Greater Adelaide in March 2024

Rainfall

  • Rainfall in March was below average at all sites across Adelaide and the Hills.
  • Rainfall totals ranged from 11% of average at Adelaide Airport and Kuitpo Forest Reserve to 31% of average at Parafield Airport.
  • The dry March for Greater Adelaide followed a very dry February.
  • The highest daily rainfall in Greater Adelaide, 9.2 mm, was recorded at Happy Valley Reservoir on the 17th; the wettest place during the month was also Happy Valey Reservoir, with a March total of 11.0 mm.

Temperature

  • Mean maximum temperatures were above to very much above average at all sites across Adelaide and the Hills.
  • Mean maximum temperatures for March ranged from 2.9 °C above average at Kuitpo Forest Reserve and Noarlunga to 5.9 °C above average at Mount Lofty.
  • Mount Crawford and Mount Lofty had their highest March mean daily maximum temperature on record and Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) had its highest March mean daily maximum temperature since 1940.
  • Mean minimum temperatures for March were above average at all sites across Adelaide and the Hills, and ranged from 1.3 °C above average at Noarlunga to 2.5 °C above average at Mount Barker.

Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)

  • Total rainfall for Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) was 3.0 mm, which is 13% of the long-term average of 23.5 mm.
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) was 29.9 °C, which is 3.9 °C above the long-term average of 26.0 °C.
  • The warmest day was 39.9 °C on the 9th, and the coolest day was on the 20th when the temperature reached 21.0 °C.
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) was 16.8 °C, which is 1.6 °C above the long-term average of 15.2 °C.
  • The coldest morning was 9.4 °C on the 25th, and the warmest morning was on the 10th when the minimum temperature was 26.6 °C.

Extremes in March 2024
Hottest day 42.1 °C at Edinburgh RAAF on the 9th
Warmest days on average 31.0 °C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average 25.7 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 14.9 °C at Kuitpo Forest Reserve on the 14th
Coldest night 5.1 °C at Mount Barker on the 21st
Coolest nights on average 13.0 °C at Mount Barker
Warmest nights on average 16.9 °C at Noarlunga
Warmest night 28.6 °C at Noarlunga on the 10th
Warmest on average overall 23.6 °C at Parafield Airport
Coolest on average overall 19.7 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 11.0 mm at Happy Valley Reservoir
Wettest day 9.2 mm at Happy Valley Reservoir on the 17th
Strongest wind gust 72 km/h at Sellicks Hill (Mount Terrible Radar) on the 3rd

Record highest March mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Mount Crawford AWS 27.1 26.3 in 2017 29 23.5
Mount Lofty 25.7 23.8 in 2017 23 19.8

Highest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) 29.9 31.3 in 1940* 26.0

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




Record highest March mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Mount Crawford AWS 20.5 = 20.5 in 2017 29 17.8
Mount Lofty 19.7 18.8 in 2017 23 15.5



Summary statistics for March 2024
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2024
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2024
Mean for
March
2024
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2024
Total for
March
2024
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2024
Fraction of
March
average
Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) 29.9 +3.9 39.9 9th 16.8 +1.6 9.4 25th 3.0 23.5 low 13%
Adelaide Airport 28.5 +3.0 38.4 9th 16.6 +2.0 9.7 26th 2.4 20.9 low 11%
Edinburgh RAAF 30.6 +3.6 42.1 9th 16.5 +1.9 7.5 24th 7.0 23.1 low 30%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 26.1 +2.9 38.0 10th 14.4 +1.6 8.1 21st 3.4 31.5 lowest 11%
Mount Barker 27.9 +3.2 38.4 9th 13.0 +2.5 5.1 21st 5.0 30.7 low 16%
Mount Crawford AWS 27.1 +3.6 37.1 9th 14.0 +1.8 6.2 21st 3.8 25.9 lowest 15%
Mount Lofty 25.7 +5.9 34.9 9th 13.4 +2.2 5.4 21st 7.8 37.9 v low 21%
Noarlunga 28.5 +2.9 39.5 9th 16.9 +1.3 10.3 25th 2.6 18.0 lowest 14%
Parafield Airport 31.0 +4.1 41.0 10th 16.2 +1.6 7.2 25th 6.6 21.5 low 31%

