Queensland in August 2019: a dry end to winter

Below average rainfall was recorded across the southern half of Queensland, and in the lowest 10% of records along the southern border. Mean maximum temperatures were generally warmer than average in the southeastern quarter of the State, and along much of the east coast and adjacent inland districts. Overnight temperatures were cooler than usual in the southwest.

For the year-to-date, rainfall for Queensland is above average in the northern tropics, and below average in the southeastern quarter of the State. Areas of lowest on record persist in the southern Darling Downs. Temperatures for Queensland are warmer than average for mean, maximum and minimum temperatures, with record warm days in the southeast and southern Darling Downs also persisting.

Dry across southern Queensland

  • Below average August rainfall was recorded in Queensland
  • Monthly rainfall totals exceeding 10 mm were recorded along the east coast, and pockets of the southeast quarter of the State; above average rainfall was recorded in far northern Queensland
  • August rainfall was below average across the southern half of the State, and in the lowest 10% of historical records along the southern border
  • Some sites had their driest August in several decades

Warm days in the southeast; cooler than average nights in the southwest

  • For Queensland as a whole, the mean maximum temperature was 0.69 °C above average
  • Queensland's mean minimum temperature was 0.24 °C above average, and the State's overall mean temperature was 0.47 °C warmer than average
  • Mean maximum temperatures were warmer than average along most of the east coast, and the southeastern quarter of the State
  • Warm days occurred across northern and eastern Queensland around the 8th and 9th, due to warm northwesterly winds ahead of a cold front
  • Daytime temperatures were well above average from warm northwesterly winds ahead of the passage of a cold front between the 15th and 18th
  • Mean minimum temperatures were cooler than average in the southwest, the southern Maranoa and Warrego District, and areas of central Queensland; August nights were warmer than average in the Gulf Country and western Cape York Peninsula
  • Some sites had their highest August temperature on record

Fires

  • Multiple hazard reduction burns took place across the State in August, with numerous smoke alerts issued by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES)
  • A bushfire burnt at the northern end of Bribie Island on the 21st
  • Fire crews fought fires at Noosa Heads, where a bushfire came within metres of homes on the 23rd
  • On the same day, a fire burnt at Dunwich in North Stradbroke Island

Fog and dust

  • Heavy fog blanketed much of Greater Brisbane on the morning of the 19th, with low-lying cloud spreading as far west to the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim
  • Hours after the fog lifted, much of inner Brisbane was then blanketed in a dust cloud, originating from the southern inland from winds behind a cold front

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Extremes in August 2019
Hottest day 35.6 °C at Kowanyama Airport on the 16th
Warmest days on average 32.8 °C at Kowanyama Airport
Coolest days on average 17.9 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 11.1 °C at Applethorpe on the 11th
Coldest night -5.0 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 20th
Coolest nights on average 1.4 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average 23.6 °C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 24.6 °C at Coconut Island on the 10th
Warmest on average overall 27.9 °C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 9.9 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 124.4 mm at Bingil Bay
Driest overall 0 mm at several locations
Wettest day 42.6 mm at Bingil Bay on the 5th
Strongest wind gust 78 km/h at Innisfail Aerodrome on the 3rd

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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Lowest August total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
August
Lowood Don St 0.8 0.0 in 1991* 29.2
Glenroy Massie 0.4 0.2 in 1995 30.2

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




Record highest August temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
August
Alva Beach 31.4 on the 9th 31.2 on the 19th in 2018 23 25.0
Coconut Island 34.3 on the 27th 34.0 on the 17th in 2018 23 30.1



Record lowest August mean daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
August
Bedourie 6.9 7.1 in 2008 20 9.0



