Brisbane in winter 2016: a wet winter

Winter rainfall in Brisbane was well above average, with most locations recording at least twice their average seasonal rainfall. Overnight temperatures were also well above average across the metropolitan area, while daytime temperatures were close to average.

A very wet winter

  • All locations around Brisbane recorded well above average rainfall, with most sites receiving twice their average winter rainfall
  • Amberley and Archerfield had their wettest winter since 1988, and Alderley had its wettest winter since 1983
  • Oxley reported its highest winter daily rainfall on record on 20 June, when a band of storms and heavy rainfall affected the southeast

Warm nights; near-average daytime temperatures

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Extremes in winter 2016
Hottest day 29.7 °C at Redcliffe on 23 Jul
Warmest days on average 22.3 °C at Amberley AMO and at Archerfield Airport
Coolest days on average 21.4 °C at Redcliffe
Coldest day 16.0 °C at Amberley AMO on 26 Jun
Coldest night 0.1 °C at Amberley AMO on 3 Jul
Coolest nights on average 8.3 °C at Amberley AMO
Warmest nights on average 12.7 °C at Redcliffe
Warmest night 19.4 °C at Brisbane on 24 Aug
Warmest on average overall 17.4 °C at Brisbane
Coolest on average overall 15.3 °C at Amberley AMO
Wettest overall 455.7 mm at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-Tha
Driest overall 206.4 mm at Brisbane Aero
Wettest day 182.0 mm at Oxley on 20 Jun
Strongest wind gust 76 km/h at Brisbane Aero on 25 Jun

Record highest winter daily rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Oxley 182.0 on 20 Jun 124.5 on 7 Jul 1973 45



Highest winter total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
winter
Alderley 365.4 419.8 in 1983 157.3
Amberley AMO 259.4 289.0 in 1988 114.6
Archerfield Airport 308.2 386.4 in 1988* 153.1

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




Record highest winter daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Brisbane Aero 19.0 on 24 Aug 18.7 on 25 Aug 2009 23 9.8



Record highest winter mean daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 11.2 10.8 in 2009 23 9.4
Brisbane Aero 11.7 11.4 in 1998 22 9.8

Highest winter mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
winter
Amberley AMO 8.3 9.7 in 1973 6.2



Record highest winter mean temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Archerfield Airport 16.5 = 16.5 in 1998 41 15.0
Brisbane Aero 16.6 16.4 in 2013 22 15.5

Highest winter mean temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
winter
Amberley AMO 15.3 15.8 in 1973 14.0



Summary statistics for winter 2016

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
winter
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
winter
2016
Mean for
winter
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
winter
2016
Total for
winter
2016
Average
for
winter
Rank of
winter
2016
Fraction of
winter
average
Amberley AMO 22.3 +0.5 29.4 23 Jul 8.3 +2.1 0.1 3 Jul 259.4 114.6 v high 226%
Archerfield Airport 22.3 +0.6 29.2 23 Jul 10.6 +2.3 3.5 3 Jul 308.2 153.1 v high 201%
Brisbane 22.3 0.0 29.1 23 Jul 12.4 +1.6 6.6 26 Jun 323.8 133.0 v high 243%
Brisbane Aero 21.5 +0.2 29.5 23 Jul 11.7 +1.9 4.6 26 Jun 206.4 141.4 high 146%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 22.1 +0.2 29.3 23 Jul 11.2 +1.8 4.3 26 Jun 248.6 156.3 high 159%
Redcliffe 21.4 +0.3 29.7 23 Jul 12.7 +1.1 5.6 26 Jun N/A 154.9 N/A N/A

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 10 am on Thursday 1 September 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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