 26.5 in 2007 48 23.5
Ingham Composite 29.2 28.4 in 1973 47 27.1
Applethorpe 21.1 20.3 in 2007 46 17.4
Oakey Aero 25.5 24.9 in 2007 43 22.2
Archerfield Airport 27.2 26.8 in 2007 42 23.9
Monto Township 28.1 27.3 in 2007 42 24.1
Bundaberg Aero 27.7 27.0 in 2007 36 24.7
Mackay Aero 27.9 26.5 in 2007 30 25.2
Coolangatta 25.1 25.0 in 2007 27 23.1
Proserpine Airport 28.7 27.7 in 2015 26 26.6
Dalby Airport 26.2 25.9 in 2007 24 23.1
Charters Towers Airport 30.5 29.2 in 2007 23 27.3
Emerald Airport 29.5 28.9 in 2007 23 26.2
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 26.8 25.9 in 2007 23 23.9
Rainbow Beach 25.6 25.0 in 2007 23 23.7
Roma Airport 26.8 25.8 in 2007 23 23.8
Weipa Aero 33.0 32.8 in 2002 23 31.8
Gladstone Airport 27.8 27.3 in 2007 22 25.6
Yeppoon The Esplanade 25.9 25.4 in 2007 22 24.1
Brisbane Aero 25.6 25.3 in 2007 21 23.5
Sunshine Coast Airport 26.3 24.6 in 2015 21 23.4
Tewantin RSL Park 25.8 24.6 in 2007 20 23.5
^Record is from comparing both the new (open) and old (closed) stations in Brisbane City
Highest May mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
May
Tambo Post Office 28.2 28.5 in 1938* 24.9
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 26.4 26.5 in 1942* 24.1
Innisfail 28.4 28.6 in 1946 26.4
Springsure Comet St 28.4 29.1 in 1946* 25.3
Willis Island 29.3 29.4 in 1958* 27.7
Surat 26.3 26.6 in 1993 23.5
Low Isles Lighthouse 28.8 =28.8 in 1996 27.6

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




Record highest May daily minimum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
May
Richmond Post Office 24.6 on the 9th 23.1 on the 10th in 2005 123 13.1
Willis Island 27.1 on the 1st 27.0 on the 23rd in 1990 87 23.9
Rockhampton Aero 22.5 on the 4th 22.0 on the 3rd in 2000 77 14.2
Charleville Aero 22.9 on the 9th 20.1 on the 1st in 1995 75 8.9
Cairns Aero 24.7 on the 1st 24.6 on the 23rd in 1990 74 19.9
Innisfail 24.1 on the 1st 24.0 on the 1st in 1998 60 18.4
Cunnamulla Post Office 23.6 on the 8th 20.5 on the 10th in 1973 59 9.8
Gladstone Radar 23.0 on the 4th 22.6 on the 2nd in 1968 59 16.9
Maryborough 21.7 on the 1st 21.0 on the 3rd in 2000 59 13.0
Tambo Post Office 21.2 on the 9th 20.7 on the 11th in 1973 59 8.2
Collinsville Post Office 22.8 on the 4th 22.5 on the 4th in 2000 58 13.8
Barcaldine Post Office 23.1 on the 9th 21.1 on the 17th in 1995 55 12.4
Lockhart River Airport 26.8 on the 7th 26.2 on the 2nd in 2003 51 21.9
Longreach Aero 25.2 on the 9th 21.6 on the 15th in 1995 51 11.9
Texas Post Office 19.8 on the 10th 19.5 on the 4th in 1996 47 8.0
Bundaberg Aero 21.4 on the 1st 21.0 on the 1st in 1968 37 14.1
Dalby Airport 18.9 on the 10th 18.8 on the 5th in 1998 25 8.3
Charters Towers Airport 22.0 on the 6th 21.7 on the 20th in 1995 24 15.1
Cloncurry Airport 26.8 on the 9th 24.2 on the 9th in 2005 24 15.4
Emerald Airport 22.6 on the 4th 22.0 on the 2nd in 1998 24 12.9
