Queensland in summer 2015-16: Dry and hot in the north; warm summer nights across most of the State

Rainfall during summer for Queensland was mixed: much drier than average in the north, along parts of the east coast, and in the central interior; but wetter than average in the far west, southwest and parts of the southern interior. Mean maximum temperatures were well above average across the Peninsula, east coast, central interior and southwest. Mean minimum temperatures were above average across most of the State, except the southeast. 

  • Dry in the north, and parts of the east coast
  • Wet in the west
  • Fifth-warmest mean temperature for Queensland
  • Third-warmest mean minimum temperature for Queensland
  • Warm nights across most of the State, except the southeast
  • Tropical cyclone Tatiana formed in the eastern region in February

Summer rainfall was mixed across Queensland, with dry conditions experienced in the Cape York Peninsula, most of the east coast, the northern interior, and areas in the central west. Numerous locations had their lowest total summer rainfall on record. It was wetter than usual in the west, the southwest, parts of the southern interior and isolated pockets in the far north. 

Several locations recorded their wettest summer day on record, in late December or early January as a low pressure system lingered about the Gulf Country before tracking south along the Queensland and Northern Territory border. It was a relatively wet December in the west and north of the State, but below average rainfall was recorded along the east coast south of about Townsville, and extending into the central interior. January saw record low rainfall observed on the tip of the Cape York Peninsula, with well below average rainfall along the north tropical coast and parts of the Capricornia coast. The dry conditions persisted in February in the far north. Much of the east coast was also drier than usual, along with isolated pockets in the central interior, southwest and southern border. 

Queensland's mean summer temperature was the fifth-warmest on record, and some sites recorded their highest mean temperature on record.
Summer mean maximum temperatures were above average in the southwest, and in the north. Above average summer daytime temperatures were also observed through the central interior, and along much of the east coast strip north of about Bundaberg. Near-average seasonal mean maximum temperatures occurred in the northwest and across a large part of the southeast. Overall, mean maximum temperatures were about a degree above average over summer.
Summer mean minimum temperatures were warmer than usual across most of the State, except the southeast. Summer nights were particularly warm in the Cape York Peninsula and parts of the Gulf Country. The State's mean daily minimum temperature was the third-warmest on record, at about 1.2 C above average.

Tropical cyclone Tatiana was named on the afternoon of 11 February, and was the first tropical cyclone in the eastern region for the 2015-16 season. The system remained well offshore throughout its lifetime.

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Extremes in summer 2015-16
Hottest day 46.7 C at Birdsville Airport on 6 Dec 2015
Warmest days on average 40.0 C at Birdsville Airport
Coolest days on average 26.2 C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 17.3 C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 3 Jan 2016
Coldest night 9.8 C at Applethorpe on 19 Dec 2015
Coolest nights on average 14.4 C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 27.2 C at Sweers Island
Warmest night 33.7 C at Birdsville Airport on 7 Dec 2015
Warmest on average overall 32.9 C at Boulia Airport
Coolest on average overall 20.3 C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 1244.0 mm at Whyanbeel Valley
Wettest day 412.6 mm at Miara on 5 Jan 2016
Strongest wind gust 119 km/h at Ballera Gas Field on 20 Jan 2016

Maps
ObservedAnomalyDecile 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
Mount Surprise Township 200.0 on 28 Dec 2015 150.9 on 9 Jan 1972 109
Byzantium 150.0 on 6 Jan 2016 142.0 on 27 Dec 1971 79
Miara 412.6 on 5 Jan 2016 222.4 on 28 Jan 1974 70
Boothulla 126.0 on 3 Jan 2016 108.5 on 17 Jan 1954 53
Upper Barron 221.0 on 28 Dec 2015 214.0 on 8 Feb 2015 45



Record lowest summer total rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Halifax Macrossan St 247.3 279.9 in 1986 117 1061.1
Bingil Bay 346.8 393.2 in 1941 85 1267.5
Capalaba Water Treat 153.0 162.8 in 2013 42 447.4
The Monument 6.7 38.0 in 1982 35 211.5
Crystal Brook 318.0 341.4 in 2005 21 761.1
Gairloch 292.2 444.6 in 1995 21 1062.9
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 159.2 163.7 in 2013 20 399.6

