Queensland in summer 2018-19: Record high rainfall and flooding in the north; very dry in the south

Rainfall was well above average, in the northwest, northern interior and northeast coast, and record high in some areas. In contrast, large areas of southern Queensland reported well below average summer rainfall, and the driest on record at some locations. It was the fourth-warmest summer on record in terms of mean temperature. Mean maximum temperatures were warmer than usual in western and southern Queensland, but near-average in the north. Mean minimum temperatures were above average across most of the State.

Record high rainfall in the north; very dry in the south

  • Rainfall was the highest on record in parts of the northwest, northern interior and northeast coast; a number of sites had their highest total summer rainfall on record or in several decades
  • Tropical cyclone Owen brought moderate to heavy falls to the north and the east of the State in December, then remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Penny produced moderate to locally heavy falls along the Capricornia to central coasts on 9 and 10 January
  • From 24 January to early February, an active monsoon trough and an embedded low pressure system in northwest Queensland brought extreme heavy fall to northern Queensland
  • Major flooding occurred in the Gulf rivers, and the northeast coast of Queensland between Daintree and Mackay, including Townsville
  • Further information about the heavy rainfall in the northern tropics can be found in the Special Climate Statement An extended period of heavy rainfall and flooding in tropical Queensland
  • In contrast, there was a lack of any significant rain-bearing systems in southern districts during summer, and large areas of southern Queensland had well below average rainfall, with may sites having their driest summer on record or driest in several decades

A warm summer

  • It was the fourth-warmest summer on record for the State in terms of mean temperature (1.58 °C above average)
  • Queensland's mean maximum temperature was the equal seventh-warmest on record (1.50 °C above average); statewide mean minimum temperature was the third-warmest (1.65 °C above average)
  • Mean maximum temperatures for summer were warmer than usual in western and southern Queensland, and Seventeen Seventy had its highest summer mean daily maximum temperature on record
  • It was the third-warmest December on record for Queensland in terms of mean temperature; mean maximum temperatures were warmer than usual in the north and western half of the State during December and the warmest statewide mean minimum temperature on record for December
  • Queensland had its warmest January on record in terms of mean temperature (2.46 °C above average), beating the previous record set in 2018; the statewide mean minimum temperature was the warmest on record, and 2.53 °C above the long-term average, and it was Queensland's fifth-warmest January on record for mean maximum temperature (2.39 °C above average)
  • A delayed monsoon onset over the Gulf Country resulted in an extended period of hot days in the northwest in January; both Cloncurry and Camooweal had a record run of days at or above 40 °C
  • In February, both mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures were cooler than usual in the northwest, and warmer than average along the northeast coast and large parts of southern Queensland
  • A low-intensity heatwave affected parts of Queensland around the 20 and 21 February, with some sites reporting their highest summer temperature on record

Tropical cyclones

  • Tropical cyclone Owen brought moderate to locally heavy falls to the north and east of the State in December
  • Remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Penny produced moderate to locally heavy fall along the central and Capricornia coasts on 9 and 10 January
  • Tropical cyclone Oma approached the southeast coast of Queensland in late February; although the system did not bring extensive rain, high tides exacerbated by increasing east northeast swell and wave action associated with the system caused coastal erosion and inundation of low-lying areas along the southern Queensland coast from 20 February

Fires

  • From 26 to 30 November, more than 715,000 hectares was burnt in Queensland; fires were still burning into December and the total burn area from 22 November to 6 December was 1,011,702 hectares
  • A fire started at Stradbroke Island on 28 November from a lightning strike and continued to burn until 15 December 201


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Extremes in summer 2018-19
Hottest day 48.0 °C at Birdsville Airport on 19 Dec 2018
Warmest days on average 41.0 °C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest days on average 27.8 °C at Middle Percy Island
Coldest day 21.1 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 7 Dec 2018
Coldest night 10.3 °C at Applethorpe on 2 Dec 2018
Coolest nights on average 15.0 °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 27.2 °C at Sweers Island
Warmest night 35.1 °C at Ballera Gas Field on 26 Jan 2019
Warmest on average overall 33.5 °C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest on average overall 22.2 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 3104.2 mm at Cardwell Range
Driest overall 1.0 mm at Birdsville Airport
Wettest day 678.0 mm at Halifax Macrossan St on 16 Dec 2018
Strongest wind gust 113 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on 22 Feb 2019

