Queensland in summer 2016-17: Exceptional heat in southern Queensland

Summer 2016-17 was the second-warmest on record for Queensland. A number of heatwaves affected the State, with both days and nights much warmer than usual. Exceptional warmth was experienced across a broad area of southern Queensland. Rainfall was below average across much of the eastern half of Queensland, with well below summer rainfall in pockets of the southeastern quarter.

Exceptional heat in southern Queensland; summer heatwaves

Dry in southern and eastern Queensland

  • Rainfall was below average across much of the southeast, tending to very much below average around the Wide Bay and Burnett districts
  • A number of sites had their driest summer on record or in several decades
  • Rainfall throughout the season was mixed: a dry December in the east of the State, wet in the west; wet January for the west and north with mostly near-average falls elsewhere; and a very dry February across most of the State except in the Gulf Country
  • Short-term rainfall deficiencies have emerged across southeastern Queensland during the 3-months ending in February
  • Despite the overall dry summer, isolated heavy rainfall events during the season resulted in a number of locations getting their wettest summer day on record

Tropical cyclone activity

  • An unusually quiet tropical cyclone season to date, however, Alfred produced significant rainfall about the Gulf Country; Sweers Island recorded a rainfall total of 1159 mm from the 14th to the 23rd
  • Alfred was first identified as a tropical low near Borroloola (in the Northern Territory) on the 15th, and remained slow-moving near the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast for a number of days
  • Named on 20 February 2017, tropical cyclone Alfred was the first tropical cyclone to occur in the Northern Region, and remained a category 1 system for almost 24 hours, before weakening and eventually crossing the coast as a tropical low in the early afternoon of the 21st

Severe thunderstorms

  • Severe thunderstorms swept through the Mary Valley in the Wide Bay and Burnett district in Queensland on 1 December, with large hail up to 6 cm in diameter reported in Gympie, Traveston and Peachester
  • On 18 December 2016, a line of severe thunderstorms initially developed around Warwick, before affecting the Boonah area and then tracking through western suburbs of Brisbane. The severe storms moved through the greater Brisbane area, with wind gusts up to 100 km/h recorded at Amberley. Heavy rainfall caused flash flooding around Ipswich, and hail up to 4.5 cm in diameter was reported at Dinmore, Redbank, Riverview and Bellbowrie
  • A very strong wind gust of up to 115 km/h was recorded at the Inner Reciprocal Marker in Moreton Bay on 13 February, associated with a line of severe thunderstorms tracking across the southeast

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Extremes in summer 2016-17
Hottest day 47.2 °C at Thargomindah Airport on 12 Feb 2017
Warmest days on average 40.8 °C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest days on average 27.8 °C at Frederick Reef
Coldest day 21.7 °C at Applethorpe on 23 Dec 2016 and on 27 Feb 2017
Coldest night 10.5 °C at Applethorpe on 14 Dec 2016
Coolest nights on average 16.0 °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 26.8 °C at Birdsville Airport
Warmest night 33.5 °C at Birdsville Airport on 20 Jan 2017
Warmest on average overall 33.9 °C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest on average overall 22.8 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 1820.8 mm at Innisfail
Wettest day 330.0 mm at Daradgee on 8 Jan 2017
Strongest wind gust 115 km/h at Inner Reciprocal Marker on 13 Feb 2017

Maps

Observed Anomaly Decile rank
Total
rainfall
Map of Rainfall totals Map of Percentage of normal rainfall Map of Rainfall deciles
Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
Mean
daily
minimum
temperatures
Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record highest summer daily rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Macalister 138.0 on 16 Jan 2017 114.0 on 8 Dec 1993 46
Green Hills 130.8 on 4 Jan 2017 114.0 on 13 Jan 1991 32
Sweers Island 216.0 on 18 Feb 2017 213.0 on 19 Jan 2013 24
Horn Island 215.6 on 30 Dec 2016 197.0 on 21 Feb 1997 22



Record highest summer total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Alderley Station 300.9 297.8 in 1999 26 131.5



