Queensland in August 2015: Dry in central and southern interior

August rainfall was mixed across the State. Central and southern interior districts recorded below-average monthly rainfall - while the northwest, west and southeast received above-average falls. Daytime temperatures were warmer than average across much of the eastern half of the State. Warmer-than-usual overnight temperatures were recorded in the southwest, southeast and northwest.

  • Dry month for central and southern interior
  • Significant rain over southern parts at the end of the month
  • Warmer-than-average daytime temperatures across most of the State
  • Warmer-than-average overnight temperatures in southeast, southwest and northwest

Rainfall was mixed during August for Queensland, with large areas in central and southern interior districts recording below-average falls for the month. Monthly rainfall totals exceeding 25 mm were mainly recorded in the southeastern quarter of the State and in isolated areas along the east coast of Queensland. Remaining parts of the State recorded little or no rainfall during August. 

A surface trough extending along the east coast of Queensland on the 12th brought light to moderate rainfall totals to southeastern Queensland. On the 21st, a firm ridge persisted along the Queensland coast and a moist onshore flow produced rainfall from the Capricornia coast down to about Coolangatta. At the end of the month, a series of upper level troughs developed over central Australia, and combined with a moist airmass over Queensland. Moderate rainfall was recorded across parts of southeastern Queensland in the last part of the month.

Mean maximum temperatures for August were warmer-than-average across most of the eastern half of the State, with much-warmer-than-average conditions experienced in northwest, and in the southeast. Near-average mean maxima were recorded elsewhere. 

Overall, mean minimum temperatures for August were cooler-than-average through parts of the central coast, and far northern Queensland. Warmer-than-usual minima  were recorded in the southwest, northwest,  and in the southeast. Remaining areas of the State were near-average. Numerous locations in the central and northern interior had their warmest August night on record on the 24th, with some overnight temperatures more than 10 C above the long-term August average.

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Extremes in August 2015
Hottest day 37.3 C at Century Mine on the 24th
Warmest days on average 33.2 C at Kowanyama Airport
Coolest days on average 16.8 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 9.6 C at Applethorpe on the 5th
Coldest night -5.1 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 7thh
Coolest nights on average 1.9 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average 23.0 C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 24.7 C at Coconut Island on the 24th
Warmest on average overall 27.0 C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 9.6 C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 159.0 mm at Corbould Pk Racecourse
Wettest day 84.2 mm at Rainbow Beach on the 22nd
Strongest wind gust 83 km/h at Brisbane Aero and at Cape Moreton Lighthouse, both on the 12th

Maps
ObservedAnomalyDecile rank
Total
rainfall
Map of Rainfall totals Map of Percentage of normal rainfall Map of Rainfall deciles
Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
Mean
daily
minimum
temperatures
Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record lowest August total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
August
Maryvale 0.2 0.8 in 2009 23 27.6

Lowest August total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
August
Daintree Village 6.0 0.0 in 1984* 54.5
Mt Berryman 2.2 0.0 in 1994* 33.4

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




Record highest August daily minimum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
August
Ayr DPI Research Stn 21.6 on the 24th = 21.6 on the 22nd in 1988 58 12.7
Taroom Post Office 18.9 on the 24th 18.7 on the 29th in 2009 58 6.5
Springsure Comet St 18.9 on the 24th 17.9 on the 27th in 2011 50 7.5
Mackay Aero 21.2 on the 24th = 21.2 on the 22nd in 2010 31 11.9
Proserpine Airport 20.7 on the 24th 20.6 on the 22nd in 2010 26 11.6
Emerald Airport 19.4 on the 24th = 19.4 on the 27th in 2011 24 9.9
Charters Towers Airport 21.2 on the 25th 19.9 on the 8th in 1996 23 12.3



Record lowest August temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
August
Monto Township -2.8 on the 7th -2.6 on the 13th in 1964 42 6.5



