Monday, 2 March 2009 - Seasonal Climate Summary for New South Wales - Product code IDCKGC25R0

New South Wales in summer 2008−09
Warm Summer for NSW

 

Summary

  • Above average maximum and minimum temperatures for the state.
  • Close to average rainfall for most of NSW

An archive of previous seasonal summaries for New South Wales is also available, as are summaries for other states and many other climate summaries and diagnostics.

Rainfall

The NSW statewide average rainfall for summer 2008−09 is 146 mm which is close to the historical average of 169 mm. Across most of NSW rainfall distribution was close to average over the summer. However, patches in the northern part of the state experienced above average rainfall with an area around Bourke and Walget recording well above average rainfall for the season. The far southeastern part of NSW and small areas in the southern half of NSW as well as two areas in the northeastern and northwest recorded below average rainfall. Although the overall summer rainfall was close to average for most of the state, the story was quite different for individual months. December was above average for the south and south west, January was below average for southwest and coastal inland NSW. February was above average for the vast majority of the northern half of NSW (with exceptionally high rainfall recorded for the Mid North Coast), and below average for far western and southwest NSW. The resulting summer rainfall decile map (see below) is patchy and reflects the averaging out of the rainfall at the seasonal time scale.

The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) recorded a basin wide seasonal rainfall average of 124 mm, which is below the historical average of 144 mm.

See a map of total rainfall. See a map of rainfall deciles.

Temperature

The average maximum temperature for the state was 32.3°C, which is 1.1°C above average of 31.2°C. All of NSW experienced above average daytime temperatures during summer with a large area stretching from the southwestern border of NSW, through inland NSW including most of the ACT, to the Central Coast as well as an area in the northwest of NSW, being up to 2°C above average. The Illawarra and northern NSW were close to average. December average maximum temperatures were well below average by as much as 3°C in an area on the southern border. January and February temperatures were above average by approximately 1°C. Although extreme events have occurred during the course of summer (the most notable being the heatwave that occured at the end of January/early February, and cold air associated with the passage of a front on the 29th December) these events averaged out over the course of the season and thus do not appear as strong a signal as would be expected. This is partly due to the below average maximum temperature anomalies during December which coincidentally were present in the southern parts of NSW.

The average minimum temperature for NSW was 17.8°C which is 0.7°C above the historical average of 17.1°C. Two large areas within the southern inland and the northwestern corner of NSW were above average by up to 2°C. The reamainder of the state was within a degree of the average.

Some sites had their highest summer temperature on record.

See a map of mean maximum temperatures. See a map of maximum temperature anomalies.

Some sites had their lowest summer temperature on record.

Some sites had their warmest summer night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.

See a map of mean minimum temperatures. See a map of minimum temperature anomalies.

 

Other phenomena

A cold front towards the end of December caused major storm activity with hail reported at various locations. A tornado was also reported in Cooma on the 23rd December associated with the storm activity. A slow moving high pressure system in the Tasman produced a heatwave over much of South Eastern Autralia including the southern part of NSW towards the end of January which continued into early February. Parts of the Mid North Coast, including Maitland and Bellingen experienced flooding in February due to the above average rainfall that fell in the area. Bourke experienced its wettest day on record, 198 mm on 14th February. This caused flooding of all streets and closed off roads with over 20 houses flooded during this event.

Further information

Agata Imielska
NSW Regional Office
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555
Email climate.nsw@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
47.0°C at Ivanhoe Post Office on 2 Feb 2009
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
36.4°C at Wanaaring Post Office
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
15.5°C at Thredbo AWS
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
2.7°C at Thredbo AWS on 14 Dec 2008
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−4.4°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) on 17 Jan 2009
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
4.5°C at Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
23.0°C at Tibooburra Post Office
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
32.7°C at White Cliffs AWS on 7 Feb 2009
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
1235.4 mm at Yarras (Mount Seaview)
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
311.2 mm at Kalang (Spicketts Ck (Noonannie)) on 17 Feb 2009
Highest wind gust
124 km/h at Gunnedah Airport AWS on 10 Feb 2009

Records

Record highest summer temperature
Highest temperature
in summer 2008−09 (°C)
Previous highest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Wagga Wagga AMO 45.2 on 7 Feb 2009 44.8 on 23 Jan 2001 68 30.6
Taralga Post Office 39.8 on 8 Feb 2009 38.8 on 30 Jan 2003 51 25.0
Katoomba (Murri St) 37.6 on 8 Feb 2009 36.6 on 21 Feb 2004 47 22.7
Hume Reservoir 44.9 on 7 Feb 2009 43.7 on 1 Feb 1968 44 29.9
Tumbarumba Post Office 40.2 on 7 Feb 2009 39.4 on 1 Feb 1968 43 27.6
Thredbo Village 33.5 on 30 Jan 2009 32.0 on 24 Dec 1993 40 20.4
Corowa Airport 46.0 on 7 Feb 2009 = 46.0 on 3 Jan 1990 37 31.1
Cooma Visitors Centre 39.0 on 31 Jan 2009 38.5 on 1 Jan 2006 36 26.2
Nerriga Composite 39.8 on 8 Feb 2009 39.7 on 3 Jan 1973 36 25.3
Thredbo AWS 27.8 on 30 Jan 2009 27.0 on 6 Feb 1985 30 15.4