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Record highest summer daily rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Lucinda Township 500.0 on 16 Dec 2018 450.9 on 21 Jan 1952 126
Victoria Sugar Mill 562.0 on 16 Dec 2018 504.7 on 21 Jan 1952 123
Halifax Macrossan St 678.0 on 16 Dec 2018 476.0 on 16 Jan 1991 122
Bunda Bunda 177.0 on 6 Feb 2019 176.3 on 26 Jan 1917 105
Lands End Station 285.0 on 4 Feb 2019 197.1 on 14 Jan 1991 100
Meringa Sugar Exp Stn 494.0 on 29 Jan 2019 425.5 on 4 Feb 1967 85
Whyanbeel Valley 471.6 on 27 Jan 2019 412.0 on 28 Jan 1969 82
Werrina Station 240.0 on 5 Feb 2019 144.0 on 10 Feb 1995 75
Cardwell Range 552.0 on 16 Dec 2018 467.0 on 4 Feb 2009 55
Cecil Plains Homestead 150.8 on 17 Dec 2018 110.4 on 27 Dec 2010 51
Daintree Village 405.0 on 27 Jan 2019 372.0 on 2 Jan 1979 44
Topaz 886.0 on 31 Dec 2018 531.0 on 12 Feb 1999 41
Lucinda Point 390.4 on 16 Dec 2018 213.0 on 25 Feb 2018 37
Gairloch 400.0 on 3 Feb 2019 373.0 on 4 Feb 2009 26
Richmond Airport 123.0 on 6 Feb 2019 113.8 on 17 Jan 2015 22
Woolshed 368.8 on 2 Feb 2019 314.2 on 3 Feb 2011 22



Record highest summer total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Macknade Sugar Mill 3085.9 2502.6 in 1980 125 1088.7
Lucinda Township 2740.7 2430.2 in 1990 121 1042.9
Halifax Macrossan St 2956.1 2487.8 in 2008 120 1072.6
Victoria Sugar Mill 2956.8 2515.0 in 2008 118 1052.9
Moreton Telegraph Station 1476.4 1369.9 in 1950 107 876.1
Mulgrave Mill 1958.0 1789.9 in 1910 79 986.4
Meringa Sugar Exp Stn 2184.9 2092.4 in 1978 75 1016.5
Ingham Composite 2875.5 2595.0 in 2008 50 1089.5
Cardwell Range 3104.2 2802.4 in 2008 47 1203.9
Daintree Village 2908.5 2797.2 in 1978 37 1402.6
Lucinda Point 1626.0 1343.2 in 1980 31 520.2
White Cliff Point 1825.6 1617.2 in 2010 30 924.7
Gairloch 2892.2 2676.8 in 2008 24 1110.1
Richmond Airport 648.2 466.8 in 2008 21 278.8
Woolshed 2528.8 1318.6 in 2007 21 710.9

Highest summer total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
summer
Bambaroo 2445.6 2557.8 in 1926* 1055.5
Richmond Post Office 697.8 821.8 in 1973* 297.9
Upper Stone Exelby 1968.4 2059.8 in 1973* 876.7
Cairns Aero 1952.4 2137.4 in 1980 1026.3
Kuranda Railway Station 2424.0 3679.7 in 1978* 1029.2
Whyanbeel Valley 2576.6 2763.1 in 1978* 1389.1
Cardwell Marine Pde 2140.8 2405.3 in 1990 1099.9
Mingela Post Office 1178.4 1295.8 in 1990* 376.4
Mt Sophia 2424.0 2683.0 in 1990* 1465.4
Yabulu QLD Nickel 1895.9 2082.6 in 1990* 718.9
Bunda Bunda 602.4 797.1 in 1978* 341.5
Hazelmere 1626.8 1842.4 in 1992* 851.5