Summary statistics for August 2015
Maximum temperatures
(C)
Minimum temperatures
(C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
August
2015
Diff
from
average
Highest for
August
2015
Mean for
August
2015
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
August
2015
Total for
August
2015
Average
for
August
Rank of
August
2015
Fraction of
August
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.0 +1.2 31.9 24th 23.0 -0.6 21.6 13th 3.8 8.8 average 43%
Coen Airport 30.0 +0.1 33.9 30th 15.8 -1.2 12.0 5th 0.2 2.4 average 8%
Horn Island 28.6 -0.5 29.6 24th 22.9 -0.1 20.0 5th 9.8 5.3 high 185%
Scherger RAAF 32.1   34.9 31st 17.7   15.0 8th 2.0 8.9 average 22%
Weipa Aero 32.3 +0.3 34.2 29th 17.5 -1.2 14.3 9th 0 5.6 lowest 0%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 27.7 0.0 28.9 31st 18.7 -0.5 14.5 12th 17.6 28.3 average 62%
Palmerville 32.2 +0.9 35.7 25th 13.8 -0.7 8.8 7th 0 3.4 lowest 0%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 30.9 +0.4 35.1 25th 15.2 +0.1 10.2 10th 0 0.4 v low 0%
Century Mine 31.4 +0.6 37.3 24th 13.5 +0.2 6.3 9th 0 0.5 v low 0%
Cloncurry Airport 28.8 -0.1 35.6 23rd 12.5 +0.4 7.5 9th 0.6 2.9 average 21%
Julia Creek Airport 30.2 +0.6 35.4 24th 10.1 +0.5 3.4 8th 0 3.6 v low 0%
Kowanyama Airport 33.2 +1.0 36.1 25th 16.1 -0.1 12.4 8th 0 2.3 lowest 0%
Lake Julius AWS 29.2   35.9 24th 14.4   8.4 9th 0
Mornington Island Airport 27.5   31.2 30th 17.8   12.5 8th 1.4
Mount Isa Aero 28.1 +0.8 35.1 23rd 10.3 +0.1 1.8 9th 0.8 3.5 average 23%
Normanton Airport 31.7 +0.2 35.4 24th 17.2 +0.5 13.3 8th 0.4 0.8 average 50%
Sweers Island 26.4 -0.4 30.6 30th 18.5 +0.1 12.9 8th 1.0 1.7 high 59%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 30.7 +0.5 34.7 25th 13.6 0.0 7.3 9th 0 2.2 v low 0%
Hughenden Airport 29.2 +1.2 35.2 26th 10.2 -0.1 2.0 6th 0 8.3 v low 0%
Richmond Airport 29.8 +0.7 35.6 24th 10.4 +0.6 4.8 8th 0 4.9 v low 0%
Richmond Post Office 29.8 +1.3 35.7 24th 11.0 +0.9 1.9 8th 0 4.2 lowest 0%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 27.1 +0.5 29.0 24th 16.6 -0.8 9.6 7th 17.6 26.6 average 66%
Cairns Racecourse 27.1   29.2 31st 15.0   9.3 7th 11.0
Cape Flattery 27.3 0.0 28.5 31st 20.9 -0.2 16.1 13th 15.2 16.6 average 92%
Cooktown Airport 27.0 -0.1 28.7 23rd 17.4 -0.8 11.1 7th 10.0 15.9 average 63%
Low Isles Lighthouse 26.7 0.0 30.0 31st 20.8 +0.1 19.1 9th 12.4 37.0 low 34%
Mareeba Airport 26.8 +0.7 30.7 30th 13.5 -0.2 9.1 7th 0.6 8.6 low 7%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 25.6 -0.3 27.6 26th 15.1 +0.8 8.8 7th 23.8 29.2 average 82%
Ingham Composite 26.5 +0.3 29.6 30th 13.2 -1.2 8.2 7th 8.0 37.5 low 21%