Record highest summer daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in summer 2008−09 (°C)
Previous highest
for summer
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Norfolk Island Aero 24.3 on 20 Feb 2009 23.9 on 17 Feb 1996 70 18.8
Burrinjuck Dam 26.8 on 6 Feb 2009 26.0 on 7 Feb 1997 45 14.9
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 31.4 on 7 Feb 2009 30.7 on 18 Jan 2003 45 17.4
Thredbo Village 20.2 on 8 Feb 2009 20.0 on 15 Feb 2004 40 6.4
Thredbo AWS 18.3 on 8 Feb 2009 17.0 on 26 Jan 2003 30 6.1
Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet) 21.5 on 8 Feb 2009 16.7 on 26 Feb 1968 24 4.5



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Summaries

This table is very wide and may not fit if printed.

Summary statistics for summer 2008−09
Maximum temperatures
for summer
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for summer
(°C)
Rainfall
for summer
(millimetres)
Mean for
summer
2008−09
Diff
from
average
Highest for
summer
2008−09
Mean for
summer
2008−09
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
summer
2008−09
Total for
summer
2008−09
Average
for
summer
Rank of
summer
2008−09
Fraction of
summer
average
Western (Far Northwest) (district 46)
Fowlers Gap AWS 34.8   44.5 6 Feb 2009 20.7   13.0 15 Dec 2008 61.8
Tibooburra Airport 36.1 −0.3 45.7 5 Feb 2009 22.8 0.0 13.6 15 Dec 2008 30.0 43.2 average 69%
Tibooburra Post Office 36.2 +0.7 45.9 5 Feb 2009 23.0 +1.7 13.8 15 Dec 2008 37.8 78.2 average 48%
White Cliffs AWS 35.4   45.4 5 Feb 2009 22.0   14.4 15 Dec 2008 52.2
White Cliffs Post Office 35.1 0.0 45.3 6 Feb 2009 21.5 +1.3 12.5 16 Dec 2008 47.9 78.3 average 61%
Wilcannia 35.1 +0.4 45.4 6 Feb 2009 20.0 +0.9 12.1 3 Jan 2009 65.2 76.4 average 85%
Wilcannia Aerodrome AWS 35.3   45.7 7 Feb 2009 20.2   12.1 16 Dec 2008 70.4
Western (Lower Darling) (district 47)
Broken Hill 33.1 +1.0 45.0 7 Feb 2009 18.7 +0.8 9.9 15 Dec 2008 82.8 69.0 average 120%
Broken Hill Airport AWS 32.7 +0.6 43.8 7 Feb 2009 18.6 +0.5 10.1 15 Dec 2008 81.8 64.7 average 126%
Lake Victoria Storage 32.7 +1.5 46.4 7 Feb 2009     6.5 28 Feb 2009 33.5 56.2 average 60%
Menindee Post Office     46.8 7 Feb 2009 19.2 +1.4 12.0 3 Jan 2009 27.7 65.8 low 42%
Pooncarie Mail Agency 34.5   46.5 7 Feb 2009 17.7   11.0 15 Dec 2008 42.4 64.3 average 66%
Western (Upper Darling) (district 48)
Brewarrina Hospital 35.6 +0.1 43.0 9 Feb 2009 20.4 +0.4 10.9 1 Dec 2008 150.1 136.6 average 110%
Cobar MO 34.2 +1.0 43.5 6 Feb 2009 20.5 +0.8 12.6 15 Dec 2008 123.8 126.7 average 98%
Lightning Ridge Visitors Information Cen 35.2 +0.2 43.0 9 Feb 2009 20.2 −1.3 9.0 15 Dec 2008 200.1 140.5 high 142%
Wanaaring Post Office 36.4 +0.8 43.4 6 Feb 2009 21.3 +0.5 12.7 16 Dec 2008 148.7 98.2 high 151%
Western (Southwest Plains) (district 49)
Balranald 32.4 +0.3 45.3 7 Feb 2009 16.2 +0.4 8.8 15 Dec 2008 45.4 70.7 average 64%