Record lowest summer total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Maryborough 66.2 91.0 in 1901 147 464.0
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 90.4 117.0 in 2008 146 429.1
Double Island Point Lighthouse 78.4 81.0 in 2013 123 453.5
Thangool Airport 71.4 78.4 in 1989 86 287.1
Kroombit 54.0 85.6 in 1993 78 276.7
Lady Elliot Island 70.6 107.6 in 1997 77 375.7
Cania Gorge Park 53.5 83.4 in 1947 65 317.5
Karragarra Island 98.0 153.0 in 1985 59 485.1
Mount Kroombit 54.2 83.0 in 2013 57 279.3
Springs 105.8 114.0 in 1987 53 462.9
Corbould Pk Racecourse 154.0 250.4 in 2013 28 591.9
Seventeen Seventy 159.4 188.8 in 1989 28 480.9
Warida 62.0 122.8 in 2002 28 257.7
Rainbow Beach 104.2 135.2 in 2013 25 493.6
Felton 53.8 101.2 in 2013 24 247.6
Sunshine Coast Airport 130.2 152.2 in 2013 23 478.7
Yeppoon The Esplanade 98.6 188.2 in 1996 21 411.4
Tewantin RSL Park 150.8 151.6 in 2013 20 495.7

Lowest summer total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
summer
Jondaryan Post Office 96.2 70.4 in 1901* 245.4
Chinchilla Water Treatment Plant 86.9 74.2 in 1901* 265.7
Mt Tamborine Fern St 131.8 78.3 in 1918 605.7
Manly Railway Station 169.2 122.2 in 1938* 411.8
Teddington Waterworks 103.2 100.9 in 1968* 443.0
Goomboorian 160.0 138.9 in 1968* 495.8
Sandy Cape Lighthouse 144.7 120.2 in 1977* 430.3
Abercorn 93.7 80.4 in 1987 283.7
Aramac Post Office 108.0 32.0 in 1987 218.6
Booroondarra 74.4 53.2 in 1989 308.0
Broadmeadows 147.8 72.6 in 1989 452.2
Carfax 95.5 38.1 in 1989 304.7
Denton 72.5 19.1 in 1989 186.8
Rockhampton Aero 115.8 37.2 in 1989 381.9
Childers South 97.4 90.8 in 1989* 367.1
Rosedale Post Office 166.4 117.8 in 1989* 508.6
Yaamba 165.2 93.4 in 1989* 417.0
Mount Larcom Post Office 171.3 63.9 in 1989* 446.0
Peachester 271.1 213.6 in 1985* 681.7
Byfield Childs Road 340.5 139.0 in 1989* 760.5
Capella Post Office 137.5 63.0 in 1993* 276.1
Lochinvar 109.0 107.3 in 1989* 238.8
Bauhinia Downs Store 151.4 144.0 in 1994* 305.7
Glenlands 83.0 67.0 in 1989* 389.3
Mingela Post Office 166.9 158.2 in 1994* 369.1
Peakvale Station 151.6 70.5 in 1993* 288.1
Winvic 112.8 76.0 in 1993* 281.1

* 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
University of Queensland Gatton 45.7 on 12 Feb 2017 44.5 on 6 Jan 1994 53 31.2
Injune Post Office 44.2 on 12 Feb 2017 44.1 on 30 Dec 2013 51 33.0
Applethorpe 39.7 on 11 Feb 2017 37.8 on 3 Jan 2014 48 25.8
Oakey Aero 42.8 on 12 Feb 2017 41.8 on 6 Jan 1994 44 30.3
Dalby Airport 43.0 on 12 Feb 2017 42.6 on 4 Jan 2014 26 31.8
Weipa Aero 38.8 on 11 Dec 2016 38.7 on 4 Dec 1996 25 32.5
Warwick 42.2 on 11 Feb 2017 40.9 on 4 Jan 2014 22 29.5
Toowoomba Airport 40.8 on 12 Feb 2017 39.5 on 4 Jan 2014 21 27.6