Daily maximum temperatures for March 2024
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Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)27.827.826.629.334.134.532.737.439.938.839.237.133.426.129.432.931.832.923.821.023.524.723.122.721.523.226.126.731.033.434.5
Adelaide Airport25.826.726.325.731.834.131.733.338.436.738.232.734.025.129.531.529.931.223.121.722.824.922.921.020.222.725.926.229.428.830.2
Edinburgh RAAF28.927.427.630.934.434.532.138.342.140.340.137.735.926.728.833.534.633.223.922.323.726.124.422.622.222.525.127.031.534.734.3
Kuitpo Forest Reserve28.222.119.526.130.928.726.234.537.338.036.434.326.814.924.230.530.131.020.417.219.318.917.919.820.521.320.221.228.432.232.2
Mount Barker29.924.822.927.032.931.428.835.038.437.637.836.528.116.226.030.830.832.524.119.621.521.820.822.325.024.0
Mount Crawford AWS30.024.822.226.231.332.528.734.537.135.936.735.529.618.623.230.829.031.120.617.019.520.819.721.522.824.021.622.028.131.332.8
Mount Lofty26.823.220.726.028.930.327.632.834.934.834.033.328.816.224.229.026.328.218.416.319.619.117.920.819.622.526.229.829.7
Noarlunga28.126.423.929.532.733.631.734.939.537.839.135.032.319.628.331.430.331.122.620.923.622.921.822.320.522.924.226.130.132.029.8
Parafield Airport30.228.228.131.334.835.532.938.640.941.039.538.536.326.331.033.733.733.824.722.324.626.324.823.322.923.326.527.532.134.434.5
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 March 2024
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Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)15.015.413.114.117.419.417.219.725.726.624.224.623.219.916.717.320.821.517.911.413.39.714.511.49.49.611.114.116.014.916.5
Adelaide Airport15.516.314.914.114.719.418.019.525.424.523.723.823.118.616.317.220.321.318.712.111.910.214.410.610.79.713.813.912.213.715.9
Edinburgh RAAF14.615.914.715.216.319.918.618.827.326.424.823.524.621.017.716.619.920.917.013.111.67.713.67.58.59.012.115.112.013.715.0
Kuitpo Forest Reserve13.013.111.89.713.017.714.314.622.825.624.223.016.313.411.513.218.319.314.39.08.19.210.79.99.210.411.510.711.217.218.9
Mount Barker12.813.712.39.010.515.215.212.517.622.121.719.516.714.611.112.816.816.714.68.95.16.410.59.85.97.011.3
Mount Crawford AWS11.612.39.48.512.019.213.314.922.627.126.124.019.114.911.013.117.518.713.18.36.29.09.17.88.79.79.99.110.816.120.3
Mount Lofty14.611.79.67.710.018.912.713.921.825.823.622.917.113.39.611.315.917.412.37.15.47.38.87.37.98.89.817.318.1
Noarlunga15.915.914.413.315.922.017.119.124.428.624.925.420.416.215.217.021.021.117.911.011.711.613.710.410.311.713.813.614.616.819.4
Parafield Airport13.316.113.614.515.518.718.419.427.526.824.121.824.519.817.015.919.821.217.110.112.48.113.68.57.27.913.715.311.813.514.0
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 March 2024
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Adelaide (Glen Osmond) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 0.6 - 1.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Adelaide (Hope Valley Reservoir) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.2















Adelaide (Keswick) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 0.8 - 1.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Adelaide (Morphett Vale) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 1.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 1.2 0.2 1.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Adelaide Airport - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 - 1.4 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Adelaide Airport Alert - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.4 - 1.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Aldgate - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 0.8 - 1.4 0.2 - 0.3 - - - - - - - - - - -
Ashton - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 1.0 0.2 1.6 0.2 - - - - - - - 0.2 - - 0.2 - -
Ashton Co-op - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.8 - 1.4 - -










