Queensland in July 2014: Dry, warm days and cold nights

Rainfall was below average across the whole state, with only small parts of the tropical north and Gulf Country recording above-average monthly totals. Moist onshore flow resulted in monthly totals of over 90 mm at some locations on the North Tropical Coast (resulting in near-average monthly totals).
Apart from areas of the east coast and southern Queensland, most of the state recorded little or no rainfall. State-wide, the rainfall was 2.60 mm and 87% below the long-term average for July.

July daytime temperatures were warmer than average through the central, western and southern interior. Average daytime temperatures were experienced elsewhere, with slightly milder days in the far north. Overnight temperatures were cooler than average for most of the state, and much cooler in areas along the eastern coast. A small area in the southwest had close to average overnight temperatures.

  • Cold nights over large parts of the state
  • Warm days in the northwest, central and southern interior
  • Dry over most of the state, below average rainfall state-wide

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Extremes in July 2014
Hottest day 33.0 C at Century Mine on the 31st
Warmest days on average 30.8 C at Weipa Aero
Coolest days on average 15.2 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 9.1 C at Applethorpe on the 18th
Coldest night -7.0 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 12th
Coolest nights on average -0.6 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average 23.8 C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 25.0 C at Coconut Island on the 7th
Warmest on average overall 27.0 C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 7.6 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Wettest overall 112.5 mm at Tree House Creek
Wettest day 30.4 mm at Bingil Bay on the 4th
Highest wind gust 85 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 18th

Maps

Observed Anomaly Decile 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 July mean daily maximum temperature

Mean daily maximum
temperature
for July 2014 (C)
Previous warmest
for July
Years of
record
Average for
July
Taroom Post Office 22.8 = 22.8 in 1993 61 21.0
Injune Post Office 21.8 = 21.8 in 1979 46 20.0



Record lowest July temperature

Lowest temperature
in July 2014 (C)
Previous coolest
for July
Years of
record
Average for
July
Lady Elliot Island 8.1 on the 12th = 8.1 on the 6th in 1980 57 16.6
Bowen Airport 4.0 on the 20th 4.2 on the 21st in 1989 23 13.3
Emerald Airport 0.5 on the 12th 2.0 on the 3rd in 2002 22 8.8
Charters Towers Airport 2.2 on the 20th 2.6 on the 11th in 2008 21 11.4
Gladstone Airport 4.5 on the 12th 5.0 on the 10th in 2008 20 11.8



Record lowest July mean daily minimum temperature

Mean daily minimum
temperature
for July 2014 (C)
Previous coolest
for July
Years of
record
Average for
July
Thangool Airport 2.5 = 2.5 in 2011 21 5.5



Summary statistics for July 2014

Maximum temperatures
for July
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for July
(C)
Rainfall
for July
(millimetres)
Mean for
July
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
July
2014
Mean for
July
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
July
2014
Total for
July
2014
Average
for
July
Rank of
July
2014
Fraction of
July
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 30.2 +0.8 31.6 9th 23.8 0.0 22.0 24th 13.2 16.6 average 80%
Coen Airport 28.4 -0.5 29.9 9th 15.5 -1.8 10.3 8th 0 0.7 v low 0%
Horn Island 28.8 0.0 29.6 5th 22.7 -0.4 19.8 10th 8.6 8.7 average 99%
Scherger RAAF 30.7 31.9 26th 17.7 15.1 8th 0.2 2.3 low 9%
Weipa Aero 30.8 -0.2 32.3 25th 17.9 -1.0 15.1 23rd 0 1.5 lowest 0%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 27.2 +0.1 28.0 29th 19.0 -0.4 13.9 23rd 22.4 43.2 low 52%
Palmerville 29.2 -0.7 31.9 17th 12.7 -1.3 8.5 1st 0 5.0 lowest 0%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 29.0 +0.1 32.8 27th 12.9 -1.4 8.4 8th 0.4 2.6 average 15%
Century Mine 29.1 +0.9 33.0 31st 10.8 -1.9 4.6 8th 0 3.0 v low 0%
Cloncurry Airport 26.8 +0.7 30.6 31st 9.8 -0.5 3.5 8th 0 2.0 lowest 0%
Julia Creek Airport 27.8 +0.8 31.6 26th 7.2 -1.1 -0.1 11th 0 2.0 v low 0%
Kowanyama Airport 30.6 -0.1 32.8 31st 14.1 -1.3 10.9 12th 0 2.4 lowest 0%
Lake Julius AWS 27.4 31.9 31st 12.5 5.6 8th 0