Ivanhoe Aerodrome AWS 34.2   45.8 7 Feb 2009 19.7   11.7 15 Dec 2008 47.8
Ivanhoe Post Office 35.5 +1.5 47.0 2 Feb 2009 18.7 +1.3 10.0 8 Dec 2008 48.1 81.3 average 59%
Central Western Plains (South) (district 50)
Condobolin Ag Research Stn 33.5 +0.8 44.9 6 Feb 2009 18.8 +1.4 10.3 20 Dec 2008 93.2 130.0 average 72%
Condobolin Airport AWS 33.7 +0.9 44.8 6 Feb 2009 18.8 +1.2 9.9 3 Jan 2009 108.2 102.8 average 105%
Peak Hill Post Office 32.9 +0.6 43.0 6 Feb 2009 19.2 +0.7 10.8 15 Dec 2008 164.7 158.0 average 104%
West Wyalong Airport AWS 32.6   43.3 6 Feb 2009 17.6   9.2 2 Dec 2008 83.0 107.7 average 77%
Central Western Plains (North) (district 51)
Coonamble Airport AWS 33.9 −0.2 42.4 9 Feb 2009 18.8 −0.3 10.5 16 Dec 2008 275.4 150.7 high 183%
Coonamble Comparison 34.0 −0.2 42.3 9 Feb 2009 19.1 +0.5 10.5 16 Dec 2008 232.5 161.8 high 144%
Nyngan Airport 34.2 +0.7 42.7 6 Feb 2009 20.4 +1.6 13.0 16 Dec 2008 139.7 140.8 average 99%
Trangie Research Station AWS 33.4 +1.0 42.2 6 Feb 2009 18.8 +1.0 9.8 20 Dec 2008 135.8 144.2 average 94%
Northwest Plains (West) (district 52)
Mungindi Post Office 35.5 +0.8 42.5 9 Feb 2009 20.5 +0.6 11.6 16 Dec 2008 143.9 186.4 average 77%
Walgett Airport AWS 35.1 +0.4 43.3 9 Feb 2009 19.6 +0.1 9.9 16 Dec 2008 282.6 163.3 high 173%
Northwest Plains (East) (district 53)
Moree Aero 33.0 +0.1 40.5 9 Feb 2009 19.3 +0.2 10.4 16 Dec 2008 270.4 228.8 average 118%
Northwest Slopes (North) (district 54)
Barraba Post Office 31.5 +0.5 40.3 9 Feb 2009 15.7 0.0 7.0 16 Dec 2008 305.0 242.3 high 126%
Narrabri Airport AWS 33.2   42.4 9 Feb 2009 19.2   10.5 16 Dec 2008 222.0
Pindari Dam 31.2 +0.5 38.2 9 Feb 2009 17.4 +0.5 9.8 1 Dec 2008 249.1 264.8 average 94%
Northwest Slopes (South) (district 55)
Gunnedah Airport AWS 32.8   42.2 9 Feb 2009 17.1   8.8 16 Dec 2008 145.0
Gunnedah Pool 32.4 −0.9 41.0 9 Feb 2009 18.8 +1.0 10.8 16 Dec 2008 218.2 206.3 average 106%
Gunnedah Resource Centre 31.6 +0.3 41.4 9 Feb 2009 18.8 +0.5 11.4 16 Dec 2008 219.6 226.9 average 97%
Quirindi Post Office 32.1 +0.5 40.6 7 Feb 2009 16.2 +0.5 8.2 16 Dec 2008 219.2 226.7 average 97%
Tamworth Airport AWS 31.8 +0.5 40.7 6 Feb 2009 16.3 −0.3 7.6 16 Dec 2008 247.8 189.5 high 131%
Woolbrook 27.1 +0.2 35.5 9 Feb 2009 12.1 +0.3 3.5 16 Dec 2008 212.6 270.4 low 79%
Northern Tablelands (West) (district 56)
Armidale 25.9 −0.1 35.0 9 Feb 2009 11.5 −0.6 3.0 16 Dec 2008 274.4 271.8 average 101%
Armidale Airport AWS 25.3 0.0 34.3 9 Feb 2009 12.8 +0.3 6.7 1 Dec 2008 257.8 276.1 average 93%
Glen Innes Ag Research Stn 24.9 +0.1 33.0 8 Feb 2009 12.9 −0.1 4.5 16 Dec 2008 336.5 307.5 average 109%
Glen Innes Airport AWS 25.3 −0.5 33.5 9 Feb 2009 12.2 +0.1 2.5 16 Dec 2008 375.2 285.4 high 131%
Glen Innes Post Office 26.1 +0.1 34.4 8 Feb 2009 13.9 +1.0 6.0 16 Dec 2008 297.2 312.4 average 95%
Guyra Hospital 23.8 +0.7 32.0 9 Feb 2009 11.5 0.0 5.0 16 Dec 2008 270.6 342.9 low 79%
