Queensland in May 2024

Rainfall

Temperature

  • Mean maximum temperatures were above average for much of the state and very much above average for the Central Coast and adjacent interior and central districts, but closer to average for parts of the southwest, southeast and parts of Cape York Peninsula.
  • The area-averaged mean maximum temperature for Queensland was 1.12 °C above the 1961-1990 average for May, the warmest since 2017.
  • Mean minimum temperatures were above to very much above average for large parts of the state, including the Gulf Country and much of the southwest and very much above average for the Cape York Peninsula. Mean minimum temperatures were closer to average for western parts of the state and interior districts away from the central coast.
  • The area-averaged mean minimum temperature for Queensland was 1.32 °C above the 1961-1990 average for May.

Extremes in May 2024
Hottest day 34.3 °C at Julia Creek Airport on the 1st
Warmest days on average 32.1 °C at Burketown Airport
32.1 °C at Kowanyama Airport
32.1 °C at Normanton Airport
Coolest days on average 17.9 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 15.2 °C at Applethorpe on the 3rd
Coldest night -1.2 °C at Injune Post Office on the 20th
Coolest nights on average 6.6 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average 25.8 °C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 27.4 °C at Coconut Island on the 1st
Warmest on average overall 27.9 °C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 12.5 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 426.7 mm at Tully Sugar Mill
Wettest day 65.0 mm at Coolangatta on the 12th
Strongest wind gust 87 km/h at Hamilton Island Airport on the 7th

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 May total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
May
Thargomindah Airport 64.6 51.9 in 2016 25 17.1

Highest May total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
May
Mackay M.O 171.6 333.2 in 1990* 103.9
Glenlyon Dam 86.3 144.8 in 1996* 48.1

