Queensland in May 2022: 5th wettest on record, very warm nights

Exceptional rainfall over large parts of Queensland during month resulted in the state having its wettest May since 1989 and its 5th wettest May on record since 1900. Nights were very much warmer than average for most of the state, with a large area in the southeast having the warmest May nights on record since 1910. Daytime maximum temperatures were closer to average, though cooler across much of the southern half of the state but warmer days across the tropical north.

Very much above average rainfall for most of the state

  • May rainfall was 148.5% above average for Queensland overall, making it the 5th wettest May on record and the wettest since 1989.
  • Parts of the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Central highland and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett, and the Southeast Coast were wettest on record for May.
  • Widespread rainfall was heaviest between the 11th and 14th of the month, with many sites recording daily totals in excess of 100 mm and reporting their highest May daily rainfall on record.
  • Averaged across Queensland as a whole, widespread rainfall on the 11th resulted in the state having its wettest day since March 2, 2010.
  • With the heavy and widespread rainfall throughout the month, many sites had their highest total May rainfall on record or their highest total May rainfall for at least 20 years.

2nd warmest May nights on record

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Extremes in May 2022
Hottest day 36.2 °C at Kowanyama Airport on the 7th
Warmest days on average 33.7 °C at Kowanyama Airport
Coolest days on average 17.2 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 12.1 °C at Applethorpe on the 31st
Coldest night 2.5 °C at Applethorpe on the 30th
Coolest nights on average 10.4 °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 25.9 °C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 27.8 °C at Horn Island on the 10th
Warmest on average overall 29.6 °C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 13.8 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 645.4 mm at Eumundi - Crescent Rd
Wettest day 234.6 mm at Cowley Beach (Defence) on the 11th
Strongest wind gust 106 km/h at Cato Island on the 22nd

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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 highest May daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
McKinlay Roadhouse 65.1 on the 10th 63.5 on the 31st in 1890 128
Dalveen 97.0 on the 13th 84.0 on the 9th in 1980 124
Hillgrove Station 91.4 on the 11th 83.6 on the 19th in 2017 120
Trafalgar Station 125.0 on the 11th 123.0 on the 16th in 1977 112
Moreton Telegraph Station 84.0 on the 12th 80.6 on the 21st in 1981 111
Yangan Post Office 86.2 on the 13th 69.8 on the 3rd in 1983 111
Goomboorian 122.0 on the 14th 102.9 on the 1st in 1948 109
Bunda Bunda 131.0 on the 10th 85.1 on the 25th in 1955 106
Bambaroo 122.8 on the 11th 116.0 on the 11th in 1978 103
Weipa Eastern Ave 77.0 on the 11th 45.0 on the 3rd in 1973 103
Gregory Springs Station 83.0 on the 10th 74.0 on the 15th in 1977 95
Glenorie 80.0 on the 12th 58.0 on the 22nd in 1983 90
Mt Alford 142.2 on the 13th 118.1 on the 2nd in 1956 82
Meandarra Post Office 114.2 on the 13th 105.8 on the 20th in 2009 81
Warkon 72.5 on the 13th 65.0 on the 28th in 1983 74
Dunollie 91.8 on the 13th 78.8 on the 5th in 1998 73
Low Holm Station 75.2 on the 11th 50.6 on the 16th in 1977 71
Innot Hot Springs Township 85.8 on the 11th 50.0 on the 15th in 1977 68
Karoola Park 86.0 on the 13th 75.0 on the 23rd in 1983 65
Queen Mary Falls 156.0 on the 13th 125.0 on the 5th in 1996 64
Springs 98.8 on the 13th 94.8 on the 3rd in 1983 62
Junee Station 126.0 on the 11th 64.0 on the 10th in 2017 61
Talagai 100.0 on the 11th 96.0 on the 21st in 1983 55
Applethorpe 86.6 on the 13th 82.4 on the 2nd in 1983 54
Mandala 144.0 on the 13th 124.4 on the 5th in 1996 54
Carneys Creek The Ranch 186.0 on the 13th 115.2 on the 9th in 1980 50
Doongara 122.0 on the 11th 117.6 on the 1st in 1983 50
Dingle Dell 105.2 on the 13th 104.0 on the 3rd in 1983 46
Oakington 129.2 on the 13th 104.4 on the 6th in 1996 45
Beenham Valley Rd 125.6 on the 14th 115.0 on the 11th in 1999 40
Fraser Island Eurong 174.4 on the 13th 128.2 on the 2nd in 1996 39
Boodjamulla - Lawn Hill NP 46.6 on the 10th 30.0 on the 22nd in 1990 36
Hamilton Island 220.0 on the 11th 133.1 on the 23rd in 1990 34
Cloncurry Airport 27.6 on the 10th 21.6 on the 23rd in 2016 31
Charters Towers Airport 122.8 on the 11th 67.0 on the 5th in 1998 30
Emerald Airport 63.4 on the 11th 49.2 on the 11th in 2005 30
Hazeldean 56.0 on the 21st 49.0 on the 21st in 1995 29
Taemas 62.0 on the 11th 46.0 on the 15th in 1998 29
Yappar River 72.0 on the 10th 49.0 on the 19th in 2017 29
Southwood 72.0 on the 13th 41.0 on the 2nd in 1996 28
Sunshine Coast Airport 133.4 on the 9th 127.0 on the 20th in 1999 28
Warwick 69.2 on the 13th 53.2 on the 21st in 2009 28
Beardy Junction 41.6 on the 13th 41.0 on the 22nd in 2009 26
Mungar Gayndah St 93.0 on the 14th 86.0 on the 31st in 2008 26
St George Airport 114.4 on the 13th 47.8 on the 12th in 2005 26
Richmond Airport 32.4 on the 10th 28.8 on the 25th in 2012 25
Melrose 61.4 on the 13th 39.0 on the 1st in 2015 24
Warrie Station 137.0 on the 13th 70.0 on the 20th in 2009 24
Woolshed 144.4 on the 11th 121.8 on the 19th in 2017 24
Mt Tarampa 78.4 on the 13th 71.0 on the 20th in 2009 23
Walla Alert-B 85.4 on the 13th 82.4 on the 5th in 1998 23
Allingham Forrest Drive 144.0 on the 11th 126.0 on the 25th in 2012 22
Blackall Airport 49.0 on the 12th 36.0 on the 11th in 2005 22
Hughenden Airport 46.0 on the 10th 31.8 on the 23rd in 2020 22
Hamilton Island Airport 102.0 on the 11th 87.6 on the 18th in 2017 21
Century Mine 28.2 on the 10th 23.2 on the 24th in 2012 20
Gayndah Airport 110.6 on the 13th 40.6 on the 12th in 2005 20
Middle Percy Island 71.2 on the 21st 55.8 on the 10th in 2017 20