Mornington Island Airport 25.6 29.4 29th 15.8 12.3 3rd 0.2


Mount Isa Aero 26.1 +1.4 30.4 31st 7.3 -1.3 -2.2 8th 0 5.7 lowest 0%
Normanton Airport 29.6 -0.1 32.4 29th 14.8 -0.9 10.8 8th 0.2 1.6 average 13%
Sweers Island 24.9 -0.5 28.2 27th 17.0 -0.5 14.0 3rd 0 3.0 v low 0%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 28.5 +0.1 30.8 16th 10.7 -2.7 4.6 10th 1.0 9.4 average 11%
Hughenden Airport 26.2 +0.5 29.0 23rd 8.0 -1.0 -0.8 11th 0 11.5 v low 0%
Richmond Airport 27.3 +0.7 30.3 27th 7.8 -0.7 1.4 8th 0.4 6.0 average 7%
Richmond Post Office 27.2 +1.3 30.3 31st 8.5 -0.1 2.2 20th 0.6 9.3 average 6%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 26.2 +0.5 27.9 17th 15.9 -1.2 9.9 19th 14.2 29.2 average 49%
Cairns Racecourse 26.2 28.1 17th 14.3 9.4 19th 4.4


Cape Flattery 26.7 +0.3 27.7 30th 21.1 +0.2 16.2 9th 8.0 40.7 v low 20%
Cooktown Airport 25.9 -0.2 27.6 31st 17.0 -0.7 11.4 7th 7.4 20.4 v low 36%
Low Isles Lighthouse 25.0 -0.5 28.7 25th 20.4 0.0 19.2 9th 17.8 35.7 average 50%
Mareeba Airport 24.0 -0.9 26.9 17th 12.9 -0.8 8.6 8th 5.0 6.4 average 78%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cape Ferguson NTC AWS 21.9 24.4 10th 16.7 11.8 20th



Cardwell Marine Pde 24.0 -0.8 25.4 28th 13.9 +0.2 8.9 11th 23.2 31.4 average 74%
Innisfail 24.6 +0.5 26.5 24th 15.0 -0.2 11.0 11th 76.4 137.6 average 56%
Lucinda Point 22.7 -0.4 25.3 17th 17.3 -0.6 13.0 20th 7.4 20.9 low 35%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 24.4 +0.5 26.7 17th 14.2 -0.9 9.1 11th 98.0 110.6 average 89%
Townsville Aero 25.2 +0.1 27.4 17th 12.5 -1.1 7.3 20th 5.8 14.6 average 40%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 23.4 -0.9 25.4 10th 12.7 -1.5 7.4 1st 2.8 16.9 average 17%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 25.4 +0.3 28.6 17th 10.8 -0.8 4.3 11th 1.0 15.4 low 6%
Bowen Airport 24.6 +0.1 28.1 10th 11.5 -1.8 4.0 20th 0.4 19.6 low 2%
Collinsville Post Office 26.0 +1.0 29.0 31st 7.2 -1.8 0.5 20th 0 19.9 lowest 0%
Hamilton Island Airport 21.3 0.0 25.0 17th 17.3 -0.4 15.0 20th 16.0 41.3 average 39%
Mackay Aero 22.5 0.0 25.4 17th 9.3 -1.8 2.4 20th 0.8 33.8 low 2%
Mackay M.O 21.1 -0.2 24.6 9th 12.0 -0.9 6.5 20th 10.2 39.6 low 26%
Proserpine Airport 24.5 +0.2 29.5 17th 7.8 -3.2 0.2 20th 2.0 23.0 low 9%
Rosslyn Bay NTC AWS 20.4 23.2 30th 13.2 8.7 20th



Samuel Hill Aero 22.4 +0.1 25.3 17th 7.2 -2.0 0.6 20th 14.0 58.6 low 24%
St Lawrence 23.9 26.2 17th 7.8 1.1 12th 4.8 34.7 low 14%
Williamson 23.7 27.8 29th 7.1 0.6 11th 4.8 32.6 low 15%
Woolshed 21.6 -0.2 25.2 17th 9.4 -0.9 0.0 20th 11.8 25.7 average 46%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 21.3 0.0 23.3 9th 10.1 -1.7 3.9 20th 6.8 29.6 low 23%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 25.1 +0.3 27.9 27th 9.9 -1.5 2.2 20th 1.7 19.1 average 9%
Moranbah Airport 24.7 28.1 16th 5.2 -1.5 12th 0.8


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 24.0 27.6 27th 6.8 -0.6 12th 0.2


Clermont Airport 23.8 27.5 25th 2.5 -4.5 12th 3.2


Emerald Airport 23.6 +0.5 26.9 27th 7.0 -1.8 0.5 12th 0.4 13.8 low 3%
Lochington 23.7 27.6 16th 4.1 -2.6 12th 0.2