Brisbane Aero 21.9 on the 1st 21.2 on the 6th in 1996 22 12.8
Horn Island 27.8 on the 6th 27.3 on the 1st in 2012 22 24.8
Alva Beach 25.3 on the 9th 24.0 on the 2nd in 1998 20 17.6
Rundle Island 24.3 on the 4th 23.6 on the 6th in 2007 20 19.3
St George Airport 21.6 on the 1st 19.7 on the 5th in 2000 20 8.8
Toowoomba Airport 18.1 on the 1st 17.6 on the 20th in 2003 20 9.9



Record highest May mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
May
Richmond Post Office 18.3 17.6 in 2007 122 13.1
Boulia Airport 17.0 16.4 in 1989 120 12.6
Innisfail 22.1 21.4 in 1983 108 18.4
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 19.9 19.5 in 1973 108 17.5
Cardwell Marine Pde 21.7 21.2 in 1983 106 17.7
Barcaldine Post Office 17.0 16.3 in 2007 97 12.4
Willis Island 25.6 25.2 in 1998 86 23.9
Cairns Aero 22.6 22.2 in 1983 73 19.9
South Johnstone Exp Stn 21.3 20.6 in 2006 60 18.3
Gladstone Radar 19.1 18.9 in 2007 58 16.9
Mackay M.O 19.8 19.5 in 1992 56 17.1
Lockhart River Airport 24.2 23.6 in 2013 50 21.9
Longreach Aero 16.4 15.6 in 1989 50 11.9
Low Isles Lighthouse 24.5 24.1 in 1983 48 22.9
Kowanyama Airport 22.6 21.0 in 2004 45 19.1
Mackay Aero 18.4 17.9 in 2007 30 15.5
Seventeen Seventy 18.5 = 18.5 in 2007 28 16.9
Proserpine Airport 18.2 = 18.2 in 1995 26 15.8
Lucinda Point 23.4 22.7 in 2007 25 21.3
Charters Towers Airport 18.3 17.3 in 1995 23 15.1
Cloncurry Airport 19.0 18.6 in 2007 23 15.4
Emerald Airport 15.8 14.8 in 2007 23 12.9
Horn Island 26.4 25.8 in 2010 21 24.8
Yeppoon The Esplanade 18.2 = 18.2 in 2007 21 15.7

Highest May mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
May
Townsville Aero 21.2 21.3 in 1983 17.6
Collinsville Post Office 17.3 17.8 in 1983* 13.8
Ingham Composite 20.5 20.9 in 1983* 17.8
Ayr DPI Research Stn 19.3 20.3 in 1983* 16.1
Palmerville 20.4 21.0 in 1983* 17.5
Cunnamulla Post Office 12.8 14.4 in 1989 9.8

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




Record highest May mean temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
May
Richmond Post Office 25.3 24.9 in 2007 122 21.1
Innisfail 25.2 24.3 in 2007 108 22.4
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 23.2 22.8 in 2007 108 20.8
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 22.3 21.6 in 2007 106 19.1
Barcaldine Post Office 23.4 22.8 in 2007 97 19.2
Willis Island 27.4 26.9 in 1958 86 25.8
Rockhampton Aero 23.1 22.7 in 2007 76 20.1
Townsville Aero 25.5 24.4 in 1973 75 22.6
Cairns Aero 25.9 25.4 in 1956 73 23.8
Double Island Point Lighthouse 22.2 22.0 in 2007 73 19.8
Springsure Comet St 21.3 21.2 in 2007 65 18.1
South Johnstone Exp Stn 24.7 23.9 in 1992 59 22.3
Collinsville Post Office 24.3 22.7 in 2007 58 20.6
Gladstone Radar 23.6 23.5 in 2007 58 21.3
Ayr DPI Research Stn 24.5 23.7 in 1983 57 21.9
Mackay M.O 23.3 22.3 in 2007 56 20.7
Lockhart River Airport 27.0 26.5 in 2013 50 25.3
Longreach Aero 23.3 22.8 in 2007 50 19.5
Low Isles Lighthouse 26.6 26.4 in 1988 48 25.2