Athelstone (Black Hill Alert) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 - 3.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Balhannah (Gumbooya) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 0.6 - 1.2 0.2 - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - 0.2 -
Beaumont - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 0.6 - 0.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Belair - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - 6.6 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Belair (St Johns) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.4 - 8.4 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Bellevue Heights - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 0.4 - 1.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Birdwood - - - - - - - - - 0.6 - - - 0.2 1.8 - 4.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Brownhill Creek (Scotch College) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - 3.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Burnside - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.6 - 2.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Crafers West - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 0.6 - 4.4 - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - - - -
Cromer Road - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 1.4 - 3.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Cudlee Creek (Millbrook Reservoir) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 - 3.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Cudlee Creek (Odea Road) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - 3.4 - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - -
Edinburgh RAAF - - - - - - - - - 0.8 - - - - 0.4 - 5.6 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Felixstow (Payneham) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 1.0 - 1.6 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Forreston Alert - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 1.2 - 5.0 0.2 - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - -
Gould Creek (Hermitage) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 - 5.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Greenacres - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 - 2.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Hahndorf - - - - - - - - - 0.6 - - - 1.8 0.4 - 1.1 - - 0.5 - - - - - - - - - - -
Halbury Road Salisbury (Halbury Road) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - 4.6 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Happy Valley Reservoir - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.6 - 9.2 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Harrogate (Mount Beevor South) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 1.2 - 1.8 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - -
Inglewood - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 1.4 - 3.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Ironstone Road - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.8 - 4.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Kangarilla (Saddlebags) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.2 2.0 - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - 0.2 0.2 - - -
Kanmantoo (Millbrae) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 1.2 - - 7.0 - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - - -
Kersbrook - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.8 - 7.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Kilburn - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.8 - 3.2 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Kuitpo Forest Reserve - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.2 2.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - -
Lenswood - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - 0.6 1.4 - 4.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Lenswood (Stringybark) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 1.0 - 3.6 - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - - - -
Lobethal (Graeber) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 1.4 - 1.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Lobethal (Maidment Road) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.8 - 3.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 -
Long Ridge (Greenhill) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 0.4 - 0.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Longwood Alert - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.8 - 1.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
McLaren Vale (Pirramimma Winery) -





























Mitchell Park (Marion) - - - - - - - - - 0.6 0.2 - - 0.2 0.2 - 2.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Montacute - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.6 - 2.4 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Morphettville - - - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - - 0.4 - 2.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mount Barker - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - 1.2 2.0 - 1.4 - - 0.2 - - - - - - -



Mount Bold Reservoir - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.8 - - - - 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - -
Mount Crawford AWS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 - 2.2 - - - - - - - - 0.4 0.2 - 0.2 - -
Mount Lofty - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 0.8 - 6.2 - - - - - - - - - -
- - -
Mt Bold (Scott Creek Alert) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.2 1.6 - 0.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mt Torrens - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 1.2 - 2.0 - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - 0.2 - -
Mylor (Biggs Flat) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.2 1.4 - 1.6 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - -
Noarlunga - - - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - 1.0 1.2
- - - - - - - -
- - - - - -
North Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Parafield Airport - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 0.2 - 5.8 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Piccadilly (Woodhouse) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.7 1.0 - 4.0 - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - -
Prospect Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 2.0















Red Creek (Burwood) - - - - - - - - - -
-
1.0 1.8 - 2.0 - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - -
Regency Park - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.6 - 4.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Rosslyn Park (Seaview) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 1.2 - 1.8 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Sellicks Beach













2.4















Uraidla















2.2













Uraidla (Sutton Creek) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 0.4 - 6.0 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Verdun - - - - - - - - - 1.2 - - - 0.8 0.8 - 0.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Williamstown - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.5 - - 2.8













Williamstown (South Para Reservoir) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 2.0













Willunga - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.4 1.2















Woodside (Inverbrackie) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 1.4 - 2.2 - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - 0.2 - -
Woodside (Wicks Estate) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 0.8 - 1.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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, usually published in the first week of the following month, lists the main features of the weather in Greater Adelaide using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated.

This summary includes data from observing sites in or near the Greater Adelaide “Greater Capital City Statistical Area” (GCCSA). The Australian Bureau of Statistics designed the GCCSAs to represent a socio-economic definition of each capital city. This means the greater capital city boundary includes people who regularly socialise, shop or work within the capital city, but live in the small towns and rural areas surrounding the capital city. It does not define the built up edge of the capital city.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Tuesday 2 April 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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