Record highest May total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
May
Esk Post Office 407.9 375.0 in 1996 133 54.9
Mt Perry The Pines 290.6 262.0 in 1983 133 52.4
Gin Gin Post Office 386.6 335.0 in 1983 124 60.8
Hillgrove Station 169.7 111.8 in 1998 121 19.5
Kenilworth Township 408.1 331.7 in 1938 120 81.0
Mount McConnell 145.4 144.8 in 1968 117 28.0
Eumundi - Crescent Rd 645.4 550.6 in 1938 116 135.5
Bunda Bunda 186.0 185.2 in 1955 114 13.6
Trafalgar Station 264.0 198.2 in 1977 113 27.5
Moreton Telegraph Station 119.4 116.2 in 2016 112 22.8
Low Holm Station 187.2 123.2 in 1983 104 21.8
Peachester 635.3 581.4 in 1938 104 124.6
Lindfield 357.6 252.8 in 1938 100 70.5
Gregory Springs Station 185.1 129.6 in 1989 96 22.2
Junee Station 288.5 246.4 in 1930 92 36.4
Mt Alford 294.9 204.7 in 1956 78 44.9
Abercorn 215.5 190.8 in 1983 73 40.7
Innot Hot Springs Township 155.2 111.0 in 1983 68 30.2
Cardwell Range 457.4 379.0 in 1998 57 149.5
Highvale 449.0 322.6 in 2009 57 83.5
Ingham Composite 287.1 270.0 in 1989 55 111.0
Dingle Dell 296.7 229.6 in 1983 44 57.5
Beenham Valley Rd 375.6 267.3 in 1980 34 97.3
Seventeen Seventy 404.8 320.4 in 1989 34 103.8
Charters Towers Airport 216.2 138.7 in 1998 30 29.8
Rainbow Beach 557.4 448.1 in 1999 30 167.9
Frankfield Station 108.0 91.0 in 1989 29 24.2
Hazeldean 156.6 102.6 in 1997 29 31.0
Lloyona 152.0 68.8 in 2002 29 29.3
Yappar River 78.0 49.0 in 2017 29 8.7
Emerald Airport 142.6 66.6 in 2005 28 22.4
Gladstone Airport 175.8 135.2 in 1996 28 38.4
Miva 262.8 126.0 in 1996 28 57.9
Sunshine Coast Airport 621.8 440.0 in 1999 28 166.8
Taemas 171.0 81.0 in 1998 28 22.7
Yeppoon The Esplanade 195.2 190.8 in 1996 28 70.4
Tewantin RSL Park 642.6 455.2 in 1999 27 161.6
Beardy Junction 92.8 75.8 in 2010 26 31.7
Mungar Gayndah St 293.8 157.2 in 2008 26 72.7
St George Airport 203.2 77.6 in 1997 26 32.1
Toowoomba Airport 262.4 134.2 in 2015 26 45.2
Rocky 103.0 102.5 in 2000 25 27.7
Woodford Stanmore 490.6 254.2 in 2009 25 97.8
Hervey Bay Airport 357.2 295.8 in 1999 24 100.9
Melrose 193.4 113.9 in 2013 24 31.1
Miles Constance Street 146.8 96.0 in 2013 24 27.0
Woolshed 259.0 178.8 in 2017 24 39.7
Biloela - Valbona 94.0 69.0 in 2002 23 23.8
Brisbane 280.0 248.8 in 2015 23 70.6
Mt Kynoch 269.1 165.0 in 2015 23 50.7
Hughenden Airport 105.8 38.0 in 2020 22 10.9
Kingaroy Airport 178.2 88.4 in 2015 22 39.5
Mareeba Airport 63.8 46.4 in 2016 22 15.2
Mirani Mary Street 182.2 164.3 in 2017 22 50.2
Mt Tarampa 335.2 139.6 in 2009 22 46.7
Warrie Station 202.2 150.4 in 2009 22 35.4
Blackall Airport 105.0 40.6 in 2005 21 16.4
Gayndah Airport 187.2 58.0 in 2011 20 33.5
Middle Percy Island 175.0 137.6 in 2013 20 86.8