Summary statistics for August 2019

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
August
2019
Diff
from
average
Highest for
August
2019
Mean for
August
2019
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
August
2019
Total for
August
2019
Average
for
August
Rank of
August
2019
Fraction of
August
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.2 +2.1 34.3 27th 23.6 0.0 22.1 26th 13.6 9.5 high 143%
Coen Airport 30.1 +0.1 33.6 10th 16.6 -0.3 10.8 23rd 0 1.9 v low 0%
Horn Island 29.4 +0.3 30.5 10th 22.9 -0.2 20.8 29th 2.6 5.6 average 46%
Scherger RAAF 31.8 -0.6 34.2 19th 18.9 +0.1 14.9 23rd 2.0 6.5 average 31%
Weipa Aero 32.1 0.0 34.0 9th 19.1 +0.4 15.3 24th 7.6 5.1 high 149%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 27.7 -0.1 29.6 10th 19.9 +0.6 13.9 23rd 15.4 27.5 average 56%
Palmerville 32.0 +0.7 34.7 16th 13.2 -1.4 6.6 23rd 0 3.3 lowest 0%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 30.3 -0.3 34.2 8th 15.5 +0.4 11.0 24th 0 1.3 v low 0%
Century Mine 30.0 -1.0 35.6 18th 14.3 +1.0 9.1 24th 0 0.8 v low 0%
Cloncurry Airport 27.3 -1.5 33.7 18th 11.0 -1.2 7.4 12th 0 3.2 lowest 0%
Julia Creek Airport 28.9 -0.7 35.0 18th 9.7 0.0 3.1 12th 0 3.8 v low 0%
Kowanyama Airport 32.8 +0.5 35.6 16th 16.5 +0.3 10.2 12th 0 2.3 lowest 0%
Lake Julius AWS 27.6   34.2 18th 13.7   9.6 10th 0


Mornington Island Airport 27.2   31.9 8th 17.4   13.5 24th 1.2


Mount Isa Aero 26.5 -0.9 32.7 18th 10.0 -0.2 5.5 13th 0 3.4 lowest 0%
Normanton Airport 31.1 -0.5 34.1 8th 17.1 +0.2 11.7 24th 0 0.9 v low 0%
Sweers Island 26.5 -0.3 29.1 27th 18.5 -0.1 15.4 23rd 0 1.7 lowest 0%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 30.2 -0.1 33.3 18th 12.8 -0.8 5.8 13th 0 1.8 v low 0%
Hughenden Airport 27.8 -0.3 32.3 18th 9.1 -1.3 0.1 12th 0 7.8 v low 0%
Richmond Airport 28.8 -0.3 35.0 18th 9.5 -0.4 2.4 13th 0 4.2 lowest 0%
Richmond Post Office 28.2 -0.4 33.8 18th 10.9 +0.8 4.1 12th 0 4.1 lowest 0%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 27.0 +0.3 29.6 31st 17.1 -0.3 8.9 23rd 27.0 26.1 average 103%
Cairns Racecourse 26.3   30.2 9th 15.8   7.9 23rd 29.8


Cape Flattery 26.8 -0.6 28.4 30th 21.4 +0.2 19.4 23rd 5.2 15.0 average 35%
Cooktown Airport 26.8 -0.4 29.6 10th 18.4 +0.1 9.5 23rd 11.4 14.9 average 77%
Low Isles Lighthouse 26.7 0.0 29.6 10th 20.6 -0.1 18.1 23rd 10.2 36.4 low 28%
Mareeba Airport 26.2 -0.1 31.3 9th 14.3 +0.5 8.4 23rd 1.2 7.2 average 17%
Walkamin Research Station 24.7 -0.1 32.5 8th 12.8 -0.5 7.6 13th 6.7 10.3 average 65%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 25.3 -0.6 27.4 10th 14.7 +0.3 9.0 23rd 12.4 28.7 average 43%
Cowley Beach (Defence) 24.2   26.8 9th 16.0   8.8 23rd 81.4


Innisfail 24.8 -0.3 29.0 9th 16.0 +0.5 10.0 23rd 103.9 115.1 average 90%
Innisfail Aerodrome 24.8   29.1 9th 13.9   6.3 23rd 93.0


Lucinda Point 23.1 -0.8 26.1 9th 18.6 -0.3 14.4 23rd 5.2 23.8 low 22%
Mount Stuart (Defence) 26.9   30.9 9th 15.6   11.7 13th 0.4


