Adelaide in January 2017: Heavy rain and above average temperatures

It was a wet start to 2017 for Adelaide with most locations across the metropolitan and Hills regions recording above average rainfall for January. Both day and night temperatures were above average.

Heavy rainfall

  • On the 19th and 20th a broad area of low pressure combined with tropical moisture brought very humid conditions to the Adelaide region with very heavy rainfall and thunderstorm activity
  • The system saw both Edinburgh RAAF (44.8 mm) and Mount Crawford AWS (34 mm) report their wettest January day on record
  • Most locations reported more than double the long-term average for January with several locations reporting their wettest January since at least 1996

A warmer than average start to the year

  • Both maximum and minimum temperatures were above average for most locations, with particularly warm periods during the first and third weeks of the month
  • For Adelaide (Kent Town), daytime maximum temperatures were 1.3 °C warmer than the long term average and overnight minimum temperatures were 1.0 °C warmer
  • Adelaide (Kent Town) recorded 8 days with a maximum temperature greater than 35 °C this January, surpassing the average of 6 days

Damaging winds, high humidity and heavy rainfall

  • On the 19th, a vigorous line of thunderstorms associated with a deep low pressure trough passed across the region bringing very high humidity, strong wind gusts and heavy showers
  • Adelaide Airport recorded a wind gust of 111 km/h on the 19th, the highest wind speed to be recorded in January for this locations since observations began in 1955, with the previous highest being 104 km/h on 26 January 1995

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Extremes in January 2017
Hottest day 41.5 °C at Edinburgh RAAF on the 7th
Warmest days on average 30.7 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
30.7 °C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average 25.1 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 18.0 °C at Mount Lofty on the 20th
Coldest night 8.4 °C at Mount Lofty on the 25th
Coolest nights on average 13.4 °C at Mount Lofty
Warmest nights on average 18.2 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
Warmest night 31.6 °C at Parafield Airport on the 7th
Warmest on average overall 24.4 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
Coolest on average overall 19.2 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 84.0 mm at Kangarilla (Saddlebags)
Wettest day 44.8 mm at Edinburgh RAAF on the 20th
Strongest wind gust 111 km/h at Adelaide Airport on the 19th

Record highest January daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Edinburgh RAAF 44.8 on the 20th 37.0 on the 17th in 1979 45
Mount Crawford AWS 34.2 on the 20th 31.8 on the 20th in 2007 23



Record highest January total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
January
McLaren Vale (Pirramimma Winery) 60.4 53.0 in 2007 24 21.8
Sellicks Beach 56.4 52.2 in 2007 24 21.3

Highest January total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
January
Willunga 73.8 74.2 in 1946* 21.1
Adelaide (Morphett Vale) 74.2 111.6 in 1941* 21.6
Mount Bold Reservoir 68.6 68.9 in 1963 24.6
Adelaide (Salisbury Bowling Club) 52.4 62.8 in 1979* 19.3
Edinburgh RAAF 65.8 92.2 in 1996 21.9
Happy Valley Reservoir 61.0 66.2 in 1996 22.2
North Adelaide 45.6 49.8 in 1996 21.6
Parafield Airport 56.6 75.6 in 1996 21.5

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




Summary statistics for January 2017
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
January
2017
Diff
from
average
Highest for
January
2017
Mean for
January
2017
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
January
2017
Total for
January
2017
Average
for
January
Rank of
January
2017
Fraction of
January
average
Adelaide (Kent Town) 30.7 +1.3 41.1 17th 18.2 +1.0 12.4 25th 47.2 20.9 v high 226%
Adelaide Airport 29.1 +1.0 39.6 6th 17.8 +1.8 12.8 25th 37.6 18.1 high 208%
Edinburgh RAAF 30.1 +0.1 41.5 7th 17.2 +0.7 11.2 26th 65.8 21.9 v high 300%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 26.1 0.0 37.2 7th 14.7 +0.5 10.7 3rd 71.4 27.6 v high 259%
Mount Barker 28.2 +1.0 38.8 7th 13.8 +1.9 9.8 25th 39.2 26.1 high 150%
Mount Crawford AWS 27.6 +0.1 37.9 7th 14.3 +0.3 8.7 3rd 53.6 24.4 high 220%
Mount Lofty 25.1 +3.4 34.5 7th 13.4 +1.3 8.4 25th 65.0
Noarlunga 28.5 -0.2 39.6 6th 17.6 +0.5 13.5 21st 34.2 18.1 high 189%
Parafield Airport 30.7 +1.0 40.7 17th 17.4 +1.0 12.5 21st 56.6 21.5 v high 263%

