Tasmania in April 2024

Rainfall

  • Rainfall was lower than average for much of the Western and South East districts, and patches of the Central Plateau and North West Coast districts, and was close to average for most other parts.
  • The area-averaged rainfall total for Tasmania was 25% below the 1961-1990 average for April.
  • Some sites in the south had less than half of their average April rainfall.
  • The wettest day was the 2nd when a low pressure system crossed the state and some sites had their highest April daily rainfall on record.

Temperature

  • Maximum temperatures were warmer than average across the north and close to average elsewhere.
  • The mean maximum temperature for Tasmania was just 0.02 °C warmer than 1961-1990 average.
  • Minimum temperatures were warmer than average across the Bass Strait Islands and parts of the west and south, and close to average for most other parts.
  • The mean minimum temperature for Tasmania was 0.26 °C warmer than 1961-1990 average.

Hobart (Ellerslie Road)

  • Total rainfall for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 36.8 mm, which is 74% of the long-term average of 49.5 mm.
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 18.9 °C, which is 1.5 °C above the long-term average of 17.4 °C.
  • The warmest day was 24.2 °C on the 14th, and the coolest day was on the 30th when the temperature reached 14.6 °C.
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 9.8 °C, which is 0.8 °C above the long-term average of 9.0 °C.
  • The coldest morning was 6.4 °C on the 17th, and the warmest morning was on the 15th when the minimum temperature was 14.8 °C.

Extremes in April 2024
Hottest day 24.5 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) on the 1st
Warmest days on average 19.7 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend)
Coolest days on average 8.2 °C at Mount Read
Coldest day 2.7 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) on the 24th
Coldest night -3.5 °C at Liawenee on the 27th
Coolest nights on average 1.4 °C at Liawenee
Warmest nights on average 12.7 °C at Swan Island
Warmest night 16.3 °C at Maria Island (Point Lesueur) on the 2nd
Warmest on average overall 15.7 °C at Swan Island
Coolest on average overall 5.3 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Wettest overall 359.6 mm at Lake Margaret Dam
Wettest day 69.2 mm at Dunorlan (Sharmans Road) on the 2nd
Strongest wind gust 117 km/h at Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse on the 29th

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
Deviot Jetty 56.6 on the 2nd 46.4 on the 30th in 2022 36
Sheffield School Farm 65.4 on the 2nd 47.8 on the 25th in 2009 28
Kimberley (Mersey River) 56.4 on the 2nd 53.0 on the 14th in 2003 27
Low Head 39.4 on the 2nd 39.0 on the 13th in 1998 27
Fortescue Bay 47.0 on the 2nd 33.4 on the 11th in 2023 21