Inverell 29.8 +0.1 37.2 9 Feb 2009 14.5 +0.1 6.2 16 Dec 2008 201.8 298.4 very low 68%
Inverell Research Centre 29.2 +0.4 36.3 9 Feb 2009 15.8 −0.1 9.1 16 Dec 2008 200.6 295.9 low 68%
Tenterfield     34.5 9 Feb 2009 13.5 −0.4 5.6 1 Dec 2008 232.3 314.0 low 74%
Northern Tablelands (East) (district 57)
Tabulam 26.5 −0.1 35.2 16 Jan 2009 16.8 0.0 12.1 21 Dec 2008 388.0 501.0 low 77%
Upper North Coast (district 58)
Alstonville Tropical Fruit Research Stat 27.1 +0.2 34.5 19 Dec 2008 19.2 0.0 14.5 16 Dec 2008 375.6 545.3 low 69%
Ballina Airport AWS 28.1 +0.3 33.5 19 Dec 2008 19.0 +0.1 12.7 1 Dec 2008 316.6 489.4 low 65%
Casino Airport 30.2 −0.8 37.5 31 Dec 2008 19.1 +0.6 13.3 15 Jan 2009 301.8 409.0 average 74%
Casino Airport AWS 29.5 −0.2 36.6 31 Dec 2008 18.6 +0.1 12.6 23 Dec 2008 331.2 400.4 average 83%
Evans Head RAAF Bombing Range AWS 26.8 −1.0 33.8 18 Dec 2008 18.0 −1.4 14.4 1 Dec 2008 366.2 368.8 average 99%
Grafton Airport AWS 29.8   36.6 24 Jan 2009 17.8   11.6 16 Dec 2008 410.8
Grafton Olympic Pool 30.2 +0.5 37.2 31 Dec 2008 19.1 −0.1 13.8 16 Dec 2008 388.3 405.5 average 96%
Lismore 29.1   35.6 16 Jan 2009 19.0   13.9 23 Dec 2008 355.1
Lismore Airport AWS 29.8   36.9 16 Jan 2009 18.0   11.1 22 Dec 2008 321.0
Murwillumbah 29.3 0.0 36.3 19 Dec 2008 19.7 +0.5 13.7 1 Dec 2008 538.2 586.7 average 92%
Yamba Pilot Station 27.1 +0.7 32.2 6 Dec 2008 20.4 +0.5 15.8 1 Dec 2008 300.2 414.0 average 73%
Lower North Coast (district 59)
Coffs Harbour MO 27.2 +0.6 34.0 18 Dec 2008 18.8 −0.2 13.6 16 Dec 2008 577.2 546.6 average 106%
Dorrigo 24.4 +0.6 32.2 1 Jan 2009 14.2 −0.3 8.0 16 Dec 2008 819.4 755.9 high 108%
Kempsey 28.6 −0.2 34.5 10 Dec 2008 17.7 +0.3 12.0 15 Dec 2008 864.7 399.8 very high 216%
Kempsey Airport AWS 28.2   35.5 3 Dec 2008 16.8   10.9 15 Dec 2008 648.6
South West Rocks 27.2 +0.7 34.5 6 Dec 2008 19.5 +0.3 14.0 13 Feb 2009 599.3 441.6 high 136%
Manning (district 60)
Forster - Tuncurry R.V.C.P. 26.0   36.0 6 Dec 2008     12.0 16 Feb 2009 384.8 319.5 high 120%
Port Macquarie Airport AWS 27.4 +0.2 35.0 6 Dec 2008 17.5 −0.1 12.1 15 Dec 2008 590.2 411.7 very high 143%
Taree Airport AWS 28.4 +0.1 39.0 24 Jan 2009 17.4 −0.1 11.0 16 Dec 2008 415.7 305.2 high 136%
Yarras 28.5 0.0 37.7 24 Jan 2009 16.9 0.0 9.6 16 Dec 2008 1235.4 630.8 very high 196%
Hunter (district 61)
Cessnock 31.0 +1.2 41.2 15 Jan 2009 17.2 +0.1 9.4 21 Dec 2008 331.1 265.4 high 125%
Cessnock Airport AWS 30.3 +1.0 40.6 7 Feb 2009 16.1 +0.2 7.7 21 Dec 2008 311.6 250.8 high 124%
Cooranbong 28.3   41.1 24 Jan 2009 16.4   8.5 21 Dec 2008 293.6
Gosford 27.7 +0.5 41.3 15 Jan 2009 16.6 +0.1 8.7 21 Dec 2008 453.2 389.4 average 116%
Jerrys Plains Post Office 31.8 +0.5 41.8 15 Jan 2009 17.2 +0.6 10.6 16 Dec 2008 248.7 217.7 average 114%
Lostock Dam 30.0 +1.3 40.5 8 Feb 2009 16.5 −0.3 11.1 16 Dec 2008 389.4 351.3 average 111%
