Adelaide in February 2017: generally cooler than average with one very wet day

February 2017 in Adelaide was generally wetter and cooler than average. Adelaide city received more than double its February average rainfall. Mean daytime temperatures were more than one degree cooler than the February average in some areas.

Wetter than average

  • Most areas throughout Adelaide were wetter than average during February
  • Most rain fell on 6 February, with daily rainfall totals typically over 20 mm throughout the Adelaide hills and suburbs
  • There were only four raindays in the city during the month
  • Noarlunga was the only part of Adelaide to receive below average rainfall during the month—72% of average

Temperatures generally cooler than average

  • Most sites around Adelaide were slightly cooler than average during February
  • A run of very hot days from 8–10 February as heatwave conditions extended across much of southeast Australia
  • Adelaide (Kent Town) recorded 42.4 °C on the 8th, the city site's hottest day since December 2015, and hottest February day since 2014
  • On the 6th, Mount Crawford had its coldest February day on record
  • Other sites around Adelaide had their coldest February day since 2012 on 6 February

Strong winds

  • The strongest wind gust during February was 76 km/h at Mount Crawford on the 22nd

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Extremes in February 2017
Hottest day 42.4 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town) on the 8th
Warmest days on average 29.1 °C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average 22.6 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 12.7 °C at Mount Lofty on the 6th
Coldest night 6.6 °C at Mount Barker on the 26th
Coolest nights on average 11.9 °C at Mount Lofty
Warmest nights on average 17.0 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
Warmest night 27.3 °C at Noarlunga on the 9th
Warmest on average overall 22.8 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
Coolest on average overall 17.1 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 62.4 mm at Owen
Driest overall 14.2 mm at Noarlunga
Wettest day 52.0 mm at Owen on the 6th
Strongest wind gust 76 km/h at Mount Crawford AWS on the 22nd

Record lowest February daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Mount Crawford AWS 14.6 on the 6th 14.7 on the 3rd in 2005 23 27.1



Summary statistics for February 2017
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2017
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2017
Mean for
February
2017
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2017
Total for
February
2017
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2017
Fraction of
February
average
Adelaide (Kent Town) 28.7 -0.8 42.4 8th 17.0 -0.3 11.7 21st 33.4 15.9 high 210%
Adelaide Airport 27.2 -0.9 41.7 8th 16.6 +0.4 10.8 21st 29.6 19.0 high 156%
Edinburgh RAAF 28.4 -1.6 41.9 8th 15.9 -0.7 10.3 26th 33.4 18.4 high 182%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 24.2 -1.7 38.9 8th 13.3 -0.9 8.9 26th 28.0 24.4 average 115%
Mount Barker 26.2 -0.6 40.0 8th 12.7 +0.8 6.6 26th 34.6 25.7 high 135%
Mount Crawford AWS 25.6 -1.5 39.2 9th 13.0 -1.2 7.7 26th 33.0 25.9 high 127%
Mount Lofty 22.6 +0.4 36.2 8th 11.9 -1.1 7.2 26th 54.0
Noarlunga 26.8 -1.0 41.9 8th 16.5 -0.4 11.9 24th 14.2 19.6 average 72%
Parafield Airport 29.1 -0.3 42.2 8th 15.9 -0.5 10.4 21st 32.8 19.0 high 173%