* 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 2024
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
May
2024
Diff
from
average
Highest for
May
2024
Mean for
May
2024
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
May
2024
Total for
May
2024
Average
for
May
Rank of
May
2024
Fraction of
May
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 30.0 -1.5 32.5 15th 25.8 +0.3 24.3 9th 148.4 77.7 high 191%
Coen Airport 30.1 -0.4 31.7 5th 21.6 +1.6 18.0 13th 0.4 14.0 average 3%
Horn Island 30.1 0.0 31.6 1st 25.3 +0.4 24.2 21st 102.2 64.1 high 159%
Scherger RAAF 30.9 -0.9 32.6 7th 22.3 +1.0 19.4 21st 2.2 24.1 average 9%
Weipa Aero 31.3 -0.6 32.9 31st 22.7 +1.2 19.8 21st 4.2 19.8 average 21%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 29.2 +0.4 31.4 6th 24.1 +2.0 21.2 21st 46.6 99.5 low 47%
Palmerville 31.9 +0.7 34.0 31st 16.8 -0.7 13.3 21st 0 15.5 lowest 0%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 32.1 +0.3 33.7 17th 19.1 +1.0 13.7 21st 0 4.9 lowest 0%
Century Mine 31.1 -0.1 33.0 15th 17.3 +0.2 14.9 24th 0 6.5 lowest 0%
Cloncurry Airport 30.0 +0.7 32.7 1st 16.6 +1.0 9.7 22nd 0 7.1 lowest 0%
Julia Creek Airport 31.8 +1.3 34.3 1st 14.5 +1.0 5.6 21st 0.2 8.9 average 2%
Kowanyama Airport 32.1 -0.1 33.6 7th 20.5 +1.3 15.5 21st 0 11.0 lowest 0%
Lake Julius AWS 30.1 +0.3 32.4 1st 17.8 +0.2 11.4 23rd 0 5.3 v low 0%
Mornington Island Airport 29.7 +0.9 32.3 15th 22.0 +1.4 19.1 23rd 0 19.8 v low 0%
Mount Isa Aero 29.2 +1.2 32.0 9th 14.9 +1.0 5.8 23rd 1.0 11.2 average 9%
Normanton Airport 32.1 +0.2 33.7 15th 20.5 +1.1 15.0 20th 0 5.8 lowest 0%
Sweers Island 28.7 +0.1 30.1 1st     19.4 30th 0 5.9 lowest 0%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 30.9 +0.5 32.4 1st 17.1 +0.5 5.9 20th 0 14.2 v low 0%
Hughenden Airport 29.7 +1.1 32.0 12th 14.9 +1.3 4.4 22nd 0 10.0 lowest 0%
Richmond Airport 31.0 +1.3 33.0 15th 13.9 +0.7 4.1 21st 0.4 7.9 average 5%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 28.0 +0.3 29.8 1st 21.4 +1.4 17.6 19th 89.2 91.7 average 97%
Cairns Racecourse 27.7 -0.3 29.7 1st 21.0 +1.2 15.5 19th 148.4 105.1 average 141%
Cape Flattery 29.3 +0.7 30.4 5th 24.1 +0.8 22.8 24th 21.6 60.1 low 36%
Cooktown Airport 28.1 +0.2 29.7 8th 23.3 +2.1 17.6 22nd 33.4 47.3 average 71%
Low Isles Lighthouse 26.8 -0.7 29.0 2nd 23.2 +0.3 22.0 26th 135.4 98.7 high 137%
Mareeba Airport 26.6 -0.3 28.5 6th 18.2 +1.3 13.2 19th 1.2 14.1 low 9%
Walkamin Research Station 24.8 -0.3 27.5 5th 17.2 +1.0 13.1 20th 10.8 27.0 low 40%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cowley Beach (Defence) 26.8   28.8 5th 21.4   17.3 19th 183.2
Ingham Aero 26.8   28.8 2nd 18.9   12.5 20th 127.2
Innisfail Aerodrome 26.9   28.5 5th 19.4   14.3 19th 281.4
Mount Stuart (Defence) 28.5   31.1 6th 18.5   15.0 20th 6.8
South Johnstone Exp Stn 26.6 +0.3 28.2 5th 20.4 +2.0 16.5 22nd 300.2 268.1 average 112%
Townsville Aero 29.2 +1.5 30.9 5th 19.0 +1.3 12.9 20th 8.0 33.9 average 24%
Townsville- Air Weapons Range (Defence) 27.0   29.1 1st 16.1   6.8 20th 5.0
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 27.0 +0.1 28.3 5th 18.9 +1.1 12.6 20th 23.2 41.6 average 56%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 28.2 +0.5 30.5 5th 17.2 +1.0 10.4 20th 5.4 41.1 low 13%
Bowen Airport AWS 27.9   29.5 16th 19.4   10.5 20th 6.8
Collinsville Post Office 28.9 +1.3 31.5 13th 14.2 +0.4 6.9 20th 2.6 32.9 low 8%
Hamilton Island Airport 24.0 -0.4 25.7 16th 20.8 +0.2 18.5 20th 151.2 96.7 high 156%
Mackay Aero 25.3 0.0 26.8 1st 17.2 +1.5 9.5 21st 102.0 88.5 average 115%
Mackay M.O 24.5 +0.2 26.3 1st 18.6 +1.4 12.1 21st 171.6 103.9 v high 165%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 25.3   26.8 13th 17.2   9.7 20th 88.8