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




Record lowest summer total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Springsure Comet St 25.6 38.4 in 1888 145 310.6
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 110.2 120.2 in 1977 138 427.9
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 86.3 90.9 in 1902 138 277.0
Gillespie 20.0 23.1 in 1932 136 222.8
Tambo Post Office 43.6 44.7 in 1888 136 226.1
Bauhinia Downs Store 40.8 72.9 in 1993 122 303.5
Harrisville Mary Street 68.2 93.9 in 1918 119 334.0
University of Queensland Gatton 47.2 82.5 in 1918 119 308.2
Manly Railway Station 86.5 86.8 in 1918 116 408.8
Toogoolawah Post Office 93.6 135.4 in 1938 110 348.4
Yangan Post Office 82.4 119.0 in 1938 106 275.0
Blackbutt Post Office 159.4 166.6 in 1992 105 343.4
Leslie Dam 87.4 88.8 in 2013 98 258.2
La Palma 40.6 65.6 in 2000 95 270.7
Injune Post Office 10.6 61.3 in 1950 94 264.6
Woorarra 20.2 71.8 in 1933 94 280.1
Somerby 52.0 57.6 in 1983 93 273.7
Drillham 60.2 60.6 in 2013 83 244.8
Sim Jue Creek 95.0 98.0 in 1938 78 381.8
Rewan Station 55.6 57.7 in 1930 76 393.3
Amberley AMO 137.8 165.2 in 2005 75 356.4
Beerburrum Forest Station 166.0 179.1 in 1922 69 561.8
Dunollie 83.0 91.8 in 2013 68 282.1
Spring Creek Station 22.6 108.8 in 2012 67 311.5
Fordsdale 83.5 129.0 in 2013 63 331.7
Karoola Park 41.0 41.2 in 1979 63 197.9
Bundaberg Aero 126.4 139.4 in 2001 60 451.3
Glenroy Massie 57.2 89.6 in 2006 60 252.1
Queen Mary Falls 143.2 146.8 in 2013 60 451.8
Rocky Point Sugar Mill 107.2 111.9 in 2013 54 468.3
Applethorpe 72.2 73.6 in 2013 49 276.4
Oakey Aero 62.4 77.2 in 1992 49 247.7
Capalaba Water Treat 152.6 153.0 in 2015 46 436.2
Maroon Dam 118.2 126.0 in 2001 46 383.8
Mt Moffatt National Park 15.0 118.5 in 1968 46 326.3
Fort Lytton 114.6 157.8 in 1992 44 428.5
Moyola 56.4 94.4 in 1986 43 271.9
Oakington 95.0 116.2 in 2006 41 311.2
Yantumara 74.8 86.3 in 1993 39 278.4
Roma Airport 36.4 84.9 in 1992 33 231.1
Monogorilby - Home 65.8 89.2 in 2013 32 267.5
Seventeen Seventy 139.5 159.4 in 2016 30 474.8
Emerald Airport 51.8 92.5 in 1993 26 257.4
Clontarf 165.6 187.8 in 2001 24 406.8
The Deep Crossing 126.2 137.4 in 2013 24 249.6
Brisbane Aero 98.2 150.6 in 2013 23 376.2
Hazeldean 124.4 170.8 in 2013 23 414.8
Lloyona 113.2 135.6 in 1994 23 262.5
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 141.5 159.2 in 2015 23 386.5
Southwood 52.0 99.5 in 2004 23 249.9
Warilda 40.4 54.4 in 2017 23 203.3
St George Airport 9.8 76.4 in 2005 21 177.6
Sweers Island 329.8 422.3 in 2015 20 840.3

Lowest summer total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
summer
Mitchell Post Office 43.2 32.8 in 1888 223.9
Dalveen 57.4 51.8 in 1900* 303.8
Bollon Mary St 22.4 11.2 in 1901* 168.8
Taroom Post Office 53.4 45.5 in 1900* 276.1
Wallangarra Post Office 78.5 72.4 in 1900* 283.1
Alderley 123.5 68.7 in 1918* 458.9
Marnhull 97.0 91.4 in 1901* 237.9
Yarraman Post Office 113.8 113.7 in 1936* 328.4
Somerset Dam 166.4 148.5 in 1938* 403.0
Esk Post Office 98.0 86.1 in 1938* 376.0
Archerfield Airport 128.8 103.3 in 1951* 409.7
Carnarvon Station 74.6 74.4 in 1931* 306.0
Texas Post Office 72.2 69.8 in 1964* 244.4
Hannaford Post Office 63.6 61.5 in 1964* 226.2
Lindfield 180.8 178.4 in 1976 432.1
Surat 49.6 42.6 in 1979 216.6
Hungerford (Paroo River) 10.0 8.4 in 1984* 102.9
Burketown Post Office 241.0 173.7 in 1989 538.6
Charleville Aero 60.2 =60.2 in 1988* 195.0
Belvedere 67.0 53.2 in 1989* 296.1
Ferndale 159.4 126.8 in 1989* 466.1
Juanita 26.0 19.8 in 1989* 255.3
Wharton Creek Station 48.0 45.4 in 1989* 253.9
Peakvale Station 73.2 70.5 in 1993* 284.1
Wondalli 96.0 95.6 in 1992* 222.5