Record highest summer mean daily maximum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 29.0 28.7 in 2005 106 26.6
Maryborough 33.5 32.2 in 1925 104 30.5
Bollon Mary St 38.9 38.4 in 2005 102 34.9
University of Queensland Gatton 34.2 33.8 in 2005 89 31.2
Taroom Post Office 37.1 36.0 in 2005 64 33.3
Injune Post Office 36.4 35.8 in 1979 49 33.0
Applethorpe 29.5 28.0 in 1979 47 25.8
Oakey Aero 33.5 32.8 in 2005 43 30.3
Archerfield Airport 32.1 31.5 in 2005 40 29.9
Coolangatta 29.6 29.3 in 2009 28 27.9
Dalby Airport 34.8 34.3 in 2005 24 31.8
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 31.2 30.8 in 2005 24 29.4
Roma Airport 37.1 36.5 in 2005 24 33.3
Thangool Airport 36.3 35.6 in 2005 24 33.0
Sunshine Coast Airport 30.3 29.8 in 2009 22 28.7
Warwick 32.4 31.1 in 2005 21 29.5
Toowoomba Airport 30.7 30.2 in 2005 20 27.6

Highest summer mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
summer
Gympie 33.1 33.3 in 1979* 31.0
Texas Post Office 35.8 36.0 in 1979* 33.0
Surat 36.7 36.8 in 1979* 33.8

* 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
Barcaldine Post Office 30.9 on 13 Jan 2017 30.5 on 4 Jan 2014 56 22.7
Longreach Aero 31.5 on 13 Feb 2017 30.7 on 3 Jan 2014 50 22.6
Mackay Aero 27.4 on 5 Feb 2017 27.2 on 25 Jan 2006 31 22.8
Lucinda Point 29.2 on 14 Feb 2017 29.1 on 20 Dec 1995 30 25.3



Record highest summer mean daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Brisbane^ 22.3 = 22.3 in 1979 117 20.4
Surat 23.0 21.7 in 2005 67 20.1
Taroom Post Office 22.5 22.0 in 2005 64 20.2
Collinsville Post Office 23.4 23.1 in 1997 57 21.7
Applethorpe 16.0 = 16.0 in 2005 47 14.7
Texas Post Office 20.6 20.1 in 2005 44 18.1
Oakey Aero 19.1 18.8 in 2009 43 17.4
Archerfield Airport 21.3 21.2 in 1997 40 19.8
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 21.5 21.3 in 2009 24 20.0
Brisbane Aero 22.1 22.0 in 1997 22 20.8
Warwick 17.8 17.6 in 2005 21 16.6
Yeppoon The Esplanade 24.5 = 24.5 in 2005 21 23.4
^New record, Old record and Years of record calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites. Average calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites.

Record highest summer mean temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Brisbane^ 26.8 26.6 in 1979 117 25.1
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 26.0 = 26.0 in 2005 104 24.1
University of Queensland Gatton 26.9 = 26.9 in 2005 87 25.0
Surat 29.8 29.0 in 2005 66 26.9
Taroom Post Office 29.8 29.0 in 2005 64 26.8
Collinsville Post Office 29.4 29.2 in 2005 57 27.6
Injune Post Office 28.7 28.3 in 2005 49 25.9
Applethorpe 22.8 21.9 in 2005 47 20.3
Texas Post Office 28.2 27.3 in 2005 44 25.6
Oakey Aero 26.3 25.8 in 2005 43 23.8
Archerfield Airport 26.7 26.3 in 2005 40 24.8
Coolangatta 25.6 25.5 in 2005 28 24.2
Dalby Airport 27.1 = 27.1 in 2005 24 25.0
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 26.4 26.0 in 2005 24 24.7
Thangool Airport 28.3 28.1 in 2005 24 26.2
Sunshine Coast Airport 25.8 = 25.8 in 1997 22 24.7
Warwick 25.1 24.3 in 2005 21 23.0
Toowoomba Airport 24.5 24.4 in 2005 20 22.4
^New record, Old record and Years of record calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites. Average calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites.

