Tasmania in April 2022: much warmer and drier than average overall

April was much drier than average away from the north-east. Days and nights were much warmer than average for most of the state.

Very dry in the west and south

5th warmest April on record

Hobart (Ellerslie Road)

  • Total rainfall for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 21.0 mm, which is 42% of the long-term average of 49.8 mm.
  • Hobart's mean temperature anomaly was +1.5 °C, the 7th warmest on record and the warmest since 2016.
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 19.0 °C, which is 1.6 °C above the long-term average of 17.4 °C.
  • The warmest day was 26.7 °C on the 10th, and the coolest day was on the 21st when the temperature reached 14.4 °C.
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 10.3 °C, which is 1.3 °C above the long-term average of 9.0 °C.
  • The coldest morning was 6.5 °C on the 23rd, and the warmest morning was on the 29th when the minimum temperature was 13.4 °C.

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Extremes in April 2022
Hottest day 27.9 °C at Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) on the 17th
Warmest days on average 20.4 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend)
Coolest days on average 9.7 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Coldest day 1.5 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) on the 21st
Coldest night -2.9 °C at Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) on the 22nd
-2.9 °C at Liawenee on the 22nd
Coolest nights on average 2.6 °C at Liawenee
Warmest nights on average 13.8 °C at Swan Island
Warmest night 18.3 °C at Cape Sorell on the 10th
18.3 °C at Low Head on the 10th
Warmest on average overall 16.3 °C at Swan Island
Coolest on average overall 6.5 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Wettest overall 212.2 mm at Mount Barrow (South Barrow)
Wettest day 122.0 mm at Friendly Beaches on the 28th
Strongest wind gust 122 km/h at Hogan Island on the 30th

Maps
ObservedAnomalyDecile rank
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
daily
minimum
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 April daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Bicheno (Council Depot) 92.6 on the 28th 83.8 on the 16th in 1935 94
Devonport Airport 67.0 on the 6th 59.5 on the 2nd in 1989 59
Deviot Jetty 46.4 on the 30th 46.0 on the 2nd in 1989 34
Corra Linn (North Esk River) 38.4 on the 30th 32.0 on the 20th in 2006 28
Friendly Beaches 122.0 on the 28th 75.4 on the 13th in 2011 26
Nunamara Offtake (St Patricks River) 55.4 on the 30th 48.0 on the 3rd in 2020 26
Upper Blessington 49.0 on the 30th 43.4 on the 8th in 2010 23



Record highest April total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
April
Friendly Beaches 161.2 137.0 in 2003 25 50.8

Highest April total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
April
Memana (Babel Farm) 110.6 128.6 in 1989 59.1
Devonport Airport 128.0 191.4 in 1992 60.6
Flinders Island Airport 96.2 104.0 in 2001 57.7



Record highest April mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
April
Cape Sorell 17.9 17.8 in 2017 81 15.6
Strahan Aerodrome 18.4 = 18.4 in 2002 29 16.8
Smithton Aerodrome 19.3 19.2 in 2016 25 17.8
Scotts Peak Dam 17.0 16.6 in 2017 23 14.8

Highest April mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
April
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 15.9 16.7 in 1989 14.5
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 20.4 20.5 in 2002 19.0



Record highest April daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
April
Low Head 18.3 on the 10th 18.1 on the 28th in 2016 25 11.2
St Helens Aerodrome 17.5 on the 10th 17.2 on the 20th in 2012 22 9.6



Record highest April mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
April
Cressy Research Station 7.8 7.4 in 2020 23 5.6
St Helens Aerodrome 11.0 10.7 in 2010 21 9.6

Highest April mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
April
Bicheno (Council Depot) 11.5 11.8 in 1989 10.2
larapuna (Eddystone Point) 13.0 13.8 in 1989* 11.1

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported




Record highest April mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
April
Cressy Research Station 13.5 13.4 in 2002 23 11.9
Scotts Peak Dam 12.2 = 12.2 in 2017 23 10.8

Highest April mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
April
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 14.2 14.8 in 2002 12.9