Summary statistics for April 2024
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
April
2024
Diff
from
average
Highest for
April
2024
Mean for
April
2024
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
April
2024
Total for
April
2024
Average
for
April
Rank of
April
2024
Fraction of
April
average
Northern (district 91)
Cape Grim 16.0 -0.6 20.1 6th 11.7 0.0 9.4 24th 56.8 56.4 average 101%
Cressy (Brumbys Creek) 18.3   21.8 14th 4.9   -0.2 30th 58.0
Devonport Airport 18.6 +0.8 21.6 15th 8.1 -0.7 3.4 30th 64.4 60.4 average 107%
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 19.7 +0.7 24.5 1st 7.0 -0.6 0.6 30th 52.0 51.7 average 101%
Launceston Airport 18.6 +0.4 22.6 1st 6.0 -0.7 0.4 30th 56.0 48.0 average 117%
Low Head 18.2 +0.4 20.0 23rd 11.1 -0.2 6.3 30th 83.0 55.9 high 148%
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 15.2 -0.5 21.0 5th 7.9 -0.4 4.6 9th 74.4 98.6 average 75%
Marrawah 16.7 -0.2 19.8 7th 10.5 +0.2 7.5 9th 95.0 83.1 average 114%
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 18.4 +0.5 22.7 1st 7.6 -0.4 3.3 30th 65.2 77.5 average 84%
Sheffield School Farm 17.2 +0.7 20.7 21st 6.6 -0.5 2.9 30th 74.6 68.3 average 109%
Smithton Aerodrome 17.8 -0.1 22.3 7th 7.6 -0.2 2.8 9th 51.4 60.2 average 85%
Wynyard Airport 18.4 +0.7 22.3 7th 6.2 -1.1 0.1 30th 59.2 69.6 average 85%
East Coast (district 92)
Bicheno (Council Depot) 18.6 -0.3 22.0 15th 10.4 +0.1 7.0 20th 66.7 57.9 average 115%
Fingal (Fleming St) 18.2   23.0 1st 3.9   -1.7 20th 59.0
Friendly Beaches 18.9 +0.1 22.8 22nd 9.1 -0.7 4.5 20th 72.8 53.2 high 137%
larapuna (Eddystone Point) 19.4 +1.5 23.1 13th 10.9 -0.2 5.3 30th 68.0 63.6 average 107%
Maria Island (Point Lesueur) 17.6 -0.1 21.2 1st 11.4 +0.1 8.5 20th 32.2 35.9 average 90%
St Helens Aerodrome 19.0 +0.4 23.1 14th 9.0 -0.6 3.6 30th 64.0 53.8 average 119%
Swan Island 18.6 +0.3 21.6 1st 12.7 -0.1 7.6 30th 50.6 45.7 average 111%
Swansea (Francis Street) 18.3 -0.5 23.1 15th 7.6 -0.8 3.1 20th 50.0 38.1 high 131%
Midlands (district 93)
Ross (The Boulevards) 17.7 0.0 22.1 1st 4.0 -1.5 -1.6 30th 47.4 36.2 high 131%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania (Kincora) 18.9 -0.1 23.1 22nd 7.3 -0.2 2.0 20th 43.4 31.9 high 136%
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 16.8 +0.1 22.4 6th 10.5 +0.4 7.8 24th 40.8 55.9 low 73%
Dennes Point 18.3 +0.5 22.6 14th 10.4 0.0 7.4 28th 25.0 33.1 average 76%
Dover 17.8 +0.8 22.3 14th 7.4 +0.2 3.4 17th 26.6 65.7 low 40%
Dunalley (Stroud Point) 18.0 -0.2 21.6 14th 10.5 -0.3 6.7 20th 30.6 37.1 average 82%
Grove (Research Station) 18.0 0.0 23.9 6th 5.7 -0.2 0.3 17th 44.6 45.3 average 98%
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 18.9 +1.5 24.2 14th 9.8 +0.8 6.4 17th 36.8 49.5 average 74%
Hobart Airport 18.7   23.7 14th 8.4   3.5 20th 35.6
kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) 8.3 -0.2 14.2 1st 2.3 0.0 -2.2 24th 66.8 80.4 average 83%
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 13.6 -0.9 18.1 6th 10.0 +0.4 7.7 30th 77.8 106.8 low 73%
Tasman Island 15.1 -0.1 18.2 14th 10.4 +0.4 7.7 3rd 69.8 65.9 average 106%
Tunnack Fire Station 15.7 +0.2 20.0 14th 4.7 -0.6 -0.3 4th 18.0 40.2 low 45%
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 19.0 +0.9 24.2 6th 6.5 +0.3 0.4 23rd 31.4 45.3 low 69%
Ouse Fire Station 18.7 +0.3 23.3 6th 6.3 +1.1 0.2 23rd 26.4 31.5 average 84%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Butlers Gorge 12.7 -0.4 19.2 6th 4.5 +1.1 0.0 23rd 89.0 138.3 low 64%
Liawenee 12.5 +0.2 19.9 1st 1.4 -0.5 -3.5 27th 53.8 65.2 average 83%
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 16.6 +1.0 20.2 6th 11.0 +0.6 7.8 3rd 62.8 105.6 low 59%
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 10.0 -1.1 17.4 1st 4.6 0.0 0.8 24th 50.2 73.0 low 69%
Low Rocky Point 15.5 -0.9 20.8 6th 10.6 +0.2 8.5 9th 85.8 104.4 average 82%
Mount Read 8.2 -0.6 16.1 1st 3.1 -0.4 -0.6 24th 334.4 292.8 average 114%
Scotts Peak Dam 14.5 -0.4 21.6 6th 7.5 +0.6 3.9 9th 109.8 130.6 average 84%
Strahan Aerodrome 16.4 -0.5 21.9 6th 9.2 +0.6 4.9 19th
Warra 13.1 -0.5 18.3 6th 6.5 +0.5 3.5 9th 77.8 118.5 average 66%
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 17.7 -0.1 22.7 6th 11.3 +0.7 7.1 23rd 46.4 55.5 average 84%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 18.6 -0.2 23.8 1st 11.6 +0.8 4.2 20th 65.4 57.8 average 113%
Hogan Island 17.4 -0.8 19.5 5th 12.6 -0.4 11.1 30th 42.2 51.6 average 82%
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, usually published in the first week of the following 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.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Wednesday 1 May 2024. 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.

Information about Australian Indigenous seasonal calendars is available at the Indigenous Weather Knowledge website.


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