Maitland Visitors Centre 29.8 +0.3 41.0 15 Jan 2009 17.0 −0.3 8.5 21 Dec 2008 304.9 208.6 high 146%
Mangrove Mountain AWS 27.4 +1.1 40.0 15 Jan 2009 16.3 0.0 8.9 21 Dec 2008 372.6 320.6 average 116%
Merriwa 30.5   41.4 8 Feb 2009 15.3   6.6 16 Dec 2008 153.6 202.9 average 76%
Murrurundi Gap AWS 27.0   37.4 6 Feb 2009 15.6   8.5 21 Dec 2008 267.8
Murrurundi Post Office 29.4 −0.7 38.8 7 Feb 2009 14.4 −0.1 6.4 16 Dec 2008 261.0 257.8 average 101%
Nelson Bay 26.3 −0.6 33.0 6 Dec 2008 19.6 +1.6 15.5 21 Dec 2008 500.1 309.2 high 162%
Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS 25.3 0.0 39.2 15 Jan 2009 19.2 +0.4 14.2 16 Dec 2008 211.2 277.7 average 76%
Newcastle University 28.9   40.6 15 Jan 2009 18.5   11.6 16 Dec 2008 325.2
Norah Head AWS 25.7 +0.4 40.4 24 Jan 2009 19.0 −0.3 14.3 21 Dec 2008 216.6 242.3 average 89%
Paterson 30.4 +1.3 42.1 15 Jan 2009 17.0 −0.1 9.1 21 Dec 2008 372.6 309.4 high 120%
Peats Ridge 27.4 +1.0 40.3 15 Jan 2009 16.2 +0.5 8.0 21 Dec 2008 333.6 375.3 average 89%
Scone Airport AWS 30.7 +0.3 40.7 8 Feb 2009 16.1 −0.1 7.7 21 Dec 2008 298.6 200.1 very high 149%
Singleton STP 31.5   42.5 6 Jan 2009 16.5   8.5 21 Dec 2008 204.2
Williamtown RAAF 28.8 +1.3 42.0 15 Jan 2009 17.4 −0.1 9.7 21 Dec 2008 338.6 302.6 average 112%
Central Tablelands (North) (district 62)
Gulgong Post Office 30.8 +0.7 41.0 8 Feb 2009 16.4 +0.5 8.3 16 Dec 2008 165.1 197.1 average 84%
Mudgee Airport AWS 29.7 +0.4 39.8 8 Feb 2009 14.6 −0.2 6.4 16 Dec 2008 159.2 213.4 average 75%
Nullo Mountain AWS 23.1 +0.1 34.7 8 Feb 2009 13.0 +0.3 5.7 21 Dec 2008 327.8 271.2 high 121%
Central Tablelands (South) (district 63)
Bathurst Agricultural Station 28.1 +0.9 38.4 8 Feb 2009 12.6 −0.2 5.5 16 Dec 2008 263.8 190.0 high 139%
Bathurst Airport AWS 27.5 +0.3 38.3 8 Feb 2009 13.2 +0.5 6.2 16 Dec 2008 248.4 182.8 high 136%
Cowra Research Centre 32.2 +1.8 42.2 6 Feb 2009 17.1 +1.1 10.0 8 Dec 2008 89.7 171.6 low 52%
Katoomba 24.0 +1.3 37.6 8 Feb 2009     4.9 21 Dec 2008 443.4 449.6 average 99%
Lithgow 25.4   38.5 2 Feb 2009 12.2   4.5 16 Dec 2008 301.5 236.8 high 127%
Mount Boyce AWS 23.7 +0.8 36.2 8 Feb 2009 13.0 +0.6 5.9 21 Dec 2008 339.0 284.1 high 119%
Oberon 24.0 +0.1 34.4 8 Feb 2009 11.4 +1.2 5.5 15 Dec 2008 202.3 212.9 average 95%
Orange Agricultural Institute 25.8 +0.2 35.7 6 Feb 2009 12.8 +0.3 5.0 14 Feb 2009 228.7 244.1 average 94%
Orange Airport AWS 25.8 0.0 35.7 6 Feb 2009 12.0 +0.2 5.0 17 Jan 2009 209.0 219.4 average 95%
Orange Airport Comparison 25.8 +0.8 35.4 6 Feb 2009 12.6 +1.2 6.4 17 Jan 2009 211.9 241.1 average 88%
Springwood Bowling Club 28.4   40.6 15 Jan 2009 16.4   10.0 21 Dec 2008 320.0 368.2 average 87%
Central Western Slopes (North) (district 64)
Coonabarabran 30.5 −0.5 38.6 9 Feb 2009 14.6 +0.4 6.1 16 Dec 2008 297.0 240.2 high 124%
Coonabarabran Airport AWS 29.2   38.0 9 Feb 2009 16.9   9.5 20 Dec 2008 261.6