Highest May total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
May
Macknade Sugar Mill 377.7 386.8 in 1891* 112.5
Gympie 254.4 308.2 in 1941 71.9
Alni 112.6 156.2 in 1955 18.1
Ayr DPI Research Stn 198.2 360.4 in 1955* 42.2
Lanark 152.5 177.2 in 1955* 38.5
Mulgrave Mill 241.0 296.0 in 1932* 82.3
McKinlay Roadhouse 66.9 87.3 in 1968* 13.6
Cardwell Marine Pde 294.6 347.4 in 1977* 96.3
Rollingstone 240.9 295.2 in 1977* 53.7
Yabulu QLD Nickel 211.5 215.1 in 1977* 33.2
Mutarnee Store 232.0 381.8 in 1977* 70.2
Bambaroo 186.0 249.3 in 1977* 50.9
Paluma Ivy Cottage 356.9 468.4 in 1977* 103.5
Childers South 255.8 312.1 in 1983 66.8
Eidsvold Post Office 197.6 243.4 in 1983 41.8
Glen Harding 110.5 144.2 in 1983 28.6
Glenorie 135.6 216.9 in 1983 27.9
Goomboorian 291.5 305.6 in 1983 81.9
Havelock 83.0 195.6 in 1983 30.3
Injune Post Office 113.8 235.0 in 1983 32.2
Kenilworth 202.1 272.4 in 1983 29.8
Maroon Dam 222.0 231.7 in 1983 57.9
Meandarra Post Office 156.4 203.5 in 1983 38.8
Mitchell Post Office 132.4 249.4 in 1983 32.3
Mount Larcom Post Office 146.2 254.0 in 1983 46.3
Namarah 150.6 227.0 in 1983 39.8
Nindigully 161.7 216.0 in 1983 36.8
Springs 299.6 349.8 in 1983 54.6
Teddington Waterworks 267.5 352.2 in 1983 75.1
Ulcanbah 90.6 120.4 in 1983 23.2
Warkon 160.1 222.2 in 1983 31.6
Woodlands 158.8 359.0 in 1983 30.4
Blackbutt Post Office 226.0 251.2 in 1983* 53.3
Bruslee 156.0 257.6 in 1983* 31.5
Gladstone Radar 186.4 316.4 in 1983* 56.0
Jambin Post Office 112.9 257.0 in 1983* 37.0
Lady Elliot Island 429.4 436.4 in 1983* 118.4
Mount Joseph 234.0 296.0 in 1983* 51.3
Talagai 175.0 299.4 in 1983* 36.2
Mystery Park 210.8 326.2 in 1983* 53.8
Carneys Creek The Ranch 336.4 337.2 in 1983* 66.4
Karoola Park 151.2 327.2 in 1983* 37.7
Moura Post Office 127.0 207.0 in 1983* 36.8
Rewan Station 142.6 348.8 in 1983* 40.0
Miami Bardon Ave 368.6 525.4 in 1987 145.1
Woodgate Store 255.0 316.5 in 1983* 68.5
Mt Moffatt National Park 119.8 216.4 in 1983* 33.6
Bollon Mary St 117.2 146.8 in 1989 32.0
Charleville Aero 68.8 199.2 in 1989 30.1
Doongara 163.0 249.4 in 1983* 35.4
Lovandee 200.2 235.1 in 1977* 46.2
Mulga Downs 129.6 206.2 in 1989 31.8
Rockhampton Aero 181.6 303.8 in 1989 46.2
Surbiton Station 99.0 124.0 in 1989 26.4
Victoria Sugar Mill 262.4 280.4 in 1989 99.7
Wallen 110.6 224.2 in 1989 34.3
Wansey Downs 119.2 205.4 in 1989 32.1
Winvic 110.0 156.0 in 1989 31.6
Yaamba 163.0 335.8 in 1989 44.1
Belvedere 99.0 108.6 in 1990 37.8
Booroondarra 156.4 189.6 in 1989* 34.5
Broadmeadows 195.8 268.6 in 1989* 54.5
Capella Post Office 96.8 107.2 in 1990 28.8
Juanita 127.0 150.4 in 1989* 37.0
Moonmera 98.8 149.6 in 1989* 36.7
Proserpine Airport 181.2 271.6 in 1990 67.4
Springsure Comet St 130.2 141.5 in 1989* 34.8
Walkamin Research Station 95.9 114.8 in 1990 27.3
Weona 66.0 114.4 in 1990 18.8
Whyenbah 120.9 138.4 in 1989* 33.8
Woodbine Station 101.0 138.6 in 1989* 19.0
Double Island Point Lighthouse 293.8 311.4 in 1987* 145.1
Mt Sophia 457.0 516.0 in 1990* 214.3
Peakvale Station 85.8 92.0 in 1987* 26.1
Pleystowe Sugar Mill 170.2 313.6 in 1990* 76.4
Surat 102.0 111.6 in 1991 33.6
Tiree 87.6 135.1 in 1989* 22.2
Carnarvon Station 86.0 89.5 in 1990* 31.7
Glenlands 179.8 190.6 in 1989* 41.9
Longreach Aero 52.4 68.0 in 1992 23.8
Thangool Airport 88.6 105.2 in 1992 38.1
Holmleigh 66.0 70.8 in 1992* 20.1
South Johnstone Exp Stn 561.6 588.3 in 1990* 269.6
Gilberton 100.0 110.0 in 1990* 15.1
Hamilton Island 347.0 401.6 in 1990* 123.8
Tomoo 100.0 102.0 in 1989* 27.2
Devoncourt Station 33.0 35.4 in 1995 14.1
Monto Township 205.5 225.4 in 1983* 44.2
Amberley AMO 284.0 429.2 in 1996 54.9
Archerfield Airport 265.0 550.6 in 1996 73.8
Bundaberg Aero 223.4 256.8 in 1996 67.5
Capalaba Water Treat 259.8 654.2 in 1996 106.0
Glenroy Massie 91.8 212.8 in 1996 44.2
Greenbank Thompson Road 326.4 504.8 in 1996 82.8
Harrisville Mary Street 275.1 284.4 in 1996 49.3
Jingi Jingi 124.2 153.2 in 1996 35.8
Leslie Dam 98.4 195.2 in 1996 37.7
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 315.2 585.0 in 1996 103.9
Lowood Don St 286.5 468.2 in 1996 49.5
Macalister 126.4 178.2 in 1996 43.1
Mandala 390.8 510.2 in 1996 66.6
Monogorilby - Home 130.6 133.0 in 1996 41.0
Mungar Junction 310.2 357.8 in 1983* 69.9
Oakington 191.2 388.0 in 1996 61.5
Pacific Heights 208.2 236.2 in 1996 84.8
Queen Mary Falls 423.4 639.0 in 1996 94.2
Roma Airport 83.8 100.8 in 1996 32.1
Southwood 114.4 130.6 in 1996 32.1
Springbrook Road 574.0 1019.0 in 1996 179.2
Taroom Post Office 114.0 126.4 in 1996 39.3
Texas Post Office 103.1 151.4 in 1996 39.4
The Deep Crossing 101.4 187.2 in 1996 34.9
Wivenhoe Dam 309.4 385.2 in 1996 56.5
Yangan Post Office 188.5 191.6 in 1996 40.1
Fordsdale 196.0 377.4 in 1996* 53.0
Fraser Island Eurong 420.8 494.0 in 1992* 181.8
Gatton Allan Street 269.5 449.3 in 1996* 46.6
Kinnoul 100.6 115.7 in 1996* 32.0
Marnhull 97.2 118.2 in 1997 37.1
Mt Tamborine Fern St 608.8 1178.0 in 1996* 123.8
Pratten Condamine River 80.6 237.5 in 1996* 37.1
Traighli 88.5 101.6 in 1997 37.6
Wamuran 416.2 480.8 in 1996* 97.6
Warwick 176.4 187.6 in 1996* 44.5
Yarraman Post Office 105.2 184.2 in 1996* 45.0
Yuleba Garden St 106.0 112.8 in 1996* 35.5
Albro Station 82.0 141.6 in 1989* 27.9
Coominya Post Office 365.4 398.0 in 1996* 51.0
Dalby Airport 112.2 113.4 in 1998 37.9
Embreys Bridge 130.6 141.6 in 1996* 48.9
Gairloch 323.2 383.0 in 1998 105.2
Killara 182.0 186.6 in 1998 40.5
La Palma 63.0 113.8 in 1996* 33.0
Rocky Point Sugar Mill 290.4 530.0 in 1996* 121.7
Upper Stone Exelby 171.8 182.8 in 1998 55.1
Cunnamulla Post Office 84.9 100.2 in 1999 29.5
Dunollie 196.8 208.4 in 1998* 42.0
Mundubbera 167.0 233.0 in 1998* 39.7
Rocklands 30.8 66.0 in 1992* 9.7
Tarana Crossing 103.9 104.6 in 1996* 26.4
Gillespie 56.6 74.0 in 2000 31.6
Isisford Post Office 51.0 54.9 in 2000 27.6
Marengo 77.2 117.2 in 2000 14.3
Moorang 285.8 525.2 in 1996* 57.6
Bell Police 138.5 145.8 in 1996* 35.7
Mount Jukes 230.0 236.0 in 2000* 103.7
Kalbar State School 222.9 288.0 in 1996* 48.8