Record number of summer days 30 °C or warmer

New record Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 29 days 13 days in 2009 106 1.4 days
Archerfield Airport 71 days 68 days in 2005 77 22.5 days
Coolangatta 40 days 26 days in 2003 34 8.2 days
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 60 days 54 days in 2005 24 32.0 days
Rainbow Beach 47 days 39 days in 1997 24 16.0 days
Sunshine Coast Airport 46 days 37 days in 2015 22 18.0 days
Texas Post Office 86 days 83 days in 2005 47 60.7 days
Applethorpe 40 days 29 days in 1997 50 11.2 days
Warwick 63 days 56 days in 2005 22 37.5 days
Toowoomba Airport 50 days 45 days in 2005 20 20.8 days

Record number of summer days 35 °C or warmer

New record Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Taroom Post Office 65 days 64 days in 2005 59 29.8 days
Thangool Airport 64 days 56 days in 2005 24 23.0 days
Monto Township 34 days 32 days in 2005 54 11.0 days
University of Queensland Gatton 37 days 30 days in 1997 51 11.1 days
Maryborough 23 days 12 days in 1989 59 2.9 days
Texas Post Office 57 days 47 days in 2013 47 21.7 days
Applethorpe 8 days 4 days in 2013 50 0.6 days
Oakey Aero 37 days 25 days in 2005 43 7.3 days
Dalby Airport 45 days 34 days in 2005 24 16.2 days
Warwick 28 days 14 days in 2012 22 6.1 days
Toowoomba Airport 13 days 8 days in 2013 20 2.2 days
Roma Airport 65 days 62 days in 2005 24 32.1 days

Record number of summer days 40 °C or warmer

New record Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Taroom Post Office 17 days 12 days in 2013 59 2.0 days
Thangool Airport 5 days 4 days in 1993 24 0.5 days
Texas Post Office 12 days 9 days in 1979 47 1.7 days
Toowoomba Airport 1 days 0 days in 2015 20 0.0 days
Surat 15 days 14 days in 1979 54 3.2 days
Roma Airport 18 days 13 days in 2013 24 3.5 days
Cunnamulla Post Office 44 days 40 days in 2005 59 12.1 days

Record number of summer days 45 °C or warmer

New record Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
University of Queensland Gatton 1 days 0 days in 2015 51 0.0 days
    Note 
  • the "Years of record" column in these tables shows the number of years with daily data; this may differ from the number of years with monthly means or extremes.
  • these results are for the current open stations only; in some cases larger values have occurred at nearby stations


Summary statistics for summer 2016-17

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
summer
2016-17
Diff
from
average
Highest for
summer
2016-17
Mean for
summer
2016-17
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
summer
2016-17
Total for
summer
2016-17
Average
for
summer
Rank of
summer
2016-17
Fraction of
summer
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.1 -0.1 36.7 9 Dec 2016 26.0 0.0 23.3 26 Feb 2017 953.8 753.0 high 127%
Coen Airport 33.7 +0.6 37.8 2 Dec 2016 23.7 -0.1 19.5 3 Dec 2016 530.0 655.7 average 81%
Horn Island 30.7 -0.4 33.9 5 Dec 2016 25.4 +0.1 23.3 24 Jan 2017 1345.0 1058.0 high 127%
Weipa Aero 32.8 +0.3 38.8 11 Dec 2016 24.1 -0.1 21.7 2 Dec 2016 1197.8 1282.5 average 93%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 32.0 +0.2 34.9 15 Feb 2017 24.2 +0.5 20.5 2 Dec 2016 705.2 996.5 low 71%
Palmerville 34.7 +0.9 40.9 2 Dec 2016 23.4 +0.5 18.0 3 Dec 2016 362.8 681.4 v low 53%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Century Mine 35.9 -1.2 42.4 7 Dec 2016 24.7 0.0 19.6 21 Feb 2017 355.4 427.8 low 83%
Cloncurry Airport 37.0 -0.1 42.9 8 Dec 2016 25.3 +0.7 21.3 20 Feb 2017 276.0 350.3 average 79%
Julia Creek Airport 38.1 +0.2 43.9 7 Dec 2016 24.4 +1.0 19.3 20 Feb 2017 277.0 286.1 average 97%
Kowanyama Airport 33.7 +0.3 40.1 2 Dec 2016 24.6 +0.3 21.8 4 Dec 2016 920.6 879.7 average 105%
Lake Julius AWS 36.3   42.8 8 Dec 2016 25.3   20.9 19 Feb 2017 354.4