Rolleston Airport 23.2 27.0 16th 3.6 -2.5 12th 2.4


Springsure Comet St 22.8 +0.7 26.4 28th 5.6 -0.6 -0.2 12th 0 28.2 lowest 0%
Tambo Post Office 23.0 +1.8 27.7 25th 3.0 -0.6 -3.6 19th 3.8 26.8 average 14%
Taroom Post Office 22.8 +1.8 27.3 29th 3.5 -1.6 -2.7 12th 3.4 33.2 low 10%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 23.8 +1.2 27.9 30th 8.3 +0.4 2.1 12th 0.6 22.5 low 3%
Blackall Airport 23.5 +1.1 28.0 25th 4.8 -1.4 -2.8 11th 1.4 13.0 average 11%
Isisford Post Office 24.6 +2.0 29.2 25th 6.0 -0.5 -0.5 12th 3.6 20.5 average 18%
Longreach Aero 24.9 +1.4 30.3 25th 6.8 -0.2 -0.7 12th 0 18.6 lowest 0%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 27.0 +1.2 31.4 25th 8.0 -0.8 2.2 11th 0 5.4 lowest 0%
New May Downs 25.7 29.9 31st 10.5 4.9 11th 0


The Monument Airport 24.8 +0.8 29.8 25th 6.0 -1.0 0.7 11th 0 5.3 v low 0%
Trepell Airport 25.5 +0.9 30.6 24th 7.5 -0.3 2.3 2nd 0 2.8 v low 0%
Urandangi Aerodrome 25.1 29.8 24th 4.7 -0.7 7th 0


Winton Airport 25.9 +1.1 30.3 25th 7.7 -0.5 1.1 8th 0 8.1 v low 0%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 22.3 -0.6 27.4 24th 6.4 -1.2 0.9 8th 0 10.9 lowest 0%
Birdsville Airport 21.5 -0.4 27.2 29th 5.8 -1.3 1.7 8th 0 5.1 v low 0%
Boulia Airport 24.1 +1.2 29.4 24th 8.4 +0.7 4.9 7th 0 9.9 lowest 0%
Windorah Post Office 22.9 +1.5 29.5 24th 5.9 -0.7 0.7 11th 0.8 14.8 average 5%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 22.9 +0.9 26.2 27th 8.2 -2.0 1.7 12th 3.4 40.6 low 8%
Gayndah Airport 23.0 +0.6 26.4 31st 5.3 -1.7 -1.1 9th 1.6 19.4 low 8%
Gladstone Airport 23.4 +0.5 25.7 5th 10.2 -1.6 4.5 12th 3.6 24.5 low 15%
Gladstone Radar 23.8 +1.0 26.5 17th 12.9 -0.5 8.0 19th 2.0 33.9 low 6%
Lady Elliot Island 21.5 +0.4 24.3 31st 15.8 -0.8 8.1 12th 44.0 90.7 average 49%
Monto Township 22.4 +1.6 26.2 31st 3.6 -1.7 -3.0 12th 5.6 35.2 low 16%
Rockhampton Aero 24.1 +1.0 27.5 27th 8.4 -1.1 2.4 12th 1.0 29.3 low 3%
Rundle Island 20.6 0.0 23.3 30th 15.4 -0.6 11.6 19th



Seventeen Seventy 21.1 -0.2 23.8 29th 13.5 -0.2 9.1 19th 3.3 40.2 low 8%
Thangool Airport 23.3 +0.2 26.6 24th 2.5 -3.0 -3.2 19th 0 28.1 lowest 0%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 22.2 +1.0 26.9 31st 2.7 -2.6 -2.7 9th 5.4 38.6 low 14%
Archerfield Airport 22.3 +1.2 26.0 31st 5.7 -1.8 0.5 9th 14.2 48.3 low 29%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 21.6 25.7 31st 2.9 -3.8 12th 10.4


Beerburrum Forest Station 22.1 +0.5 26.4 31st 7.7 -1.5 1.8 9th 13.4 65.2 low 21%
Brisbane 22.4 +0.6 25.9 30th 8.5 -1.5 2.6 12th 14.2 24.7 average 57%
Brisbane Aero 21.3 +0.5 24.8 29th 7.6 -1.3 2.6 12th 16.0 30.2 average 53%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 19.4 +0.5 22.2 5th 13.4 +0.2 8.9 19th



