Queensland in December 2019: warmest December on record, and second-driest for the State

Queensland had its warmest December on record in terms of mean temperature. Queensland's mean maximum temperature was also the warmest on record, and the mean minimum temperature was the fifth-warmest on record.

Rainfall was well below average across almost all of Queensland, and it was the second-driest December on record for the State as a whole. Only small pockets of the east coast and far southwest had close to average rainfall.

Below average rainfall for much of the State

  • It was the second-driest December on record for Queensland as a whole, and second only to 1938
  • The lack of significant, widespread rain-bearing systems resulted in a very dry month across most of Queensland, with numerous sites reporting their driest December rainfall on record or their driest December in several decades
  • Broad low pressure troughs produced showers and thunderstorms across northern and eastern parts of Queensland at times during the month, with locally heavy falls reported. Brisbane had its highest December daily rainfall on record after a severe thunderstorm developed on the evening of the 11th
  • Severe thunderstorms produced heavy rainfall and giant hail in the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay and Burnett districts on the 13th
  • Showers and thunderstorms generated moderate to locally heavy falls in the South East Coast and Wide Bay and Burnett districts between the 24th and 26th, and around the north tropical and central coasts at the end of the month

Warmest December on record for Queensland as a whole

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Extremes in December 2019
Hottest day 49.3 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 24th
Warmest days on average 42.8 °C at both Birdsville Airport and Urandangi Aerodrome
Coolest days on average 26.7 °C at Gannet Cay
Coldest day 23.1 °C at Applethorpe on the 2nd
Coldest night 5.5 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 5th
Coolest nights on average 14.1 °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 27.5 °C at both Mornington Island Airport and Sweers Island
Warmest night 34.6 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 31st
Warmest on average overall 34.1 °C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest on average overall 22.0 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 394.0 mm at Mount Jukes
Driest overall 0 mm at several locations
Wettest day 163.2 mm at Proserpine Airport on the 29th
Strongest wind gust 119 km/h at Julia Creek Airport 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 highest December daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
North Head 143.0 on the 1st 125.0 on the 29th in 1975 35
Brisbane 130.4 on the 12th 84.0 on the 31st in 2001 21



Record lowest December total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Somerby 0.0 4.8 in 1972 94 96.9
Charleville Aero 0.8 = 0.8 in 1953 78 54.9
Wyseby 9.0 10.4 in 2018 68 104.1
Cardbeign 4.0 14.4 in 2018 67 97.3
Ellangowan 5.5 6.4 in 1954 67 98.9
Havelock 1.6 5.3 in 1966 64 79.6
Longreach Aero 0.0 3.8 in 1953 64 53.6
Ehlma Park 0.4 7.0 in 1977 61 93.7
Redbank 7.7 19.6 in 2013 61 94.0
Namarah 4.4 11.6 in 1986 54 71.9
Mt Moffatt National Park 1.6 11.8 in 2018 48 107.5
Mutarnee Store 6.0 31.0 in 2013 46 216.7
Tilpal Station 6.0 13.0 in 1989 45 115.6
Ferndale 21.8 22.6 in 1977 44 136.9
Yaramulla Station 3.4 8.0 in 2012 44 117.3
Childers South 5.4 24.8 in 2012 41 116.9
Monogorilby - Home 27.6 38.8 in 1999 36 92.9
Brampton Vale 0.0 13.5 in 1972 34 148.7
Lauriedale 10.8 26.7 in 2009 31 96.3
Traighli 8.2 15.8 in 2006 30 93.4
Dalby Airport 8.2 = 8.2 in 2013 28 92.6
Emerald Airport 0.0 10.2 in 1994 27 83.0
Springfield 1.4 2.0 in 2013 27 72.7
Yappar River 15.0 26.2 in 2002 26 109.8
Beardy Junction 23.6 25.8 in 2013 24 92.5
Finsbury Park 1.0 12.0 in 2001 24 90.9
Warilda 0.2 2.8 in 2013 24 63.7
Miles Constance Street 4.2 29.4 in 2016 23 88.4
St George Airport 2.4 3.4 in 2013 23 65.1
Toowoomba Airport 24.8 32.4 in 2005 23 100.6
Barwood 19.4 26.0 in 2015 22 105.1
Richmond Airport 4.6 5.6 in 2017 22 56.4
Warrie Station 10.0 11.4 in 2006 21 70.7
Woodford Stanmore 49.7 49.8 in 2015 21 150.3
Ballera Gas Field 0.0 0.2 in 2005 20 10.0
Melrose 5.0 6.0 in 2002 20 99.7
Mt Kynoch 32.8 40.1 in 2013 20 124.2
Samuel Hill Aero 24.0 39.0 in 2012 20 144.0