South Johnstone Exp Stn 24.6 -0.6 29.2 9th 15.4 -0.1 8.0 23rd 92.0 87.6 average 105%
Townsville Aero 26.9 +0.8 32.1 9th 14.3 -0.4 7.8 23rd 0.6 15.5 average 4%
Townsville- Air Weapons Range (Defence) 26.6   30.2 8th 12.1   2.3 12th 1.2


East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 24.7 -0.3 31.4 9th 14.6 -0.8 7.5 12th 5.6 14.5 average 39%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 26.8 +0.6 32.2 9th 12.7 0.0 5.1 12th 0 15.3 lowest 0%
Bowen Airport AWS 26.2   31.3 9th 13.9   4.9 12th 0.6


Collinsville Post Office 27.9 +1.0 31.1 9th 9.6 -1.0 3.4 12th 1.0 16.7 average 6%
Hamilton Island Airport 22.4 -0.5 25.9 8th 18.2 -0.2 15.7 22nd 35.2 23.1 high 152%
Mackay Aero 24.1 +0.3 27.6 8th 11.8 -0.2 3.8 12th 5.6 31.1 average 18%
Mackay M.O 22.9 +0.2 26.6 8th 14.2 +0.1 8.0 12th 6.2 29.3 low 21%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 23.9   28.3 9th 11.5   3.7 12th 7.2


Proserpine Airport 26.0 +0.2 31.0 9th 10.8 -0.7 1.1 12th 1.6 24.1 low 7%
Samuel Hill Aero 24.0 +0.1 28.7 9th 9.8 +0.4 2.4 22nd 19.4 35.0 average 55%
St Lawrence 26.2 +1.0 29.6 9th 10.9 -0.2 3.7 12th 5.6 23.8 average 24%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 26.4   30.4 8th 12.1   6.7 23rd 0


Williamson 25.8 +0.7 29.9 9th 9.8 -0.6 0.6 12th 1.6 20.9 low 8%
Woolshed 24.0 +0.6 27.4 9th 11.7 -0.8 2.2 23rd 1.0 12.8 low 8%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 22.4 +0.2 26.6 22nd 13.3 +0.6 5.4 12th 11.4 31.4 average 36%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 27.2 +0.4 30.0 29th 12.6 +0.3 7.3 22nd 0 15.0 lowest 0%
Moranbah Airport 26.5   29.8 19th 9.7   2.2 21st 5.4


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 25.9   30.0 8th 10.0   2.7 13th 1.4


Clermont Airport 25.3   29.6 19th 6.8   -1.5 12th 0.8 15.3 low 5%
Emerald Airport 25.6 +0.1 30.5 8th 11.0 +1.0 6.0 12th 1.0 20.5 low 5%
Lochington 24.9   29.2 8th 8.1   0.9 12th 24.2


Rolleston Airport 25.0   29.9 8th 7.5   1.2 13th 1.6 19.6 low 8%
Springsure Comet St 24.1 0.0 28.1 8th 8.1 +0.5 0.9 14th 3.2 23.8 low 13%
Tambo Post Office 24.2 +0.6 29.9 18th 5.9 +0.8 -1.6 11th 7.0 18.7 average 37%
Taroom Post Office 25.3 +2.1 30.3 27th 7.7 +1.2 -0.7 13th 2.8 27.5 low 10%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 25.1 +0.1 30.4 18th     4.2 12th 10.0 15.8 average 63%
Blackall Airport 25.0 -0.3 30.8 18th 8.4 +0.7 -1.1 11th 0 12.8 v low 0%
Isisford Post Office 26.2 +1.0 32.0 18th 8.3 +0.2 1.1 11th 0 12.0 lowest 0%
Longreach Aero 26.6 +0.5 32.3 18th 8.2 -0.3 1.8 12th 0 10.8 lowest 0%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 27.7 -0.7 34.0 18th 10.5 -0.4 5.3 12th 0 2.9 lowest 0%
Carters Bore 25.7   32.9 18th 13.0   8.7 11th 0


New May Downs 26.0   32.4 18th 12.2   7.5 12th 0


The Monument Airport 25.1 -1.8 32.6 18th 6.9 -2.0 2.0 14th 0 3.3 v low 0%
Trepell Airport 25.9 -1.3 32.6 18th 8.4 -1.2 3.7 12th 0 2.0 v low 0%
Urandangi Aerodrome 26.0   33.4 17th 7.1   2.0 12th 0