Daily maximum temperatures for January 2017
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Adelaide (Kent Town)23.724.627.833.335.839.540.728.030.429.328.037.223.423.326.136.141.127.238.224.326.534.233.025.227.428.032.232.339.028.726.0
Adelaide Airport22.124.927.633.636.439.639.224.725.825.024.834.222.522.325.234.839.427.338.223.725.432.131.424.626.427.728.928.436.227.323.9
Edinburgh RAAF23.225.828.634.336.740.041.526.229.527.725.936.822.922.924.834.840.328.137.924.127.232.231.925.125.827.430.631.337.528.325.3
Kuitpo Forest Reserve19.018.620.226.327.336.237.224.926.025.623.833.220.920.423.931.536.620.133.919.024.930.630.219.521.420.527.828.334.924.921.3
Mount Barker22.321.522.728.230.037.038.827.729.926.834.023.224.025.834.238.422.134.721.826.032.431.822.523.923.031.532.223.1
Mount Crawford AWS21.620.924.029.331.335.437.926.626.127.626.433.420.222.226.232.236.923.433.119.725.131.331.421.224.523.629.430.935.325.323.0
Mount Lofty18.118.421.226.929.134.334.523.825.124.523.631.018.618.624.329.634.220.532.018.023.728.526.819.222.021.125.927.632.522.720.5
Noarlunga22.823.124.431.532.539.639.424.826.525.825.435.323.022.726.433.838.924.337.623.124.031.427.923.325.624.629.128.936.526.925.1
Parafield Airport23.525.728.634.236.440.140.427.129.928.826.536.823.723.926.035.640.728.838.724.927.233.332.925.926.628.331.832.138.029.026.1
Values are the maximum temperature, usually in the 24 hours from 9 am on the day indicated,
and typically occurred in the afternoon of that day.
Temperatures coloured according to their difference
from the long-term average for the period
-10.0 -9.0 -8.0 -7.0 -6.0 -5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 +1.0 +2.0 +3.0 +4.0 +5.0 +6.0 +7.0 +8.0 +9.0 +10.0 °C Grey outline marks highest
and lowest for the period

Daily minimum temperatures for January 2017
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Adelaide (Kent Town)16.315.713.618.523.524.031.420.920.219.515.815.721.717.013.815.118.718.418.818.213.217.324.516.212.413.715.116.216.324.617.1
Adelaide Airport16.715.913.818.222.422.530.720.519.918.915.714.921.117.713.714.017.818.017.718.413.915.423.916.612.814.314.515.616.124.116.7
Edinburgh RAAF15.715.713.416.621.322.230.120.720.119.116.014.520.917.313.512.916.718.418.218.413.214.721.417.412.311.213.013.814.623.117.3
Kuitpo Forest Reserve13.012.610.712.715.018.327.116.714.914.412.112.617.213.313.012.621.512.813.814.011.314.021.113.010.712.212.816.613.120.312.8
Mount Barker13.213.210.712.915.217.018.817.515.712.112.617.713.513.410.416.313.612.615.211.011.018.712.99.812.612.912.213.1
Mount Crawford AWS12.611.28.712.617.020.125.917.814.413.611.111.015.011.910.412.322.912.712.914.39.512.921.112.69.110.411.016.615.822.312.3
Mount Lofty11.49.98.511.514.318.925.715.713.312.710.910.717.110.79.812.020.611.011.312.49.311.919.610.98.410.310.817.416.921.710.8
Noarlunga15.615.214.016.819.322.431.119.418.117.114.415.920.616.716.116.421.316.817.117.313.517.323.015.413.613.715.616.816.923.915.3
Parafield Airport15.614.913.318.123.521.231.620.119.718.514.914.921.917.312.713.316.217.518.618.212.517.522.216.412.513.214.613.714.723.516.4
Values are the minimum temperature, usually in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated,
and typically occurred that morning.
Temperatures coloured according to their difference
from the long-term average for the period
-10.0 -9.0 -8.0 -7.0 -6.0 -5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 +1.0 +2.0 +3.0 +4.0 +5.0 +6.0 +7.0 +8.0 +9.0 +10.0 °C Grey outline marks highest
and lowest for the period