Lowest December total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
December
Injune Post Office 1.8 0.0 in 1938 88.6
Barcaldine Post Office 1.8 0.0 in 1938* 62.7
Rewan Station 1.4 0.0 in 1918* 119.7
Drillham 9.2 1.0 in 1949* 85.5
Richmond Post Office 6.2 3.8 in 1952 69.7
Wharton Creek Station 2.8 2.3 in 1950* 79.0
Glenelg 19.5 12.0 in 1953* 86.1
Mossman South Alchera Drive 43.4 23.5 in 1952* 234.5
Morven Post Office 1.8 0.8 in 1953* 67.6
Killara 15.8 2.0 in 1957 93.2
Surat 2.6 0.0 in 1957 71.2
Woleebee Nevasa 7.0 5.0 in 1957* 84.1
Burketown Post Office 9.0 2.3 in 1963* 116.5
Peakvale Station 0.4 0.0 in 1952* 78.9
Kinnoul 1.0 0.0 in 1956* 86.6
Mingela Post Office 2.6 0.0 in 1966 76.4
Muttaburra 2.0 0.0 in 1966 53.8
Woodlands 4.0 0.0 in 1966 57.5
Woodbine Station 1.5 0.8 in 1966* 69.5
Bambaroo 28.0 13.4 in 1968* 188.6
Carnarvon Station 7.6 0.0 in 1941* 100.9
Broadmeadows 2.0 1.8 in 1972 136.7
Junee Station 6.0 4.8 in 1972 87.6
Yaamba 9.8 2.3 in 1972 111.8
Camboon Station 14.0 0.0 in 1972* 91.8
Belvedere 9.0 2.8 in 1972* 89.7
Yabulu QLD Nickel 6.9 6.1 in 1972* 121.6
Gin Gin Post Office 31.9 26.0 in 1974* 125.3
Lindfield 20.9 12.2 in 1976 124.5
Hornet Bank Homestead 1.0 0.0 in 1977 94.4
Kenilworth Township 31.1 21.6 in 1977 147.5
Macalister 10.0 5.4 in 1977 92.0
Coominya Post Office 36.2 30.7 in 1977* 102.4
Goomboorian 21.0 6.6 in 1977* 143.8
Jingi Jingi 13.8 0.0 in 1977* 98.5
Jondaryan Post Office 16.8 5.0 in 1977* 86.2
Teddington Waterworks 33.8 14.1 in 1977* 128.9
Warragai 31.2 6.6 in 1977* 103.6
Woorarra 1.6 0.0 in 1977* 87.4
Embreys Bridge 22.2 11.3 in 1977* 101.4
Lanark 5.0 2.6 in 1977* 96.4
Moyola 26.0 0.0 in 1977* 90.2
Tingha 8.8 7.2 in 1977* 86.9
Bingera Sugar Mill 24.0 19.8 in 1977* 115.7
Bundaberg Aero 11.6 7.0 in 1977* 124.7
Springs 23.8 18.0 in 1979* 134.2
Strathmore 4.4 0.0 in 1972* 107.3
Cooranga North 10.5 0.0 in 1977* 98.2
Pechey Forestry 29.9 12.4 in 1977* 117.9
Woodgate Store 13.3 0.0 in 1977* 112.7
Mapleton Post Office 37.2 22.0 in 1977* 180.6
Wunburra 29.0 18.0 in 1977* 178.6
Ravenswood Post Office 1.6 0.0 in 1986* 82.4
Esk Post Office 29.8 0.0 in 1985* 116.9
Booroondarra 10.2 =10.2 in 1989 91.7
Maryborough 40.2 38.0 in 1989 128.0
Byfield Childs Road 16.0 15.0 in 1992* 170.5
Somerset Dam 47.2 36.4 in 1994* 127.6
Talagai 4.0 0.0 in 1993* 101.6
Frankfield Station 2.0 0.0 in 1993* 78.5
Glenlands 15.4 7.6 in 1992* 106.5
Mulgrave Mill 17.0 16.0 in 1958* 163.5
Woodspring 20.4 14.8 in 1998 89.2