Lowest summer total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
summer
Moreton Telegraph Station 442.7 412.0 in 1901* 869.3
Archerfield Airport 177.8 103.3 in 1951* 415.1
Merluna 443.2 339.6 in 1960* 956.9
Hawkins Creek 337.6 229.0 in 1982* 1192.3
Tully Sugar Mill 510.8 364.6 in 1982* 1607.2
Victoria Sugar Mill 319.4 265.8 in 1982* 1043.6
Collinsville Post Office 129.2 106.1 in 1983* 388.4
Beerburrum Forest Station 195.2 190.7 in 1985* 572.3
Maleny Tamarind St 357.5 226.4 in 1985* 806.0
Cardwell Range 323.8 206.0 in 1982* 1174.9
Elphinstone Pocket No1 268.4 251.4 in 1986* 881.3
Kareeya 265.0 257.1 in 1982* 838.5
Greenhaven 473.8 452.2 in 1989 1069.0
Walkamin Research Station 284.3 237.2 in 1989 592.0
Ayr DPI Research Stn 166.0 120.0 in 1989* 548.4
Hecate 270.4 176.6 in 1989* 729.8
Upper Stone Exelby 325.4 302.0 in 1989* 869.1
Coen Post Office 429.2 227.0 in 1989* 728.1
Ingham Composite 411.1 402.8 in 1991 1067.4
Lucinda Township 229.6 228.3 in 1989* 1033.3
Peachester 303.8 213.6 in 1985* 686.1
Innisfail 507.4 458.4 in 1991* 1360.5
Byfield Childs Road 288.4 139.0 in 1989* 759.8
Aurukun Shire Council 486.0 0.0 in 1990* 1150.7
Home Hill Post Office 201.2 196.0 in 1993* 563.7
Lucinda Point 195.0 99.4 in 1989* 468.8

* 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
Low Isles Lighthouse 38.8 on 16 Feb 2016 38.7 on 19 Dec 1995 49 32.1



Record highest summer daily minimum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Willis Island 29.1 on 4 Feb 2016 29.0 on 11 Feb 2002 91 25.6
Cloncurry Airport 31.2 on 29 Feb 2016 31.1 on 10 Dec 2008 24 24.5



Record highest summer mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Lockhart River Airport 24.5 = 24.5 in 2005 49 23.7
Horn Island 26.3 25.7 in 2012 20 25.3



Record highest summer mean temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Lockhart River Airport 28.6 = 28.6 in 2012 49 27.7
Kowanyama Airport 29.8 = 29.8 in 2005 45 28.9
Horn Island 29.2 28.8 in 2012 20 28.2



