South Australia in March 2022: Warmer than average days and nights, wetter than average across parts of the east but drier in central areas

Rainfall was below average in central parts of South Australia including much of the Eyre Peninsula but areas in the east and north had above average rainfall. Daytime temperatures were above average across much of the state, though areas in the far south-west and parts of the upper north-east experienced daytime temperatures closer to average. Night-time temperatures were warmer than average across most of the state.

Wetter in the east, drier on the Eyre Peninsula

  • Rainfall in March was above average in parts of the of the state's east, and below average across central areas including much of the Eyre Peninsula.
  • State-wide, March rainfall was 56.5% below average.
  • Much of the rainfall recorded in March fell on the first week of the month and again during the third week, with heaviest falls being recorded in the state's east around the 17th.
  • Sturt Vale in the state's northeast recorded its highest March daily rainfall on record on the 17th when a trough of low pressure triggered thunderstorms to the east of the Flinders Ranges.
  • It was mostly dry throughout the month with few rain days, most areas reported monthly rainfall totals less than 25 mm while central parts of the state had totals generally less than 10 mm.

Warmer than average days and nights for much of the state

  • Daytime temperatures were warmer than average across most of the state, though closer to average across parts of the north-east and far south-west.
  • Across the state as a whole, the mean maximum temperature was 1.71 °C above average, coming in as the tenth warmest March since temperature records started in 1910.
  • Night-time temperatures were also warmer than average for most of South Australia, but closer to average in parts of the of the upper northeast.
  • The mean minimum temperature for South Australia as a whole was 1.18 °C above average.

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Extremes in March 2022
Hottest day 42.4 °C at Nullarbor on the 2nd
Warmest days on average 35.5 °C at Oodnadatta Airport
Coolest days on average 20.7 °C at Cape Willoughby
Coldest day 14.9 °C at Mount Lofty on the 31st
Coldest night 3.8 °C at Coonawarra on the 11th
3.8 °C at Keith (Munkora) on the 25th
Coolest nights on average 10.7 °C at Naracoorte Aerodrome
Warmest nights on average 20.5 °C at Moomba Airport
Warmest night 27.5 °C at Coober Pedy Airport on the 22nd
Warmest on average overall 27.9 °C at Oodnadatta Airport
Coolest on average overall 17.3 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 76.5 mm at Sturt Vale
Wettest day 64.5 mm at Sturt Vale on the 17th
Strongest wind gust 102 km/h at Sellicks Hill (Mount Terrible Radar) on the 19th

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Total
rainfall
Map of Rainfall totals Map of Percentage of normal rainfall Map of Rainfall deciles
Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
Mean
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temperatures
Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record highest March daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Sturt Vale 64.5 on the 17th 57.7 on the 16th in 1950 58

Record highest March total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Sturt Vale 76.5 70.4 in 1950 58 9.9