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




Record highest December temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Rockhampton Aero 41.9 on the 16th 41.5 on the 30th in 2013 81 32.2
Bollon Mary St 45.7 on the 22nd 45.0 on the 23rd in 1990 63 35.1
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 36.0 on the 22nd 34.7 on the 17th in 1964 60 28.9
Double Island Point Lighthouse 37.3 on the 16th = 37.3 on the 5th in 2002 58 27.4
Kowanyama Airport 41.9 on the 3rd 41.0 on the 12th in 2002 54 34.9
University of Queensland Gatton 43.4 on the 16th 42.0 on the 4th in 2002 54 31.3
Walkamin Research Station 38.3 on the 25th 38.0 on the 4th in 2012 52 30.7
Oakey Aero 40.7 on the 16th 40.3 on the 29th in 2013 47 30.3
Archerfield Airport 41.2 on the 16th 39.8 on the 11th in 1944 44 29.6
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 40.3 on the 16th 40.1 on the 4th in 2012 28 29.1
Rainbow Beach 37.2 on the 16th 35.6 on the 19th in 1995 28 28.2
Weipa Aero 38.9 on the 8th 38.8 on the 11th in 2016 28 34.0
St George Airport 45.9 on the 22nd 45.5 on the 29th in 2013 23 34.1
Bedourie 47.6 on the 24th 47.0 on the 29th in 2017 22 38.8
Richmond Airport 45.1 on the 26th 45.0 on the 21st in 2018 22 38.4
Beerburrum Forest Station 41.6 on the 16th 41.0 on the 26th in 2001 21 29.7
Brisbane 41.2 on the 16th 40.0 on the 24th in 2001 21 29.5
Birdsville Airport 49.3 on the 24th 48.0 on the 19th in 2018 20 38.9
Mareeba Airport 38.9 on the 25th 38.2 on the 4th in 2012 20 32.1



Record highest December mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Palmerville 38.1 = 38.1 in 1935 118 35.3
Cunnamulla Post Office 39.6 = 39.6 in 1972 112 35.3
Camooweal Township 42.0 41.7 in 2018 111 38.1
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 28.5 = 28.5 in 2005 109 26.2
Bollon Mary St 39.4 38.9 in 2005 108 35.1
Mitchell Post Office 38.1 37.9 in 2005 100 33.8
University of Queensland Gatton 35.7 35.3 in 1953 95 31.3
Rockhampton Aero 35.7 35.4 in 2005 80 32.2
Amberley AMO 34.6 34.3 in 1957 78 30.8
Charleville Aero 39.2 38.4 in 1979 77 34.8
Double Island Point Lighthouse 30.6 30.4 in 1997 76 27.4
Surat 37.5 37.3 in 1938 71 33.9
Springsure Comet St 37.7 = 37.7 in 1979 68 34.0
Taroom Post Office 38.5 37.1 in 1957 67 33.5
Kowanyama Airport 38.5 37.9 in 2005 53 34.9
Mount Isa Aero 41.2 40.8 in 2018 53 37.2
Injune Post Office 38.2 37.8 in 1979 52 33.3
Applethorpe 29.9 29.7 in 1979 50 25.9
Oakey Aero 34.7 34.2 in 2005 46 30.3
Monto Township 35.8 35.1 in 1979 44 32.0
Archerfield Airport 32.5 32.4 in 2005 43 29.6
Bundaberg Aero 32.5 32.0 in 2005 41 29.6
Coolangatta 29.2 = 29.2 in 2017 33 27.3
Seventeen Seventy 30.9 30.5 in 2009 32 28.7
Charters Towers Airport 38.1 37.7 in 2001 27 34.5
Dalby Airport 36.4 34.9 in 2005 27 31.6
Emerald Airport 38.5 38.0 in 2005 27 34.3
Roma Airport 38.3 36.9 in 2005 27 33.5
Thangool Airport 37.2 35.5 in 2016 27 33.0
Cloncurry Airport 41.5 41.2 in 2018 26 38.7
Warwick 34.0 32.3 in 2005 24 29.4
Toowoomba Airport 31.7 31.4 in 2005 23 27.6
Miles Constance Street 37.2 35.7 in 2016 22 32.9
Point Lookout 30.2 29.7 in 2012 22 28.2
St George Airport 38.0 37.7 in 2005 22 34.1
Bedourie 42.5 41.0 in 2012 21 38.8
Richmond Airport 41.5 41.0 in 2005 21 38.4
Woolshed 32.2 31.2 in 2001 21 29.3
Hervey Bay Airport 30.8 30.6 in 2005 20 29.4
Thargomindah Airport 40.5 39.1 in 2012 20 36.9

