Greater Brisbane in spring 2022: average rainfall; cooler days and mild nights

Rainfall was generally close to average for most locations across Greater Brisbane. Daytime temperatures were generally cooler than average, while night-time temperatures were generally within half a degree of the long-term average for all locations.

Average rainfall for most locations

  • Most locations recorded close to average rainfall for spring, with totals generally ranging from 77% of the long-term average at Cape Moreton Lighthouse to 141% of the long-term average at University of Queensland Gatton.
  • The wettest day was at Mt Tamborine Fern St when heavy rainfall in late September saw 173.0 mm recorded, this resulted in Mt Tamborine being the wettest location overall with a rainfall total for the season of 465.4 mm

Cooler days and nights.

Brisbane

  • Total rainfall for Brisbane was 259.6 mm, which is 123% of the long-term average of 210.7 mm
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Brisbane was 26.0 °C, which is 1.0 °C below the long-term average of 27.0 °C
  • The warmest day was 34.5 °C on 20 November, and the coolest day was on 2 October when the temperature reached 18.5 °C
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Brisbane was 16.1 °C, which is 0.3 °C below the long-term average of 16.4 °C
  • The coldest morning was 10.0 °C on 8 September, and the warmest morning was on 30 November when the minimum temperature was 21.5 °C

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Extremes in spring 2022
Hottest day 35.6 °C at Amberley AMO on 20 Nov
Warmest days on average 26.8 °C at Amberley AMO
Coolest days on average 23.7 °C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Coldest day 17.7 °C at Redland (Alexandra Hills) on 3 Sep
Coldest night 4.4 °C at Canungra (Defence) on 7 Sep
Coolest nights on average 11.5 °C at Canungra (Defence)
Warmest nights on average 18.0 °C at Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Warmest night 23.6 °C at Beerburrum Forest Station on 21 Nov
Warmest on average overall 21.4 °C at Point Lookout
Coolest on average overall 18.2 °C at Canungra (Defence)
Wettest overall 465.4 mm at Mt Tamborine Fern St
Wettest day 173.0 mm at Mt Tamborine Fern St on 23 Sep
Strongest wind gust 87 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on 4 Sep

Lowest spring mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
spring
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 18.0 =18.0 in 1999 17.8



Record lowest spring mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
spring
Brisbane 21.0 = 21.0 in 2010 22 21.7

Lowest spring mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
spring
University of Queensland Gatton 19.8 19.7 in 1992* 20.5
Amberley AMO 19.8 19.5 in 1999 20.4

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




Summary statistics for spring 2022
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
spring
2022
Diff
from
average
Highest for
spring
2022
Mean for
spring
2022
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
spring
2022
Total for
spring
2022
Average
for
spring
Rank of
spring
2022
Fraction of
spring
average
Amberley AMO 26.8 -1.0 35.6 20 Nov 12.7 -0.3 5.2 5 Sep 227.8 187.2 high 122%
Archerfield Airport 26.5 -0.5 35.2 20 Nov 14.6 +0.3 7.5 5 Sep 247.4 211.8 average 117%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 26.4 -1.8 35.1 27 Oct 13.1 0.0 5.9 7 Sep 185.6 203.7 average 91%
Beerburrum Forest Station 25.9 -1.5 34.2 26 Nov 14.8 +0.4 8.7 5 Sep 301.2 258.9 average 116%
Brisbane 26.0 -1.0 34.5 20 Nov 16.1 -0.3 10.0 8 Sep 259.6 210.7 high 123%
Brisbane Aero 25.2 -0.4 34.2 20 Nov 15.5 -0.2 9.7 5 Sep 229.8 208.3 average 110%
Canungra (Defence) 25.0   33.6 20 Nov 11.5   4.4 7 Sep 321.4
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 23.7 +0.5 30.9 28 Oct 18.0 +0.2 13.3 4 Sep 181.2 234.1 average 77%
Greenbank (Defence) 26.4   35.4 27 Oct 12.7   5.7 19 Sep 295.8
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 25.9 -0.7 35.0 21 Nov 15.2 +0.1 9.5 7 Sep 286.4 218.3 average 131%
Point Lookout 25.1 -0.4 32.5 26 Nov 17.8 -0.5 12.9 3 Nov 273.6 258.3 average 106%
Redcliffe 25.1 -0.5 33.7 21 Nov 16.6 -0.4 11.0 5 Sep 248.2 221.3 average 112%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 24.6   33.6 21 Nov 15.3   10.2 7 Sep 272.8
University of Queensland Gatton 26.6 -1.5 35.2 27 Oct 13.1 +0.2 6.4 5 Sep 250.4 177.6 high 141%

Notes

The Seasonal climate summary, usually published in the first week of the following month, lists the main features of the weather in Greater Brisbane 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 summary includes data from observing sites in or near the Greater Brisbane “Greater Capital City Statistical Area” (GCCSA). The Australian Bureau of Statistics designed the GCCSAs to “include the population within the urban area of the city, as well as people who regularly socialise, shop or work within the city, and live in small towns and rural areas surrounding the city. It is important to note that GCCSAs do not define the built up edge of the city. They provide a stable definition for these cities and are designed for the output of a range of social and economic survey data.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 1 pm on Friday 2 December 2022. 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.

Information about Australian Indigenous seasonal calendars is available at the Indigenous Weather Knowledge website.

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