Daily rainfall for January 2017
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Adelaide (Hope Valley Reservoir) - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.8 13.4 - - - - - - - - - 5.8
Adelaide (Kent Town) - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - 11.8 7.8 - - - - - 21.0 - - - 6.4 - - - - - - -
Adelaide (Keswick) 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - 11.2 7.2 - - - - - 12.8 - - - 8.4 - - - - - - -
Adelaide (Morphett Vale) 1.6










16.0 9.6




21.0


26.0






Adelaide (Salisbury Bowling Club)











9.4





38.4


4.6






Adelaide (Seaton)











13.6





10.8


8.4






Adelaide Airport - - - - - - - - - - - - 10.2 6.8 - - - - - 11.8 - - - 8.8 - - - - - - -
Ashton 0.4 - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - 10.8 14.4 - - - - 0.2 31.4 0.2 - - 8.8 0.2 - - - - - 0.4
Ashton Co-op 0.6



























Athelstone (Black Hill) - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - 9.4 9.8 - - - - - 29.8 - - - 6.4 - - - - - - -
Balhannah (Killara Park) 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - 9.4 5.2 - - - 0.4 - 23.8 - - - 3.4 - - - - - - 0.2
Beaumont 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - 12.2 7.4 - - - - - 12.6 - - - 6.0 - - - - - - -
Belair 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - - 12.2 10.0 - - - - - 18.4 - - - 11.0 - - - - - - -
Belair (St Johns) 0.2 0.2 - - - - - - - - - 0.6 11.6 9.8 - - - - - 18.8 - - - 13.4 - - - - - - -
Bellevue Heights - - - - - - - - - - - - 11.6 7.4 - - - - - 17.2 - - - 14.2 - - - - - - -
Birdwood (McVittie's Hill) - - - - - - - - - 1.2 - - 2.2 5.0 - - - - - 25.6 - - - 1.6 - - - - - - -
Blackwood (Wittunga)











12.2 9.0




18.4


15.8





0.2
Brownhill Creek (Scotch College) 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - 12.6 9.4 - - - - - 17.8 0.2 - - 11.8 - - - - - - -
Burnside - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - 11.6 9.2 - - - - - 17.4 - - - 6.4 0.2 - - - - - -
Charleston - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - 5.0 5.2 - - - - - 24.4 - - - 1.8 - - - - - - -
Crafers West 0.8 - - - - - - - - - - - 14.8 11.2 - - - - - 23.2 0.2 - - 10.6 0.2 0.2 - - - - 0.2
Cudlee Creek (Millbrook Reservoir) - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.8 14.0 - - - - - - - - - 6.6






Cudlee Creek (O'Deas Road) - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - 7.0 7.0 - - - - - 33.2 - - - 4.0 - - - - - - -
Eden Valley (Mt Adam) - - -



- 1.4 1.8 - - -
- -
- - - - -
- - -

-
0.2
Edinburgh RAAF - - - - - - - - - - - - 9.0 8.6 - - - - - 44.8 - - - 3.4 - - - - - - -
Felixstow (Payneham) - - - - - - - - - - - - 8.8 8.6 - - - - - 19.4 - 0.2 - 5.8 0.2 - - - - - -
Gawler - - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - 5.6 8.2 - - - - - 23.4 - - - 6.6 - - - - - - -
Greenacres - - - - - - - - - - - - 7.8 6.6 - - - - - 21.6 - - - 6.6 - - - - - - -
Hahndorf 0.5 - - - - - - - - - - - 11.3 5.5 - - - 0.3 - 21.8 - - - 4.1 - - - - - - 0.4
Happy Valley Reservoir 0.2










5.0 17.8




20.0


17.8





0.2
Heathfield Works Depot - - 0.8 - - - - - - - - - 14.0 10.4 - - - 26.6 - - - 12.0






Ironstone Road - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.6 - - 3.2 9.4 - - - - - 39.2 - - - 4.8 - - - - - - -
Kangarilla (Saddlebags) 0.8 - - - - - - - - - - - 14.6 9.6 - - - - - 39.4 0.2 - - 19.4 - - - - - - -
Kersbrook - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - 4.6 7.6 - - - - - 38.2 - - - 3.8 - - - - - - -
Kilburn - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - 9.4 6.0 - - - - - 19.8 0.2 - - 6.2 - - - - - - -
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 0.2 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - 13.4 8.8 - - - - - 28.4 - - - 19.8 0.2 - - - - 0.2 -
Leawood Gardens (Eagle on The Hill) 0.6 - - - - - - - - - - - 14.0 10.2 - - - - - 18.4 - - - 9.6 0.2 - - - - - 0.2
Lenswood Research Centre 0.8 - - - - - - - - - 9.0 8.8 - 0.4 - 31.0 - - - 4.2 - - - - - - 0.4
Lobethal