Highest December mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
December
Tambo Post Office 38.5 40.3 in 1938* 34.8
Maryborough 33.2 33.3 in 1979 30.6
Richmond Post Office 41.0 41.1 in 1979 38.1
Gympie 34.4 35.6 in 1979* 31.3
Texas Post Office 36.4 36.7 in 1990 32.8

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




Record highest December daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Boulia Airport 33.6 on the 25th 33.4 on the 21st in 1964 126 23.6
Bollon Mary St 30.8 on the 23rd 30.5 on the 28th in 1987 63 20.0
Thargomindah Airport 33.6 on the 24th 32.7 on the 29th in 2017 21 23.4
Birdsville Airport 34.6 on the 31st 33.7 on the 7th in 2015 20 24.1



Record lowest December temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Beerburrum Forest Station 11.5 on the 6th 11.6 on the 7th in 2013 21 18.4
The Monument Airport 14.3 on the 2nd 14.7 on the 6th in 2017 20 23.8



Record highest December mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Rockhampton Aero 22.9 = 22.9 in 1997 80 21.3
Kowanyama Airport 25.5 = 25.5 in 2018 51 24.4
Yeppoon The Esplanade 23.8 23.7 in 2015 25 22.9
Thargomindah Airport 26.1 = 26.1 in 2003 20 23.4



Lowest December mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
December
Gladstone Radar 20.3 20.1 in 1999 21.9



Record highest December mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Cunnamulla Post Office 31.5 31.4 in 1972 112 28.1
Rockhampton Aero 29.3 29.0 in 2005 80 26.7
Charleville Aero 31.0 30.5 in 2017 77 27.6
Taroom Post Office 29.9 29.2 in 1957 67 26.6
Kowanyama Airport 32.0 31.6 in 2005 51 29.7
Dalby Airport 27.2 = 27.2 in 2005 27 24.6
Emerald Airport 30.8 30.3 in 2005 27 27.8
Roma Airport 29.0 28.7 in 2016 27 26.4
Thangool Airport 28.3 27.5 in 2005 27 25.8
Warwick 25.1 24.5 in 2005 24 22.6
Point Lookout 26.1 25.9 in 2012 22 24.8
St George Airport 29.9 29.5 in 2016 22 27.3
Bedourie 33.5 33.0 in 2012 21 31.2
Richmond Airport 33.0 32.9 in 2005 21 30.9
Thargomindah Airport 33.2 32.3 in 2003 20 30.2

Highest December mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
December
Injune Post Office 28.3 28.9 in 1979 25.7
Tambo Post Office 29.2 29.3 in 1979 27.0
Gympie 26.9 28.6 in 1979* 24.9
Texas Post Office 27.7 28.1 in 1979* 25.1
Monto Township 27.2 27.5 in 1979* 25.2