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




Record highest summer temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Innisfail 40.8 on 21 Feb 2019 40.3 on 30 Dec 1984 63 30.8
South Johnstone Exp Stn 40.5 on 21 Feb 2019 40.4 on 29 Dec 1971 54 31.1
Lucinda Point 38.5 on 20 Feb 2019 37.0 on 7 Jan 1994 32 30.0
Coconut Island 37.5 on 6 Dec 2018 37.3 on 15 Dec 2008 23 32.2
Richmond Airport 45.0 on 21 Dec 2018 = 45.0 on 1 Dec 2006 21 37.1



Record highest summer mean daily maximum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Seventeen Seventy 30.4 30.3 in 2005 30 29.1

Highest summer mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
summer
Camooweal Township 39.6 =39.6 in 1988* 37.2

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




Record highest summer daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Richmond Airport 30.9 on 20 Dec 2018 = 30.9 on 4 Jan 2014 21 23.2
Thargomindah Airport 34.2 on 27 Jan 2019 34.1 on 4 Feb 2006 20 24.4



Record highest summer mean daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Cunnamulla Post Office 25.1 = 25.1 in 2005 110 21.6
Bollon Mary St 24.3 24.0 in 2016 103 20.9
Charleville Aero 24.1 = 24.1 in 2005 76 21.2
Lockhart River Airport 24.6 24.5 in 2015 52 23.7
Mackay Aero 23.8 23.5 in 2001 32 22.8
Weipa Aero 24.8 = 24.8 in 1997 26 24.2

Highest summer mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
summer
Camooweal Township 25.4 25.6 in 1985* 24.0
Sunshine Coast Airport 21.7 22.2 in 1997 20.8

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




Highest summer mean temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
summer
Camooweal Township 32.5 33.0 in 1985* 30.6

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




Summary statistics for summer 2018-19

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
summer
2018-19
Diff
from
average
Highest for
summer
2018-19
Mean for
summer
2018-19
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
summer
2018-19
Total for
summer
2018-19
Average
for
summer
Rank of
summer
2018-19
Fraction of
summer
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.3 +0.1 37.5 6 Dec 2018 26.5 +0.5 23.3 3 Jan 2019 579.8 747.3 low 78%
Coen Airport 32.4 -0.8 38.3 4 Dec 2018 24.0 +0.2 20.2 3 Jan 2019 861.2 675.0 high 128%
Horn Island 31.4 +0.3 35.8 5 Dec 2018 25.5 +0.2 21.8 5 Jan 2019 924.8 1039.3 average 89%
Scherger RAAF 32.9 -0.3 39.6 2 Dec 2018 24.4 +0.3 22.0 4 Jan 2019 1453.6 1098.6 high 132%
Weipa Aero 32.5 0.0 36.9 2 Dec 2018 24.8 +0.6 21.7 4 Jan 2019



South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 32.5 +0.7 37.7 1 Dec 2018 24.6 +0.9 20.8 3 Jan 2019 1015.0 994.5 average 102%
Palmerville 33.1 -0.7 40.3 4 Dec 2018 23.3 +0.4 19.9 22 Jan 2019 701.0 679.6 average 103%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 36.3 +1.4 42.9 5 Dec 2018 25.4 +0.2 20.5 23 Feb 2019 220.4 544.1 v low 41%
Century Mine 39.4 +2.3 45.0 2 Dec 2018 25.5 +0.8 19.0 23 Feb 2019 176.2 394.9 v low 45%
Cloncurry Airport 38.6 +1.4 46.1 21 Dec 2018 26.1 +1.4 18.3 16 Dec 2018 514.0 343.7 high 150%
Julia Creek Airport 38.7 +0.6 46.4 22 Dec 2018 24.6 +1.1 16.1 16 Dec 2018 591.8 294.3 high 201%
Kowanyama Airport 33.7 +0.2 39.7 6 Dec 2018 25.1 +0.7 22.5 15 Jan 2019 807.2 875.0 average 92%
Lake Julius AWS 38.8   46.7 21 Dec 2018 26.3   20.0 6 Feb 2019 605.8


