Adelaide in February 2015: Dry and warm

Despite a generally cool start to the month, temperatures throughout much of February were above average for the Adelaide region. In particular daytime temperatures were 2 to 3 °C warmer than average. Adelaide experienced 10 days with a maximum temperature exceeding 35 °C; typically the city can expect around 5 days of 35 °C during February. The hot days resulted in Adelaide having its warmest February since 2007.

Night time temperatures tended to be cooler than average at the beginning of the month, becoming warmer during the second week and remaining near average throughout the rest of the month.

Strong and persistent high pressure systems across the Great Australian Bight, combined with little tropical activity, resulted in a very dry month in the Adelaide region. The Kent Town site registered no rain until the last day of the month, extending the dry spell that started on 21 January. This was the longest dry run since early 2007, but well short of the 69 days without rain at West Terrace in early 1893. Kent Town's 0.6 mm total was the driest February since 2007. Adelaide Airport reported zero rainfall and most other locations across the metropolitan and hills area struggled to record more than 2 mm for the month.

  • With 0.6 mm of rainfall, it was the driest month for Adelaide since February 2007
  • 10 days with maximum temperatures greater than 35 °C
  • Overall temperatures were 2 to 3 °C above average

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Extremes in February 2015
Hottest day 41.6 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town) on the 14th
Warmest days on average 33.0 °C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average 26.9 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 15.2 °C at Mount Lofty on the 1st
Coldest night 6.4 °C at Mount Lofty on the 5th
Coolest nights on average 13.6 °C at Mount Lofty
Warmest nights on average 18.1 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
Warmest night 30.7 °C at Parafield Airport on the 15th
Warmest on average overall 25.4 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
Coolest on average overall 20.3 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 4.0 mm at Eden Valley (Mt Adam)
Wettest day 2.0 mm at Williamstown (South Para Reservoir) on the 7th
Strongest wind gust 67 km/h at Mount Crawford (Mt Crawford AWS) on the 4th and 24th
and at Adelaide Airport on the 23rd

Record highest February daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Parafield Airport 30.7 on the 15th 30.3 on the 12th in 2014 59 16.4



Summary statistics for February 2015
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2015
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2015
Mean for
February
2015
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2015
Total for
February
2015
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2015
Fraction of
February
average
Adelaide (Kent Town) 32.7 +3.3 41.6 14th 18.1 +0.8 12.5 3rd 0.6 15.3 low 3%
Adelaide Airport 31.0 +2.9 40.9 14th 17.5 +1.4 11.6 10th 0 18.9 lowest 0%
Edinburgh RAAF 32.9 +2.9 41.4 14th 17.2 +0.6 11.1 10th 0 18.1 lowest 0%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 28.0 +2.2 37.4 14th 15.3 +1.1 8.4 5th 1.8 24.0 low 8%
Mount Barker 29.8 +3.0 39.6 22nd 13.7 +1.8 8.0 10th 3.0 25.7 low 12%
Mount Crawford (Mt Crawford AWS) 29.6 +2.6 37.2 14th 14.7 +0.5 7.9 5th 1.8 26.1 low 7%
Mount Lofty 26.9 +4.7 35.3 14th 13.6 +0.6 6.4 5th 1.6
Noarlunga 30.4 +2.7 40.0 14th 17.7 +0.8 12.1 5th 0 19.0 v low 0%
Parafield Airport 33.0 +3.7 41.4 14th 16.9 +0.5 9.4 10th 0 18.9 lowest 0%