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




Summary statistics for December 2019
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
December
2019
Diff
from
average
Highest for
December
2019
Mean for
December
2019
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
December
2019
Total for
December
2019
Average
for
December
Rank of
December
2019
Fraction of
December
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 34.5 +1.4 36.5 24th 26.7 +0.5 25.5 26th 0.8 147.6 v low 1%
Coen Airport 36.5 +1.7 40.4 14th 23.5 -0.2 21.2 10th 141.0 126.5 average 111%
Horn Island 33.1 +1.1 34.0 26th 26.6 +0.8 24.5 14th 21.8 174.5 v low 12%
Scherger RAAF 36.8 +1.9 39.5 3rd 24.3 +0.3 22.2 27th 72.6 187.3 low 39%
Weipa Aero 35.6 +1.6 38.9 8th 24.5 +0.3 22.4 27th 201.4 271.2 average 74%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 33.5 +1.3 35.6 26th 24.5 +0.9 21.4 8th 59.4 204.3 low 29%
Palmerville 38.1 +2.8 41.7 3rd 22.7 0.0 17.4 9th 79.8 153.9 low 52%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 38.9 +2.4 43.8 26th 25.9 +0.4 19.4 3rd 2.8 92.6 v low 3%
Century Mine 41.0 +2.5 44.7 26th 25.8 +0.6 20.8 2nd 6.8 99.2 v low 7%
Cloncurry Airport 41.5 +2.8 45.0 26th 26.2 +1.2 18.7 2nd 1.8 72.4 v low 2%
Julia Creek Airport 42.5 +2.8 45.3 25th 25.1 +1.2 19.0 6th 6.2 56.7 low 11%
Kowanyama Airport 38.5 +3.6 41.9 3rd 25.5 +1.1 21.6 17th 22.8 176.0 v low 13%
Lake Julius AWS 41.4   44.5 26th 26.7   20.7 2nd 7.6
Mornington Island Airport 35.0   39.8 5th 27.5   22.4 29th 100.4
Mount Isa Aero 41.2 +4.0 45.0 18th 23.7 +0.6 15.5 7th 5.6 71.2 v low 8%
Normanton Airport 38.8 +2.5 43.2 5th 26.9 +1.0 23.0 26th 32.0 114.8 v low 28%
Sweers Island 35.1 +1.5 38.1 4th 27.5 +0.4 22.8 3rd 45.4 145.3 v low 31%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 39.4 +3.1 42.0 26th 24.7 +1.0 19.3 3rd 10.2 118.8 v low 9%
Hughenden Airport 40.2 +2.8 44.1 25th 23.3 -0.2 17.3 4th 0.6 63.0 v low 1%
Richmond Airport 41.5 +3.1 45.1 26th 24.5 +1.1 18.8 5th 4.6 56.4 lowest 8%
Richmond Post Office 41.0 +2.9 44.1 29th 24.0 +1.5 18.4 5th 6.2 69.7 v low 9%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 32.3 +0.8 34.3 18th 23.7 +0.3 21.3 1st 69.6 181.2 low 38%
Cairns Racecourse 32.2   35.7 3rd 23.2   19.5 9th 94.4
Cape Flattery 32.8 +0.2 33.7 5th 24.5 -0.5 21.5 25th 25.0 109.7 low 23%
Cooktown Airport 33.2 +0.9 36.3 3rd 24.1 -0.4 21.5 25th 126.0 170.9 average 74%
Low Isles Lighthouse 33.5 +1.1 36.5 4th 25.6 +0.3 23.4 23rd 62.2 209.6 low 30%
Mareeba Airport 33.7 +1.6 38.9 25th 20.8 0.0 18.2 9th 28.8 92.6 low 31%
Walkamin Research Station 32.5 +1.8 38.3 25th 19.3 -0.5 16.3 26th 41.5 120.6 low 34%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 31.4 -0.1 33.3 18th 23.5 +1.2 21.1 4th 76.0 197.1 low 39%
Cowley Beach (Defence) 32.0   34.7 25th 23.1   20.8 8th 72.6
Innisfail 31.3 +0.5 33.6 25th 23.5 +1.4 21.8 9th 96.8 263.6 average 37%
Innisfail Aerodrome 33.1   37.1 25th 21.5   17.9 9th 105.2
