Greater Adelaide in February 2019: drier than average, hot at times

Rainfall was below the long-term February average at all sites in Adelaide and the Hills. The month ended with heatwave conditions and above average temperatures, in contrast to cooler than average temperatures through the middle of the month. The monthly mean temperatures for February varied from close to average at many sites on the Plains to above average in the Hills.

Drier than average

  • Rainfall was below the long-term average at all sites in Adelaide and the Hills
  • Ashton in the Adelaide Hills had Greater Adelaide's wettest day, recording 31.0 mm on the 9th and a monthly total of 44.0 mm
  • Rainfall totals for the month ranged from 11% of average at Edinburgh RAAF to 67% of average at Kuitpo Forest Reserve

Near-average temperatures for the month

  • Daytime temperatures were warmer than average at both the start and end of the month, but Adelaide had cooler than average conditions through the middle of February
  • Heatwave conditions affected Adelaide from the 23rd and the month ended with most sites on the Plains having seven consecutive days of maximum temperatures of 30 °C or above (the latest such run in the city since 2016)
  • Monthly mean maximum temperatures were generally close to average, but were above average in the Hills
  • A strong cold front crossed Adelaide on the 12th, bringing strong winds and cool air, making it the city's coolest day of the month
  • Mean maximum temperatures ranged from 0.1 °C warmer than average at Adelaide Airport to 2.5 °C warmer than average at Mount Lofty
  • Mean minimum temperatures ranged from 0.8 °C cooler than average at Rosedale to 0.6 °C warmer than average at Mount Barker

Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)

  • Total rainfall for Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) was 6.6 mm, which is 32% of the long-term average of 20.5 mm
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) was 29.5 °C, which is 0.9 °C above the long-term average of 28.6 °C. The warmest day was 37.9 °C on the 2nd, and the coolest day was on the 12th when the temperature reached 20.7 °C
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) was 16.8 °C, which is 0.1 °C below the long-term average of 16.9 °C. The coldest morning was 11.3 °C on the 14th, and the warmest morning was on the 25th when the minimum temperature was 25.4 °C

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Extremes in February 2019
Hottest day 42.0 °C at Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre) on the 3rd
Warmest days on average 31.1 °C at Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre)
Coolest days on average 24.9 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 14.0 °C at Mount Lofty on the 12th
Coldest night 6.2 °C at Mount Barker on the 14th
Coolest nights on average 12.5 °C at Mount Barker
Warmest nights on average 17.3 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
Warmest night 25.4 °C at Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) on the 25th
Warmest on average overall 23.8 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
Coolest on average overall 19.0 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 44.0 mm at Ashton
Driest overall 2.0 mm at Edinburgh RAAF
Wettest day 31.0 mm at Ashton on the 9th
Strongest wind gust 91 km/h at Kuitpo Forest Reserve on the 12th




Summary statistics for February 2019
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2019
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2019
Mean for
February
2019
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2019
Total for
February
2019
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2019
Fraction of
February
average
Adelaide (Kent Town) 30.4 +0.9 39.8 3rd 17.3 0.0 11.8 14th 9.0 15.5 average 58%
Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) 29.5 +0.9 37.9 2nd 16.8 -0.1 11.3 14th 6.6 20.5 average 32%
Adelaide Airport 28.2 +0.1 36.8 2nd 16.6 +0.4 12.1 14th 6.4 18.6 average 34%
Edinburgh RAAF 30.5 +0.5 40.9 3rd 16.4 -0.2 11.4 15th 2.0 17.7 low 11%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 26.5 +0.7 36.1 3rd 14.2 0.0 9.8 1st 15.6 23.4 average 67%
Mount Barker 29.0 +2.2 38.4 3rd 12.5 +0.6 6.2 14th 14.4 25.6 average 56%
Mount Crawford AWS 27.9 +0.8 38.1 3rd 14.1 -0.1 8.3 1st 8.6 24.4 average 35%
Mount Lofty 24.9 +2.5 33.4 24th 13.1 +0.1 6.8 1st 21.8 36.8 average 59%
Noarlunga 28.3 +0.5 36.9 25th 17.1 +0.1 12.0 14th 6.6 18.0 average 37%
Parafield Airport 30.8 +1.4 39.7 3rd 16.2 -0.2 11.5 14th 3.2 18.6 average 17%
Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre) 31.1 +0.6 42.0 3rd 14.7 -0.8 7.4 14th 8.4 18.6 average 45%