Winton Airport 27.4 -0.3 33.7 18th 8.7 -1.0 1.8 12th 0 7.8 v low 0%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie 24.0 -1.7 31.7 17th 6.9 -2.1 3.7 11th 0 7.5 lowest 0%
Birdsville Airport 23.1 -1.6 30.9 17th 6.7 -2.0 2.2 20th 0 3.1 v low 0%
Windorah Airport 24.5   33.0 18th 7.9   2.5 11th 0


Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 25.1 +1.6 28.0 8th 10.4 -0.4 4.8 13th 9.0 33.6 low 27%
Gayndah Airport 25.4 +0.6 29.8 26th 7.4 -0.3 0.5 13th 2.6 23.6 average 11%
Gladstone Airport 25.1 +1.1 29.2 8th 12.9 +0.3 7.5 12th 2.4 31.0 low 8%
Gladstone Radar 25.4 +1.2 29.0 22nd 15.0 +0.7 11.4 12th 4.4 30.7 low 14%
Lady Elliot Island 23.1 +1.1 24.9 27th 17.5 +0.3 14.4 18th 28.6 55.1 average 52%
Monto Township 24.3 +1.1 28.2 26th 6.1 -0.4 -1.6 13th 0.9 24.9 v low 4%
Rockhampton Aero 26.2 +1.3 30.0 19th 11.7 +1.0 4.4 12th 3.8 26.8 low 14%
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 23.2 +0.9 25.4 29th 15.9 +0.8 12.2 11th



Seventeen Seventy 22.6 +0.4 25.4 18th 14.3 -0.3 10.3 11th 15.8 41.1 average 38%
Thangool Airport 25.6 +0.6 29.1 8th 6.5 +0.1 -1.1 12th 2.0 23.2 low 9%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 24.7 +1.9 29.4 8th 5.9 -0.3 0.0 20th 6.0 28.3 low 21%
Archerfield Airport 23.9 +1.2 28.5 8th 8.6 +0.5 4.7 21st 3.6 36.4 v low 10%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 24.5 +1.2 28.1 17th 7.0 +0.6 1.1 21st 13.0 30.0 average 43%
Beerburrum Forest Station 23.9 +0.6 29.0 19th 9.0 -0.4 5.7 13th 5.8 44.7 low 13%
Brisbane 24.1 +0.8 28.7 8th 11.7 +1.0 7.7 21st 3.2 36.2 low 9%
Brisbane Aero 22.5 +0.5 27.6 8th 10.4 +0.7 5.7 21st 3.2 36.7 low 9%
Canungra (Defence) 23.2   27.0 19th 4.7   -2.7 21st 13.2


Cape Moreton Lighthouse 21.0 +1.2 23.3 21st 14.9 +0.9 10.3 12th 57.4 75.4 average 76%
Coolangatta 22.6 +1.1 27.6 19th 10.4 0.0 2.7 21st 6.8 57.9 low 12%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 22.3 +1.5 26.2 28th 15.3 +0.6 9.8 11th 32.8 62.5 average 52%
Gold Coast Seaway 22.9 +0.8 27.3 19th 12.6 +0.2 8.2 21st 6.4 56.2 low 11%
Greenbank (Defence) 24.1   28.5 8th 5.4   -0.3 21st 2.4


Gympie 24.4 +1.0 28.9 19th 7.0 -0.1 -0.2 21st 9.8 39.8 low 25%
Hervey Bay Airport 23.5 +0.7 27.1 22nd 9.3 -1.1 2.5 21st 19.4 53.4 average 36%
Kingaroy Airport 21.6 -0.1 25.8 8th 4.0 -0.1 -2.3 13th 7.8 28.8 average 27%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 23.6 +0.8 28.2 17th 10.1 +0.7 3.7 21st 1.9 43.2 v low 4%
Maryborough 24.6 +1.1 28.7 19th 8.6 -0.7 1.7 12th 12.2 40.8 low 30%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 23.4 +0.2 29.1 19th 10.4 -0.2 5.6 21st 11.8 46.5 average 25%
Point Lookout 22.9 +0.7 26.1 22nd 14.4 +0.2 9.6 12th 73.2 59.2 average 124%
Rainbow Beach 22.9 +0.6 26.8 8th      
30.8 87.0 average 35%
Redcliffe 22.5 +0.4 28.4 19th 12.0 +0.5 7.8 13th 10.6 38.2 average 28%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 22.3   26.2 19th 10.5   7.6 21st 3.8