Summary statistics for April 2022
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
April
2022
Diff
from
average
Highest for
April
2022
Mean for
April
2022
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
April
2022
Total for
April
2022
Average
for
April
Rank of
April
2022
Fraction of
April
average
Northern (district 91)
Cape Grim 17.8 +1.3 21.4 17th 12.2 +0.6 7.9 1st 32.6 55.7 low 59%
Cape Grim BAPS (Comparison) 18.0 +1.4 21.3 17th 12.3 +0.8 8.0 1st 32.8 63.8 low 51%
Cressy Research Station 19.1 +0.8 25.7 4th 7.8 +2.2 0.7 12th 32.4 42.3 average 77%
Devonport Airport 19.1 +1.3 23.0 4th 10.0 +1.2 3.4 12th 128.0 60.6 v high 211%
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 20.4 +1.4 26.0 4th 8.9 +1.4 2.2 12th 81.2 52.0 high 156%
Launceston Airport 18.9 +0.8 25.3 4th 8.2 +1.6 1.5 12th 70.2 47.3 high 148%
Low Head 18.7 +1.0 21.7 10th 12.2 +1.0 7.8 12th 76.2 55.1 average 138%
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 17.4 +1.8 22.8 2nd 9.2 +1.0 4.8 22nd 58.2 99.7 low 58%
Marrawah       11.1 +0.8 6.5 1st 39.2 83.4 v low 47%
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 18.7 +0.8 24.7 4th 9.7 +1.7 5.0 21st 94.8 77.7 high 122%
Sheffield School Farm 17.0 +0.6 22.2 4th 7.9 +0.9 2.2 22nd 108.2 68.0 high 159%
Smithton Aerodrome 19.3 +1.5 25.0 10th 8.3 +0.6 2.0 14th 36.6 60.1 low 61%
Wynyard Airport 18.8 +1.2 23.7 4th 8.2 +1.0 2.6 21st 47.2 70.4 average 67%
East Coast (district 92)
Bicheno (Council Depot) 18.6 -0.3 23.5 10th 11.5 +1.3 5.3 22nd 129.4 57.6 v high 225%
Friendly Beaches 18.5 -0.4 24.8 10th 10.3 +0.5 5.5 7th 161.2 50.8 highest 317%
Lake Leake (Elizabeth River) 14.7 +0.4 20.0 17th 5.2 +1.0 -2.9 22nd 52.0 67.6 average 77%
larapuna (Eddystone Point) 19.0 +1.1 22.9 10th 13.0 +1.9 7.8 21st 83.2 64.0 high 130%
Maria Island (Point Lesueur) 17.7 0.0 22.4 10th 11.9 +0.6 8.8 22nd 36.4 34.3 average 106%
St Helens Aerodrome 18.4 -0.2 23.7 10th 11.0 +1.4 5.8 23rd 67.0 52.0 high 129%
Swan Island 18.8 +0.6 23.0 17th 13.8 +1.0 8.8 21st 42.0 45.8 average 92%
Swansea (Francis Street) 17.8 -1.1 24.0 10th 8.2 -0.2 3.0 22nd 21.6 29.8 average 72%
Midlands (district 93)
Ross (The Boulevards) 18.4 +0.8 23.5 17th 5.6 +0.1 -2.7 22nd 31.0 35.6 average 87%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania (Kincora) 19.4 +0.4 27.4 10th 8.0 +0.5 2.7 23rd 25.8 32.0 average 81%
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 18.0 +1.4 24.7 17th 10.9 +0.9 7.3 21st 45.4 56.6 low 80%
Dennes Point 18.2   25.2 10th 10.9   7.0 21st 23.0 32.9 average 70%
Dover 17.8 +0.9 25.6 17th 7.6 +0.5 3.7 23rd 31.2 66.3 low 47%
Dunalley (Stroud Point) 18.4 +0.3 27.0 10th 11.2 +0.4 8.1 7th 27.6 34.9 average 79%
Grove (Research Station) 19.5 +1.6 26.6 17th 6.4 +0.5 0.4 23rd 21.6 45.9 low 47%
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 19.0 +1.6 26.7 10th 10.3 +1.3 6.5 23rd 21.0 49.8 low 42%
Hobart Airport 18.9 +0.7 26.9 10th 9.8 +1.0 5.4 22nd 22.6 40.2 average 56%
kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) 9.7 +1.2 15.0 17th 3.3 +1.1 -1.6 21st 50.6 81.0 average 62%
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 15.9 +1.4 22.3 17th 10.9 +1.4 6.3 21st 46.2 107.3 v low 43%
Tasman Island 15.7 +0.5 20.4 10th 10.8 +0.8 6.6 21st 65.8 64.6 average 102%
Tunnack Fire Station 15.9 +0.4 21.8 10th 5.9 +0.7 -0.4 23rd 41.2 40.8 average 101%
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 19.6 +1.6 27.9 17th 6.7 +0.5 0.6 24th 19.8 45.6 low 43%
Ouse Fire Station 19.1 +0.8 27.3 17th 6.4 +1.2 -0.1 24th 13.4 32.2 low 42%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Butlers Gorge 14.6 +1.5 20.7 17th 3.8 +0.4 -0.6 8th 51.2 140.0 v low 37%
Liawenee 13.4 +1.1 19.8 4th 2.6 +0.8 -2.9 22nd 52.2 66.1 average 79%
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 17.9 +2.3 22.6 28th 11.5 +1.1 8.3 19th 54.4 106.6 low 51%
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 12.4 +1.4 19.3 9th 5.3 +0.8 0.7 21st 45.6 74.1 low 62%
Low Rocky Point 17.5 +1.3 24.2 17th 10.7 +0.4 6.7 6th 53.8 106.5 v low 51%
Mount Read 10.2 +1.4 14.5 17th 4.6 +1.2 0.1 21st 141.8 290.8 low 49%
Scotts Peak Dam 17.0 +2.2 26.8 9th 7.5 +0.7 3.2 6th 76.0 132.6 low 57%
Strahan Aerodrome 18.4 +1.6 25.3 17th 8.3 -0.3 3.7 1st 75.2 115.9 low 65%
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 19.1 +1.3 24.5 9th 11.6 +1.0 5.6 1st 36.8 56.1 low 66%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 19.5 +0.8 26.6 17th 12.0 +1.2 3.5 22nd 96.2 57.7 high 167%
Hogan Island 18.5 +0.3 24.6 10th 13.7 +0.7 11.0 22nd 98.4 52.9 high 186%
Note: From 2017, information about Macquarie Island can be found in the climate summary for the Remote Islands and Antarctica

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each month, lists the main features of the weather in Tasmania 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 10 am on Monday 2 May 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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