0.4 7.6 4.4


30.2 1.9 0.2
Lobethal - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - 7.6 5.6 - - - 0.2 0.2 27.2 - - - 2.0 - - - - - - 0.2
Lobethal (Maidment Road) - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - 6.4 6.6 - - - 0.2 - 32.0 - - - 3.0 - - - - - - -
Long Ridge (Greenhill) - - - - - - - - - - - - 11.8 9.4 - - - - - 14.4 0.2 - - 8.8 - - - - - - -
Mallala











13.0





27.4


10.4






McLaren Vale (Pirramimma Winery) 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - - 14.0 8.8 - - - 16.4 - - - 20.8






Melrose Park - - - - - - - - - - - - 10.6 7.4 - - - - - 15.2 - - - 11.2 - - - - - - -
Mitchell Park (Marion)








- - - 10.8 5.6 - - - - - 13.8 - - - 12.2 - - - - - - -
Montacute - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - 8.8 9.6 - - - - - 30.0 - - - 4.6 - - - - - - -
Morphettville - - - - - - - - - - - - 7.8 5.8 - - - - - 13.0 - - - 8.6 - - - - - - -
Mount Barker 0.2 - - - - - - - -
- - 9.6 5.0 - - - 0.4 - 19.2 - - - 4.8 - - - - -

Mount Bold Reservoir 0.4 0.4









5.2 16.6




28.8


17.2






Mount Crawford AWS 0.2 - - - - - - - 0.4 0.8 - - 2.6 8.8 - - - - - 34.2 0.2 0.2 - 5.8 - 0.2 0.2 - - - -
Mount Lofty 0.6 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - 16.0 12.4 - - - 0.2 0.2 24.0 - - - 10.8 0.2 - - - - - 0.4
Mt Bold (Scott Creek) 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - - 12.0 7.0 - - - - - 26.0 0.2 - - 14.4 - - - - - - -
Mylor (Biggs Flat) - - - - - - - - - - - - 10.0 5.6 - - - - - 20.4 - - - 5.0 - - - - - - -
Nairne - - - - - - - - - - - - 8.0 3.6 - - - 1.0 0.8 20.0 - - - 2.0






Noarlunga - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - -
13.0 0.2 - - 21.0 - - - - - - -
North Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - - - 10.4 10.0 - - - - 20.0 - - - 5.2






Owen








4.4

6.4 10.0


19.4


5.4






Parafield Airport - - - - - - - - - - - - 9.0 5.8 - - - - - 38.6 0.2 - - 3.0 - - - - - - -
Piccadilly (Woodhouse) 0.6 - - - - - - - - - - - 14.8 10.0 - - - - - 24.4 - - - 8.6






Regency Park 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - 9.2 6.4 - - - - - 15.2 - - - 5.2 - - - - - - -
Sellicks Beach











13.6 5.6




19.0


18.2






Uraidla











10.8 11.4




24.4


10.0






Uraidla (Sutton Creek) 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - 11.8 11.2 - - - 0.2 0.2 22.6 0.6 - - 7.6 0.2 - - - - - -
Verdun 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 11.0 5.0 - - - 0.2 - 23.0 0.2 - - 4.0 - - - - - - 0.2
Williamstown - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - 4.6 6.8 - - - - - 41.2 - - - 7.2






Williamstown (South Para Reservoir) - - - - - - - - - 0.8 - - 0.8 13.2 - - - - - 38.2 - - - 7.8






Willunga - - - - - - - - - - - - 22.0 7.0 - - - 23.6 - - - 21.2






Woodside











0.3 11.8


27.2


3.2






Woodside (Wicks Estate) - - - - - - - - - - - - 6.6 5.4 - - - - - 24.6 - - - 1.8 - - - - - - -
Most values are the precipitation in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated. Days marked with → are part of a longer accumulation, which is shown on the final day.
Values over 100 mm have been rounded to the nearest whole millimetre.
Days marked with - have a rainfall report of zero; days left blank have no rainfall report (which often indicates no rain fell).
Rainfalls coloured
according to the amount
0 1.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 25.0 50.0 100 150 200 300 400 600 millimetres

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each month, lists the main features of the weather in Adelaide 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 10 am on Wednesday 1 February 2017. 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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

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