Mornington Island Airport 33.2   39.6 5 Dec 2018 26.9   21.7 26 Feb 2019 424.8


Mount Isa Aero 38.5 +2.1 45.3 21 Dec 2018 24.1 +0.7 16.6 11 Feb 2019 305.6 284.8 average 107%
Normanton Airport 35.9 +1.3 43.9 4 Dec 2018 26.2 +0.8 20.1 5 Jan 2019 477.8 551.4 average 87%
Sweers Island 33.5 +0.7 38.6 4 Dec 2018 27.2 +0.6 22.1 7 Dec 2018 329.8 840.3 lowest 39%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 34.7 +0.1 43.1 3 Dec 2018 23.3 0.0 16.0 22 Feb 2019 492.0 566.6 average 87%
Hughenden Airport 36.2 +0.1 43.1 21 Dec 2018 23.7 +0.4 15.4 22 Feb 2019 262.4 274.6 average 96%
Richmond Post Office 37.4 +0.5 44.2 22 Dec 2018 24.3 +1.6 17.6 22 Feb 2019 697.8 297.9 v high 234%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 31.9 +0.5 39.5 21 Feb 2019 24.1 +0.5 20.6 4 Jan 2019 1952.4 1026.3 v high 190%
Cairns Racecourse 32.1   39.5 21 Feb 2019 23.8   20.5 4 Jan 2019 1997.4


Cape Flattery 32.4 +0.2 39.2 17 Dec 2018 24.9 +0.1 21.3 7 Jan 2019 629.4 627.7 average 100%
Cooktown Airport 32.2 +0.2 38.2 21 Feb 2019 24.5 +0.1 20.6 3 Jan 2019 1716.4 814.1 v high 211%
Low Isles Lighthouse 31.7 -0.4 37.1 20 Feb 2019 25.5 0.0 22.3 7 Dec 2018 1472.4 1027.2 high 143%
Mareeba Airport 30.8 -0.5 37.7 3 Dec 2018 21.3 +0.1 16.9 17 Dec 2018 747.4 537.0 high 139%
Walkamin Research Station 29.9 -0.1 36.2 1 Dec 2018 20.4 +0.2 15.0 17 Dec 2018 861.2 592.2 high 145%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cowley Beach (Defence) 31.3   41.1 21 Feb 2019 24.0   20.1 13 Feb 2019 1480.6


Innisfail 31.3 +0.5 40.8 21 Feb 2019 22.9 +0.2 20.1 10 Dec 2018 1838.5 1364.0 high 135%
Innisfail Aerodrome 31.7   40.5 21 Feb 2019 23.0   18.8 1 Dec 2018 1565.0


Lucinda Point 30.1 +0.1 38.5 20 Feb 2019 25.2 -0.1 22.1 28 Feb 2019 1626.0 520.2 highest 313%
Mount Stuart (Defence) 31.4   40.0 20 Feb 2019 23.4   20.1 6 Dec 2018 1715.0


South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.5 +0.4 40.5 21 Feb 2019 23.4 +1.0 20.1 13 Feb 2019 1714.0 1369.1 high 125%
Townsville Aero 31.8 +0.4 40.7 21 Feb 2019 24.5 +0.3 21.7 16 Jan 2019 1725.2 701.4 v high 246%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.6 -0.5 37.0 12 Feb 2019 24.6 -0.1 21.3 3 Jan 2019 1091.4 608.4 high 179%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 31.5 -0.3 39.0 13 Feb 2019 23.2 +0.7 20.0 3 Jan 2019 888.6 547.3 high 162%
Bowen Airport AWS 31.0   38.3 13 Feb 2019 23.8   20.5 3 Jan 2019 961.6


Collinsville Post Office 33.7 +0.2 41.1 3 Dec 2018 22.4 +0.7 18.1 28 Feb 2019 397.2 385.1 average 103%
Hamilton Island Airport 28.9 -0.9 35.6 13 Feb 2019 24.4 -0.3 21.7 8 Dec 2018 1256.6 687.6 v high 183%
Mackay Aero 30.1 -0.3 35.8 2 Dec 2018 23.8 +1.0 19.9 7 Dec 2018 796.6 774.6 average 103%
Mackay M.O 29.8 -0.2 34.9 3 Dec 2018 24.0 +0.7 20.5 7 Dec 2018 725.8 775.5 average 94%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 30.1   35.2 2 Dec 2018 23.1   19.6 7 Dec 2018 646.0