Dunedoo Post Office 32.5 +1.5 43.0 6 Feb 2009 16.6 +0.3 8.0 16 Dec 2008 174.2 194.5 average 90%
Central Western Slopes (South) (district 65)
Cowra Airport AWS 32.3   43.2 6 Feb 2009 15.5   7.6 9 Dec 2008 79.4
Cowra Airport Comparison 32.3 +1.1 43.2 6 Feb 2009 16.1 +1.5 8.2 9 Dec 2008 97.0 160.7 low 60%
Dubbo Airport AWS 32.7 +0.7 41.9 6 Feb 2009 17.2 +0.1 8.4 16 Dec 2008 112.0 144.3 average 78%
Forbes Airport AWS 33.5 +0.6 44.6 6 Feb 2009 17.1 +0.2 8.0 9 Dec 2008 79.4 104.5 low 76%
Parkes 33.1 +1.6 43.0 8 Feb 2009 18.0 +0.8 9.4 16 Dec 2008 128.7 157.0 average 82%
Parkes Airport AWS 31.5 −0.7 42.0 6 Feb 2009 15.1 −1.4 3.0 30 Dec 2008 144.2 170.1 average 85%
Wellington 32.3 +0.2 41.7 6 Feb 2009 16.7 +0.5 7.8 16 Dec 2008 108.0 165.4 low 65%
Metropolitan (East) (district 66)
Bankstown Airport AWS 28.6 +0.9 41.2 24 Jan 2009 17.6 0.0 10.7 21 Dec 2008 295.4 269.8 average 109%
Canterbury Racecourse AWS 27.6 +0.6 41.3 24 Jan 2009 17.5 −0.2 10.1 21 Dec 2008 255.6 225.6 average 113%
Holsworthy Control Range 29.1 +0.8 41.5 15 Jan 2009 16.5 −0.4 9.3 21 Dec 2008 178.4 225.7 average 79%
Parramatta North 29.0 +1.1 41.7 15 Jan 2009 17.4 +0.4 10.5 21 Dec 2008 240.4 299.7 average 80%
Sydney 26.4 +0.8 40.9 24 Jan 2009 19.2 +0.9 14.3 21 Dec 2008 206.6 297.8 average 69%
Sydney Airport AMO 27.3 +1.1 41.8 24 Jan 2009 19.1 +0.7 14.1 21 Dec 2008 190.0 282.2 average 67%
Sydney Olympic Park 28.6 +0.7 42.5 24 Jan 2009 18.7 −0.1 12.8 21 Dec 2008 246.2 261.1 average 94%
Terrey Hills AWS 26.5   39.2 24 Jan 2009 17.4   11.3 21 Dec 2008 259.0
Metropolitan (West) (district 67)
Badgerys Creek AWS 29.9 +1.1 42.9 15 Jan 2009 16.0 −0.3 9.1 21 Dec 2008 233.4 240.1 average 97%
Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS 29.3 +0.4 41.4 15 Jan 2009 16.7 −0.5 11.1 16 Dec 2008 260.4 237.9 average 109%
Liverpool 29.3   41.3 7 Feb 2009 16.8   9.5 21 Dec 2008 247.2
Penrith Lakes AWS 30.7 +1.0 43.3 15 Jan 2009 17.8 0.0 10.7 21 Dec 2008 225.4 278.0 average 81%
Prospect Reservoir     41.9 7 Feb 2009 17.1 −0.1 10.7 21 Dec 2008 234.3 264.0 average 89%
Illawarra (district 68)
Albion Park 26.6   41.0 15 Jan 2009 15.6   9.0 21 Dec 2008 205.8 282.5 low 73%
Bellambi AWS 24.5 0.0 40.1 24 Jan 2009 18.0 −0.5 12.8 21 Dec 2008 224.8 258.0 average 87%
Bowral 25.5 +0.9 38.7 8 Feb 2009 13.5 +0.8 7.1 21 Dec 2008 159.3 252.9 low 63%
Camden Airport AWS 30.0 +1.2 42.5 15 Jan 2009 16.0 −0.2 8.6 21 Dec 2008 233.4 231.3 average 101%
Jervis Bay 24.0   34.4 15 Jan 2009 17.3   12.7 21 Dec 2008 177.6
Kiama 24.4   38.3 24 Jan 2009 17.7   12.4 21 Dec 2008 198.4
Moss Vale AWS 25.8   39.8 8 Feb 2009 12.7   5.4 21 Dec 2008 154.2
Nowra RAN Air Station AWS 27.2   40.0 7 Feb 2009 15.4   9.7 10 Jan 2009 182.4
South Coast (district 69)
Batemans Bay 25.1 −0.1 35.4 24 Jan 2009 15.1 0.0 7.5 20 Dec 2008 194.9 263.9 low 74%