* 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 daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
May
Lockhart River Airport 30.0 29.8 in 2016 56 28.7
Cooktown Airport 29.0 = 29.0 in 2016 21 27.8



Lowest May mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
May
St George Airport 21.8 20.9 in 1997 23.3
Cunnamulla Post Office 21.7 21.5 in 2000 23.0
Thargomindah Airport 22.2 20.9 in 2000 24.1



Record highest May daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
May
Double Island Point Lighthouse 22.6 on the 16th = 22.6 on the 2nd in 1973 61 17.3
Monto Township 19.5 on the 13th 19.3 on the 9th in 1989 49 10.0
Bundaberg Aero 22.1 on the 12th 21.4 on the 1st in 2016 43 14.2
Horn Island 27.8 on the 10th = 27.8 on the 6th in 2016 28 24.9
Beerburrum Forest Station 21.7 on the 16th 21.0 on the 2nd in 2000 24 12.6
Cooktown Airport 26.2 on the 10th 25.9 on the 2nd in 2016 22 21.2
Kingaroy Airport 18.5 on the 13th 17.8 on the 4th in 2019 22 7.4
Samuel Hill Aero 21.4 on the 12th = 21.4 on the 4th in 2016 22 13.8
Coen Airport 26.2 on the 10th 24.9 on the 19th in 2017 20 19.9