Daily maximum temperatures for February 2019
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Adelaide (Kent Town)29.238.939.826.931.432.632.324.122.724.125.221.122.724.630.331.836.524.024.024.526.731.833.338.338.537.938.938.6
Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)29.437.937.726.831.530.531.623.522.622.925.120.721.623.028.730.135.223.423.223.327.031.732.936.837.336.837.437.1
Adelaide Airport29.536.833.027.231.028.129.323.022.722.225.620.421.722.226.026.832.323.122.723.226.731.832.233.535.535.735.033.7
Edinburgh RAAF30.838.440.928.532.231.632.124.723.523.826.521.622.824.530.831.236.125.023.723.726.431.134.037.737.937.138.638.0
Kuitpo Forest Reserve23.134.636.121.224.229.725.421.619.820.419.917.618.522.526.729.633.222.221.322.422.826.329.735.535.130.335.535.4
Mount Barker26.336.138.424.227.632.327.424.721.822.322.419.619.825.431.132.234.025.325.626.625.728.831.836.338.132.037.737.3
Mount Crawford AWS25.434.538.123.427.129.429.319.920.922.017.419.123.729.030.333.425.321.923.324.830.034.935.934.235.735.7
Mount Lofty24.032.133.321.125.127.925.919.417.218.317.214.016.221.124.627.430.421.219.020.422.326.829.133.432.631.632.932.6
Noarlunga27.236.835.725.628.029.429.323.122.622.123.819.521.522.526.828.633.423.122.822.825.731.133.535.336.935.336.334.8
Parafield Airport30.538.439.729.032.632.133.525.024.324.026.722.423.524.830.931.736.225.024.124.426.732.434.437.738.337.338.638.6
Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre)29.838.542.028.231.732.133.225.023.025.626.522.522.325.731.233.338.226.023.825.028.032.534.338.238.838.139.039.5
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 February 2019
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Adelaide (Kent Town)14.615.122.518.816.219.519.317.615.615.216.916.412.311.813.715.116.119.616.115.114.515.221.418.823.321.321.920.7
Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira)14.514.523.718.616.019.418.017.515.615.117.115.911.911.312.414.015.819.215.614.314.313.218.318.425.420.521.019.6
Adelaide Airport14.513.120.818.915.919.318.517.916.015.518.516.213.312.112.913.915.119.316.814.514.913.217.416.120.719.320.519.8
Edinburgh RAAF14.213.121.318.816.118.818.518.316.814.617.316.913.411.811.413.915.420.516.313.214.011.820.115.820.218.118.819.0
Kuitpo Forest Reserve9.813.222.215.211.714.415.013.312.711.114.313.110.010.011.812.316.114.912.011.113.011.314.117.020.918.817.720.2
Mount Barker9.48.516.415.612.014.514.913.913.110.214.813.69.16.211.612.511.215.912.58.413.510.010.610.915.814.714.215.5
Mount Crawford AWS8.312.621.513.610.213.715.312.611.410.412.713.08.49.310.214.118.814.710.510.612.010.815.419.622.122.219.021.6
Mount Lofty6.812.322.912.89.712.414.211.210.69.711.411.17.88.29.712.117.413.210.19.910.810.013.517.920.321.018.721.3
Noarlunga13.216.623.518.315.117.717.716.215.614.117.815.912.912.015.015.318.217.716.113.514.715.217.820.223.822.421.521.6
Parafield Airport14.614.020.717.715.919.017.318.116.314.517.417.512.311.512.513.313.920.014.813.013.713.219.916.319.518.419.217.8
Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre)13.113.522.012.414.317.016.116.715.011.015.116.78.57.410.512.912.419.210.510.010.012.518.517.022.017.322.616.5
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 2019
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Adelaide (Brighton) - - - - - 0.2 - - - 3.6 - 1.8 0.8
Adelaide (Glen Osmond) - - - - - 0.6 - - 6.8 3.4 2.4 - - - - - - - - -





Adelaide (Hope Valley Reservoir) - - - - - 0.6 - - 2.4 2.2 - 0.6 2.4 -













Adelaide (Kent Town) - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - 3.8 0.4 - 2.0 2.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Adelaide (Keswick) - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - 4.6 - - 2.6 2.8 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Adelaide (Morphett Vale)