Mornington Island Airport 31.6   37.0 9 Dec 2016 25.5   21.2 13 Dec 2016 1427.8


Mount Isa Aero 36.2 -0.1 42.6 4 Dec 2016 23.5 +0.1 18.5 1 Dec 2016 388.8 288.6 high 135%
Normanton Airport 34.0 -0.6 41.0 3 Dec 2016 25.5 +0.1 22.1 21 Feb 2017 870.2 575.7 high 151%
Sweers Island 31.9 -1.0 36.5 9 Dec 2016 26.2 -0.4 20.6 17 Feb 2017 1661.4 866.0 v high 192%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 34.9 +0.4 41.1 3 Dec 2016 23.5 +0.2 17.9 28 Feb 2017 587.4 577.3 average 102%
Hughenden Airport 36.9 +1.0 42.5 6 Dec 2016 24.4 +1.2 20.9 22 Feb 2017 188.4 283.6 low 66%
Richmond Airport 37.4 +0.4 43.8 6 Dec 2016 23.7 +0.5 19.0 4 Dec 2016 311.2 269.5 high 115%
Richmond Post Office 37.3 +0.4 43.4 5 Dec 2016 24.4 +1.7 20.9 22 Feb 2017 292.4 296.0 average 99%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 32.2 +0.8 35.5 14 Feb 2017 24.2 +0.6 18.0 3 Dec 2016 918.6 1014.9 average 91%
Cairns Racecourse 32.2   35.8 14 Feb 2017 23.7   16.1 4 Dec 2016 889.8


Cape Flattery 32.3 +0.1 35.8 15 Feb 2017 25.0 +0.2 20.8 1 Dec 2016 407.6 641.9 v low 63%
Cooktown Airport 32.3 +0.3 37.3 2 Jan 2017 24.4 0.0 19.6 2 Dec 2016 1066.6 753.0 high 142%
Low Isles Lighthouse 32.8 +0.7 36.5 14 Feb 2017 25.5 +0.1 22.3 18 Jan 2017 1025.0 1026.8 average 100%
Mareeba Airport 31.6 +0.3 37.1 2 Dec 2016 21.3 +0.1 17.7 3 Dec 2016 446.4 534.5 average 84%
Walkamin Research Station 30.6 +0.6 35.5 2 Dec 2016 20.4 +0.2 16.0 2 Dec 2016 556.3 591.4 average 94%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 31.2 -0.2 35.0 14 Feb 2017 23.9 +1.2 20.0 2 Dec 2016 930.7 1094.9 average 85%
Ingham Composite 32.7 +0.5 38.3 14 Feb 2017 23.3 +0.5 18.8 2 Dec 2016 908.2 1064.1 average 85%
Innisfail 31.3 +0.5 35.1 14 Feb 2017 23.8 +1.2 20.0 2 Dec 2016 1820.8 1364.3 high 133%
Innisfail Aerodrome 31.9   36.3 14 Feb 2017 22.6   17.9 2 Dec 2016 1623.0


Lucinda Point 30.2 +0.2 34.3 14 Feb 2017 25.6 +0.3 22.7 12 Dec 2016 548.2 479.7 average 114%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.5 +0.4 37.0 14 Feb 2017 23.2 +0.8 19.0 2 Dec 2016



Townsville Aero 32.4 +1.0 37.2 14 Feb 2017 25.0 +0.8 22.7 3 Dec 2016 334.0 691.7 low 48%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 31.0 -0.1 37.4 14 Feb 2017 25.1 +0.4 22.5 27 Feb 2017 522.2 590.3 average 88%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 32.5 +0.7 39.4 14 Feb 2017 23.2 +0.7 20.3 3 Dec 2016 342.4 545.2 low 63%
Bowen Airport AWS 32.2   38.5 14 Feb 2017 23.9   20.6 3 Dec 2016 403.8