Daily maximum temperatures for February 2017
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Adelaide (Kent Town)25.625.829.730.224.919.331.742.441.040.034.023.424.328.133.426.923.420.620.323.131.130.324.924.524.827.035.038.4
Adelaide Airport23.424.025.129.125.219.930.941.739.233.432.922.322.824.432.024.322.720.720.721.728.029.523.024.724.723.933.237.3
Edinburgh RAAF24.424.329.431.025.119.530.341.937.737.933.723.123.429.033.726.522.821.121.121.830.531.524.625.625.327.034.638.2
Kuitpo Forest Reserve20.223.025.727.824.015.926.238.929.833.222.718.318.825.028.522.518.817.217.219.527.226.821.719.218.824.432.934.1
Mount Barker22.824.130.331.525.316.328.640.032.832.925.720.820.327.631.426.120.920.018.820.828.828.723.620.021.026.133.335.9
Mount Crawford AWS23.224.628.629.822.614.626.437.539.238.330.018.920.125.629.023.818.217.416.319.927.227.622.920.320.226.533.034.2
Mount Lofty19.921.324.625.219.712.726.536.235.234.826.917.017.624.125.920.816.014.613.517.625.123.619.218.218.524.531.3
Noarlunga23.923.725.527.926.120.328.741.937.436.328.121.922.525.730.623.922.420.319.721.428.529.222.623.522.925.234.036.6
Parafield Airport25.325.329.731.525.319.831.242.240.039.134.923.824.129.333.727.423.721.822.022.831.331.224.925.925.927.335.338.9
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 February 2017
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Adelaide (Kent Town)17.014.913.417.520.816.814.118.625.824.225.017.216.015.118.118.115.615.912.113.211.719.217.914.514.512.214.121.7
Adelaide Airport16.514.312.917.320.517.514.519.425.222.722.717.416.315.618.017.215.016.612.712.610.818.318.213.014.911.112.521.6
Edinburgh RAAF15.213.612.415.620.917.816.218.324.022.022.217.615.614.716.717.314.414.312.111.110.519.317.110.714.610.310.819.2
Kuitpo Forest Reserve12.612.311.914.717.413.810.213.522.618.117.413.012.312.412.914.911.710.69.710.19.213.913.710.911.08.912.120.4
Mount Barker12.411.28.512.618.214.211.015.320.618.018.214.012.712.713.116.010.010.010.010.16.914.514.410.010.66.610.015.1
Mount Crawford AWS10.911.610.915.418.613.811.012.926.420.320.912.310.311.011.513.811.110.78.69.08.113.412.69.99.07.712.520.9
Mount Lofty10.210.69.815.015.912.28.711.326.319.520.910.79.710.612.313.210.28.97.98.47.614.111.98.58.77.212.0
Noarlunga15.914.513.917.519.716.613.416.827.322.120.916.315.915.117.117.214.614.613.012.213.418.317.311.914.512.515.524.5
Parafield Airport16.414.011.715.320.617.415.718.324.121.222.717.314.813.317.917.814.615.012.011.210.419.717.210.813.510.411.321.3
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 February 2017
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Adelaide (Hope Valley Reservoir) - - - - 1.0 25.6 5.0 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 1.0
Adelaide (Kent Town) - - - - 1.2 29.0 -
- - - - - - - - - - 2.4 0.8 - - - - - - - -
Adelaide (Keswick) - 0.2 - - 3.4 24.6 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - 3.2 0.2 - - - - - - - -
Adelaide (Morphett Vale)



3.0 17.0











3.0








Adelaide (Salisbury Bowling Club)



2.0 29.6





















Adelaide (Seaton)



4.4 25.0





















Adelaide Airport - - - - 3.6 20.0 - 0.2 0.2 - - - - - - - - - 4.8 0.8 - - - - - - - -
Ashton - 0.2 - 0.2 1.4 42.6 1.6 - - - - - - - - - - 1.8 0.4 2.0 - - - - - - - -
Ashton Co-op - 0.4

























Athelstone (Black Hill) - - - - 1.4 29.2 0.4 - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - 0.8 1.2 - - - - - - - -
Balhannah (Killara Park) - - - - 0.4 29.6 1.4 - - - - - - - - 0.2 - 1.0 1.0 0.4 - - - - - - 0.2 -
Beaumont - 0.2 - - 1.6 34.0 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 0.8 0.6 - - - - - - - -
Belair - 0.2 - - 4.0 24.8 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.6 2.0 0.2 - - - - - - -
Belair (St Johns) - 0.4 - - 5.4 26.6 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 1.8 1.4 - - - - - - - -
Bellevue Heights - - - - 3.2 22.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.0 2.4 - - - - - - - -
Birdwood (McVittie's Hill) - - - - - 38.0 2.4 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - - - - - - - -
Blackwood (Wittunga)



5.8 26.2










0.2 1.6 2.4







Brownhill Creek (Scotch College) - - - - 3.2 29.2 - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 1.4 1.0 0.2 - - - - - - -
Burnside - 0.2 - - 1.4 31.2 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 0.6 - - - - - - - -
Charleston - - - - - 28.6 3.8 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - - - - - - - -
Crafers West - 0.2 - - 2.6 33.4 1.6 0.2 - - - - - - - - - 0.4 0.8 1.8 - - - - - - - -
Cudlee Creek (Millbrook Reservoir) - - - - 1.8 32.0 5.6 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2








Cudlee Creek (O'Deas Road) - - - - 0.8 30.4 1.6 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 0.4 - - - - - - - -
Eden Valley (Mt Adam) - - -