0.6

2.0

8.0















Adelaide (Seaton)











2.2














Adelaide (Tea Tree Gully Council) - - - - - - - - - - - 6.8















Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) - - - - - - - - 1.8 0.8 - 1.2 2.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Adelaide Airport - - - - - - - - - - - 3.6 2.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Aldgate - - - - - 0.8 - 0.8 6.2 2.2 - 8.4 1.6 - - - - - - - 4.6 - - - - - - -
Ashton - - - - - 1.4 - 0.2 31.0 1.4 0.2 6.6 2.8 0.2 - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - -
Athelstone (Black Hill Alert) - - - - - 0.8 - - 5.0 2.2 - 0.4 2.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Balhannah (Killara Park) - - - - - 1.8 0.2 0.6 2.6 0.8 - 3.4 0.2 - - - - - - - 0.4 0.2 - - - - - -
Beaumont - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - 9.2 0.2 - 1.8 1.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Belair - - - - - 0.2 - - 10.8 0.6 - 3.8 1.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Belair (St Johns) - - - - - - - - 9.0 0.4 - 2.4 1.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Belair (State Flora Nursery) - - - - - 0.6 - - 11.6 - 0.6 4.4 1.6 - - - - - -








Bellevue Heights - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - 5.2 - - 2.4 1.2 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Birdwood - - - - - 3.2 - 0.4 3.4 0.6 - 0.6 0.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Birdwood (McVittie's Hill Rndsup) - - - - - 5.2 - 0.6 3.4 - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Bridgewater - - - - - - 10.4 - - - - 6.4















Brownhill Creek (Scotch College) - - - - - 0.2 2.2 - 8.0 0.2 - 2.8 1.8 1.2 - - - - - - 1.8 0.2 - - - - - 1.0
Burnside - - - - - - - - 8.2 0.8 - 1.8 2.4 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Clarendon




0.8
3.0 2.8
8.0















Crafers West - - - - - 0.2 - 0.4 12.2 1.0 - 5.6 2.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Cromer Road - - - - - 3.8 - 1.2 1.8 0.4 - 0.8 0.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Cudlee Creek (Millbrook Reservoir) - - - - - 2.4 0.6 - 5.8 3.8 0.2 1.0 2.0 - - - - - - - 0.2






Cudlee Creek (Odea Road) - - - - - 3.8 0.2 0.4 8.0 0.6 - 0.4 1.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Edinburgh RAAF - - - - - 0.4 0.4 - - 0.8 - - 0.2 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Gawler - - - - - 1.8 0.2 - 0.2 0.6 - 0.4 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Gould Creek (Hermitage) - - - - - 1.8 0.2 - 3.0 2.4 - 0.8 1.2 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Greenacres - - - - - - 0.2 - 2.0 0.6 - - 2.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Hahndorf - - - - - 1.0 0.2 0.8 2.4 1.1 1.1 5.6 0.8 - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - -
Halbury Road Salisbury (Halbury Road) - - - - - 0.6 0.2 - - 2.6 - 0.2 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Harrogate (Mount Beevor South) - - - - - 4.2 - 0.2 1.4 - - 0.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Heathfield Works Depot - - - - - 1.0 - - 10.8 9.4















Inglewood - - - - - 1.8 0.2 - 5.2 1.6 - 0.4 1.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Ironstone Road - - - - - 3.6 0.2 0.2 4.6 0.8 - 1.0 1.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Kangarilla (Saddlebags Rndsup) - - - - - 0.4 0.2 - 4.4 2.2 - 6.0 0.4 - - - - - - - 0.8 0.2 - - - - - -
Kanmantoo (Millbrae) - - - - - 3.2 - 0.4 1.4 0.6 - 1.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Kersbrook - - - - - 3.4 - - 5.4 1.0 - 1.4 1.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Kilburn - - - - - 0.2 - - 1.6 0.8 - 0.6 0.8 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Kuitpo Forest Reserve - - - - - 0.4 0.2 - 5.0 0.8 - 7.6 0.6 -
- 0.2 - - - 0.6 0.2 - - - - - -
Leawood Gardens (Eagle on The Hill)