Collinsville Post Office 35.4 +2.0 41.0 13 Feb 2017 23.4 +1.7 20.4 21 Dec 2016 168.6 385.6 low 44%
Hamilton Island Airport 30.3 +0.5 33.4 14 Feb 2017 25.1 +0.4 22.5 12 Dec 2016 529.2 674.9 average 78%
Mackay Aero 31.1 +0.7 35.1 13 Feb 2017 23.4 +0.6 19.0 1 Dec 2016 882.8 788.6 average 112%
Mackay M.O 30.7 +0.7 34.0 14 Feb 2017 24.0 +0.7 20.5 1 Dec 2016 845.0 783.9 average 108%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 30.7   35.2 13 Feb 2017 22.7   18.6 2 Dec 2016 936.0


Proserpine Airport 32.1 +0.5 37.9 2 Dec 2016 22.5 +0.1 17.8 1 Dec 2016 782.4 823.0 average 95%
Samuel Hill Aero 31.2 +0.6 35.1 19 Jan 2017 21.5 +0.4 16.1 1 Dec 2016 282.6 676.4 v low 42%
St Lawrence 32.7 +1.1 39.3 14 Feb 2017 23.1 +0.5 20.0 21 Jan 2017 323.0 542.8 v low 60%
Williamson 32.2 +1.0 36.0 14 Feb 2017 22.8 +0.3 19.2 25 Dec 2016 182.2 494.5 v low 37%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.7 +0.6 32.8 13 Feb 2017 24.5 +1.1 20.7 21 Jan 2017 98.6 411.4 lowest 24%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 34.8 +1.1 41.1 13 Feb 2017 22.9 +0.6 20.5 9 Dec 2016 222.2 374.1 low 59%
Moranbah Airport 35.1   42.6 13 Feb 2017 21.4   18.3 7 Dec 2016 260.2


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 36.2   42.7 13 Feb 2017 22.1   17.1 21 Feb 2017 103.4


Emerald Airport 36.0 +2.0 43.5 13 Feb 2017 22.7 +0.9 19.7 12 Dec 2016 165.4 263.0 low 63%
Lochington 35.8   43.2 13 Feb 2017 21.9   17.9 24 Dec 2016 256.4


Rolleston Airport 35.8   42.6 3 Dec 2016 21.7   16.9 27 Dec 2016 194.0


Springsure Comet St 34.7 +1.3 40.9 13 Feb 2017 21.3 +0.9 15.8 20 Feb 2017 356.6 311.9 high 114%
Tambo Post Office 36.0 +1.5 42.5 13 Feb 2017 21.7 +1.9 15.0 2 Dec 2016 217.1 228.1 average 95%
Taroom Post Office 37.1 +3.8 44.6 12 Feb 2017 22.5 +2.3 14.9 10 Dec 2016 147.7 277.0 low 53%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 36.7 +1.4 43.6 13 Feb 2017 24.3 +1.6 19.5 27 Feb 2017 175.4 227.5 average 77%
Blackall Airport 37.1 +1.5 44.3 13 Feb 2017 23.3 +1.0 17.0 1 Dec 2016 173.6 265.5 average 65%
Isisford Post Office 38.6 +2.0 46.1 13 Feb 2017 24.6 +2.1 18.9 20 Feb 2017 157.1 195.7 average 80%
Longreach Aero 38.9 +2.1 45.0 13 Feb 2017 24.4 +1.8 18.5 7 Jan 2017 119.2 212.7 low 56%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 36.6 -0.6 43.2 7 Dec 2016 24.6 +0.7 20.0 20 Feb 2017 324.2 254.6 high 127%
Carters Bore 36.1   41.2 8 Dec 2016 24.6   20.8 30 Jan 2017 229.0


New May Downs 36.0   42.4 6 Dec 2016 24.2   20.4 19 Feb 2017 333.2


The Monument Airport 37.8 +0.4 43.5 4 Dec 2016 24.9 +1.0 18.2 20 Feb 2017 209.4 196.7 average 106%
Trepell Airport 37.8 +0.1 43.1 8 Dec 2016 24.9 +1.0 19.4 20 Feb 2017 169.2 197.6 average 86%
Urandangi Aerodrome 38.3   44.2 5 Dec 2016 24.3   15.2 21 Feb 2017 231.2