Record highest May mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
May
Maryborough 17.8 16.7 in 1983 112 13.1
Gympie 16.8 14.8 in 1989 105 10.8
Mitchell Post Office 13.1 12.3 in 1983 102 7.1
Tambo Post Office 13.2 = 13.2 in 1989 90 8.2
Rockhampton Aero 18.3 = 18.3 in 1983 82 14.3
Amberley AMO 15.1 14.2 in 1989 80 9.9
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 10.8 10.3 in 1989 78 5.4
Surat 13.4 12.5 in 1983 75 8.8
Taroom Post Office 14.7 = 14.7 in 1983 70 9.7
Gladstone Radar 19.1 = 19.1 in 2016 63 17.0
Injune Post Office 13.0 = 13.0 in 1983 54 7.6
Applethorpe 10.4 10.0 in 1989 52 6.0
Texas Post Office 11.8 11.0 in 1983 52 8.0
Oakey Aero 12.5 11.4 in 1983 49 7.7
Archerfield Airport 16.1 15.4 in 1989 48 11.9
Monto Township 15.2 14.6 in 1983 48 10.0
Bundaberg Aero 18.3 16.3 in 1995 42 14.2
Mackay Aero 18.7 18.4 in 2016 36 15.7
Coolangatta 17.3 15.9 in 1995 34 13.9
Seventeen Seventy 18.8 18.5 in 2016 33 16.9
Proserpine Airport 18.4 18.2 in 2016 32 15.9
Dalby Airport 12.9 10.7 in 1996 30 8.2
Gold Coast Seaway 17.8 17.5 in 1997 30 15.4
Emerald Airport 16.7 15.8 in 2016 29 13.1
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 16.9 14.5 in 2014 29 12.6
Roma Airport 12.9 12.0 in 2007 29 7.6
Thangool Airport 15.2 13.0 in 1995 29 9.9
Gladstone Airport 18.9 17.8 in 2007 28 15.6
Brisbane Aero 17.0 15.0 in 2007 27 13.0
Sunshine Coast Airport 17.8 15.5 in 1997 27 13.7
Yeppoon The Esplanade 19.3 18.2 in 2016 27 15.9
Tewantin RSL Park 18.1 16.5 in 2007 26 14.8
St George Airport 13.0 11.8 in 2007 25 9.0
Toowoomba Airport 12.6 12.3 in 2007 25 9.9
Miles Constance Street 13.2 11.2 in 2007 24 8.1
Point Lookout 18.8 18.5 in 2014 24 16.7
Warwick 12.8 9.2 in 1996 24 6.9
Beerburrum Forest Station 16.6 14.7 in 1999 23 12.6
Hervey Bay Airport 18.7 15.7 in 2017 23 14.1
Brisbane 17.0 16.0 in 2007 22 13.8
Kingaroy Airport 13.6 10.7 in 2007 21 7.4
Samuel Hill Aero 18.3 16.5 in 2017 21 13.8

Highest May mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
May
Springsure Comet St 15.1 16.2 in 1967* 10.9
Bollon Mary St 12.4 14.0 in 1989 8.6
Charleville Aero 13.7 13.9 in 1989 9.0

* 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
Maryborough 21.7 20.9 in 2007 112 18.9
Gympie 20.6 20.0 in 1973 104 17.7
Applethorpe 13.8 = 13.8 in 2007 52 11.8
Bundaberg Aero 21.9 21.5 in 2007 42 19.5
Coolangatta 20.3 19.9 in 2007 33 18.5
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 20.2 20.1 in 2016 29 18.3
Gladstone Airport 22.6 = 22.6 in 2007 28 20.7
Brisbane Aero 20.3 20.2 in 2007 27 18.3
Sunshine Coast Airport 20.8 19.9 in 2016 27 18.6
Tewantin RSL Park 21.0 20.6 in 2016 26 19.2
Warwick 16.6 16.2 in 2007 24 14.1
Hervey Bay Airport 21.9 21.1 in 2007 23 19.2
Samuel Hill Aero 21.7 21.4 in 2016 21 19.4

Highest May mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
May
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 14.4 14.5 in 1989* 11.9