Kowanyama Airport 28.3 27.2 in 1992 45 25.6
Monto Township 19.8 19.6 in 2007 42 17.1
Bundaberg Aero 21.5 = 21.5 in 2007 36 19.4
Mackay Aero 23.2 22.2 in 2007 30 20.4
Proserpine Airport 23.5 22.7 in 2007 26 21.2
Lucinda Point 25.3 24.8 in 1992 25 23.6
Charters Towers Airport 24.4 23.2 in 2007 23 21.2
Emerald Airport 22.7 21.9 in 2007 23 19.5
Weipa Aero 28.1 27.9 in 1998 23 26.6
Horn Island 28.7 28.5 in 2010 21 27.4
Sunshine Coast Airport 19.9 19.8 in 2007 21 18.5
Yeppoon The Esplanade 22.1 21.8 in 2007 21 19.9
Tewantin RSL Park 20.6 = 20.6 in 2007 20 19.1

Highest May mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
May
Cardwell Marine Pde 24.7 24.9 in 1909* 22.4
Palmerville 26.3 26.4 in 1939* 24.3
Bollon Mary St 18.6 20.7 in 1958 15.9
Cunnamulla Post Office 19.0 19.3 in 1958* 16.4

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




Summary statistics for May 2016
Maximum temperatures
(C)
Minimum temperatures
(C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
May
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
May
2016
Mean for
May
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
May
2016
Total for
May
2016
Average
for
May
Rank of
May
2016
Fraction of
May
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 33.2 +2.1 34.8 14th 26.4 +1.0 24.0 24th 115.2 76.4 high 151%
Coen Airport 31.8 +1.5 34.2 10th 22.2 +2.5 18.4 30th 23.4 13.7 high 171%
Horn Island 31.0 +1.0 32.2 15th 26.4 +1.6 24.2 22nd 96.4 71.4 high 135%
Scherger RAAF 33.2 +1.3 35.4 10th 22.9 +1.8 21.1 31st 139.8 22.9 v high 610%
Weipa Aero 33.0 +1.2 35.5 10th 23.1 +1.8 21.4 31st 120.6 21.3 v high 566%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 29.8 +1.1 31.1 6th 24.2 +2.3 21.3 29th 161.8 105.6 high 153%
Palmerville 32.3 +1.1 34.7 10th 20.4 +2.9 17.9 18th 45.6 16.2 v high 281%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 32.8 +1.1 37.1 3rd 21.5 +3.6 16.9 13th 36.2 5.8 high 624%
Century Mine 32.9 +1.6 38.5 2nd 19.9 +2.9 14.9 13th 29.4 6.8 high 432%
Cloncurry Airport 31.7 +2.4 38.1 2nd 19.0 +3.6 12.3 14th 30.8 7.9 v high 390%
Julia Creek Airport 32.8 +2.3 38.3 2nd 17.2 +4.0 8.1 14th 7.8 9.6 high 81%
Kowanyama Airport 34.1 +2.0 36.3 5th 22.6 +3.5 19.9 18th 102.6 11.7 v high 877%
Lake Julius AWS 31.9   38.5 1st 20.3   16.2 11th 22.2
Mornington Island Airport 30.4   33.9 3rd 23.5   20.6 14th 136.2
Mount Isa Aero 30.9 +3.0 37.8 2nd 16.4 +2.6 7.8 14th 20.0 12.6 high 159%
Sweers Island 30.3 +1.6 33.5 2nd 24.3 +2.6 21.2 11th 37.7 5.4 v high 698%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 32.6 +2.4 36.1 2nd 21.0 +4.7 16.9 19th 27.2 7.4 v high 368%
Hughenden Airport 31.9 +3.4 37.1 2nd 18.2 +5.0 9.8 12th 7.2 5.9 average 122%
Richmond Airport 32.2 +2.7 37.0 1st 17.5 +4.5 7.4 13th 14.8 7.7 high 192%
Richmond Post Office 32.4 +3.3 37.8 2nd 18.3 +5.2 9.5 14th 24.5 15.0 high 163%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 29.3 +1.7 31.3 2nd 22.6 +2.7 20.3 27th 178.4 91.7 v high 195%