Innisfail 25.6 +0.5 27.4 27th 16.3 +0.8 11.4 7th 20.9 115.8 low 18%
Lucinda Point 23.9 0.0 26.6 24th 18.8 -0.1 14.5 7th 8.6 25.6 average 34%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 25.9 +0.7 28.6 31st 15.1 -0.4 9.0 7th 17.4 87.0 low 20%
Townsville Aero 26.8 +0.8 28.7 31st 14.6 -0.1 7.2 7th 2.8 16.0 average 18%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 25.3 +0.3 27.2 23rd 15.8 +0.5 6.9 7th 4.4 15.4 average 29%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 27.3 +1.1 29.4 4th 12.9 +0.2 5.6 7th 0 15.7 lowest 0%
Bowen Airport AWS 26.4   28.4 23rd 13.5   6.1 7th 0
Hamilton Island Airport 22.8 +0.1 26.1 30th 18.8 +0.6 16.0 7th 6.2 20.1 low 31%
Mackay Aero 24.8 +1.1 28.1 25th 11.5 -0.4 4.6 8th 0.8 33.9 v low 2%
Mackay M.O 23.5 +0.9 28.7 25th 13.9 -0.1 8.3 8th 1.4 30.4 v low 5%
Proserpine Airport 26.6 +0.9 29.2 28th 10.5 -1.1 2.0 6th 8.8 25.5 average 35%
Samuel Hill Aero 24.4 +0.7 27.6 26th 10.0 +0.7 3.1 8th 21.8 39.1 average 56%
St Lawrence 25.7 +0.7 28.2 28th 10.8 -0.3 3.6 8th 26.4 29.5 average 89%
Williamson 25.4 +0.4 28.1 28th 10.2 -0.2 1.9 8th 10.8 26.1 average 41%
Woolshed 24.7 +1.4 27.1 4th 13.1 +0.9 4.4 7th 2.8 14.0 average 20%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 22.3 +0.2 28.0 12th 12.8 +0.2 5.7 8th 13.8 35.3 average 39%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 27.9 +1.2 31.9 24th 12.9 +0.6 5.7 15th 0 16.8 lowest 0%
Moranbah Airport 27.7   32.9 25th 8.8   2.0 8th 5.6
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 26.7   31.7 25th 10.1   2.3 9th 0.8
Clermont Airport 26.7   32.3 24th 6.8   -1.2 8th 14.0
Emerald Airport 26.0 +0.7 30.9 12th 11.0 +1.1 5.6 6th 28.4 22.6 average 126%
Lochington 26.2   31.6 24th 7.1   0.1 8th 43.2
Rolleston Airport 25.5   31.0 26th 7.4   0.9 8th 18.2
Springsure Comet St 24.8 +0.8 29.3 26th 9.3 +1.8 0.6 5th 27.6 24.0 average 115%
Tambo Post Office 24.5 +1.0 32.2 24th 4.7 -0.4 -2.6 6th 39.0 18.9 high 206%
Taroom Post Office 24.7 +1.6 30.0 12th 6.5 0.0 -0.4 8th 22.4 27.9 average 80%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 26.2 +1.3 33.4 24th 11.0 +1.5 5.0 5th 4.2 15.9 average 26%
Blackall Airport 25.1 -0.2 33.6 24th 8.8 +1.2 0.6 6th 20.2 13.6 average 149%
Isisford Post Office 26.1 +0.9 33.8 24th 9.7 +1.7 4.6 14th 14.8 12.1 high 122%
Longreach Aero 26.5 +0.4 34.1 24th 9.5 +1.0 3.0 9th 1.0 11.0 average 9%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 29.0 +0.6 35.3 23rd 11.3 +0.4 4.5 6th 0.8 2.8 high 29%
Carters Bore 27.0   33.8 23rd 14.1   10.1 6th 0
New May Downs 27.6   34.3 23rd 13.1   8.6 10th 2.2