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




Summary statistics for May 2022
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
May
2022
Diff
from
average
Highest for
May
2022
Mean for
May
2022
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
May
2022
Total for
May
2022
Average
for
May
Rank of
May
2022
Fraction of
May
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 33.2 +1.8 34.6 25th 25.9 +0.4 24.2 16th 74.8 69.7 average 107%
Coen Airport 31.0 +0.6 32.1 7th 20.3 +0.4 16.7 14th 81.2 15.3 v high 531%
Horn Island 30.7 +0.6 31.7 9th 25.2 +0.3 20.7 17th 22.4 62.2 low 36%
Scherger RAAF 32.1 +0.3 33.5 4th 21.6 +0.3 17.9 14th 81.4 24.4 high 334%
Weipa Aero 32.0 +0.2 33.9 9th 22.0 +0.6 18.7 14th 55.8 20.9 high 267%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.0 +1.3 31.7 13th 22.0 -0.1 18.0 30th 50.2 100.8 average 50%
Palmerville 31.4 +0.2 34.0 7th 19.2 +1.7 15.3 31st 0 15.8 lowest 0%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 31.7 -0.1 34.8 4th 18.9 +0.7 13.7 29th 9.2 5.3 high 174%
Century Mine 30.6 -0.8 34.3 4th 18.5 +1.3 12.6 29th 37.4 7.2 v high 519%
Cloncurry Airport 28.8 -0.6 32.7 30th 16.9 +1.2 11.1 29th 28.4 7.6 v high 374%
Julia Creek Airport 30.3 -0.3 35.3 4th 16.1 +2.6 8.9 31st 41.6 9.7 v high 429%
Kowanyama Airport 33.7 +1.5 36.2 7th 20.8 +1.6 14.2 30th 3.2 11.2 average 29%
Lake Julius AWS 29.2   33.4 3rd 17.9   12.3 29th 21.2
Mornington Island Airport 28.5   32.0 3rd 21.2   16.4 30th 12.4
Mount Isa Aero 28.3 +0.3 31.6 30th 15.0 +1.1 8.1 29th 11.4 11.6 high 98%
Normanton Airport 32.2 +0.3 36.0 3rd 21.1 +1.7 16.2 29th 32.0 6.3 v high 508%
Sweers Island 28.3 -0.4 31.4 4th 22.8 +1.0 19.5 15th 31.3 6.4 high 489%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 31.2 +0.9 34.6 5th 17.9 +1.3 9.0 30th 38.2 15.8 high 242%
Hughenden Airport 27.5 -1.1 32.1 4th 15.8 +2.2 7.9 29th 105.8 10.9 highest 971%
Richmond Airport 29.2 -0.5 34.2 4th 15.7 +2.5 8.6 29th 33.0 8.6 high 384%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 28.6 +0.9 30.2 7th 20.9 +0.9 15.8 29th 178.0 92.3 v high 193%
Cairns Racecourse 28.6   30.4 17th 20.4   15.1 29th 211.0
Cape Flattery 29.4 +0.8 31.3 10th 23.3 0.0 17.1 29th 71.0 63.7 average 111%
Cooktown Airport 29.0 +1.2 31.4 15th 21.4 +0.2 16.3 29th 29.4 48.9 average 60%
Low Isles Lighthouse 28.4 +0.9 30.7 31st 23.8 +0.9 22.0 29th 97.8 98.9 average 99%
Mareeba Airport 27.8 +0.9 29.6 31st 18.0 +1.2 12.8 31st 63.8 15.2 highest 420%
Walkamin Research Station 26.8 +1.7 29.0 16th 17.2 +1.0 12.1 28th 95.9 27.3 v high 351%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cowley Beach (Defence) 27.3   29.0 16th 20.6   14.6 29th 634.8
Innisfail Aerodrome 27.7   30.4 17th 19.5   12.9 29th 571.0
Mount Stuart (Defence) 27.6   30.6 6th 19.6   16.3 28th 210.6
South Johnstone Exp Stn 27.5 +1.2 30.4 17th 20.1 +1.7 14.1 29th 561.6 269.6 v high 208%
Townsville Aero 28.2 +0.5 30.0 13th 19.8 +2.1 13.9 29th 153.0 34.5 v high 443%
Townsville- Air Weapons Range (Defence) 27.2   31.1 5th 16.8   10.1 29th 220.8
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 27.3 +0.4 29.6 15th 20.0 +2.2 14.5 29th 157.2 44.0 v high 357%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 28.2 +0.6 30.9 16th 18.7 +2.5 12.0 29th 198.2 42.2 v high 470%
Bowen Airport AWS 27.9   30.0 6th 19.6   13.6 29th 248.0
Collinsville Post Office 28.1 +0.5 32.9 6th 17.1 +3.3 10.0 29th 90.3 33.7 v high 268%
Hamilton Island Airport 25.0 +0.6 26.5 7th 21.6 +1.0 19.7 21st 213.0 96.6 v high 220%
Mackay Aero 26.0 +0.7 27.7 6th 18.7 +3.0 13.6 29th 124.0 88.1 high 141%
Mackay M.O 25.5 +1.3 28.5 14th 19.5 +2.3 15.1 29th
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 26.3   28.8 13th 18.6   13.1 30th 145.6
Proserpine Airport 27.4 +0.8 30.6 30th 18.4 +2.5 13.8 29th 181.2 67.4 v high 269%
Samuel Hill Aero 25.1 +0.2 28.0 17th 18.3 +4.5 12.0 29th 275.8 106.2 v high 260%