Summary statistics for March 2022
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2022
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2022
Mean for
March
2022
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from
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Lowest for
March
2022
Total for
March
2022
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2022
Fraction of
March
average
Northwest (district 16)
Andamooka 33.4 +1.1 39.8 21st 19.7 +1.4 15.2 31st 10.0 13.9 average 72%
Coober Pedy Airport 33.7 +1.8 41.2 16th 19.4 +0.9 14.4 31st 3.4 10.7 average 32%
Ernabella (Pukatja) 33.5 +2.0 38.7 3rd 18.2 +0.5 12.4 11th 8.2 25.3 average 32%
Mount Ive 31.3   37.5 14th     7.0 5th 2.0 13.4 average 15%
Roxby Downs (Olympic Dam Aerodrome) 33.2 +1.0 39.4 21st 18.1 +0.9 12.3 27th 1.0 7.6 low 13%
Tarcoola Aero 32.9 +1.2 39.7 21st 16.8 +0.6 9.8 31st 0 16.6 lowest 0%
Woomera Aerodrome 32.0 +1.5 38.2 20th 18.3 +1.4 13.1 31st 1.2 12.7 average 9%
Far North (district 17)
Leigh Creek Airport 32.5 +1.2 38.3 17th 18.1 +0.6 11.5 11th 13.4 18.2 average 74%
Marree Aero 34.8 +1.1 40.6 22nd 19.5 +0.7 14.2 11th 22.2 11.3 high 196%
Moomba Airport 34.2 +0.2 40.1 17th 20.5 0.0 15.2 26th 3.4 25.3 average 13%
Oodnadatta Airport 35.5 +1.7 41.3 16th 20.0 +0.7 13.2 27th 0.2 14.1 low 1%
Western Agricultural (district 18)
Ceduna AMO 27.3 +0.6 38.7 14th 14.2 +0.9 6.9 26th 1.6 15.8 low 10%
Cleve 25.9 0.0 36.0 14th 16.3 +1.5 12.1 24th 14.2 21.7 average 65%
Cleve Aerodrome 26.2 +0.2 36.8 14th 15.4 +0.9 11.6 25th 10.4 21.4 average 49%
Coffin Bay (Point Avoid) 23.1   30.6 15th 15.3   11.7 25th 19.2
Cultana (Defence) 29.5   36.6 14th 16.2   11.3 26th 2.2
Cummins Aero 27.5 +0.3 36.9 14th 14.5 +1.2 8.7 27th 8.4 14.5 average 58%
Elliston 25.7 +1.4 35.3 14th 15.7 +1.3 9.9 25th 5.8 14.7 average 39%
Kimba 28.2 +0.2 36.2 14th 15.2 +1.2 10.2 25th 1.8 16.8 low 11%
Kyancutta 30.9 +1.0 39.6 19th 13.6 +1.2 6.2 26th 3.0 13.9 average 22%
Minnipa Pirsa 29.4 +0.6 36.9 19th 15.4 +1.2 9.8 24th 2.8 18.0 average 16%
Neptune Island 21.9 +0.8 25.6 13th 17.0 +1.0 14.9 25th 10.2 18.1 average 56%
North Shields (Port Lincoln AWS) 24.3 -0.1 35.3 13th 15.5 +0.9 10.6 27th 19.0 17.0 average 112%
Nullarbor 26.8 +0.1 42.4 2nd 15.3 +1.0 9.3 11th 16.2 20.9 average 78%
Port Augusta Aero 30.6 +0.1 38.1 19th 17.8 +1.2 11.6 11th 1.4 12.6 low 11%
Streaky Bay 27.8 +0.6 37.8 14th 14.8 0.0 10.3 26th 5.0 14.8 average 34%
Whyalla Aero 27.2 -0.1 35.1 14th 16.7 +1.1 11.3 11th 1.8 17.7 low 10%
Wudinna Aero 31.1 +1.6 39.1 14th 13.8 +0.8 5.2 26th 2.6 15.8 average 16%
Northeast (district 20)
Gluepot Reserve (Gluepot) 30.2 +0.8 35.8 20th 13.8 +1.5 7.2 12th 3.5 12.3 low 28%
Yunta Airstrip 29.6 +0.7 36.5 21st 14.3 +1.4 8.0 25th 37.0 12.9 v high 287%
Lower North (district 21)
Clare High School 27.5 +1.3 33.8 19th 13.6 +1.4 8.7 29th 1.4 22.4 lowest 6%
Port Pirie Aerodrome AWS 30.5   36.8 19th 15.1   8.4 31st 0
Snowtown (Rayville Park) 29.9 +1.2 36.8 14th 13.0 +0.9 7.4 25th 0.8 16.5 v low 5%
Yorke Peninsula (district 22A)
Edithburgh 23.7 +0.1 32.3 27th 16.8 +1.1 11.8 13th 15.0 16.4 average 91%
Kadina AWS 28.0 -0.2 35.4 14th 14.7 +1.2 9.6 24th 5.0 26.2 low 19%
Minlaton Aero 26.9 +0.3 36.2 14th 14.9 +0.9 10.0 24th 15.2 14.4 average 106%
Stenhouse Bay 23.4 0.0 30.5 27th 16.9 +0.9 14.9 24th 13.4 18.3 average 73%
Warooka 25.7 +0.6 35.0 15th 16.1 +1.4 10.9 24th 20.9 16.2 high 129%
Kangaroo Island (district 22B)
Cape Borda 22.3 -0.2 30.1 14th 14.6 +0.9 11.9 12th 8.6 21.7 low 40%
Cape Willoughby 20.7 -0.1 28.3 27th 16.4 +0.8 13.4 25th 12.6 21.0 average 60%
Kingscote Aero 25.1 +0.5 32.8 3rd 13.2 +1.8 7.0 12th 12.6 22.2 average 57%