Summary statistics for summer 2015-16
Maximum temperatures
(C)
Minimum temperatures
(C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
summer
2015-16
Diff
from
average
Highest for
summer
2015-16
Mean for
summer
2015-16
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
summer
2015-16
Total for
summer
2015-16
Average
for
summer
Rank of
summer
2015-16
Fraction of
summer
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 33.1 +1.0 36.6 20 Jan 2016 26.6 +0.6 24.2 21 Dec 2015 774.0 742.4 average 104%
Coen Airport 34.1 +1.1 38.1 12 Dec 2015 23.6 -0.2 18.4 7 Dec 2015 395.8 666.1 v low 59%
Horn Island 32.1 +1.0 33.8 22 Jan 2016 26.3 +1.0 23.2 7 Feb 2016 488.4 1043.7 v low 47%
Weipa Aero 33.6 +1.2 38.6 10 Dec 2015 24.5 +0.3 22.8 21 Feb 2016 733.2 1286.1 v low 57%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 32.8 +1.1 36.6 7 Jan 2016 24.5 +0.8 20.3 28 Feb 2016 560.8 1001.6 v low 56%
Palmerville 34.3 +0.5 37.8 11 Dec 2015 23.7 +0.9 19.4 13 Jan 2016 598.4 683.9 average 87%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 35.3 +0.4 40.7 29 Feb 2016 25.4 +0.2 21.4 6 Feb 2016 601.0 547.3 average 110%
Century Mine 37.1 +0.1 42.8 29 Feb 2016 25.0 +0.4 20.9 7 Jan 2016 473.4 433.3 average 109%
Cloncurry Airport 37.8 +0.8 44.3 28 Feb 2016 25.5 +1.0 20.5 4 Jan 2016 245.2 353.9 low 69%
Julia Creek Airport 38.7 +0.8 45.6 28 Feb 2016 23.9 +0.5 18.3 19 Feb 2016 204.2 286.8 low 71%
Kowanyama Airport 34.3 +0.9 39.2 9 Dec 2015 25.2 +0.9 21.9 2 Jan 2016 1015.6 879.3 high 116%
Lake Julius AWS 37.6   43.8 28 Feb 2016 25.6   20.6 4 Jan 2016 311.2
Mornington Island Airport 32.5   35.4 6 Feb 2016 26.8   22.5 2 Jan 2016 653.6
Mount Isa Aero 37.4 +1.1 43.1 27 Jan 2016 23.6 +0.2 17.5 4 Jan 2016 256.4 286.4 average 90%
Normanton Airport 34.9 +0.3 39.1 20 Feb 2016 26.0 +0.6 22.0 1 Jan 2016 443.6 556.0 average 80%
Sweers Island 33.2 +0.4 38.1 29 Feb 2016 27.2 +0.6 21.5 2 Jan 2016 414.9 818.7 v low 51%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 35.2 +0.8 40.0 20 Feb 2016 23.9 +0.7 19.4 7 Jan 2016 271.6 576.5 v low 47%
Hughenden Airport 37.3 +1.5 41.9 29 Feb 2016 24.0 +0.9 15.9 19 Feb 2016 115.4 290.0 v low 40%
Richmond Airport 38.4 +1.5 43.6 28 Feb 2016 24.2 +1.1 16.4 19 Feb 2016 139.0 267.2 v low 52%
Richmond Post Office 37.9 +1.0 42.9 28 Feb 2016 24.6 +1.9 16.7 19 Feb 2016 171.8 296.0 low 58%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 32.1 +0.7 38.0 17 Feb 2016 23.9 +0.3 19.8 14 Feb 2016 762.8 1016.0 low 75%
Cairns Racecourse 32.4   38.2 17 Feb 2016 23.3   19.1 14 Feb 2016 566.6
Cape Flattery 32.5 +0.3 35.7 5 Jan 2016 25.2 +0.4 22.3 2 Jan 2016 498.0 660.0 average 75%
Cooktown Airport 32.6 +0.6 38.5 7 Jan 2016 24.6 +0.2 21.0 28 Feb 2016 796.0 732.1 average 109%
Low Isles Lighthouse 33.3 +1.2 38.8 16 Feb 2016 25.7 +0.3 21.4 2 Jan 2016 657.6 1026.8 low 64%
Mareeba Airport 32.1 +0.9 36.5 7 Jan 2016 21.1 -0.1 16.7 27 Feb 2016 257.2 540.0 v low 48%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 30.9 -0.5 34.9 6 Jan 2016 23.7 +1.0 19.9 14 Feb 2016 495.2 1096.1 v low 45%
Ingham Composite 33.9 +1.7 40.0 17 Feb 2016     17.9 11 Dec 2015 411.1 1067.4 v low 39%