Proserpine Airport     38.4 13 Feb 2019 22.8 +0.4 20.8 28 Feb 2019 1373.6 828.0 high 166%
Samuel Hill Aero 30.1 -0.5 35.2 3 Dec 2018 22.1 +1.0 17.5 1 Dec 2018 480.2 658.1 low 73%
St Lawrence 31.3 -0.4 35.0 10 Feb 2019 22.6 0.0 19.1 27 Feb 2019 431.6 522.8 average 83%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 31.5   40.9 3 Dec 2018 21.3   17.9 3 Jan 2019 970.6


Williamson 31.1 -0.2 36.3 10 Feb 2019 22.8 +0.3 19.1 19 Feb 2019 447.8 481.7 average 93%
Woolshed 28.6 -0.2 35.4 20 Feb 2019 20.6 -0.1 15.3 22 Feb 2019 2528.8 710.9 highest 356%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.0 -0.1 34.4 2 Dec 2018 24.2 +0.7 21.3 26 Feb 2019 268.4 416.6 low 64%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 32.9 -0.9 42.1 3 Dec 2018 21.6 -0.7 17.7 22 Feb 2019 533.2 378.2 high 141%
Moranbah Airport 33.6   42.8 20 Feb 2019 21.3   18.0 20 Jan 2019 113.4


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 34.9   42.7 13 Feb 2019 21.9   18.2 26 Feb 2019 133.2


Clermont Airport 34.3   43.1 3 Dec 2018 21.4   15.6 13 Feb 2019 149.8


Emerald Airport 36.0 +1.8 43.2 20 Feb 2019 22.7 +0.9 19.1 25 Dec 2018 51.8 257.4 lowest 20%
Springsure Comet St 35.1 +1.6 42.4 20 Feb 2019 20.9 +0.5 16.0 27 Dec 2018 25.6 310.6 lowest 8%
Tambo Post Office 36.6 +2.1 42.0 19 Feb 2019 21.6 +1.7 12.5 1 Dec 2018 43.6 226.1 lowest 19%
Taroom Post Office 35.7 +2.3 43.4 13 Feb 2019 21.0 +0.7 12.2 5 Dec 2018 53.4 276.1 v low 19%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Blackall Airport 37.8 +1.9 43.6 21 Dec 2018 23.8 +1.3 14.4 1 Dec 2018 51.8 241.8 v low 21%
Isisford Post Office 37.9 +1.3 43.6 21 Dec 2018 23.4 +0.9 14.4 16 Dec 2018 74.3 193.5 low 38%
Longreach Aero 37.5 +0.6 44.0 21 Dec 2018 23.7 +1.0 16.5 21 Feb 2019 151.0 209.9 average 72%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 39.6 +2.4 44.3 10 Jan 2019 25.4 +1.4 17.7 22 Feb 2019 152.8 252.6 low 60%
Carters Bore 37.9   44.0 21 Dec 2018 25.8   19.0 8 Feb 2019 201.4


New May Downs 38.0   44.6 21 Dec 2018 25.2   18.9 11 Feb 2019 308.6


The Monument Airport 38.5 +0.9 45.4 21 Dec 2018 24.3 +0.3 16.7 15 Feb 2019 200.2 187.6 average 107%
Trepell Airport 38.0 +0.2 46.8 21 Dec 2018 24.3 +0.2 17.5 15 Dec 2018 454.6 204.4 v high 222%
Urandangi Aerodrome 40.4   45.5 20 Dec 2018 24.6   15.6 16 Feb 2019 59.6


Winton Airport 37.6 -0.4 45.4 21 Dec 2018 23.7 -0.1 16.5 22 Feb 2019 252.2 177.7 high 142%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 41.0 +1.7 48.0 19 Dec 2018 26.0 +0.8 16.7 15 Dec 2018 1.0 54.4 v low 2%
Boulia Airport 39.1 +0.9 46.7 20 Dec 2018 25.9 +1.8 17.4 15 Dec 2018 89.1 126.7 average 70%
Windorah Airport 39.2   45.7 21 Dec 2018 25.9   14.8 15 Dec 2018 96.8


Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 31.5 +1.5 36.2 21 Feb 2019 21.2 +0.1 17.5 25 Dec 2018 126.4 451.3 lowest 28%
Gayndah Airport 34.4 +1.5 40.2 10 Feb 2019 20.2 -0.1 14.2 26 Dec 2018 89.4 268.6 v low 33%
Gladstone Airport 30.9 +0.4 35.2 3 Dec 2018 23.1 +0.4 19.9 7 Dec 2018 200.4 423.0 low 47%
Gladstone Radar 31.9 +0.7 35.9 3 Dec 2018 22.8 +0.5 19.7 7 Dec 2018 221.8 415.1 low 53%
Lady Elliot Island 30.0 +1.0 31.7 13 Feb 2019 24.4 +0.7 21.2 7 Dec 2018 102.2 370.1 v low 28%
Monto Township     40.1 10 Feb 2019 18.9 0.0 13.6 27 Feb 2019 118.7 316.6 v low 37%
Rockhampton Aero 32.2 +0.4 40.9 3 Dec 2018 22.8 +0.9 20.0 24 Dec 2018



Seventeen Seventy 30.4 +1.3 33.8 22 Feb 2019 23.2 +0.5 19.0 26 Feb 2019 139.5 474.8 lowest 29%
Thangool Airport 34.9 +1.7 41.6 13 Feb 2019 19.6 +0.2 15.4 27 Dec 2018 84.2 283.8 v low 30%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 32.8 +2.0 41.5 2 Dec 2018 19.3 +0.1 13.4 25 Dec 2018 137.8 356.4 lowest 39%
Archerfield Airport 31.7 +1.7 36.1 12 Feb 2019 20.7 +0.9 13.9 25 Dec 2018 128.8 409.7 v low 31%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 32.8 +2.1 40.8 13 Feb 2019 19.1 +0.3 13.6 25 Dec 2018 77.4 357.2 v low 22%
Beerburrum Forest Station 30.8 +0.9 39.8 2 Dec 2018     14.3 26 Dec 2018 166.0 561.8 lowest 30%
Brisbane 31.2 +1.2 35.7 22 Dec 2018 21.8 +0.7 17.2 26 Dec 2018 116.8 420.3 v low 28%
Brisbane Aero 29.5 +0.7 33.2 22 Dec 2018 21.6 +0.7 15.7 25 Dec 2018 98.2 376.2 lowest 26%
Canungra (Defence) 30.1   38.3 13 Feb 2019 17.8   10.9 26 Dec 2018 157.0


Cape Moreton Lighthouse 28.4 +1.7 30.9 10 Feb 2019 22.6 +0.9 18.6 17 Dec 2018 193.8 425.7 low 46%
Coolangatta 29.2 +1.2 33.1 2 Dec 2018 20.9 +0.3 15.0 25 Dec 2018 174.2 480.1 v low 36%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 28.8 +1.1 33.7 27 Jan 2019 23.0 +0.8 18.7 5 Dec 2018 154.0 450.5 v low 34%
Gold Coast Seaway 29.3 +0.8 33.2 13 Feb 2019 21.7 +0.4 17.7 25 Dec 2018 123.0 421.1 v low 29%
Greenbank (Defence) 32.0   38.1 2 Dec 2018 18.7   12.8 25 Dec 2018 93.6


Gympie 31.6 +0.6 39.1 13 Feb 2019 19.4 +0.1 13.1 26 Dec 2018 126.0 464.9 v low 27%
Hervey Bay Airport 30.7 +0.8 33.9 14 Feb 2019 21.8 +0.1 18.0 13 Dec 2018 113.4 393.9 v low 29%
Kingaroy Airport 31.6 +1.4 39.6 13 Feb 2019 17.1 -0.4 10.6 25 Dec 2018 116.4 263.7 v low 44%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 30.4 +0.9 35.6 13 Feb 2019 20.8 +0.7 15.7 25 Dec 2018 141.5 386.5 lowest 37%
Maryborough 31.5 +0.9 35.7 10 Feb 2019 20.2 -0.1 15.8 26 Dec 2018 260.0 463.1 low 56%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 29.3 +0.1 37.7 2 Dec 2018 20.2 0.0 14.9 26 Dec 2018