Proserpine Airport 26.3 -0.3 27.8 13th 17.1 +1.3 8.3 20th 42.6 65.3 average 65%
Samuel Hill Aero     26.2 13th 16.0 +2.1 8.1 20th 172.8 110.5 high 156%
St Lawrence 26.9 +0.1 28.9 8th 16.0 +1.3 10.9 21st 6.6 34.3 low 19%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 27.6   30.0 6th 15.0   6.2 20th 3.2
Williamson 26.5 +0.1 29.0 13th 16.1 +2.0 9.8 21st 10.6 31.9 low 33%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 24.0 -0.2 26.0 1st 17.5 +1.5 9.7 20th 60.8 72.9 average 83%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 28.0 +0.6 30.4 6th 14.8 -0.4 8.8 22nd 3.2 28.1 low 11%
Moranbah Airport 27.8 +1.0 30.1 13th 13.9 +1.2 6.4 20th 4.0 30.6 low 13%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 27.6 +0.8 30.7 1st 13.5 +0.1 5.7 22nd 0.4 18.9 low 2%
Clermont Airport 27.2 +1.3 29.6 11th 11.9 +1.6 1.9 21st 4.0 18.6 average 22%
Emerald Airport 27.7 +1.3 30.8 6th 13.7 +0.6 8.5 19th 0 20.9 lowest 0%
Lochington 27.1 +0.9 30.0 5th 11.1 +0.9 2.8 20th 1.2 12.8 low 9%
Rolleston Airport 26.3 +0.6 29.0 11th 11.7 +1.5 3.5 20th 2.2 21.6 low 10%
Springsure Comet St 26.8 +1.5 30.2 1st 11.8 +0.8 2.3 19th 0.6 34.4 low 2%
Tambo Post Office 25.7 +0.7 28.8 2nd 8.9 +0.7 0.1 20th 0.6 32.8 low 2%
Taroom Post Office     28.3 1st 9.7 0.0 2.9 21st 0.2 38.9 v low 1%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 28.3 +2.3 31.1 1st 14.9 +2.4 7.4 20th 0 28.7 lowest 0%
Blackall Airport 27.3 +1.1 30.2 1st 12.0 +1.2 4.9 20th 4.4 15.1 low 29%
Isisford Post Office 27.4 +1.1 30.0 7th 13.2 +1.9 5.9 22nd 0 27.2 lowest 0%
Longreach Aero 29.2 +2.1 32.3 1st 14.2 +2.2 5.5 22nd 0 23.2 lowest 0%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 30.5 +1.5 33.5 16th 13.3 -0.2 3.9 21st 3.6 10.4 average 35%
Carters Bore 29.1   32.3 16th 16.6   10.2 23rd 5.8 5.7 high 102%
New May Downs 28.6 +0.3 31.3 9th 16.4 +0.7 10.8 22nd 0 6.3 v low 0%
The Monument Airport 28.8 +1.2 32.5 9th 13.2 +1.3 4.9 23rd 1.0 8.7 average 11%
Trepell Airport 29.0 +1.0 32.4 2nd 12.9 +0.1 4.7 21st 0 6.0 lowest 0%
Urandangi Aerodrome 29.6 +0.9 33.9 15th 12.9 +1.2 5.6 22nd 3.0 3.8 average 79%
Winton Airport 29.9 +1.4 32.7 1st 14.3 +1.2 7.4 23rd 0 9.6 lowest 0%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 25.4 -0.3 30.2 26th 12.3 +0.8 6.2 22nd 31.0 8.3 high 373%
Windorah Airport 26.7   31.2 3rd 14.0   6.2 20th 24.0
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 25.3 +0.4 27.3 12th 15.2 +1.0 10.1 20th 32.8 66.3 average 49%
Gayndah Airport 25.7 +0.1 27.7 6th 11.3 +0.5 4.3 21st 6.2 31.1 low 20%
Gladstone Airport 25.8 0.0 28.9 14th 16.9 +1.2 10.8 21st 14.2 36.9 average 38%
Gladstone Radar 25.3 -0.4 27.7 13th 17.4 +0.4 11.7 19th 21.8 55.0 average 40%
Lady Elliot Island 24.5 +0.4 26.2 12th 20.1 +0.5 16.8 19th 155.2 118.8 high 131%
Monto Township 24.8 +0.5 26.5 12th 9.6 -0.4 2.5 20th 14.5 43.5 low 33%
Rockhampton Aero 26.2 +0.1 28.4 12th 16.0 +1.7 8.7 21st 16.6 45.6 average 36%
Rundle Island 23.1 -0.4 24.1 1st 19.4 0.0 15.4 19th
Seventeen Seventy 24.4 +0.3 26.8 31st 16.7 -0.2 10.2 21st 66.8 102.0 average 65%
Thangool Airport 26.8 +0.6 29.1 1st 10.3 +0.3 2.4 21st 3.0 37.3 v low 8%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 24.5 +0.4 26.6 14th 10.3 +0.4 3.6 21st 31.4 54.6 average 58%
Archerfield Airport 24.3 +0.3 26.4 31st 12.8 +0.9 7.1 21st 34.2 73.3 average 47%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 24.1 -0.1 26.2 5th 11.5 +1.8 4.8 21st 30.6 61.6 average 50%
Beerburrum Forest Station 23.6 -0.4 25.7 5th 14.0 +1.3 9.3 21st 68.2 120.0 average 57%
Brisbane 24.1 -0.4 26.6 14th 14.8 +1.0 10.0 21st 41.8 69.8 average 60%
Brisbane Aero 23.5 -0.1 26.1 1st 14.3 +1.3 8.7 21st 46.2 98.2 average 47%
Canungra (Defence) 23.5   25.6 5th 10.1   4.0 20th 66.0
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 22.6 +0.7 24.7 11th 17.1 +0.6 13.2 19th 168.6 165.2 average 102%