Cairns Racecourse 29.2   31.5 10th 22.0   19.5 26th 179.2
Cape Flattery 29.5 +1.0 30.9 9th 24.6 +1.4 22.0 28th 182.2 66.8 high 273%
Cooktown Airport 29.0 +1.2 30.8 28th 23.6 +2.7 20.3 26th 267.8 50.0 v high 536%
Low Isles Lighthouse 28.8 +1.2 31.6 10th 24.5 +1.6 23.1 22nd 275.6 100.0 v high 276%
Mareeba Airport 28.9 +2.1 32.5 10th 18.9 +2.4 16.3 4th 46.4 11.9 v high 390%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 27.8 +0.7 29.3 10th 21.7 +4.0 18.4 16th 205.1 94.7 v high 217%
Ingham Composite 29.2 +2.1 32.6 27th 20.5 +2.7 15.0 14th 120.5 107.8 average 112%
Innisfail 28.4 +2.0 30.5 27th 22.1 +3.7 19.3 16th 368.7 302.2 high 122%
Lucinda Point 27.2 +1.2 29.2 10th 23.4 +2.1 21.4 16th 93.6 62.1 high 151%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.1 +1.9 30.8 27th 21.3 +3.0 18.5 16th 303.2 268.9 average 113%
Townsville Aero 29.8 +2.2 31.7 28th 21.2 +3.6 15.4 13th 0.6 31.7 v low 2%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.5 +1.6 29.8 6th 21.4 +3.8 15.6 12th 4.6 29.7 low 15%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 29.8 +2.2 32.8 28th 19.3 +3.2 13.8 12th 0.4 39.3 v low 1%
Bowen Airport AWS 29.5   31.1 2nd 20.4   14.2 13th 0
Collinsville Post Office 31.2 +3.7 34.7 3rd 17.3 +3.5 9.9 14th 15.9 31.4 average 51%
Hamilton Island Airport 26.5 +2.1 29.0 10th 23.0 +2.5 21.3 12th 13.0 78.0 v low 17%
Mackay Aero 27.9 +2.7 31.4 27th 18.4 +2.9 12.4 13th 15.6 88.1 v low 18%
Mackay M.O 26.8 +2.6 30.3 10th 19.8 +2.7 15.3 13th 4.8 104.1 lowest 5%
Proserpine Airport 28.7 +2.1 31.9 27th 18.2 +2.4 13.7 12th 10.8 66.1 v low 16%
Samuel Hill Aero 27.1 +2.3 30.2 2nd 15.7 +2.3 9.6 13th 27.4 93.8 v low 29%
St Lawrence 29.4 +2.9 35.5 27th 16.7 +2.4 8.6 13th 2.2 26.5 v low 8%
Williamson 28.9 +2.7 33.2 27th 15.8 +2.3 7.7 13th 2.2 27.3 v low 8%
Woolshed 26.2 +2.3 29.9 10th 17.7 +3.5 10.7 13th 7.6 20.7 average 37%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 25.9 +1.8 33.0 27th 18.2 +2.5 10.8 13th 2.8 72.5 lowest 4%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 30.5 +3.2 35.0 27th 18.3 +3.2 12.0 13th 6.2 20.0 average 31%
Moranbah Airport 30.1   34.6 27th 15.2   5.7 13th 5.0
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 29.5   33.1 2nd 14.5   6.8 13th 0
Clermont Airport 29.4   33.9 27th 13.5   3.4 13th 2.0
Emerald Airport 29.5 +3.3 33.9 27th 15.8 +2.9 7.9 12th 0 19.3 lowest 0%
Lochington 29.4   34.1 2nd 12.5   3.6 12th 0.2
Rolleston Airport 29.2   34.5 2nd 12.6   4.9 29th 0.8
Springsure Comet St 28.4 +3.1 31.7 2nd 14.2 +3.3 5.2 29th 0.2 35.0 low 1%
Tambo Post Office 28.2 +3.3 33.0 1st 11.6 +3.4 2.8 12th 7.2 34.0 average 21%
Taroom Post Office 28.4 +3.8 32.4 1st 11.2 +1.5 2.7 30th 3.6 39.7 low 9%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 29.7 +3.7 35.2 2nd 17.0 +4.6 8.8 29th 0.8 29.9 low 3%
Blackall Airport 29.1 +3.0 34.7 1st 14.8 +4.4 6.1 29th 9.0 13.9 average 65%