Bega AWS 27.3 +1.3 44.4 7 Feb 2009 13.8 −0.5 5.6 9 Jan 2009 33.2 179.7 very low 18%
Braidwood Racecourse AWS 26.2 +0.7 39.9 8 Feb 2009 11.2 −0.3 3.3 10 Jan 2009 143.4 171.4 low 84%
Green Cape AWS 22.8   28.4 13 Dec 2008 16.5   11.6 3 Jan 2009 72.2 168.0 low 43%
Merimbula Airport AWS 23.2 −0.9 33.0 22 Jan 2009 13.7 −0.7 7.0 9 Jan 2009 134.0 184.5 low 73%
Montague Island Lighthouse 22.2 −0.5 32.0 22 Jan 2009 16.9 −0.1 13.2 20 Dec 2008 114.2 220.9 low 52%
Moruya Airport AWS 24.4   38.0 24 Jan 2009 14.9   8.0 2 Dec 2008 153.0 187.5 average 82%
Moruya Heads Pilot Station 23.2 −0.3 36.1 24 Jan 2009 16.2 +0.5 10.2 20 Dec 2008 147.2 262.5 low 56%
Narooma RVCP 23.0 +0.1 34.7 24 Jan 2009 16.3 +0.3 11.6 19 Dec 2008 142.2 252.5 low 56%
Nerriga Composite 26.2 +0.9 39.8 8 Feb 2009 11.4 −0.5 3.5 2 Dec 2008 193.9 200.6 average 97%
Ulladulla AWS 23.5 −0.3 36.1 24 Jan 2009 16.7 −0.1 12.7 2 Dec 2008 227.0 249.0 average 91%
Southern Tablelands (Goulburn-Monaro) (district 70)
Bombala 25.9 +1.1 40.1 7 Feb 2009 10.1 +0.2 2.0 20 Dec 2008 92.0 186.7 low 49%
Bombala AWS 24.3 +0.2 39.5 7 Feb 2009 9.9 −0.1 1.1 9 Jan 2009 84.4 146.2 low 58%
Canberra Airport 28.3 +1.3 40.0 8 Feb 2009 13.4 +0.9 5.6 2 Dec 2008 179.2 168.1 average 107%
Canberra Airport Comparison 28.6   40.3 8 Feb 2009 12.9   5.2 2 Dec 2008
Cooma Airport AWS 25.7 +0.6 38.2 31 Jan 2009 10.0 +0.3 0.5 20 Dec 2008 74.0 134.2 low 55%
Cooma Visitors Centre 26.7 +0.6 39.0 31 Jan 2009 9.9 −0.1 1.1 20 Dec 2008 63.6 159.9 very low 40%
Goulburn Airport AWS 27.3 +0.7 39.6 8 Feb 2009 11.7 −0.2 3.6 2 Dec 2008 156.8 133.5 high 117%
Goulburn TAFE 27.6 +1.0 39.7 7 Feb 2009 13.2 +0.3 5.8 2 Dec 2008 160.8 176.7 average 91%
Mount Ginini AWS 19.0   29.0 8 Feb 2009 8.3   −1.0 20 Dec 2008 196.6
Taralga Post Office 26.6 +1.6 39.8 8 Feb 2009 11.1 −0.1 2.3 2 Dec 2008 196.1 206.5 average 95%
Tuggeranong 28.4 +0.1 39.9 8 Feb 2009 13.7 +0.3 5.7 2 Dec 2008 168.2 153.8 average 109%
Yass 29.7 +1.0 41.0 6 Feb 2009 13.9 +0.6 6.2 2 Dec 2008 160.4 148.5 average 108%
Southern Tablelands (Snowy Mountains) (district 71)
Charlotte Pass 17.3 +0.6 29.7 30 Jan 2009 4.5 +0.1 −4.4 17 Jan 2009 296.0 416.0 low 71%
Thredbo AWS 15.5 +0.1 27.8 30 Jan 2009 6.1 0.0 −3.6 20 Dec 2008 282.2 284.7 average 99%
Thredbo Village 21.0 +0.5 33.5 30 Jan 2009 7.0 +0.6 −2.0 17 Jan 2009 287.5 309.4 average 93%
Southwest Slopes (South) (district 72)
Albury Airport AWS 31.8 +1.1 44.8 7 Feb 2009 15.8 +0.5 7.4 2 Dec 2008 65.4 114.6 low 57%
Cabramurra SMHEA AWS 20.4 +0.1 32.0 30 Jan 2009 10.2 −0.3 0.3 20 Dec 2008 174.0 181.4 average 96%
Hume Reservoir 31.6 +1.7 44.9 7 Feb 2009 16.9 +1.2 8.0 2 Dec 2008 63.0 135.4 low 47%
Khancoban AWS 30.4 +0.2 43.3 7 Feb 2009 12.0 −0.7 4.1 20 Dec 2008 118.0 152.6 low 77%
Tumbarumba Post Office 28.9 +1.2 40.2 7 Feb 2009 11.9 +0.7 2.3 2 Jan 2009 134.0 185.2 average 72%
Wagga Wagga AMO 32.5 +1.9 45.2 7 Feb 2009 16.2 +0.9 6.5 2 Dec 2008 85.6 124.3 average 69%