St Lawrence 26.8 0.0 31.1 6th 18.2 +3.6 13.2 29th 207.6 37.4 v high 555%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 26.6   30.5 5th 17.2   10.7 29th 164.2
Williamson 26.6 +0.2 31.0 6th 17.9 +3.9 12.8 29th 102.8 34.4 v high 299%
Woolshed 24.4 +0.4 27.3 15th 16.0 +1.5 8.7 28th 259.0 39.7 highest 652%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 24.7 +0.5 28.2 30th 19.3 +3.4 14.9 28th 195.2 70.4 highest 277%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 27.1 -0.3 31.3 6th 17.0 +1.8 10.0 29th 216.2 29.8 highest 726%
Moranbah Airport 25.7 -1.3 31.1 5th 16.1 +3.3 9.3 29th 108.6 35.7 v high 304%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 26.0   31.2 5th 16.3   10.7 29th 163.8 22.6 v high 725%
Clermont Airport 25.5 -0.5 30.3 5th 14.9 +4.6 7.8 29th 94.6 21.2 v high 446%
Emerald Airport 25.9 -0.5 30.4 5th 16.7 +3.6 11.0 29th 142.6 22.4 highest 637%
Lochington 25.7 -0.6 30.8 5th 15.4 +5.3 8.7 31st 79.6 14.7 v high 541%
Rolleston Airport 24.6 -1.3 29.9 5th 15.6 +5.5 9.7 31st 129.0 24.5 v high 527%
Springsure Comet St 24.7 -0.6 29.0 16th 15.1 +4.2 8.9 29th 130.2 34.8 v high 374%
Tambo Post Office 24.0 -1.0 27.3 4th 13.2 +5.0 7.5 31st 39.4 33.1 average 119%
Taroom Post Office 24.2 -0.5 30.3 5th 14.7 +5.0 9.3 19th 114.0 39.3 v high 290%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 26.0 0.0 29.7 1st 15.9 +3.4 8.9 31st 44.2 29.1 high 152%
Blackall Airport 25.0 -1.3 29.2 4th 14.6 +3.8 6.7 31st 105.0 16.4 highest 640%
Isisford Post Office 25.3 -1.0 30.0 4th 15.5 +4.2 9.2 29th 51.0 27.6 high 185%
Longreach Aero 25.6 -1.5 30.8 4th 15.5 +3.5 8.4 29th 52.4 23.8 high 220%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 30.0 +1.0 33.3 3rd 15.8 +2.3 11.3 7th 5.0 10.5 average 48%
Carters Bore 26.9   30.8 3rd 16.4   12.9 29th 4.8
New May Downs 27.8   31.1 3rd 16.1   12.6 29th 31.4
The Monument Airport 26.4 -1.4 30.1 1st 14.0 +2.0 8.9 28th 6.6 9.4 high 70%
Trepell Airport 26.4 -1.8 31.3 3rd 14.9 +2.0 10.1 29th 3.4 6.6 average 52%
Urandangi Aerodrome 28.2   30.8 1st 13.4   8.9 7th 0 4.3 v low 0%
Winton Airport 26.3 -2.3 30.6 2nd 15.6 +2.5 8.9 31st 0 10.6 lowest 0%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie 24.5 -2.0 30.1 1st 13.5 +1.6 8.4 8th 8.7 11.0 high 79%
Birdsville Airport 24.7 -1.1 29.3 15th 12.5 +1.0 6.0 6th 0.8 7.6 average 11%
Windorah Airport 23.7   28.7 4th 15.1   10.5 29th 21.2
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 25.6 +0.8 29.0 17th 18.3 +4.1 14.8 30th 223.4 67.5 v high 331%
Gayndah Airport 25.4 -0.2 30.8 6th 16.1 +5.4 11.6 28th 187.2 33.5 highest 559%
Gladstone Airport 26.3 +0.5 28.8 17th 18.9 +3.3 14.7 29th 175.8 38.4 highest 458%
Gladstone Radar 25.9 +0.2 28.8 5th 19.1 +2.1 15.8 28th 186.4 56.0 v high 333%
Lady Elliot Island 25.3 +1.2 28.4 16th 21.0 +1.4 16.3 29th 429.4 118.4 v high 363%
Monto Township     30.8 5th 15.2 +5.2 9.7 28th 205.5 44.2 v high 465%
Rockhampton Aero 26.6 +0.5 31.0 5th 18.3 +4.0 13.8 28th 181.6 46.2 v high 393%
Rundle Island 24.4 +0.9 25.7 14th 21.1 +1.7 18.0 22nd
Seventeen Seventy 24.8 +0.7 27.2 17th 18.8 +1.9 13.4 22nd 404.8 103.8 highest 390%
Thangool Airport 26.1 -0.2 31.7 5th 15.2 +5.3 9.6 28th 88.6 38.1 v high 233%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 23.9 -0.2 29.4 17th 15.1 +5.2 7.9 29th 284.0 54.9 v high 517%
Archerfield Airport 23.7 -0.3 28.2 5th 16.1 +4.2 10.9 30th 265.0 73.8 v high 359%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 23.4 -0.8 28.6 5th 15.2 +5.7 8.9 30th 234.4 63.6 v high 369%
Beerburrum Forest Station 23.4 -0.6 28.3 6th 16.6 +4.0 12.1 29th 272.2 121.5 v high 224%
Brisbane 23.8 -0.7 28.3 5th 17.0 +3.2 11.2 29th 280.0 70.6 highest 397%
Brisbane Aero 23.5 -0.1 27.1 16th 17.0 +4.0 11.7 29th 229.4 101.5 high 226%
Canungra (Defence) 22.8   27.7 17th 14.4   8.0 30th 423.6
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 22.9 +1.0 26.2 15th 18.8 +2.3 14.9 30th 238.2 165.8 high 144%