The Monument Airport 26.7 -0.2 34.8 23rd 9.6 +0.7 3.6 8th 2.6 2.0 high 130%
Trepell Airport 26.5 -0.8 32.3 22nd 9.4 -0.1 5.1 6th 0 2.5 v low 0%
Urandangi Aerodrome 27.0   35.6 23rd 7.9   1.7 6th 1.0
Winton Airport 28.0 +0.3 34.8 23rd 10.2 +0.5 5.0 13th 0.2 7.6 average 3%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 25.1 -0.6 36.0 24th 8.8 -0.3 4.0 6th 15.3 6.9 high 222%
Birdsville Airport 24.1 -0.6 36.7 23rd 8.8 +0.1 4.2 5th 0 3.3 v low 0%
Boulia Airport 26.5 +0.7 35.7 23rd 11.1 +1.6 6.5 6th 1.4 6.1 average 23%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 24.5 +1.1 27.0 25th 11.1 +0.3 5.3 6th 17.4 34.5 average 50%
Gayndah Airport 25.4 +0.8 30.3 25th 7.8 +0.1 1.4 9th 0.4 24.6 v low 2%
Gladstone Airport 24.8 +1.0 27.6 25th 12.5 -0.1 7.0 8th 31.6 34.6 average 91%
Gladstone Radar 25.6 +1.4 28.2 26th 15.0 +0.7 10.1 7th 27.2 32.0 average 85%
Lady Elliot Island 23.0 +1.1 25.9 23rd 17.7 +0.5 12.7 10th 15.6 57.1 low 27%
Monto Township 25.2 +2.2 30.3 26th 7.8 +1.3 -2.8 7th 56.7 25.5 v high 222%
Rockhampton Aero 26.3 +1.5 30.3 25th 11.4 +0.7 4.6 8th 11.2 28.0 average 40%
Rundle Island 21.9 +0.7 25.6 27th 17.1 +0.3 12.7 5th
Seventeen Seventy 23.2 +1.1 26.3 26th 14.8 +0.3 8.6 6th 9.0 44.4 low 20%
Thangool Airport 25.4 +0.5 29.8 26th 6.3 -0.1 -1.9 8th 51.4 23.7 high 217%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 24.1 +1.4 28.4 26th 5.9 -0.3 -1.2 7th 29.6 29.0 average 102%
Archerfield Airport 24.1 +1.5 29.3 25th 9.4 +1.4 4.4 15th 18.0 37.5 average 48%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 23.6   28.0 26th 7.3   0.1 14th 28.2
Beerburrum Forest Station 23.5 +0.3 29.0 25th 10.2 +0.8 4.8 15th 58.0 46.2 average 126%
Brisbane 23.7 +0.5 29.1 25th 11.6 +0.9 6.1 6th 27.6 41.2 average 67%
Brisbane Aero 22.3 +0.5 26.7 25th 10.5 +0.8 4.5 6th 30.2 40.8 average 74%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 20.6 +0.9 23.0 26th 14.9 +1.0 8.4 5th 72.8 76.0 average 96%
Coolangatta 22.3 +0.9 27.3 25th 11.1 +0.7 3.7 5th 32.6 58.9 average 55%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 21.6 +0.9 26.2 25th 15.3 +0.6 8.6 5th 88.6 63.6 high 139%
Gold Coast Seaway 22.7 +0.8 27.4 26th 12.9 +0.4 7.7 7th 36.0 61.4 average 59%
Gympie 24.2 +0.9 28.6 25th 8.2 +1.1 1.0 14th 63.8 40.6 high 157%
Hervey Bay Airport 23.6 +1.0 25.8 29th 10.6 0.0 0.8 6th 16.2 61.4 average 26%
Jimna Forestry 20.4 +0.6 25.2 26th 6.1 +0.4 -0.5 8th 14.2 36.3 average 39%
Kingaroy Airport 22.0 +0.5 26.3 3rd 5.2 +1.1 -2.6 8th 77.2 33.0 high 234%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 23.3 +0.7 29.0 26th 10.5 +1.1 4.8 7th 23.2 47.7 average 49%
Maleny Tamarind St 20.5 +0.3 25.1 25th 10.8 +0.9 4.5 5th 73.4 64.7 average 113%
