Wednesday, 3 January 2007
ADELAIDE MONTHLY CLIMATE SUMMARY - SA REGIONAL OFFICE
Record Dry Continues in AdelaideRainfall was well below average whilst daytime temperatures were much above normal.
Adelaide's rainfall for December 2006 is 16.8 mm, recorded on 5 days. This is 10.8 mm below the normal of 27.6 mm on 7 days. Last year 56.4 mm was recorded in December on 10 days. This is the driest December since 2002 when 9.0 mm was recorded.
The total rainfall for the year is 287.8 mm and is well below the normal of 558.2 mm and is the driest year since records began at the Kent Town site in 1977. However, if we use the combined Adelaide record, this year's rainfall of 287.8 mm is the second driest since records commenced in 1839. The driest year on record was in 1967 when the total annual rainfall was 257.8 mm.
Adelaide's mean maximum temperature for December 2006 is 28.5°C, which is 1.6°C above the normal December mean maximum of 26.9°C. The mean December maximum last year was 27.3°C.
Adelaide's mean maximum temperature for 2006 is 23.1°C, which is 1°C above the annual average of 22.1°C, and is the highest recorded at the Kent Town site. However, if we use the combined Adelaide record it is the 3rd highest average maxima since temperature records commenced in 1887. Last year the annual average maximum temperature was 22.8°C.
The mean minimum temperature for December 2006 is 15.6°C, which is 0.1°C above the normal December mean minimum of 15.5°C. Last December, the mean minimum was 16.0°C.
Adelaide's mean minimum temperature for 2006 is 12.1°C, which is average for the Kent Town site. Last year the annual average minimum temperature was 12.4°C.
CAPITAL CITY SUMMARY ISSUED 3 January, 2007 - Climate Services Centre, S.A. Bureau of Meteorology
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