8.6 7.6



- - -



0.4








Edinburgh RAAF - - - - 1.2 28.2 0.6 - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 2.8 - 0.2 - - - - - - -
Felixstow (Payneham) - - - - 1.0 30.8 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 1.0 - - - - - - - -
Gawler - - - - 1.6 24.2 1.8 - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - - - - - -
Greenacres - - - - 0.6 25.6 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - 1.8 2.2 - - - - - - - -
Hahndorf - 0.1 - - 1.1 29.2 1.4 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.9 1.4 - - - - - - - -
Happy Valley Reservoir



1.8 21.0 1.6


2.4





0.2 2.4 2.0







Heathfield Works Depot - - - 39.0 - - - - - - - 2.0 - - - 4.0







Ironstone Road - - - - 0.4 35.0 2.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Kangarilla (Saddlebags) - - - - 1.2 23.8 - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - 0.6 1.4 0.8 0.2 - - - - - 0.2 0.2
Kersbrook - - - - 0.4 31.8 1.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Kilburn - - - - 0.8 27.2 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - - 2.4 0.2 - - - - - - - -
Kuitpo Forest Reserve - - - - 2.4 21.6 0.2 - - - 1.4 0.2 - - - - - 0.2 1.0 0.8 - - - - - - - 0.2
Leawood Gardens (Eagle on The Hill) - - - - 3.2 32.6 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 0.8 2.0 - - - - - - - -
Lenswood Research Centre - 0.2 - 44.4 2.2 - - - - - - 0.2 - - - 3.2







Lobethal 35.0 4.5









1.4







Lobethal - 0.2 - - 0.4 33.0 3.8 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.8 - - - - - - - -
Lobethal (Maidment Road) - - - - 0.8 38.0 4.2 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 1.8 - - - - - - - -
Long Ridge (Greenhill) - 0.2 - - 1.6 28.2 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - 1.6 1.0 2.0 - - - - - - - -
Mallala


40.6 5.6









4.0







McLaren Vale (Pirramimma Winery) - - - 16.2





















Melrose Park - - - - 4.4 20.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.4 1.2 - - - - - - - -
Mitchell Park (Marion) - - - - 3.8 20.6 - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - 0.2 3.2 1.2 - - - - - - - -
Montacute - - - - 0.6 27.4 0.2 0.2 - - - - - - - 0.4 - 0.2 - 0.2 0.2 - - - - - - -
Morphettville - - - - 2.4 18.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.4 0.2 - - - - - - - -
Mount Barker - - - - 1.2 28.0 1.0 - - - - - - 0.4 - - - 0.8 2.0 1.2 - - - - - - - -
Mount Bold Reservoir



1.8 19.0 2.0



0.2




0.2 2.0 1.8







Mount Crawford AWS - - - - 0.8 29.6 2.0 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 0.2 - - - - - - - -
Mount Lofty - 0.2 - - 3.0 43.8 3.2 - - - - - - 0.2
- - 0.8 0.4 2.2 - - - - - - 0.2
Mt Bold (Scott Creek) - - - - 1.2 21.0 - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - 0.4 0.6 1.0 0.2 - - - - - - -
Mylor (Biggs Flat) - - - - 2.4 27.2 0.4 0.2 - - - - - - - - - 1.4 0.6 - - - - - - - - -
Nairne - 0.6 - - 24.6 2.0 - - - - - - 1.0 - 0.4 - 2.4 2.0







Noarlunga - - - - 2.0 9.0 - - - - 0.4 - - - - - - 0.2 2.0 0.6 - - - - - -
-
North Adelaide - - - 1.0 27.4 - - - - - - - - - - - 2.8 0.4







Owen




52.0 5.2











5.2







Parafield Airport - - - - 1.8 27.6 1.0 - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 0.4 - - - - - - - -
Piccadilly (Woodhouse) - - - - 4.6 37.4 4.0 - - - - - - 0.2 - - - 0.6 0.8








Regency Park - - - - 1.6 26.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - - - - -
Sellicks Beach



3.6 10.4





















Uraidla



2.0 39.0 2.8









1.6









Uraidla (Sutton Creek) 0.2 0.2 - - 1.4 38.0 2.2 - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - 1.8 - - - - - - - -
Verdun 0.2 - - - 0.8 33.6 1.4 - - - - - - - - - - - 1.2 0.8 - - - - - - - -
Williamstown - - - - 2.2 30.0 3.0 - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 0.4 0.6







Williamstown (South Para Reservoir) - - - - 0.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8







Willunga - - - 19.0 - - - - - - - - - - - 2.2







Woodside


40.0 1.6









0.8







Woodside (Wicks Estate) - - - - 0.2 31.2 0.8 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - - - - - - - -
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 12 pm on Wednesday 1 March 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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