Innisfail 31.5 +0.7 37.0 17 Feb 2016 23.6 +1.0 20.2 14 Feb 2016 507.4 1360.5 v low 37%
Lucinda Point 30.2 +0.2 33.7 5 Jan 2016 25.8 +0.5 22.8 20 Dec 2015 195.0 468.8 low 42%
South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.9 +0.9 37.7 17 Feb 2016 22.7 +0.3 18.3 7 Jan 2016 515.4 1361.9 v low 38%
Townsville Aero 32.7 +1.4 38.3 6 Jan 2016 25.3 +1.1 22.7 24 Feb 2016 282.2 696.4 v low 41%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 31.7 +0.6 37.7 5 Jan 2016 25.6 +0.9 22.6 6 Dec 2015 129.0 594.1 v low 22%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 33.4 +1.6 40.0 17 Feb 2016 23.4 +0.9 19.5 22 Jan 2016 166.0 548.4 v low 30%
Bowen Airport AWS 32.5   36.7 17 Feb 2016 24.3   20.3 23 Jan 2016 203.6
Collinsville Post Office 35.6 +2.2 40.6 17 Feb 2016 22.5 +0.8 17.9 20 Dec 2015 129.2 388.4 v low 33%
Hamilton Island Airport 30.5 +0.8 33.7 6 Jan 2016 25.2 +0.6 22.2 18 Jan 2016 336.8 685.3 v low 49%
Mackay Aero 31.4 +1.1 35.6 3 Feb 2016 23.2 +0.4 18.7 21 Jan 2016 540.0 785.2 low 69%
Mackay M.O 31.2 +1.2 34.3 31 Jan 2016 23.9 +0.6 20.1 21 Jan 2016 564.8 782.6 average 72%
Proserpine Airport 32.7 +1.2 37.5 17 Feb 2016 22.3 -0.1 18.2 10 Dec 2015 495.6 824.3 low 60%
Samuel Hill Aero 31.1 +0.6 36.7 6 Jan 2016 21.1 0.0 14.9 13 Jan 2016 373.0 701.0 low 53%
St Lawrence 32.3 +0.8 37.0 6 Jan 2016 22.7 +0.1 18.6 21 Jan 2016 414.4 561.1 low 74%
Williamson 32.0 +0.9 36.7 6 Jan 2016 22.8 +0.3 17.8 21 Jan 2016 287.4 522.9 low 55%
Woolshed 30.3 +1.7 36.7 17 Feb 2016 21.3 +0.6 17.3 20 Dec 2015 359.4 645.3 low 56%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 29.3 +0.2 38.4 2 Feb 2016 24.0 +0.6 19.9 21 Jan 2016 216.2 427.1 low 51%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 35.3 +1.7 40.5 18 Feb 2016 23.0 +0.8 19.9 15 Feb 2016 275.8 380.2 average 73%
Moranbah Airport 35.1   41.0 23 Jan 2016 21.3   17.2 21 Jan 2016 366.2
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 34.7   39.5 23 Jan 2016 21.4   17.4 15 Feb 2016 399.6
Clermont Airport 35.0   40.5 27 Feb 2016 21.3   16.2 14 Feb 2016 277.4
Emerald Airport 34.6 +0.6 40.6 18 Feb 2016 22.2 +0.4 19.2 13 Dec 2015 419.4 267.2 v high 157%
Lochington 34.5   39.6 11 Dec 2015 21.3   16.0 13 Dec 2015 384.0
Rolleston Airport 35.0   40.6 17 Feb 2016 20.8   16.3 16 Dec 2015 119.4
Springsure Comet St 34.0 +0.6 39.3 27 Feb 2016 20.8 +0.4 16.5 14 Feb 2016 189.2 311.6 low 61%
Tambo Post Office 34.5 0.0 40.5 27 Feb 2016 20.9 +1.1 15.0 13 Dec 2015 262.3 228.2 average 115%
Taroom Post Office 34.3 +1.0 40.1 28 Feb 2016 20.6 +0.4 15.0 15 Feb 2016 207.1 278.0 low 74%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 36.5 +1.2 42.9 23 Jan 2016 24.4 +1.7 18.6 13 Dec 2015 144.6 227.9 average 63%
Blackall Airport 36.3 +0.7 42.4 27 Feb 2016 23.1 +0.9 17.4 13 Dec 2015 175.6 271.6 average 65%
Isisford Post Office 37.8 +1.2 44.3 28 Feb 2016 24.0 +1.6 18.1 13 Dec 2015 194.4 196.0 average 99%
Longreach Aero 37.9 +1.2 44.4 28 Feb 2016 24.0 +1.4 18.0 13 Dec 2015 171.8 214.2 average 80%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 37.7 +0.5 43.1 21 Feb 2016 24.7 +0.8 18.3 6 Feb 2016 327.6 254.0 high 129%
Carters Bore 37.0   42.3 28 Jan 2016 25.3   18.9 3 Jan 2016 227.4