Lucinda Point 29.2 -0.4 30.9 3rd 25.4 +0.1 23.4 1st 23.0 99.7 low 23%
Mount Stuart (Defence) 34.6   39.3 16th 23.7   22.1 30th 1.6
South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.8 +0.6 35.9 3rd 22.5 +0.6 20.1 1st 125.0 263.0 average 48%
Townsville Aero 33.4 +1.9 37.1 3rd 24.7 +0.6 20.7 3rd 3.0 125.3 v low 2%
Townsville- Air Weapons Range (Defence) 35.3   41.5 25th 21.5   18.3 3rd 5.6
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.7 -0.1 33.0 3rd 25.2 +0.4 22.2 22nd 12.4 102.4 low 12%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 33.6 +1.5 38.0 3rd 22.5 +0.4 19.7 1st 30.4 98.7 average 31%
Bowen Airport AWS 32.6   35.5 3rd 23.4   20.8 1st 55.6
Collinsville Post Office 37.2 +3.1 41.0 25th 21.9 +0.5 19.0 20th 8.8 92.3 v low 10%
Hamilton Island Airport 30.4 +0.5 33.3 3rd 24.6 +0.1 21.0 28th 193.6 134.4 high 144%
Mackay Aero 32.3 +1.5 36.5 3rd 21.9 -0.3 17.6 3rd 220.0 136.4 high 161%
Mackay M.O 32.1 +1.9 36.3 3rd 23.6 +0.6 20.5 15th 232.6 184.3 high 126%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 31.9   36.9 3rd 21.5   17.4 4th 220.2
Proserpine Airport 34.2 +2.0 40.5 3rd 21.4 -0.3 16.5 1st 243.8 167.1 high 146%
Samuel Hill Aero 32.7 +2.0 36.7 5th 19.8 -0.2 14.4 1st 24.0 144.0 lowest 17%
St Lawrence 33.3 +1.7 38.1 2nd 22.0 -0.1 18.0 3rd 7.6 121.6 v low 6%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 36.5   41.3 25th 21.1   18.3 4th 8.2
Williamson 33.0 +1.8 39.1 2nd 22.6 +0.7 18.1 11th 4.0 135.1 v low 3%
Woolshed 32.2 +2.9 36.5 3rd 20.2 -0.3 14.7 3rd 9.4 99.1 v low 9%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.9 +1.2 39.1 2nd 23.8 +0.9 20.6 1st 23.8 110.0 v low 22%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 38.1 +3.6 41.8 25th 21.2 -0.8 18.7 4th 16.0 77.7 low 21%
Moranbah Airport 37.9   43.3 25th 21.8   18.6 11th 9.0
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 38.2   42.0 16th 21.9   19.0 3rd 0
Clermont Airport 38.2   41.8 25th 21.3   16.7 3rd 11.4 73.0 v low 16%
Emerald Airport 38.5 +4.2 42.3 16th 23.0 +1.6 20.8 19th 0 83.0 lowest 0%
Lochington 38.3   42.5 25th 21.7   16.0 5th 17.0 109.6 low 16%
Rolleston Airport 38.4   42.5 16th 21.7   15.1 5th 5.4 86.0 v low 6%
Springsure Comet St 37.7 +3.7 41.7 25th 20.7 +0.9 16.1 13th 0 91.6 lowest 0%
Tambo Post Office 38.5 +3.7 42.0 17th 20.1 +0.9 13.0 4th 5.2 69.7 v low 7%
Taroom Post Office 38.5 +5.0 43.3 16th 21.2 +1.5 14.9 5th 18.8 88.8 low 21%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 39.0 +3.2 43.4 25th 24.3 +1.9 18.9 6th 1.8 62.7 v low 3%
Blackall Airport 39.6 +3.4 43.9 17th 22.5 +0.3 15.0 5th 0 80.5 v low 0%
Isisford Post Office 40.2 +3.1 44.0 24th 23.4 +1.4 15.9 5th 0 52.9 lowest 0%
Longreach Aero 40.9 +3.4 45.3 17th 24.0 +1.7 15.8 5th 0 53.6 lowest 0%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 42.0 +3.9 45.7 24th 25.6 +1.7 17.8 6th 4.2 62.4 v low 7%
Carters Bore 40.6   44.5 24th 26.4   19.3 4th 7.2
