Adelaide Metro & Hills in 1 March to 31 March 2010

Slightly warmer and close to average rainfall.

  • Rainfall in the Adelaide region was generally close to average, though northern and hills regions tended more above average.
  • Monthly temperatures in the Adelaide and Adelaide Hills were generally warmer than average, though no records were broken.

Rainfall

The rainfall recorded at the South Australian Regional Office (Kent Town) for March 2010 is 19.0mm on 8 days (This figure is from the manually read gauge used for the long-term climate record. Figures available online from automatic instruments may differ from this amount). This is compared to the long-term average of 25.1mm on 6 days. In March 2009, 21.4mm was recorded in March on 9 days. Over the metropolitan area the rainfall was close to average with some places in the north and hills above average.
The highest rainfall recorded in the Adelaide and hills region for March was at Crafers West with 63.8mm.

Temperature

Overall, temperatures in the Adelaide Region for March 2010 were above average.
The mean maximum temperature at the South Australian Regional Office (Kent Town) for March 2010 was 27.7C which is 1.4C above the long-term average. On the 17th the South Australian Regional Office (Kent Town) recorded the highest maximum temperature for the month, 36.0C, which was also recorded at Edinburgh RAAF and Parafield Airport. There were 9 days of 30C or more, close to the average of 8 days.
The mean March maximum last year was 26.3C, while the record highest March mean maximum at the South Australian Regional Office is 31.3C in 1940.
The mean minimum temperature for March 2010 at the South Australian Regional Office (Kent Town) is 16.2C, which is 1.0C above the normal March mean minimum of 15.2C. Last year the mean minimum was 15.1C. March's highest recorded average minimum temperature is 18.9C in 1934. The coldest minimum temperature recorded in the Adelaide and hills area was 5.9C on the 23rd at Mount Barker, whilst the warmest night was 23.0C at Parafield Airport on the 14th.

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Extremes in 1 March to 31 March 2010
Hottest day 36.0 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town) on the 17th
36.0 °C at Edinburgh RAAF on the 17th
36.0 °C at Parafield Airport on the 17th
36.0 °C at Edinburgh RAAF on the 18th
Warmest days on average 28.7 °C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average 22.6 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 13.7 °C at Mount Lofty on the 8th
Coldest night 5.9 °C at Mount Barker on the 23rd
Coolest nights on average 11.0 °C at Mount Barker
Warmest nights on average 16.2 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
Warmest night 23.0 °C at Parafield Airport on the 14th
Wettest overall 63.8 mm at Crafers West
Highest wind gust 80 km/h at Noarlunga on the 1st



Summary statistics for 1 March to 31 March 2010
Maximum temperatures
for 1 March to 31 March
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for 1 March to 31 March
(°C)
Rainfall
for 1 March to 31 March
(millimetres)
Mean for
1 March to 31 March
2010
Diff
from
average
Highest for
1 March to 31 March
2010
Mean for
1 March to 31 March
2010
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
1 March to 31 March
2010
Total for
1 March to 31 March
2010
Average
for
1 March to 31 March
Rank of
1 March to 31 March
2010
Fraction of
1 March to 31 March
average
Adelaide (Kent Town) 27.7 +1.3 36.0 17th 16.2 +1.0 10.4 23rd 19.0 25.1 average 75%
Adelaide Airport 26.7 +1.2 35.0 17th 15.3 +1.0 8.4 23rd 20.0 20.8 average 96%
Edinburgh RAAF 28.3 +1.5 36.0 18th 15.5 +1.0 9.1 23rd 24.4 23.1 high 106%
Mount Barker 27.4 +2.9 34.3 17th 11.0 +0.5 5.9 23rd 20.4 30.6 average 67%
Mount Lofty 22.6   30.1 17th 12.4   6.2 2nd 38.4
Noarlunga 26.4   34.7 17th 15.8   9.7 11th 18.2
Parafield Airport 28.7 +1.9 36.0 17th 14.7 +0.1 8.9 30th 34.8 21.2 high 164%

Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Adelaide Metro & Hills 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.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Wednesday 31 March 2010. 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.

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