Parndana Cfs AWS 24.6 +0.7 32.9 3rd 13.2 +0.9 8.6 27th 16.8 16.5 average 102%
Adelaide Plains (district 23A)
Adelaide (West Terrace / ngayirdapira) 27.3 +1.3 35.3 14th 15.9 +0.7 11.6 11th 17.8 23.5 average 76%
Adelaide Airport 26.3 +0.8 34.3 14th 15.8 +1.3 11.4 11th 11.4 20.9 average 55%
Edinburgh RAAF 27.9 +0.9 36.3 14th 15.2 +0.6 10.0 25th 6.4 23.5 low 27%
Parafield Airport 28.1 +1.2 35.6 14th 15.3 +0.7 8.2 25th 16.8 21.6 average 78%
Roseworthy AWS 28.7 +0.4 36.2 14th 13.4 +0.6 5.4 25th 11.4 16.7 average 68%
County Light (district 23B)
Nuriootpa Pirsa 26.7 +0.7 33.2 19th 13.4 +1.4 9.8 7th 25.4 24.8 average 102%
Mount Lofty Ranges (district 23C)
Hindmarsh Island AWS 23.2 -0.8 34.7 3rd 15.2 +0.7 10.0 11th 7.6 14.0 low 54%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 23.8 +0.6 32.2 14th 13.7 +0.9 9.8 10th 15.2 32.3 v low 47%
Mount Barker 26.0 +1.3 33.4 14th 12.3 +1.8 7.2 12th 17.0 30.8 average 55%
Mount Crawford AWS 24.6 +1.1 31.6 14th 12.9 +0.7 8.3 25th 14.6 26.4 average 55%
Mount Lofty 22.6 +2.9 30.5 14th 12.1 +0.9 7.2 10th 26.6 38.2 average 70%
Noarlunga 26.4 +0.7 34.7 14th 16.1 +0.5 11.6 25th 4.4 18.7 v low 24%
Parawa (Second Valley Forest AWS) 21.4 +0.2 30.0 15th 13.7 +0.7 10.4 12th 25.0 32.9 average 76%
Victor Harbor (Encounter Bay) 23.2 -0.4 31.5 27th 13.3 +0.5 6.6 12th 14.6 19.2 low 76%
Upper Murray Valley (district 24A)
Loxton Research Centre 29.5 +1.1 34.6 20th 14.3 +2.1 10.0 31st 20.8 11.5 high 181%
Renmark Aero 30.0 +0.9 35.4 20th 14.9 +1.9 10.0 12th 8.2 11.4 average 72%
Lower Murray Valley (district 24B)
Eudunda 25.8 0.0 32.2 14th 14.0 +1.7 9.5 9th 50.5 20.8 v high 243%
Meningie 25.5 +1.1 34.0 3rd 13.5 +0.8 7.8 12th 28.2 21.8 high 129%
Murray Bridge 26.9 0.0 35.1 14th 13.6 +0.6 9.5 10th 8.8 20.0 average 44%
Murray Bridge (Pallamana Aerodrome) 27.3 -0.2 35.1 19th 13.1 +0.8 7.4 25th 8.0 17.6 average 45%
Strathalbyn Racecourse 25.5 +0.2 34.9 3rd 13.5 +0.7 7.5 11th 8.4 16.9 low 50%
Upper Southeast (district 25B)
Keith     32.2 27th 12.2 +0.7 6.5 25th 49.2 21.0 v high 234%
Keith (Munkora) 27.6 +0.1 34.5 3rd 11.1 +0.8 3.8 25th 28.0 17.4 high 161%
Lameroo (Austin Plains) 28.1 +0.2 33.1 3rd 12.9 +1.0 6.7 30th 35.6 17.4 high 205%
Lower Southeast (district 26)
Cape Jaffa (The Limestone) 23.2 +0.5 30.4 3rd 13.2 +0.7 8.7 12th 3.8 20.5 lowest 19%
Coonawarra 25.1 +0.1 33.4 3rd 11.2 +1.0 3.8 11th 32.0 25.8 high 124%
Mount Gambier Aero 24.3 +1.1 33.3 3rd 11.6 +1.0 5.3 12th 25.8 35.1 average 74%
Naracoorte Aerodrome 25.9 -0.3 33.4 14th 10.7 +0.6 4.2 11th 36.2 23.4 high 155%
Padthaway South 26.3 +0.4 33.3 3rd 10.9 +0.5 4.9 25th 19.8 23.1 average 86%
Robe 21.9 +0.8 27.6 3rd 13.6 +0.9 9.1 11th 7.4 26.5 low 28%
Robe Airfield 23.5 +0.4 32.1 16th 12.1 +0.7 4.6 24th 6.0 24.2 v low 25%

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each month, lists the main features of the weather in South Australia using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. More extensive discussion of significant weather events, along with later information and data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 8 am on Monday 4 April 2022. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

In some situations, some or all of the rainfall is in the form of hail or snow. In these cases the totals given are for the water equivalent: the depth of liquid water that results from melting any frozen precipitation. There can be significant 'undercatch' of snow in strong winds, meaning the true precipitation can be higher than that reported.

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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

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