New May Downs 40.6   43.7 24th 25.5   17.6 2nd 2.0
The Monument Airport 41.3 +3.2 45.6 18th 23.5 -0.3 14.3 2nd 7.0 49.2 low 14%
Trepell Airport 41.3 +2.6 45.1 17th 23.8 -0.2 16.5 2nd 5.0 39.7 low 13%
Urandangi Aerodrome 42.8   47.5 18th 23.3   14.3 6th 0
Winton Airport 41.6 +2.6 45.0 25th 23.7 -0.2 17.4 2nd 4.8 33.3 low 14%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie 42.5 +3.7 47.6 24th 24.6 +1.1 16.8 2nd 0 16.1 lowest 0%
Birdsville Airport 42.8 +3.9 49.3 24th 25.4 +1.3 16.5 4th 0.4 10.7 v low 4%
Windorah Airport 41.5   46.1 24th 26.3   18.4 4th 1.4
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 32.5 +2.9 36.2 5th 21.4 +0.9 18.4 20th 11.6 124.7 v low 9%
Gayndah Airport 37.3 +4.8 43.0 16th 20.0 +0.6 15.6 5th 19.4 82.8 low 23%
Gladstone Airport 32.4 +2.3 38.4 2nd 23.2 +1.0 19.8 26th 62.0 104.9 average 59%
Gladstone Radar 32.2 +1.1 37.9 2nd 20.3 -1.6 17.1 26th 54.0 124.3 low 43%
Lady Elliot Island 29.9 +1.3 31.0 10th 24.3 +1.1 21.7 27th 39.6 90.2 low 44%
Monto Township 35.8 +3.8 40.5 16th 18.6 +0.3 13.5 5th 73.8 94.0 average 79%
Rockhampton Aero 35.7 +3.5 41.9 16th 22.9 +1.6 20.3 1st 3.8 103.0 v low 4%
Rundle Island 28.2 +0.5 29.8 3rd 24.8 +0.9 20.3 26th
Seventeen Seventy 30.9 +2.2 32.6 4th 22.8 +0.6 19.8 27th 43.6 129.8 low 34%
Thangool Airport 37.2 +4.2 40.9 16th 19.4 +0.8 15.6 5th 27.0 92.7 v low 29%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 34.6 +3.8 43.1 16th 18.3 -0.1 11.5 4th 59.8 118.6 low 50%
Archerfield Airport 32.5 +2.9 41.2 16th 19.9 +0.8 15.4 4th 134.4 124.2 average 108%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 34.7 +4.3 41.8 16th 18.5 +0.4 11.1 4th 58.0 111.4 low 52%
Beerburrum Forest Station 32.6 +2.9 41.6 16th 18.5 +0.1 11.5 6th 66.6 154.1 low 43%
Brisbane 31.9 +2.4 41.2 16th 21.2 +0.8 17.4 4th 207.8 129.2 high 161%
Brisbane Aero 29.5 +1.3 35.1 6th 20.6 +0.5 15.7 4th 112.4 120.1 average 94%
Canungra (Defence) 31.9   40.3 16th 16.7   9.7 6th 109.2
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 28.5 +2.3 33.4 2nd 22.0 +1.0 19.0 14th 59.0 125.0 low 47%
Coolangatta 29.2 +1.9 34.2 16th 19.6 -0.1 13.0 4th 72.0 145.2 low 50%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 30.6 +3.2 37.3 16th 22.5 +0.9 20.6 29th 44.6 126.7 low 35%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.8 +0.9 34.8 6th 20.9 +0.4 17.4 4th 146.0 129.0 high 113%
Greenbank (Defence) 33.4   42.3 16th 17.7   11.1 4th 86.8
Gympie 34.4 +3.1 41.0 16th 19.4 +0.8 12.9 5th 41.6 136.0 low 31%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.8 +1.4 34.4 4th 21.4 +0.4 16.9 20th 62.8 127.4 low 49%
Kingaroy Airport 34.6 +4.5 40.5 16th 16.7 0.0 9.1 5th 14.4 95.0 v low 15%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 31.8 +2.7 40.3 16th 20.2 +0.9 16.4 4th 62.8 119.8 low 52%
Maryborough 33.2 +2.6 39.0 5th 19.6 0.0 16.0 4th 40.2 128.0 v low 31%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 31.5 +2.6 40.8 16th 19.9 +0.5 15.0 4th 55.8 145.8 low 38%
