Monday, 1 September 2014 - Seasonal Climate Summary for Sydney - Product code IDCKGC25L0
Sydney in winter 2014: A wet finish to a warm, dry winter
Winter was the equal-fifth-warmest on record for mean temperatures, with both maximum and minimum temperatures warmer than average across the city, while rainfall and sunshine were close to average. Maximum temperatures were 2 °C above average at Sydney Observatory Hill, the equal-fourth-warmest winter on record, with both June and July recording maximum temperatures in the five warmest years on record.
The warm early-winter temperatures were associated with above average sunshine hours and below average rainfall during both June and July. The two-month rainfall total at Sydney Observatory Hill was just 84.4mm, the driest start to winter since 2004, with only three days recording more than 10 mm of rain. In contrast, August was the wettest for Sydney since 1998, with ten days above 10 mm including a daily fall of 92 mm at Turramurra during an East Coast Low.
- Equal-fourth-warmest daytime temperatures on record
- Only 27 days below 18 °C, third-fewest on record (average 61 days)
- Dry June and July, wet August
|Extremes in winter 2014|
25.8 °C at Sydney Airport AMO on 31 Jul|
|Warmest days on average||
19.0 °C at Sydney (Observatory Hill)|
|Coolest days on average||
16.8 °C at Springwood (Valley Heights)|
16.8 °C at Terrey Hills AWS
12.0 °C at Terrey Hills AWS on 11 Aug|
-3.4 °C at Camden Airport AWS on 9 Jul|
-3.4 °C at Camden Airport AWS on 12 Jul
|Coolest nights on average||
4.3 °C at Camden Airport AWS|
|Warmest nights on average||
9.9 °C at Sydney (Observatory Hill)|
15.9 °C at Sydney (Observatory Hill) on 1 Aug|
|Warmest on average overall||
14.4 °C at Sydney (Observatory Hill)|
|Coolest on average overall||
11.5 °C at Camden Airport AWS|
423.0 mm at Audley (Royal National Park)|
92.0 mm at Turramurra (Kissing Point Road) on 19 Aug|
|Highest wind gust||
96 km/h at Fort Denison on 28 Jun|
96 km/h at Kurnell AWS on 28 Jun
|Summary statistics for winter 2014|
|Badgerys Creek AWS||18.3||24.6||31 Jul||5.3||-1.5||9 Jul||177.4|
|Bankstown Airport AWS||18.8||+0.8||25.7||31 Jul||6.4||+0.4||-1.1||9 Jul||214.8||170.1||high||126%|
|Camden Airport AWS||18.6||+0.6||25.0||31 Jul||4.3||+0.5||-3.4||9 Jul||231.4||146.0||high||158%|
|Campbelltown (Mount Annan)||18.6||24.9||31 Jul||5.1||-2.2||9 Jul||179.6|
|Canterbury Racecourse AWS||18.3||24.7||31 Jul||6.7||0.0||12 Jul||313.6|
|Holsworthy Aerodrome AWS||18.3||25.1||31 Jul||6.5||-1.4||9 Jul||183.8|
|Holsworthy Control Range||18.5||25.3||31 Jul||5.9||-2.1||9 Jul||174.2|
|Horsley Park Equestrian Centre AWS||18.3||25.0||31 Jul||6.9||0.4||12 Jul||133.0|
|Parramatta North (Masons Drive)||18.5||+0.4||24.6||31 Jul||7.3||+0.4||1.3||9 Jul||234.0||189.7||average||123%|
|Penrith Lakes AWS||18.9||25.6||31 Jul||6.5||0.1||9 Jul||150.4|
|Prospect Reservoir||18.3||+0.6||25.3||31 Jul||7.2||+0.4||2.5||6 Aug||199.8||182.0||average||110%|
|Richmond RAAF||18.9||+0.5||25.2||31 Jul||4.9||-3.3||4 Jul||130.8||109.3||high||120%|
|Springwood (Valley Heights)||16.8||23.1||31 Jul||7.3||3.2||7 Aug||166.4||187.3||average||89%|
|Sydney (Observatory Hill)||19.0||+2.0||25.0||31 Jul||9.9||+1.1||5.5||3 Aug||299.6||310.9||average||96%|
|Sydney Airport AMO||18.5||+0.9||25.8||31 Jul||9.8||+1.8||4.9||3 Aug||380.2||269.7||high||141%|
|Terrey Hills AWS||16.8||23.6||31 Jul||8.6||4.0||12 Jul||332.8|
A Seasonal Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Sydney 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.
A Climate Summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.
This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Monday 1 September 2014. 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
(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.