- -























Lenswood - - - - - 2.0 - 0.4 7.0 0.8 0.2 3.6 0.6 - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - - - - -
Lenswood (Stringybark) - - - - - 1.8 0.4 0.4 9.8 1.2 - 1.0 1.0 - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 0.2 - - - - -
Lobethal (Graeber) - - - - - 3.6 0.4 0.2 5.4 0.6 - 0.8 0.8 - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - -
Lobethal (Maidment Road) - - - - - 5.0 0.2 0.4 8.0 0.4 0.2 1.4 0.6 - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - -
Long Ridge (Greenhill) - - - - - 0.2 - - 12.4 0.6 - 2.6 1.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Longwood Alert - - - - - 1.2 - 0.4 4.4 1.6 - 4.8 1.0 - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - - - - -
Macclesfield - - - - - 1.0 - 1.2 2.4 6.0 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - -


McLaren Vale (Pirramimma Winery) - - - - - 3.0 - - 3.2 6.4















Meadows - - - - - - - 2.8 4.0 0.6 - 6.0















Mitchell Park (Marion) - - - - - - 0.2 - 5.6 0.2 - 2.4 1.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Montacute - - - - - 1.4 - - 8.8 2.0 - - 1.8 - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Morphettville - - - - - - - - 4.6 - - 1.2 2.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mount Barker - - - - - 1.0 - 0.8 5.2 2.2 - 4.2 0.6 - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - - - - -
Mount Crawford AWS - - - - - 4.4 0.2 -
1.8 - 0.4 1.8 - - - - - - - - -
- - - - -
Mount Lofty - - - - - 0.4 0.2 0.4 11.8 0.8 0.2 5.4 2.0 - - - - - - - 0.6 - - - - - - -
Mt Bold (Scott Creek Alert) - - - - - 0.6 - - 4.2 2.4 - 7.6 1.0 - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - - - - -
Mt Torrens - - - - - 4.0 0.2 2.0 4.4 - 0.2 0.6 1.4 - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - -
Mylor (Biggs Flat) - - - - - 1.0 0.2 0.2 3.8 1.2 - 7.2 0.6 - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - - - - - -
Nairne - - - - - 2.6 - 1.0 2.4 1.0 2.0 0.8 - - - - - - - 1.4






Noarlunga

- - - 1.2 0.2 - 0.6 0.4 - 3.8 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
North Adelaide - - - - - - - - 3.0 1.5 3.8














Parafield Airport
- - - - 0.4 - - 0.6 1.2 - - 1.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Piccadilly (Woodhouse) - - - - - - - 0.8 12.0 1.2 - 7.0 1.4














Prospect Hill - - - - - 0.8 - 1.4 2.4 0.5 - 7.6 0.8 - - - - - - - 2.0






Red Creek (Burwood) - - - - - 1.8 - 0.8 0.4 0.4 - 0.8 - - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - - - - -
Regency Park 0.2 - - - - - 0.2 - 1.0 0.2 - 0.2 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Rosedale (Turretfield Research Centre) - - - - - 4.2 - - 0.8 1.0 - 1.0 1.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Rosslyn Park (Seaview) - - - - - 0.2 - - 8.6 1.6 - 2.4 2.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Sellicks Beach




1.4

0.6

4.8















Uraidla







12.4 2.0
5.0 3.0














Uraidla (Sutton Creek) - - - - - 0.4 - 0.2 8.0 0.2 - 2.4 0.6 - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - - - - - -
Verdun - - - - - 0.8 0.2 0.6 3.6 1.0 - 4.6 0.8 0.2 - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - -
Williamstown - - - - - 3.6 - - 1.8 - - - 1.2














Williamstown (South Para Reservoir) - - - - - 2.4 1.0 - 1.6 2.0 - 0.6 1.2














Willunga - - - - - 3.2 - - - 8.2















Woodside (Inverbrackie) - - - - - 4.2 - 0.4 5.6 0.8 - 1.2 0.6 - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - - - - -
Woodside (Wicks Estate) - - - - - 2.4 0.4 0.4 4.0 1.0 - 1.0 0.4 - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - - - - -
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, generally published on the first working day of each 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. 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 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 “include the population within the urban area of the city, as well as people who regularly socialise, shop or work within the city, and live in small towns and rural areas surrounding the city. It is important to note that GCCSAs do not define the built up edge of the city. They provide a stable definition for these cities and are designed for the output of a range of social and economic survey data.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Friday 1 March 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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