Coolangatta 20.9 +0.4 23.0 31st 6.9 -3.3 1.0 12th 8.4 74.5 low 11%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 20.2 +0.7 25.4 30th 14.0 0.0 9.2 19th 16.4 84.8 low 19%
Gold Coast Seaway 21.5 +0.4 24.9 31st 10.7 -1.3 6.9 12th 8.8 48.8 average 18%
Gympie 22.2 +0.3 26.1 29th 4.7 -1.5 -1.5 12th 6.2 52.5 low 12%
Hervey Bay Airport 21.9 +0.3 25.2 27th 7.4 -2.5 1.2 12th 7.6 46.9 low 16%
Kingaroy Airport 19.8 +0.4 24.0 30th 1.2 -2.2 -5.7 12th 6.0 20.2 average 30%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 22.3 +0.9 25.5 31st 7.4 -1.3 3.5 8th 9.0 35.5 low 25%
Maleny Tamarind St 19.4 +0.6 23.4 30th 8.6 -0.5 3.2 20th 10.2 88.4 low 12%
Maryborough 22.7 +0.7 26.1 27th 6.3 -2.3 -0.3 11th 10.4 52.0 low 20%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 21.9 25.5 31st 8.9 3.5 12th 12.8


Point Lookout 21.5 +0.6 24.2 31st 12.4 -1.2 8.4 19th 20.5 106.5 v low 19%
Rainbow Beach 21.3 +0.2 24.4 30th
10.0 72.1 low 14%
Redcliffe 20.9 +0.3 24.8 29th 9.6 -1.3 4.8 9th 10.0 31.1 low 32%
Sunshine Coast Airport 21.8 +1.0 26.3 30th 7.2 -2.3 1.8 13th 14.2 67.7 low 21%
Tewantin RSL Park 21.4 +0.3 24.9 31st 9.5 -1.6 5.3 7th 5.4 76.7 low 7%
Toolara (Kelly) 21.1 -0.4 24.5 31st 10.8 -0.6 6.2 7th 7.0 57.0 low 12%
University of Queensland Gatton 21.6 +0.9 26.8 31st 4.5 -1.7 -1.6 2nd 2.2 37.1 v low 6%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 15.2 +1.3 20.0 25th 0.6 -1.3 -5.5 8th 8.4 44.2 low 19%
Dalby Airport 19.8 +0.2 24.3 31st 1.2 -2.8 -5.0 12th 5.2 22.8 low 23%
Goondiwindi Airport 19.2 +0.1 24.6 31st 3.2 -1.4 -1.9 12th 16.2 32.6 average 50%
Oakey Aero 19.2 +0.7 23.8 31st 0.5 -2.3 -6.1 12th 6.4 29.3 low 22%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 15.8 +1.0 20.6 25th -0.6 -1.6 -7.0 12th 17.5 48.8 low 36%
Texas Post Office 19.0 +0.2 24.5 25th 2.3 -1.4 -3.8 11th 10.9 41.7 low 26%
Toowoomba Airport 16.9 +0.4 21.6 31st 5.3 -1.0 -0.2 19th 13.4 28.1 average 48%
Warwick 18.5 +0.6 23.1 31st 0.4 -2.7 -6.1 8th 5.8 26.2 low 22%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 20.6 +0.7 25.7 31st 1.4 -2.8 -4.3 12th 0.2 15.5 v low 1%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 21.8 +1.8 27.1 31st 1.1 -2.0 -4.9 12th 3.6 29.0 low 12%
Mitchell Post Office 21.5 +2.2 27.2 31st 0.3 -2.5 -4.5 12th 0.4 33.2 low 1%
Roma Airport 21.0 +1.0 26.6 31st 1.2 -2.6 -4.3 12th 4.2 22.7 low 19%
St George Airport 20.0 +0.5 26.7 31st 3.5 -1.5 -1.9 12th 8.4 25.0 average 34%
Surat 20.5 +0.8 26.3 31st 2.0 -2.2 -4.4 12th 7.0 38.2 low 18%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 20.4 +1.4 27.6 25th 3.4 -0.8 -2.0 12th 3.8 27.7 low 14%
Charleville Aero 21.3 +1.8 27.2 31st 3.3 -0.9 -1.9 19th 9.2 24.7 average 37%
Cunnamulla Post Office 20.3 +1.6 27.2 25th 4.7 -1.0 0.0 12th 2.4 22.8 low 11%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 20.6 +0.4 25.5 31st 6.7 -0.5 3.2 19th 0 7.1 v low 0%
Thargomindah Airport 20.6 +0.4 27.3 24th 4.9 -1.9 0.5 11th 4.0 13.4 average 30%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 20.5 +0.1 23.4 17th 15.9 -0.3 12.1 19th 14.2 43.0 average 33%
Willis Island 25.8 -0.2 26.8 17th 22.0 0.0 20.7 3rd 2.4 37.9 v low 6%

Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list 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, usually published in the fourth week of the month.

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 Friday 1 August 2014. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages 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 9 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.

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