Maryborough 24.6 +1.2 27.6 25th 9.9 +0.6 1.8 6th 39.8 41.5 average 96%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 23.1   28.5 25th 11.5   6.0 8th 87.2
Point Lookout 22.1 +0.1 25.0 26th 14.3 +0.1 7.8 5th 54.4 61.2 average 89%
Rainbow Beach 22.5 +0.4 26.3 27th       141.8 96.1 high 148%
Redcliffe 22.1 +0.1 26.0 25th 12.0 +0.6 6.6 5th 37.8 44.2 average 86%
Sunshine Coast Airport 23.3 +1.3 29.1 25th 10.0 +0.1 3.8 6th 147.0 82.2 high 179%
Tewantin RSL Park 22.6 +0.5 27.7 25th 12.2 +0.6 5.9 6th 105.2 93.7 average 112%
University of Queensland Gatton 23.6 +1.2 29.1 12th 7.4 +0.7 -0.3 8th 32.2 27.0 average 119%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 16.8 +1.2 21.9 22nd 2.3 -0.5 -4.5 7th 22.8 41.0 average 56%
Dalby Airport 21.7 -0.1 26.6 12th 3.9 -0.8 -3.6 7th 24.4 23.7 average 103%
Oakey Aero 20.9 +0.5 26.7 24th 3.7 +0.1 -4.1 7th 36.6 26.4 high 139%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 17.5 +1.1 23.0 22nd 1.9 -0.1 -5.1 7th 20.0 42.2 average 47%
Texas Post Office 20.4 -0.5 26.5 24th 5.0 +0.5 -1.4 7th 33.8 33.6 average 101%
Toowoomba Airport 18.9 +0.3 24.1 12th 7.5 0.0 -0.1 5th 29.4 32.3 average 91%
Warwick 20.3 +0.4 24.7 22nd 3.1 -0.2 -4.6 7th 21.2 24.2 average 88%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 22.3 -0.3 28.4 22nd 5.2 -0.1 -2.2 8th 43.6 33.8 average 129%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 23.4 +1.0 31.1 24th 4.8 +0.4 -2.1 5th 38.6 25.4 high 152%
Mitchell Post Office 22.9 +1.1 32.5 24th 3.8 -0.1 -2.0 8th 10.4 23.5 average 44%
Roma Airport 22.5 -0.1 32.4 24th 4.3 -0.5 -2.9 8th 24.0 23.9 average 100%
St George Airport 20.9 -1.3 30.3 24th 6.0 -0.2 0.6 9th 5.8 19.3 average 30%
Surat 21.7 -0.1 30.6 24th 5.8 +0.2 -1.0 5th 22.8 27.2 average 84%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 21.7 +0.2 30.6 24th 5.8 +0.2 1.0 5th 4.1 21.7 average 19%
Charleville Aero 22.6 +0.6 32.5 24th 6.1 +0.2 0.7 6th 8.2 19.7 average 42%
Cunnamulla Post Office 22.0 +0.6 30.9 23rd 7.5 +0.4 3.1 14th 0 17.1 lowest 0%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 23.1 -0.5 34.7 23rd 9.5 +0.5 5.4 5th 0.4 5.8 average 7%
Thargomindah Airport 22.7 -0.2 33.6 23rd 8.4 +0.2 3.7 14th 0.4 8.7 low 5%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 22.1 +0.6 25.7 29th 17.0 +0.4 13.2 8th 8.6 28.8 low 30%
Willis Island 26.5 +0.2 28.1 31st 22.4 +0.4 21.1 7th 13.0 23.0 average 57%

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 10 am on Tuesday 1 September 2015. 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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