Sunshine Coast Airport 22.6 +0.4 28.8 19th 10.3 +0.5 3.6 21st 20.8 73.0 average 28%
Tewantin RSL Park 22.9 +0.6 28.5 19th 11.5 -0.1 6.7 21st 37.6 81.5 average 46%
Tin Can Bay (Defence) 23.4   28.4 19th 10.3   2.7 21st 14.8


University of Queensland Gatton 24.2 +1.7 29.1 8th 6.9 +0.2 1.5 13th 1.6 26.5 v low 6%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 17.9 +2.2 22.4 26th 2.0 -0.8 -3.4 20th 14.0 40.9 low 34%
Dalby Airport 22.7 +0.8 27.5 18th 4.6 0.0 -1.4 11th 11.2 22.4 average 50%
Oakey Aero 22.0 +1.5 26.8 18th 3.9 +0.3 -2.2 13th 7.2 25.4 low 28%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 18.8 +2.4 23.5 26th 1.4 -0.5 -5.0 20th 17.0 42.2 low 40%
Texas Post Office 22.2 +1.3 27.0 26th 5.5 +1.0 0.0 21st 7.0 33.6 low 21%
Toowoomba Airport 19.5 +0.8 24.0 26th 7.6 +0.1 1.9 11th 5.8 29.8 low 19%
Warwick 21.4 +1.3 26.5 26th 4.1 +0.9 -3.7 20th 6.0 25.6 low 23%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 23.2 +0.5 29.0 18th 5.3 +0.2 -1.9 13th 10.8 31.7 average 34%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 23.4 +0.9 28.8 18th 5.3 +0.9 -2.8 13th 13.0 25.1 average 52%
Mitchell Post Office 23.2 +1.4 29.7 18th 4.1 +0.2 -2.7 13th 9.0 23.6 average 38%
Roma Airport 23.5 +0.8 30.2 18th 4.9 +0.2 -1.5 13th 1.4 22.8 low 6%
St George Airport 22.9 +0.8 30.1 18th 5.4 -0.7 0.1 20th 3.4 21.0 low 16%
Surat 22.7 +0.9 29.0 18th 5.8 +0.2 -0.9 13th 3.0 27.2 low 11%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 22.8 +1.3 30.2 18th 5.0 -0.6 0.7 5th 0.4 21.7 low 2%
Charleville Aero 23.1 +1.1 30.2 18th 5.6 -0.3 -0.5 11th



Cunnamulla Post Office 22.4 +1.0 30.1 18th 6.9 -0.2 3.4 5th 0 17.0 lowest 0%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 22.4 -1.1 28.7 17th 7.9 -1.1 3.9 11th 0 6.1 v low 0%
Thargomindah Airport 22.4 -0.5 31.6 18th 7.3 -0.9 3.2 13th 0 8.6 lowest 0%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Cato Island 22.4   25.6 9th 19.0   16.4 12th



Creal Reef 22.4   25.5 8th 20.3   18.2 12th



Flinders Reef 23.9   25.3 24th 21.9   20.7 3rd



Gannet Cay 22.3   23.8 19th 19.4   16.4 4th



Holmes Reef 24.4   25.4 29th 22.6   19.7 2nd



Marion Reef 23.6   26.4 10th 21.5   19.7 12th



Middle Percy Island 21.5 -0.2 25.2 9th 16.8 +0.1 14.2 13th 19.0 25.8 average 74%
Willis Island 27.1 +0.7 28.6 29th 22.6 +0.6 20.2 3rd 15.2 22.6 average 67%

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 pm on Sunday 1 September 2019. 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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