Winton Airport 39.2 +1.5 44.5 6 Dec 2016 24.7 +1.1 19.7 11 Dec 2016 130.8 183.2 low 71%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 40.8 +1.7 47.1 12 Feb 2017 26.8 +1.8 15.3 20 Feb 2017 88.0 60.1 high 146%
Boulia Airport 39.3 +1.1 43.9 2 Dec 2016 26.1 +2.1 19.3 21 Feb 2017 108.2 127.9 average 85%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 31.7 +1.8 34.7 9 Dec 2016 21.8 +0.7 17.7 15 Dec 2016 240.2 456.1 low 53%
Gayndah Airport 35.6 +2.9 41.9 12 Feb 2017 21.2 +1.0 17.0 9 Jan 2017 96.8 277.8 v low 35%
Gladstone Airport 31.4 +1.0 35.6 19 Jan 2017 23.5 +0.8 19.5 15 Dec 2016 286.4 432.8 low 66%
Lady Elliot Island 30.5 +1.5 32.4 7 Feb 2017 24.8 +1.1 22.0 3 Jan 2017 70.6 375.7 lowest 19%
Rockhampton Aero 34.0 +2.2 39.4 21 Jan 2017 23.1 +1.3 20.3 15 Dec 2016 115.8 381.9 v low 30%
Rundle Island 28.9 +0.9 32.5 26 Jan 2017 25.0 +0.8 21.4 23 Dec 2016



Seventeen Seventy 30.1 +1.0 33.2 19 Feb 2017 23.6 +1.0 19.7 12 Dec 2016 159.4 480.9 lowest 33%
Thangool Airport 36.3 +3.3 42.2 13 Feb 2017 20.3 +1.0 14.4 14 Dec 2016 71.4 287.1 lowest 25%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 32.7 +1.9 43.0 12 Feb 2017 20.0 +0.8 13.7 13 Dec 2016 274.8 358.3 average 77%
Archerfield Airport 32.1 +2.2 40.0 12 Feb 2017 21.3 +1.5 15.5 13 Dec 2016 240.8 413.0 low 58%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 32.8   43.1 12 Feb 2017 19.7   13.9 12 Dec 2016 325.6


Beerburrum Forest Station 31.7 +1.9 39.9 12 Feb 2017 19.9 +0.6 14.5 13 Dec 2016 249.4 567.6 v low 44%
Brisbane 31.3 +2.1 37.6 12 Feb 2017 22.3 +1.9 17.8 13 Dec 2016 351.0 440.0 average 80%
Brisbane Aero 29.5 +0.8 33.3 21 Jan 2017 22.1 +1.3 17.4 13 Dec 2016 202.4 392.0 low 52%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 29.0 +2.4 32.1 7 Feb 2017 23.1 +1.4 19.2 27 Feb 2017 90.4 429.1 lowest 21%
Coolangatta 29.6 +1.7 34.0 6 Dec 2016 21.5 +1.0 15.4 12 Dec 2016 243.4 493.9 low 49%
Gold Coast Seaway 29.6 +1.2 33.4 18 Jan 2017 21.9 +0.6 17.9 12 Dec 2016 199.6 434.4 low 46%
Gympie 33.1 +2.1 41.3 12 Feb 2017 20.0 +0.7 14.6 13 Dec 2016 209.0 466.9 v low 45%
Hervey Bay Airport 31.5 +1.7 34.6 13 Feb 2017 22.4 +0.8 17.8 1 Dec 2016 69.2 411.3 v low 17%
Jimna Forestry 30.0 +2.4 39.4 12 Feb 2017 17.9 +0.8 12.0 13 Dec 2016 14.6 329.2 v low 4%
Kingaroy Airport 32.9 +2.8 41.6 12 Feb 2017 18.4 +0.9 12.0 13 Dec 2016 142.0 276.3 v low 51%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 31.2 +1.8 38.5 12 Feb 2017 21.5 +1.5 16.4 13 Dec 2016 251.7 392.6 low 64%
Maryborough 33.5 +3.0 39.6 21 Jan 2017 20.4 +0.1 16.1 15 Dec 2016 66.2 464.0 lowest 14%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 30.9   39.6 12 Feb 2017 20.7   15.6 13 Dec 2016 237.9


