Brisbane in spring 2016: Warm days and nights; average rainfall

Spring rainfall was near the long-term average at most locations. Daytime temperatures were warmer than usual, with particularly hot days at the end of spring. Overnight temperatures were slightly above average for the season.

Average rainfall at most locations

  • Spring rainfall was near-average at most locations, but below average at Archerfield and Brisbane city
  • There were a number of rain-bearing systems at the start of spring, followed by average rainfall in October, and a relatively dry November
  • A number of thunderstorms produced moderate falls during the season, including the highest daily rainfall of 97 mm recorded at Brisbane Airport on 26 November

Warm days overall; nights slightly warmer than usual

  • Cool daytime temperatures in Brisbane during September and October, with warm spring days overall
  • The hottest day occurred at the end of the season, with 38.2 °C reported at Amberley on 24 November
  • Particularly warm nights in Brisbane during September, followed by cool October nights resulting in warm spring nights overall
  • The coldest night occurred at the start of spring, with the temperature dropping to 4.7 °C at Amberley on 2 October. Much warmer nights occurred at the end of spring, reaching 23.8 °C at Redcliffe on 12 November

Severe Thunderstorms

  • A line of severe thunderstorms formed over the Brisbane area on 13 November, producing a maximum wind gust of 157 km/h at the Brisbane Airport. Damage occurred to shipping containers and equipment at the Brisbane Airport.

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Extremes in spring 2016
Hottest day 38.2 °C at Amberley AMO on 24 Nov
Warmest days on average 28.4 °C at Amberley AMO
Coolest days on average 25.8 °C at Brisbane Aero
Coldest day 19.7 °C at Amberley AMO on 21 Sep
Coldest night 4.7 °C at Amberley AMO on 2 Oct
Coolest nights on average 12.8 °C at Amberley AMO
Warmest nights on average 17.1 °C at Redcliffe
Warmest night 23.8 °C at Redcliffe on 12 Nov
Warmest on average overall 22.0 °C at Brisbane
Coolest on average overall 20.6 °C at Amberley AMO
Wettest overall 271.6 mm at Brisbane Aero
Driest overall 97.8 mm at Archerfield Airport
Wettest day 97.0 mm at Brisbane Aero on 26 Nov
Strongest wind gust 157 km/h at Brisbane Aero on 13 Nov




Summary statistics for spring 2016

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
spring
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
spring
2016
Mean for
spring
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
spring
2016
Total for
spring
2016
Average
for
spring
Rank of
spring
2016
Fraction of
spring
average
Amberley AMO 28.4 +0.8 38.2 24 Nov 12.8 -0.2 4.7 2 Oct 183.8 188.0 average 98%
Archerfield Airport 28.0 +1.1 36.4 13 Nov 15.1 +0.9 6.6 2 Oct 97.8 211.7 low 46%
Brisbane 27.4 +0.5 36.0 13 Nov 16.6 +0.3 10.4 28 Sep 108.8 200.6 low 54%
Brisbane Aero 25.8 +0.3 33.6 24 Nov 15.9 +0.3 10.2 20 Sep 271.6 202.0 high 134%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 27.2 +0.7 36.8 13 Nov     9.2 1 Oct 184.1 209.2 average 88%
Redcliffe 25.9 +0.4 30.8 13 Nov 17.1 +0.2 11.4 1 Oct 180.8 215.8 average 84%

Notes

The Seasonal climate summary lists the main features of the weather in Brisbane 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.

A climate summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Thursday 1 December 2016. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

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.

The ACORN-SAT dataset is used for temperature area averages.

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