New May Downs 37.1   42.7 28 Feb 2016 24.6   18.9 3 Jan 2016 233.0
The Monument Airport 38.4 +1.1 43.1 28 Jan 2016 25.0 +1.2 18.4 3 Jan 2016 245.4 195.8 average 125%
Trepell Airport 38.5 +0.9 44.2 28 Feb 2016 25.0 +1.2 19.1 3 Jan 2016 129.4 199.7 average 65%
Urandangi Aerodrome 38.3   43.9 6 Dec 2015 24.2   18.3 18 Feb 2016 283.2
Winton Airport 38.5 +0.8 45.5 28 Feb 2016 24.3 +0.8 17.6 19 Feb 2016 164.2 187.0 average 88%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 40.0 +1.0 46.7 6 Dec 2015 25.7 +0.7 17.9 18 Feb 2016 43.2 58.2 average 74%
Boulia Airport 39.3 +1.1 43.9 11 Jan 2016 26.5 +2.5 20.0 3 Jan 2016 62.2 128.1 average 49%
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 30.6 +0.7 34.1 4 Feb 2016 20.8 -0.3 17.2 2 Jan 2016 474.2 459.9 average 103%
Gayndah Airport 32.8 +0.1 40.0 29 Jan 2016 19.5 -0.8 15.0 5 Dec 2015 197.4 292.9 low 67%
Gladstone Airport 31.2 +0.8 36.5 2 Feb 2016 22.8 +0.1 19.8 20 Jan 2016 282.0 439.5 low 64%
Gladstone Radar 32.6 +1.5 37.3 2 Feb 2016 22.7 +0.4 19.2 29 Dec 2015 262.6 425.5 average 62%
Lady Elliot Island 29.2 +0.2 31.5 31 Jan 2016 24.1 +0.4 20.9 29 Dec 2015 276.8 379.7 average 73%
Monto Township 32.4 +0.7 37.2 12 Jan 2016 18.9 0.0 14.1 5 Dec 2015 374.0 322.2 high 116%
Rockhampton Aero 33.6 +1.8 39.1 7 Jan 2016 22.5 +0.7 17.6 4 Dec 2015 328.8 385.4 average 85%
Rundle Island 28.4 +0.4 32.0 20 Feb 2016 24.5 +0.3 21.4 29 Dec 2015
Seventeen Seventy 29.9 +0.9 33.4 3 Feb 2016 22.2 -0.4 18.3 5 Dec 2015 298.3 492.8 low 61%
Thangool Airport 33.8 +0.8 39.5 23 Jan 2016 18.8 -0.6 13.3 15 Dec 2015 278.6 289.7 average 96%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 31.3 +0.5 38.9 16 Feb 2016 18.3 -0.9 12.2 5 Dec 2015 210.8 359.5 low 59%
Archerfield Airport 30.9 +1.0 37.8 1 Feb 2016 19.8 0.0 13.9 6 Dec 2015 177.8 415.1 v low 43%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 30.9   37.9 16 Feb 2016 18.1   12.2 6 Dec 2015 304.0
Beerburrum Forest Station 29.7 -0.1 36.4 2 Feb 2016 19.0 -0.4 15.0 5 Dec 2015 195.2 572.3 v low 34%
Brisbane 30.6 +0.8 36.2 2 Feb 2016 21.0 0.0 16.9 5 Dec 2015
Brisbane Aero 29.0 +0.3 36.3 2 Feb 2016 20.6 -0.2 15.9 4 Dec 2015 160.6 401.5 v low 40%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 27.4 +0.8 31.1 6 Jan 2016 22.3 +0.6 18.2 30 Dec 2015 204.0 431.4 low 47%
Coolangatta 28.5 +0.6 31.7 2 Feb 2016 20.4 -0.1 16.5 14 Dec 2015 379.2 501.7 average 76%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 28.2 +0.6 33.4 2 Feb 2016 22.1 0.0 17.6 30 Dec 2015 263.4 456.6 low 58%
Gold Coast Seaway 29.1 +0.7 34.1 2 Feb 2016 21.4 +0.1 18.0 6 Dec 2015 196.4 445.1 low 44%
Gympie 31.3 +0.4 37.1 11 Dec 2015 19.0 -0.3 13.6 7 Dec 2015 262.0 468.6 low 56%
Hervey Bay Airport 29.7 -0.1 32.8 4 Feb 2016 20.8 -0.9 16.7 2 Jan 2016 361.4 434.1 average 83%
Jimna Forestry 27.5 -0.2 34.8 16 Feb 2016 16.5 -0.6 11.5 19 Jan 2016
Kingaroy Airport 29.4 -0.7 36.3 16 Feb 2016 16.9 -0.6 11.5 19 Jan 2016 316.4 285.9 average 111%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 30.1 +0.8 38.0 16 Feb 2016 19.7 -0.4 15.5 6 Dec 2015 159.2 399.6 lowest 40%
Maleny Tamarind St 26.6 +0.1 33.0 11 Dec 2015 18.2 -0.2 15.0 5 Dec 2015 357.5 806.0 v low 44%