Isisford Post Office 30.1 +3.8 36.2 1st 15.3 +4.1 7.4 12th 3.1 28.2 low 11%
Longreach Aero 30.1 +3.1 36.5 2nd 16.4 +4.5 7.5 30th 8.6 25.2 average 34%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 32.0 +3.0 38.4 1st 17.1 +3.7 8.3 14th 20.8 10.9 high 191%
Carters Bore 30.0   36.3 2nd 19.3   13.5 14th 36.6
New May Downs 30.3   36.6 1st 18.6   13.8 11th 24.2
The Monument Airport 29.5 +1.8 37.5 1st 16.1 +4.4 8.9 13th 97.4 12.3 v high 792%
Trepell Airport 30.0 +1.8 37.2 1st 16.8 +4.0 10.5 13th 35.8 8.7 high 411%
Urandangi Aerodrome 31.1   38.1 1st 15.0   6.8 14th 4.8
Winton Airport 31.1 +2.7 37.7 2nd 16.8 +4.1 10.1 14th 14.2 12.9 average 110%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 26.5 +0.7 32.6 22nd 14.4 +2.8 9.6 29th 54.4 9.4 v high 579%
Boulia Airport 28.9 +2.1 37.4 1st 17.0 +4.4 11.4 13th 35.6 12.9 high 276%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 27.7 +3.0 31.2 24th 15.2 +1.1 7.7 30th 19.0 67.9 low 28%
Gayndah Airport 28.9 +3.5 32.6 2nd 12.9 +2.4 5.3 31st 3.4 28.6 v low 12%
Gladstone Airport 27.8 +2.2 33.4 27th 16.9 +1.4 10.5 30th 20.6 36.1 average 57%
Gladstone Radar 28.1 +2.4 33.2 2nd 19.1 +2.2 14.4 30th 22.0 56.8 average 39%
Lady Elliot Island 26.3 +2.2 28.2 18th 21.1 +1.6 12.5 30th 27.4 113.6 v low 24%
Monto Township 28.1 +4.0 32.5 2nd 11.1 +1.1 3.3 12th 4.5 43.8 v low 10%
Rockhampton Aero 29.2 +3.2 34.4 27th 16.9 +2.7 9.4 13th 4.8 46.3 low 10%
Rundle Island 25.0 +1.6 28.4 9th 21.4 +2.1 18.5 12th
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 26.4 +2.3 28.3 10th 19.9 +2.4 15.5 29th 32.5 118.4 v low 27%
Seventeen Seventy 26.0 +1.9 28.6 2nd 18.5 +1.6 14.8 29th 11.7 101.0 v low 12%
Thangool Airport 29.1 +2.9 33.0 2nd 11.1 +1.2 3.0 12th 9.8 39.0 low 25%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 27.6 +3.6 31.2 26th 9.6 -0.4 0.4 30th 12.6 53.5 low 24%
Archerfield Airport 27.2 +3.3 29.3 3rd 12.8 +0.9 4.9 26th 15.6 74.1 low 21%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 27.3   29.9 2nd 9.8   1.8 25th 14.4
Beerburrum Forest Station 26.3 +2.4 28.9 26th 13.6 +1.1 6.9 26th 80.6 123.8 average 65%
Brisbane 27.0 +2.6 29.6 3rd 15.0 +1.4 9.3 12th 27.6 67.9 low 41%
Brisbane Aero 25.6 +2.1 28.8 3rd 14.1 +1.3 7.0 30th 29.8 104.4 low 29%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 25.4 +3.6 27.4 8th 19.0 +2.6 13.9 29th 23.2 167.9 v low 14%
Coolangatta 25.1 +2.0 26.9 9th 13.5 -0.5 4.9 12th 15.0 138.7 v low 11%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.0 +2.7 28.7 10th 19.5 +2.2 13.3 29th 45.0 145.2 low 31%
Gold Coast Seaway 25.8 +2.3 28.4 10th 16.3 +1.0 11.3 25th 17.4 107.5 lowest 16%
Gympie 27.3 +2.8 30.1 10th 11.3 +0.5 1.4 30th 36.6 71.4 average 51%
Hervey Bay Airport 26.7 +2.5 28.9 24th 14.2 +0.2 4.5 30th 10.2 92.2 v low 11%
Jimna Forestry 23.9 +3.5 26.3 26th 10.0 +1.3 0.2 30th 0 49.8 v low 0%