Coolangatta 23.3 +0.1 25.2 15th 15.2 +1.3 10.9 13th 170.8 130.8 high 131%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 22.4 0.0 26.2 12th 18.1 +0.7 13.8 19th 123.2 144.2 average 85%
Gold Coast Seaway 23.4 -0.2 25.7 31st 16.0 +0.6 10.5 20th 118.6 103.2 average 115%
Greenbank (Defence) 23.9   26.1 14th 11.6   4.5 21st 30.2
Gympie 24.4 -0.1 26.4 12th 12.1 +1.2 5.2 21st 29.0 71.5 low 41%
Hervey Bay Airport 24.5 +0.2 26.7 12th 15.5 +1.3 9.3 19th 71.8 98.1 average 73%
Kingaroy Airport 21.7 -0.7 24.0 5th 9.4 +1.9 1.7 21st 15.0 37.6 low 40%
Maryborough 25.2 +0.5 27.6 12th 14.4 +1.3 8.2 20th 58.4 77.0 average 76%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 23.8 0.0 25.7 18th 14.5 +1.0 8.5 21st 68.0 135.6 low 50%
Point Lookout 23.4 -0.5 25.4 3rd 17.2 +0.5 13.0 19th 209.1 147.3 high 142%
Rainbow Beach 24.1 +0.3 26.0 1st 15.9 +1.8 9.8 20th 66.0 162.7 v low 41%
Redcliffe 23.4 0.0 26.0 1st 15.2 +0.8 9.5 21st 51.6 78.3 average 66%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 22.8   24.9 14th 14.3   9.2 21st 88.4
Sunshine Coast Airport 23.6 +0.1 25.1 31st 14.9 +1.2 7.5 21st 75.2 161.9 low 46%
Tewantin RSL Park 23.8 +0.1 25.2 13th 16.0 +1.2 10.4 20th 99.6 158.1 low 63%
Tin Can Bay (Defence) 24.2   27.3 12th 15.6   9.6 20th 94.8
University of Queensland Gatton 24.1 +0.3 26.6 14th 11.0 +0.9 5.1 21st 20.8 44.8 average 46%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 17.9 +0.4 20.2 14th 7.0 +1.0 -0.5 20th 20.0 49.4 low 40%
Dalby Airport 23.3 +0.1 25.7 6th 9.1 +0.9 1.2 21st 23.8 37.7 average 63%
Goondiwindi Airport 23.4   25.9 1st 9.8   2.4 21st 10.4
Oakey Aero 22.7 +0.4 24.9 5th 7.9 +0.1 0.1 21st 25.4 39.8 average 64%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 18.7 +0.3 21.7 5th 6.6 +1.2 -0.5 20th 25.6 46.4 average 55%
Texas Post Office 23.1 +0.2 26.0 1st 9.6 +1.6 3.1 20th 55.8 39.6 high 141%
Toowoomba Airport 19.6 -0.2 22.8 5th 10.5 +0.5 4.0 20th 25.6 45.2 average 57%
Warwick 21.4 +0.2 24.1 31st 8.9 +1.9 1.4 21st 39.4 44.6 average 88%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 23.9 +0.2 26.3 1st 9.6 +1.5 1.7 21st 17.0 27.0 average 63%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 23.6 0.0 26.8 6th 7.1 -0.6 -1.2 20th 5.4 31.9 low 17%
Mitchell Post Office 24.2 +1.0 27.9 1st 8.0 +0.9 0.0 20th 22.0 32.1 average 69%
Roma Airport 23.7 -0.1 26.9 1st 8.2 +0.5 -0.4 20th 9.4 31.2 low 30%
St George Airport 23.6 +0.4 28.2 1st 10.3 +1.3 2.5 20th 39.4 31.6 high 125%
Surat 24.0 +0.4 26.9 1st 9.8 +1.0 1.9 21st 14.2 33.5 average 42%
Warrego (district 44)
Charleville Aero 24.4 +1.0 28.1 1st 10.3 +1.3 2.0 22nd 24.6 29.8 average 83%
Cunnamulla Post Office 23.9 +0.9 28.2 2nd 11.4 +1.5 4.9 20th 14.6 29.3 average 50%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 24.3 -0.2 29.9 8th 12.5 +1.1 5.1 20th 27.8 10.5 high 265%
Thargomindah Airport 23.5 -0.4 27.5 8th 12.7 +1.7 6.2 20th 64.6 17.1 highest 378%
Offshore Islands
Bougainville Reef 26.9   27.7 1st 24.7   23.2 23rd
Cato Island 24.7   27.1 13th 21.7   18.6 26th
Creal Reef 25.2   26.4 4th 22.4   20.3 20th
Flinders Reef 26.4 +0.1 27.3 1st 24.1 +0.2 22.3 24th
Frederick Reef 24.9   25.8 3rd 22.5   19.5 25th
Gannet Cay 25.0   26.3 6th 21.9   19.5 29th
Holmes Reef 26.9   27.7 7th 24.6   22.5 22nd
Lihou Reef Lighthouse 26.7   27.9 1st 24.7   23.3 31st
Marion Reef 25.9   27.1 5th 23.8   20.5 30th
Middle Percy Island 23.4 +0.1 25.6 1st 19.3 +0.2 15.7 19th 65.8 83.1 low 79%
Willis Island 28.7 +0.9 29.7 6th 24.8 +0.9 23.6 7th 7.8 71.8 v low 11%

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.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Sunday 2 June 2024. 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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