Thursday, 2 April 2009 - Monthly Climate Summary for Adelaide Metro & Hills - Product code IDCKGC13R0

Adelaide Metro & Hills in March 2009
Simply, an Average Month.

Summary

  • Average temperature during the month.
  • Near normal rainfall.

An archive of previous monthly summaries for Adelaide Metro & Hills is also available, as are summaries for other states and many other climate summaries and diagnostics.

Rainfall

Adelaide's (Kent Town) rainfall for March 2009 was 21.4 mm recorded on 9 days, which is just below the long term average of 25.2 mm on 6 days. Over the metropolitan and hills areas the rainfall was mostly average with some places slightly above average.

Temperature

Overall the average temperature in the Adelaide metropolitan and hills areas was near normal. The maximum temperature peaked into the high 30s on only a few days during the month.

The mean maximum temperature recorded at the South Australian Regional Office (Kent Town) for March 2009 was 26.3°C, which is equal to the long term March mean maximum temperature. The mean March maximum last year was 30.9°C, while the record March mean maximum is 31.3°C in 1940. On average 8 days with a maximum temperature above 30°C could be expected during March in Adelaide, but 2009 saw 5 days above 30°C. On the 21st the South Australian Regional Office (Kent Town) recorded its highest maximum temperature for the month, 35.0°C. The hottest maximum temperature recorded in the Adelaide metropolitan and hills area was 37.0°C on the 21st at the Parafield Airport.

The mean minimum temperature for March 2009 at the South Australian Regional Office (Kent Town) was 15.1°C, which is 0.1°C below the normal March mean minimum temperature of 15.2°C. March's highest recorded average minimum temperature is 18.9°C in 1934. March, last year, the mean minimum temperature was 17.9°C. The coldest minimum temperature recorded in the Adelaide metropolitan and hills area was 4.9°C on the 28th at Mount Barker, whilst the warmest night was 21.6°C at the Parafield Airport on the 3rd.

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
37.0°C at Parafield Airport on the 21st
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
27.0°C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
25.3°C at Adelaide Airport
25.3°C at Noarlunga
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
18.6°C at Mount Barker on the 6th
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
4.9°C at Mount Barker on the 28th
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
10.6°C at Mount Barker
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
15.1°C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
21.6°C at Parafield Airport on the 3rd
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
56.2 mm at Heathfield Works Depot
Highest wind gust
74 km/h at Noarlunga on the 4th

Summaries

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Summary statistics for March 2009
Maximum temperatures
for March
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for March
(°C)
Rainfall
for March
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2009
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2009
Mean for
March
2009
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2009
Total for
March
2009
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2009
Fraction of
March
average
Adelaide 26.3 0.0 35.0 21st 15.1 −0.1 10.2 28th 21.4 25.2 average 85%
Adelaide Airport 25.3 −0.1 36.4 21st 14.2 −0.1 8.7 28th 17.4 20.8 average 84%
Edinburgh RAAF 26.8 0.0 36.7 21st 14.2 −0.2 8.5 28th 10.6 23.5 average 45%
Mount Barker 25.9 +1.2 33.6 21st 10.6 +0.2 4.9 28th 33.4 31.1 average 107%
Noarlunga 25.3   34.8 21st 15.0   10.8 23rd 16.0
Parafield Airport 27.0 +0.2 37.0 21st 14.0 −0.6 7.7 28th 19.8 21.1 average 94%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 1 pm on Thursday 2 April 2009. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages 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 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.

Further information

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