Maryborough 30.7 +0.2 34.8 6 Jan 2016 20.0 -0.3 15.8 2 Jan 2016 423.0 466.7 average 91%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 29.0   35.7 29 Jan 2016 20.0   15.4 6 Dec 2015
Rainbow Beach 28.5 -0.1 33.1 29 Jan 2016       268.3 509.3 low 53%
Redcliffe 28.5 -0.2 36.4 2 Feb 2016 21.4 -0.2 17.2 5 Dec 2015 244.4 385.8 low 63%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 29.0   35.3 2 Feb 2016 20.1   15.5 5 Dec 2015 164.8
Sunshine Coast Airport 29.6 +1.0 37.0 2 Feb 2016 20.3 -0.5 15.9 15 Dec 2015 413.6 494.5 average 84%
Tewantin RSL Park 28.2 -0.1 35.9 2 Feb 2016 21.2 -0.3 17.7 19 Jan 2016 371.8 513.9 low 72%
University of Queensland Gatton 32.3 +1.1 39.8 16 Feb 2016 18.1 -0.6 12.3 5 Dec 2015 173.2 310.5 low 56%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 26.2 +0.4 33.7 26 Feb 2016 14.4 -0.3 9.8 19 Dec 2015 350.4 283.1 high 124%
Dalby Airport 31.8 0.0 39.9 16 Feb 2016 17.8 -0.4 12.3 19 Dec 2015 235.8 251.9 average 94%
Oakey Aero 30.1 -0.2 37.8 16 Feb 2016 17.2 -0.2 11.5 30 Dec 2015 217.2 254.8 average 85%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 26.7 -0.2 34.8 16 Feb 2016 14.9 -0.2 10.9 19 Dec 2015 342.8 278.6 high 123%
Texas Post Office 33.2 +0.2 41.5 26 Feb 2016 18.2 +0.1 13.2 18 Feb 2016 284.8 246.4 high 116%
Toowoomba Airport 27.7 +0.1 36.0 16 Feb 2016 16.9 -0.3 12.0 30 Dec 2015 264.2 318.2 average 83%
Warwick 29.6 +0.1 37.1 26 Feb 2016 16.2 -0.4 11.7 6 Dec 2015
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 33.2 +0.3 39.8 16 Feb 2016 19.7 -0.1 14.8 15 Feb 2016 144.2 233.4 low 62%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 32.9 -0.1 39.9 22 Jan 2016 19.0 +0.1 14.5 6 Dec 2015 315.0 268.0 high 118%
Mitchell Post Office 34.2 +0.6 39.3 16 Feb 2016     14.5 13 Dec 2015 425.1 226.2 v high 188%
Roma Airport 33.7 +0.4 39.5 22 Jan 2016 19.7 -0.4 13.9 18 Feb 2016 251.6 240.0 average 105%
St George Airport 34.6 +0.6 41.7 26 Feb 2016 21.3 +0.3 14.8 18 Feb 2016 220.2 193.8 high 114%
Surat 33.5 -0.3 40.4 26 Feb 2016 20.6 +0.5 16.0 18 Feb 2016 270.0 219.1 high 123%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 35.6 +0.7 42.1 26 Feb 2016 21.8 +1.0 14.1 18 Feb 2016 157.0 170.8 average 92%
Charleville Aero 35.7 +1.2 41.9 27 Feb 2016 22.3 +1.2 17.0 4 Jan 2016 161.8 199.8 average 81%
Cunnamulla Post Office 36.8 +1.5 43.5 26 Feb 2016 23.1 +1.5 16.4 16 Jan 2016 116.0 138.9 average 84%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 38.8 +0.7 44.0 12 Jan 2016 25.1 +0.6 17.2 3 Dec 2015 107.2 69.5 high 154%
Thargomindah Airport 37.7 +0.6 43.3 26 Feb 2016 25.3 +1.1 17.4 3 Jan 2016 118.4 117.5 average 101%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Frederick Reef 27.7   31.0 7 Feb 2016 25.4   23.0 6 Dec 2015
Middle Percy Island 29.0 +0.7 32.9 6 Jan 2016 23.6 +0.5 20.9 30 Dec 2015 446.0 496.0 average 90%
Willis Island 31.6 +1.0 34.3 7 Feb 2016 26.5 +0.9 23.6 21 Jan 2016 137.0 511.0 v low 27%

Notes

The Seasonal climate summary 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. 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 Tuesday 1 March 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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