Point Lookout 30.5 +1.5 34.7 1 Feb 2019 22.7 +0.5 19.8 6 Dec 2018 175.7 416.1 v low 42%
Rainbow Beach 29.1 +0.5 33.8 21 Dec 2018      
223.2 484.6 low 46%
Redcliffe 29.8 +1.1 33.6 2 Dec 2018 22.5 +0.8 18.0 26 Dec 2018 128.6 352.6 v low 36%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 29.2   31.6 1 Feb 2019 20.9   15.9 26 Dec 2018 123.4


Sunshine Coast Airport 29.2 +0.5 35.6 2 Dec 2018 21.7 +0.9 15.8 26 Dec 2018 219.0 476.6 low 46%
Tewantin RSL Park 28.9 +0.5 37.0 2 Dec 2018 22.1 +0.6 17.0 26 Dec 2018 188.8 487.9 low 39%
Tin Can Bay (Defence) 29.6   35.1 13 Feb 2019 21.2   17.1 13 Dec 2018 206.6


University of Queensland Gatton 34.1 +2.8 42.9 13 Feb 2019 18.6 -0.1 12.0 25 Dec 2018 47.2 308.2 lowest 15%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 29.5 +3.5 37.6 19 Jan 2019 15.0 +0.3 10.3 2 Dec 2018 72.2 276.4 lowest 26%
Dalby Airport 33.4 +1.5 40.9 13 Feb 2019 18.1 -0.2 11.7 1 Dec 2018 141.6 246.4 low 57%
Oakey Aero 32.7 +2.3 40.0 13 Feb 2019 18.2 +0.8 12.6 24 Feb 2019 62.4 247.7 lowest 25%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade     36.9 19 Jan 2019 15.3 +0.2 10.7 2 Dec 2018 86.3 277.0 lowest 31%
Texas Post Office 35.7 +2.6 40.6 13 Feb 2019 19.7 +1.5 13.6 4 Dec 2018 72.2 244.4 v low 30%
Toowoomba Airport 29.7 +1.9 38.1 13 Feb 2019 17.6 +0.3 13.4 6 Dec 2018 73.0 298.6 v low 24%
Warwick 32.2 +2.5 39.4 13 Feb 2019 16.9 +0.3 11.0 27 Dec 2018



West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 35.0 +1.8 42.0 13 Feb 2019 20.0 +0.1 12.1 1 Dec 2018 84.4 226.4 v low 37%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 35.9 +2.8 42.5 21 Dec 2018 20.1 +1.1 11.3 1 Dec 2018 10.6 264.6 lowest 4%
Mitchell Post Office     42.2 19 Feb 2019 21.3 +1.9 11.7 1 Dec 2018 43.2 223.9 v low 19%
Roma Airport 36.8 +3.2 43.9 21 Dec 2018 21.1 +1.0 12.8 1 Dec 2018 36.4 231.1 lowest 16%
St George Airport 36.8 +2.5 44.8 21 Dec 2018 23.1 +1.9 14.8 1 Dec 2018 9.8 177.6 lowest 6%
Surat 36.0 +2.2 43.0 21 Dec 2018 22.1 +1.9 13.9 1 Dec 2018 49.6 216.6 v low 23%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St     45.1 16 Jan 2019 24.3 +3.4 15.2 1 Dec 2018 22.4 168.8 v low 13%
Charleville Aero 37.6 +3.0 43.4 21 Dec 2018 24.1 +2.9 14.0 15 Dec 2018 60.2 195.0 v low 31%
Cunnamulla Post Office 38.7 +3.3 45.5 20 Dec 2018 25.1 +3.5 15.3 14 Feb 2019 10.8 137.1 v low 8%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 40.2 +1.8 47.3 17 Jan 2019 26.4 +1.7 15.4 14 Dec 2018 20.4 62.1 low 33%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 27.8 -0.6 30.7 4 Dec 2018 23.2 +0.1 20.2 27 Feb 2019 723.6 493.7 high 147%
Willis Island 30.4 -0.2 33.9 15 Dec 2018 26.0 +0.4 23.6 30 Jan 2019 702.4 508.4 high 138%

Notes

The Seasonal climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each month, lists the main features of the weather in Queensland 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 9 am on Friday 1 March 2019. 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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