Daily maximum temperatures for February 2015
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Adelaide (Kent Town)21.723.828.625.929.637.938.533.130.733.934.637.434.641.638.628.329.630.836.938.839.540.026.525.028.230.834.935.1
Adelaide Airport22.123.627.125.427.334.536.630.529.532.233.134.634.940.936.324.828.531.533.536.036.937.127.125.025.326.932.833.0
Edinburgh RAAF23.125.528.327.227.837.938.632.929.433.035.436.236.541.439.326.529.632.337.138.239.740.028.626.227.730.035.637.2
Kuitpo Forest Reserve17.518.220.719.824.434.634.822.327.031.731.726.832.537.435.723.023.723.733.633.035.936.720.919.026.029.432.131.3
Mount Barker17.620.322.821.926.036.137.224.827.932.132.328.933.139.138.125.225.126.535.432.938.539.623.321.127.532.034.034.5
Mount Crawford (Mt Crawford AWS)17.520.224.321.325.634.434.927.830.932.634.132.831.337.236.625.626.726.833.634.135.436.523.121.227.031.332.333.2
Mount Lofty15.217.321.519.124.432.232.124.626.830.730.729.828.835.332.723.423.925.131.231.734.033.820.818.523.927.729.028.9
Noarlunga21.722.024.423.228.735.536.427.130.733.032.732.034.440.035.625.927.428.034.936.537.037.125.222.825.227.832.632.0
Parafield Airport23.825.928.627.229.038.138.733.929.832.935.936.637.141.438.827.629.232.236.938.638.739.728.326.228.230.035.135.5
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 2015
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Adelaide (Kent Town)14.914.712.513.312.514.921.818.315.512.818.318.921.526.528.817.913.814.418.023.925.823.420.613.613.815.218.521.9
Adelaide Airport14.514.514.314.412.114.621.016.915.211.617.317.620.024.728.118.014.015.716.321.523.921.820.313.912.814.818.023.4
Edinburgh RAAF15.315.212.412.813.513.321.315.714.811.116.318.919.527.529.617.911.712.715.219.822.721.721.614.113.613.717.423.2
Kuitpo Forest Reserve11.311.111.211.48.411.922.413.612.011.919.613.616.022.826.514.512.512.214.120.722.821.516.210.69.413.215.720.6
Mount Barker11.711.211.311.28.39.620.414.012.08.013.214.415.021.621.813.612.710.918.519.416.810.18.510.713.018.0
Mount Crawford (Mt Crawford AWS)10.39.18.99.57.911.723.515.610.713.719.813.316.121.926.413.010.510.914.420.122.123.315.38.68.812.815.218.8
Mount Lofty9.38.78.28.86.410.521.713.910.112.719.312.413.320.525.411.810.410.311.419.420.921.214.07.47.512.315.817.8
Noarlunga13.613.314.414.312.115.925.116.414.814.420.417.018.924.326.417.314.015.217.323.723.221.319.313.213.116.119.122.0
Parafield Airport14.814.710.810.912.914.620.214.515.99.415.718.419.825.830.716.512.713.214.923.223.221.121.313.413.212.616.523.6
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 2015
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Adelaide (Brighton) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Adelaide (Kent Town) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6
Adelaide (Keswick) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Adelaide Airport - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Ashton - 0.4 - - - - - - - 1.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Athelstone (Black Hill) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Balhannah (Killara Park) 0.2 1.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Beaumont - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Belair (St Johns) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Bellevue Heights - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Birdwood (McVitties Hill) 0.4 - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2
Blackwood (Wittunga)
0.6
























0.4
Brownhill Creek (Scotch College) - - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Burnside - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Charleston - 0.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - - - - -
Crafers (Mt Lofty) 0.6 0.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2
Crafers West - 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Cudlee Creek (O'Deas Road) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 - - - - - -
Dry Creek (Wingfield) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Echunga 1.0 1.2 0.2 - - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Eden Valley (Mt Adam) - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - 0.8 - - - 0.2 - - - - 0.8 - 0.2 - - 1.8
Edinburgh RAAF - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Felixstow (Payneham) - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Gawler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Greenacres - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Hahndorf - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.3
Happy Valley Reservoir
0.2

























Heathfield Works Depot - - - - - - - - - -

















Ironstone Road - - - - - - 0.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 - - - - - -
Kangarilla (Saddlebags) 0.4 1.0 - - - - - - - - - 0.4 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Kersbrook - - - - - - 1.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - - -
Kilburn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 0.4 0.6 - - - - - - - - - 0.6 0.2 - - - - -
- - - - - - - - -
Leawood Gardens (Eagle on The Hill) - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Lenswood Research Centre 1.2

























Lobethal 0.6

















0.3




Lobethal - 0.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 - - - - - 1.2
Lobethal (Maidment Road) - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 - - - - - -
Long Ridge (Greenhill) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - -
McLaren Vale (Pirramimma Winery) - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2















Melrose Park - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mitchell Park (Marion) - - - 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Montacute - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Morphettville - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mount Barker 1.2 1.2 - - - - - - - - - 0.6 - - -
- - -
- - - - - - - -
Mount Bold Reservoir
1.2








0.2















Mount Crawford (Mt Crawford AWS) - - - - - - 0.6 - - - - - - 1.0 - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - -
Mount Lofty 0.6 0.6 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2
Mt Bold (Scott Creek) - 1.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mylor (Biggs Flat) 0.4 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2
Nairne 1.8

























Noarlunga - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Parafield Airport - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Piccadilly (Woodhouse) 1.0 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2
Regency Park - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Uraidla (Sutton Creek) 0.6 0.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2
Verdun - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Williamstown





0.2





1.6













Williamstown (South Para Reservoir)





2.0





0.4












-
Woodside (Wicks Estate) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 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

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list 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. Later information, including data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review, usually published in the fourth week of the month.

A Climate Summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 8 am on Monday 2 March 2015. 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.

The ACORN-SAT dataset is used for temperature area averages.

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