Coolangatta 23.3 +0.1 26.9 16th 17.3 +3.4 11.1 29th 211.2 131.5 high 161%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 23.0 +0.6 28.5 6th 19.3 +2.0 15.1 31st 293.8 145.1 v high 202%
Gold Coast Seaway 23.1 -0.5 26.2 16th 17.8 +2.4 14.0 30th 222.0 101.3 high 219%
Greenbank (Defence) 23.3   27.8 5th 15.5   9.3 29th 327.4
Gympie 24.4 -0.1 29.1 16th 16.8 +6.0 11.3 29th 254.4 71.9 v high 354%
Hervey Bay Airport 25.0 +0.7 28.7 16th 18.7 +4.6 14.3 30th 357.2 100.9 highest 354%
Kingaroy Airport 21.2 -1.3 27.7 15th 13.6 +6.2 6.0 29th 178.2 39.5 highest 451%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 23.5 -0.5 27.5 5th 16.9 +4.3 11.9 29th 315.2 103.9 v high 303%
Maryborough 25.6 +0.9 29.5 16th 17.8 +4.7 13.0 29th 182.2 78.2 v high 233%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 23.8 0.0 28.4 15th 17.4 +3.9 11.4 30th 594.2 143.4 v high 414%
Point Lookout 23.7 -0.3 27.2 16th 18.8 +2.1 14.8 31st 298.2 146.9 v high 203%
Rainbow Beach 24.2 +0.4 27.6 17th       557.4 167.9 highest 332%
Redcliffe 23.5 0.0 28.1 6th 17.6 +3.3 13.1 30th 299.0 80.1 v high 373%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 23.2   27.0 16th 16.8   11.2 30th 280.6
Sunshine Coast Airport 23.8 +0.3 28.3 6th 17.8 +4.1 11.6 29th 621.8 166.8 highest 373%
Tewantin RSL Park 23.9 +0.2 28.2 15th 18.1 +3.3 13.1 30th 642.6 161.6 highest 398%
Tin Can Bay (Defence) 24.1   28.2 17th 18.0   12.8 30th 449.0
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 17.2 -0.3 24.8 15th 10.4 +4.4 2.5 30th 153.0 49.4 v high 310%
Dalby Airport 22.0 -1.3 28.4 5th 12.9 +4.7 6.7 31st 112.2 37.9 v high 296%
Goondiwindi Airport 22.7   29.1 14th 11.5   5.8 8th 57.0
Oakey Aero 21.5 -0.8 27.9 15th 12.5 +4.8 5.2 30th 98.4 39.7 high 248%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 18.1 -0.3 25.8 15th 10.8 +5.4 3.2 30th 117.7 46.3 v high 254%
Texas Post Office 22.3 -0.7 27.6 15th 11.8 +3.8 5.6 8th 103.1 39.4 v high 262%
Toowoomba Airport 18.9 -1.0 25.0 16th 12.6 +2.7 6.8 31st 262.4 45.2 highest 581%
Warwick 20.4 -0.9 26.4 16th 12.8 +5.9 5.7 30th 176.4 44.5 v high 396%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 22.4 -1.5 28.6 4th 13.2 +5.1 7.9 19th 146.8 27.0 highest 544%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 22.7 -0.9 28.3 4th 13.0 +5.4 6.3 19th 113.8 32.2 v high 353%
Mitchell Post Office 22.8 -0.4 29.4 4th 13.1 +6.0 6.0 8th 132.4 32.3 v high 410%
Roma Airport 22.5 -1.4 29.1 4th 12.9 +5.3 6.0 8th 83.8 32.1 v high 261%
St George Airport 21.8 -1.5 28.6 4th 13.0 +4.0 7.1 9th 203.2 32.1 highest 633%
Surat 22.6 -1.0 28.6 4th 13.4 +4.6 5.0 8th 102.0 33.6 v high 304%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 22.8 -0.3 28.5 3rd 12.4 +3.8 4.8 9th 117.2 32.0 v high 366%
Charleville Aero 22.7 -0.7 27.5 2nd 13.7 +4.7 7.4 31st 68.8 30.1 v high 229%
Cunnamulla Post Office 21.7 -1.3 28.2 3rd 12.5 +2.6 6.4 8th 84.9 29.5 v high 288%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 23.3 -1.3 28.8 3rd 12.3 +0.8 7.6 8th 6.6 10.2 average 65%
Thargomindah Airport 22.2 -1.9 28.6 3rd 13.0 +2.0 7.1 8th 27.2 15.6 high 174%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Bougainville Reef 27.3   29.4 14th 25.0   23.5 11th
Cato Island 25.9   28.5 16th 22.6   18.4 27th
Creal Reef     27.2 14th 23.2   20.9 25th
Flinders Reef 26.7   27.8 10th 24.3   22.3 27th
Frederick Reef 26.2   29.5 15th 23.7   21.1 24th
Gannet Cay 25.9   27.4 17th 23.1   20.5 22nd
Holmes Reef 27.5   28.4 14th 25.0   23.2 12th
Lihou Reef Lighthouse 27.4   30.0 16th 25.2   22.9 12th
Marion Reef 26.5   29.0 17th 24.2   20.9 27th
Middle Percy Island 23.9 +0.6 26.9 7th 20.3 +1.2 17.9 21st 175.0 86.8 highest 202%
Willis Island 29.1 +1.3 30.4 20th 24.9 +1.0 21.9 13th 194.4 73.1 v high 266%

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, usually published in the first week of the following 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 1 pm on Thursday 2 June 2022. 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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