Point Lookout 30.2 +2.0 35.0 4th 22.1 +0.7 19.8 5th 67.2 117.3 low 57%
Rainbow Beach 30.0 +1.8 37.2 16th     24.3 16th 48.0 121.8 low 39%
Redcliffe 29.8 +1.5 35.4 2nd 21.7 +0.7 17.2 5th
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 30.1   35.8 16th 20.3   15.4 4th 55.6
Sunshine Coast Airport 30.0 +1.7 37.4 16th 20.5 +0.7 13.5 5th 29.0 142.5 v low 20%
Tewantin RSL Park 30.1 +2.1 39.3 16th 21.5 +0.8 16.6 4th 34.8 135.3 v low 26%
Tin Can Bay (Defence) 31.2   39.2 16th 20.2   15.2 4th 94.6
University of Queensland Gatton 35.7 +4.4 43.4 16th 18.4 +0.3 12.4 5th 33.2 98.7 low 34%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 29.9 +4.0 35.4 21st 14.1 +0.3 7.3 5th 63.8 97.0 low 66%
Dalby Airport 36.4 +4.8 41.2 16th 17.9 +0.3 10.8 4th 8.2 92.6 lowest 9%
Oakey Aero 34.7 +4.4 40.7 16th 17.3 +0.6 9.1 4th 33.4 90.6 v low 37%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 30.3 +3.2 36.5 21st 14.4 +0.1 5.5 5th 53.9 94.5 low 57%
Texas Post Office 36.4 +3.6 42.6 22nd 19.1 +1.8 11.7 4th 29.3 80.2 low 37%
Toowoomba Airport 31.7 +4.1 38.0 16th 17.7 +1.1 13.7 3rd 24.8 100.6 lowest 25%
Warwick 34.0 +4.6 40.3 16th 16.2 +0.3 9.2 4th 23.8 102.2 v low 23%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 37.2 +4.3 41.5 8th 18.4 -0.8 9.5 5th 4.2 88.4 lowest 5%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 38.2 +4.9 42.1 22nd 18.7 +0.5 10.7 5th 1.8 88.6 v low 2%
Mitchell Post Office 38.1 +4.3 43.5 22nd 19.0 +0.4 10.3 5th 8.0 70.8 v low 11%
Roma Airport 38.3 +4.8 43.4 24th 19.7 +0.3 11.6 5th 10.6 77.9 v low 14%
St George Airport 38.0 +3.9 45.9 22nd 22.0 +1.5 13.5 3rd 2.4 65.1 lowest 4%
Surat 37.5 +3.6 43.1 22nd 20.7 +1.3 12.5 4th 2.6 71.2 v low 4%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 39.4 +4.3 45.7 22nd 22.8 +2.8 13.9 4th 4.4 51.8 v low 8%
Charleville Aero 39.2 +4.4 44.3 22nd 22.8 +2.3 14.1 6th 0.8 54.9 lowest 1%
Cunnamulla Post Office 39.6 +4.3 45.3 23rd 23.5 +2.7 14.7 4th 3.8 38.7 low 10%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 41.1 +3.0 46.8 23rd 25.9 +2.0 16.9 3rd 0 10.0 lowest 0%
Thargomindah Airport 40.5 +3.6 46.2 23rd 26.1 +2.7 16.7 5th 0 23.7 lowest 0%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Bougainville Reef 29.1   41.7 10th 25.9   20.3 11th
Cato Island 27.7   30.4 5th 24.2   22.2 27th
Creal Reef 27.1   28.9 15th 25.5   23.0 27th
Flinders Reef 28.7   31.3 5th 26.1   23.8 20th
Gannet Cay 26.7   28.0 17th 24.8   21.9 27th
Holmes Reef 28.6   31.0 5th 26.1   24.1 20th
Marion Reef 27.7   31.9 4th 25.2   23.1 19th
Middle Percy Island 29.0 +0.7 34.4 3rd 23.0 +0.3 20.7 27th 120.8 118.7 average 102%
Willis Island 31.1 +0.4 32.2 28th 25.7 +0.2 24.2 11th 28.6 95.9 average 30%

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 8 am on Monday 6 January 2020. 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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