Kingaroy Airport 25.6 +3.3 29.4 2nd 7.6 +0.4 -2.3 30th 5.6 33.4 v low 17%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 26.8 +2.9 30.0 3rd 13.4 +0.9 6.4 30th 15.3 107.0 lowest 14%
Maleny Tamarind St 24.3 +3.2 27.4 10th 13.5 +1.6 7.6 12th 56.2 140.9 low 40%
Maryborough 28.1 +3.5 31.2 24th 13.1 +0.1 3.2 29th 2.4 78.0 lowest 3%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 26.3   29.9 10th 14.3   7.1 25th 70.2
Point Lookout 25.6 +1.8 28.4 19th 18.1 +1.5 11.5 29th 0 147.0 lowest 0%
Rainbow Beach 25.6 +1.9 29.2 10th       78.6 154.0 v low 51%
Redcliffe 25.5 +2.2 29.5 10th 15.6 +1.5 9.5 30th 17.6 70.9 v low 25%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 25.4   28.2 3rd 14.4   8.0 29th 15.2
Sunshine Coast Airport 26.3 +2.9 31.5 10th 13.5 0.0 4.6 30th 70.8 153.5 low 46%
Tewantin RSL Park 25.8 +2.3 29.3 10th 15.4 +0.7 7.9 30th 50.6 149.4 low 34%
University of Queensland Gatton 27.5 +3.8 32.0 26th 11.3 +1.2 2.7 30th 13.2 45.7 low 29%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 21.1 +3.7 24.8 1st 5.5 -0.6 -2.9 25th 45.2 50.1 average 90%
Dalby Airport 26.2 +3.1 30.6 1st 8.4 +0.1 0.0 30th 8.6 38.3 low 22%
Oakey Aero 25.5 +3.3 30.2 1st 8.0 +0.2 -1.7 25th 12.6 40.9 low 31%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 22.0 +3.6 26.5 1st 5.0 -0.4 -4.4 25th 44.8 46.9 average 96%
Texas Post Office 24.7 +1.7 29.6 1st 8.9 +0.9 0.6 25th 31.8 39.5 average 81%
Toowoomba Airport 22.9 +3.2 27.0 17th 11.4 +1.5 4.2 30th 19.0 39.8 average 48%
Warwick 24.9 +3.9 29.7 1st 6.6 -0.2 -2.6 30th 17.0 40.1 low 42%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 26.2 +2.5 32.2 1st 9.4 +1.4 -0.7 30th 13.6 25.2 low 54%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 27.0 +3.5 32.7 1st 8.5 +0.8 -0.1 30th 10.0 32.6 average 31%
Mitchell Post Office 26.9 +3.8 32.7 1st 8.5 +1.4 -0.2 25th 10.2 32.4 average 31%
Roma Airport 26.8 +3.0 33.2 1st 8.7 +1.0 -0.6 30th 17.2 34.4 average 50%
St George Airport 25.6 +2.4 31.7 26th 10.9 +2.1 2.6 25th 20.2 28.2 average 72%
Surat 26.3 +2.8 31.9 1st 9.5 +0.7 0.4 31st 18.0 34.0 average 53%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 26.2 +3.1 33.2 1st 11.1 +2.4 3.2 25th 26.8 32.2 average 83%
Charleville Aero 26.7 +3.4 32.5 1st 12.0 +3.1 2.8 30th 25.2 31.0 average 81%
Cunnamulla Post Office 25.2 +2.2 32.0 7th 12.8 +3.0 4.9 29th 24.2 29.9 average 81%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 25.9 +1.3 31.8 7th 14.6 +3.2 7.8 30th 96.8 12.7 v high 762%
Thargomindah Airport 25.5 +1.5 31.6 8th 13.0 +2.1 5.7 29th 47.0 16.9 high 278%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Frederick Reef 26.4   27.0 28th 24.5   22.0 12th
Middle Percy Island 25.6 +2.4 28.1 1st 21.5 +2.6 20.1 12th 18.6 83.1 v low 22%
Willis Island 29.3 +1.6 30.3 5th 25.6 +1.7 24.0 17th 37.6 73.2 average 51%

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 9 am on Wednesday 1 June 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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