Southwest Slopes (North) (district 73)
Burrinjuck Dam 31.2 +2.6 42.4 7 Feb 2009 15.8 +0.9 8.4 2 Dec 2008 147.6 174.8 average 84%
Cootamundra Airport 31.3 +0.8 42.0 8 Feb 2009 15.4 +0.9 5.2 8 Dec 2008 91.0 128.0 low 71%
Grenfell 31.6 +0.7 42.2 6 Feb 2009 17.2 +1.5 9.4 15 Dec 2008 137.8 152.7 average 90%
Gundagai 32.4 +1.3 44.0 7 Feb 2009 16.3 +0.7 7.9 2 Dec 2008 71.2 121.0 low 59%
Quandialla Post Office 33.7 +1.7 44.8 6 Feb 2009 17.1 +0.7 8.5 8 Dec 2008 100.8 134.3 average 75%
Temora Airport 32.5   43.2 7 Feb 2009 16.1   6.5 2 Dec 2008 96.2
Wyalong Post Office 33.1 +1.4 43.8 1 Feb 2009 18.2 +1.5 11.2 15 Dec 2008 100.2 123.5 average 81%
Young Airport 31.1 +0.8 41.8 6 Feb 2009 14.0 +0.4 4.6 8 Dec 2008 115.6 127.7 average 91%
Riverina (East) (district 74)
Corowa Airport 31.6 +0.5 46.0 7 Feb 2009 15.8 +0.8 8.5 8 Dec 2008 72.2 111.8 average 65%
Deniliquin Airport AWS 31.9 +0.2 46.6 7 Feb 2009 15.6 +0.1 7.5 3 Jan 2009 69.2 79.9 average 87%
Narrandera Airport 33.0 +1.6 45.4 7 Feb 2009 16.8 +0.6 7.2 3 Jan 2009 50.2 104.7 low 48%
Narrandera Golf Club 32.3 +0.7 44.4 7 Feb 2009 16.8 +0.4 5.2 21 Dec 2008 43.9 109.5 low 40%
Tocumwal Airport 31.5 +0.6 45.7 7 Feb 2009 15.5 +0.2 8.0 20 Dec 2008 61.4 92.9 average 66%
Yanco Agricultural Institute 32.7   44.8 7 Feb 2009 18.1   8.7 3 Jan 2009 59.4 84.6 low 70%
Riverina (West) (district 75)
Griffith Airport AWS 33.1 +1.2 45.2 7 Feb 2009 17.7 +1.3 8.3 3 Jan 2009 63.4 86.7 average 73%
Hay 32.7 +0.5 45.6 7 Feb 2009 17.2 +1.2 8.9 3 Jan 2009 45.2 81.3 low 56%
Hay Airport AWS 32.9   45.8 7 Feb 2009 17.3   9.5 15 Dec 2008 45.8
Hillston Airport 33.8 +1.2 45.0 7 Feb 2009 18.0 +0.3 9.8 16 Dec 2008 82.0 86.7 average 95%
Lake Cargelligo Airport 33.7 +0.3 44.0 7 Feb 2009 18.8 +1.0 11.1 20 Dec 2008 58.6 110.8 low 53%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Friday 2 January 2009. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

A note about deciles: Deciles are used to give an element (in this case rainfall or temperature) a ranking. Deciles are calculated by arranging the totals in ascending order (from lowest to highest) then splitting them into 10 equal groups (thus the groups are called deciles). The first group would be in decile range one, the second group in decile range two, etc up to the highest annual totals (highest 10 per cent) being in decile range 10.

1Averages: Averages are based on the period 1961 to 1990 which is a convention of the World Meteorological Organisation

Normals are long-term averages 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 for temperature and less than 30 years of record for rainfall, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.

Further information

Agata Imielska
NSW Regional Office
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (02) 9296 1555
Email climate.nsw@bom.gov.au