Monday, 2 June 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for Adelaide Metro - Product code IDCKGC13R0

Adelaide Metro in May 2008
Average Conditions for the Month.

Summary

  • Average maximum temperature, recorded in the metropolitan area, was up to 1.0°C above the normal for the month.
  • The average minimum temperatures, in the metropolitan area, were within 0.5°C of normal for the month.
  • The Adelaide metropolitan area recorded near average to above average rainfall for May.

Rainfall

Adelaide's (Kent Town) rainfall for May 2008 of 63.4 mm was recorded on 11 days. This is 3.5 mm above the average of 59.9 mm on 13 days. Below average rainfall of 47.2 mm was recorded last year. The highest May rainfall total recorded at Kent Town is 128.0 mm in 1987, but the highest rainfall recorded in May at the South Australian Regional Office was 196.9 mm in 1875 at the West Terrace site. The wettest location in the Adelaide metropolitan area in May was at the suburb of Banksia Park with 94 mm.

Temperature

The mean maximum temperature recorded at the South Australian Regional Office (Kent Town) for May 2008 was 19.7°C, which is 0.7°C above the May mean maximum temperature of 19.0°C. The average May maximum last year was 20.1°C. The highest maximum temperature recorded in the Adelaide metropolitan area was 25.5°C on the 14th at Parafield Airport, whilst the lowest was 14.7°C recorded at Kent Town on the 17th.

The mean minimum temperature for May 2008 at the South Australian Regional Office (Kent Town) was 10.0°C, which is near the normal May mean minimum of 10.2°C. Last May, the mean minimum was 12.1°C. The coldest minimum temperature recorded in the Adelaide metropolitan area was 4.3°C on the 29th at the Parafield Airport, whilst the warmest night was 14.6°C at Kent Town on the 25th.

Further information

South Australian Regional Office
South Australian Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (08) 8366 2600
Email climate.sa@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
25.5°C at Parafield Airport on the 14th
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
19.9°C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
18.8°C at Noarlunga
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
14.7°C at Adelaide (Kent Town) on the 17th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
4.3°C at Parafield Airport on the 29th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
9.0°C at Parafield Airport
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
11.4°C at Noarlunga
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
14.6°C at Adelaide (Kent Town) on the 25th
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
94 mm at Banksia Park
Highest wind gust
80 km/h at Adelaide Airport on the 16th

Summaries

Summary statistics for May 2008
Maximum temperatures
for May
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for May
(°C)
Rainfall
for May
(millimetres)
Mean for
May
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
May
2008
Mean for
May
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
May
2008
Total for
May
2008
Normal
for
May
Rank of
May
2008
Fraction of
May
normal
Adelaide 19.7 +0.7 25.0 14th 10.0 −0.2 5.9 29th 63.4 59.8 normal 106%
Adelaide Airport 19.3 +0.8 24.5 14th 9.7 +0.2 5.8 29th 41.6 54.1 normal 77%
Edinburgh RAAF 19.7 +0.5 25.2 14th 9.5 +0.3 5.8 31st 54.6 43.3 high 126%
Noarlunga 18.8   23.8 14th 11.4   8.2 17th 50.4
Parafield Airport 19.9 +1.0 25.5 14th 9.0 −0.4 4.3 29th 63.4 47.7 high 133%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Monday 2 June 2008. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Normals 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 20 years of record, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of "normal" 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, normal in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9 and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of normal shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.

Further information

South Australian Regional Office
South Australian Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (08) 8366 2600
Email climate.sa@bom.gov.au