Rainbow Beach 29.7 +1.1 34.4 12 Feb 2017      
104.2 493.6 lowest 21%
Redcliffe 29.7 +1.1 35.9 21 Jan 2017 22.9 +1.3 19.3 13 Dec 2016 202.2 369.1 low 55%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 29.4   34.2 13 Feb 2017 21.5   16.9 13 Dec 2016 249.4


Sunshine Coast Airport 30.3 +1.6 35.7 21 Jan 2017 21.4 +0.7 16.4 13 Dec 2016 130.2 478.7 lowest 27%
Tewantin RSL Park 29.5 +1.2 36.9 21 Jan 2017 22.2 +0.7 17.7 1 Dec 2016 150.8 495.7 lowest 30%
University of Queensland Gatton 34.2 +3.0 45.7 12 Feb 2017 19.7 +1.0 13.0 12 Dec 2016 230.2 309.8 low 74%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 29.5 +3.7 39.7 11 Feb 2017 16.0 +1.3 10.5 14 Dec 2016 216.0 281.6 low 77%
Dalby Airport 34.8 +3.0 43.0 12 Feb 2017 19.5 +1.3 11.6 12 Dec 2016 174.0 248.8 low 70%
Oakey Aero 33.5 +3.2 42.8 12 Feb 2017 19.1 +1.7 12.8 10 Dec 2016 131.0 252.2 low 52%
Texas Post Office 35.8 +2.8 44.5 12 Feb 2017 20.6 +2.5 14.2 10 Dec 2016 231.0 246.3 average 94%
Toowoomba Airport 30.7 +3.1 40.8 12 Feb 2017 18.4 +1.2 14.4 12 Dec 2016 148.4 309.7 v low 48%
Warwick 32.4 +2.9 42.2 11 Feb 2017 17.8 +1.2 11.8 13 Dec 2016



West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 35.9 +2.9 43.4 12 Feb 2017 21.4 +1.6 11.6 10 Dec 2016 179.6 230.2 low 78%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 36.4 +3.4 44.2 12 Feb 2017 20.9 +2.0 12.3 21 Feb 2017 112.6 266.3 v low 42%
Mitchell Post Office 37.2 +3.6 46.1 12 Feb 2017 21.3 +1.9 11.1 10 Dec 2016 149.0 225.6 average 66%
Roma Airport 37.1 +3.8 45.0 12 Feb 2017 21.7 +1.7 11.2 10 Dec 2016 179.4 238.1 average 75%
St George Airport 37.8 +3.8 46.8 12 Feb 2017 23.7 +2.7 14.0 10 Dec 2016 99.4 188.8 low 53%
Surat 36.7 +2.9 44.5 12 Feb 2017 23.0 +2.9 13.2 10 Dec 2016 146.2 218.5 average 67%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 38.9 +4.0 46.5 12 Feb 2017     14.8 20 Feb 2017 101.4 170.4 low 60%
Charleville Aero 37.8 +3.3 45.2 12 Feb 2017 23.5 +2.4 13.7 10 Dec 2016 100.6 198.5 low 51%
Cunnamulla Post Office 39.0 +3.7 45.6 12 Feb 2017 25.0 +3.4 15.2 20 Feb 2017 96.2 138.6 average 69%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 40.6 +2.5 47.0 12 Feb 2017     15.6 9 Dec 2016 46.2 68.1 average 68%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Frederick Reef 27.8   31.0 19 Feb 2017 25.4   23.0 6 Dec 2016



Middle Percy Island 28.8 +0.5 31.9 14 Feb 2017 23.5 +0.4 19.9 11 Dec 2016 474.6 494.6 average 96%
Willis Island 31.5 +0.9 33.6 22 Jan 2017 26.4 +0.8 23.9 17 Jan 2017 294.2 508.7 low 58%
*Brisbane's maximum and minimum temperature anomalies are calculated using the old (closed) and current (open) sites. 

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 10 am on Wednesday 1 March 2017. 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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

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