Queensland in autumn 2020: Wet in the southwest, warm days across the tropics

Rainfall was above average in the southwest, due to the remnants of Esther in March. Below average rainfall was recorded from central to southeast Queensland, and around the Gulf Country.

Daytime temperatures where warmer than average across parts of the tropics and southeast, and below average through the southern inland. Overnight temperatures where above average in the north and southwest interior.

Above average rainfall in the southwest due to ex-Esther

  • Rainfall was above average in the far northwest in the Gulf Country, the far southwest and small areas of southern inland Queensland
  • In contrast, rainfall was below average in the far north and along most of the east coast and adjacent inland districts
  • The remnants of tropical cyclone Esther crossed into western Queensland in early March, bringing heavy rain and flooding to western Queensland, and some sites had their highest autumn daily rainfall on record
  • It was drier than usual in the far north and along most of the east coast and adjacent inland districts during April, though areas in the far northwest, far southwest and southern inland areas recorded above average rainfall
  • Rainfall was above average across the northern half of the State in May, and below average rainfall was recorded over the southwest, and southeast Queensland

Warmer than average in the northern tropics

  • In terms of mean temperature, Queensland as a whole was 0.49 °C below average in autumn
  • Queensland's mean maximum temperature for autumn was 0.52 °C below the long-term average and the mean minimum temperature was 0.47 °C below the long-term average
  • Daytime temperatures were warmer than average across parts of the tropics, from the northwest to central coast, and in the southeast; and below average through the southern inland
  • During March, daytime temperatures were cooler than average across southwest and southern inland Queensland, but close to average elsewhere in the State
  • It was the sixth-warmest April on record for Queensland, and maximum temperatures were warmer than usual across most of the State except a small area of the southern inland districts
  • In May, the mean maximum temperatures were cooler than average across most of the State and a cold spell from 21 to 23 May saw a number of sites report their coldest autumn day (lowest maximum temperature) on record
  • Overnight temperatures for autumn were above average in the north and southwest interior
  • March mean minimum temperatures were much warmer than usual in the Cape York Peninsula and parts of northern Queensland, and it was a particularly warm night on the 6th, with thick cloud saw some sites report their warmest autumn night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record
  • April mean minimum temperatures were warmer than usual across most of Queensland except in parts of the southern interior, northwest interior and the far southwest
  • In May, mean minimum temperatures were close to average across much of the State, but cooler than usual in the southwest and central Queensland, with some cold nights on 24 May, where some sites had their lowest autumn temperature on record
  • For the year-to-date (January to May), Queensland's mean maximum temperature was 0.98 °C above average and the mean minimum temperature 1.10 °C above average

Tropical cyclones, and flooding in western Queensland

  • Heavy rainfall over western Queensland in early March, associated with ex-tropical cyclone Esther, produced significant flooding in the Georgina, Diamantina, Bulloo, Paroo and Warrego rivers and the Cooper Creek catchment. Several roads were closed across the region, disrupting major transportation routes and some properties were isolated for a number of weeks. Major flooding was recorded at Thargomindah, Quilpie, Eulo and Hungerford
  • Major flooding also occurred in the lower Balonne River in early March from heavy rainfall over the Balonne and Maranoa rivers during February; transportation routes through the region were cut and Dirranbandi was isolated for several days. Flooding during March occurred on already elevated river levels in tributaries of the Lake Eyre and Murray–Darling Basins
  • Tropical cyclone Greta formed well off the east coast of Queensland in the Coral Sea on 15 March, but had no impact on the Australian mainland

Severe thunderstorms and cold spells

  • There were severe thunderstorms across Rockhampton and Yeppoon on 19 April, with giant hail reported, which is rare for April in that area
  • A cold spell from the 21 to 23 May saw numerous low maximum temperature records set across the northern and central districts. Thick cloud and cool air across the north resulted in 23 May being the coldest Queensland May day on record (16.94 °C, previous record 17.44 °C on 25 May 2012)

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Extremes in autumn 2020
Hottest day 42.8 °C at Birdsville Airport on 1 March
Warmest days on average 34.1 °C at Julia Creek Airport
Coolest days on average 21.3 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 8.7 °C at Applethorpe on 22 May
Coldest night -2.0 °C at Applethorpe on 4 May
Coolest nights on average 9.3 °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 26.0 °C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 30.8 °C at Ballera Gas Field on 2 March
Warmest on average overall 29.0 °C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 15.3 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 1581.6 mm at Tully Sugar Mill
Wettest day 339.0 mm at Allingham Forrest Drive on 11 March
Strongest wind gust 109 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on 15 March

Maps

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Record highest autumn daily rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Juanita 164.0 on 6 Mar 124.5 on 9 Mar 1962 58
Rocky 91.0 on 5 Mar 69.0 on 3 May 2000 24
Thargomindah Airport 128.0 on 5 Mar 75.6 on 11 Mar 2000 21
Allingham Forrest Drive 339.0 on 11 Mar 256.5 on 13 Apr 2014 20



Highest autumn total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
autumn
Thargomindah Airport 232.2 287.1 in 2000 75.8



Record lowest autumn daily maximum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
autumn
Palmerville 20.6 on 23 May = 20.6 on 25 May 1959 117 31.9
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 13.5 on 23 May 15.0 on 12 May 1978 111 24.1
Rockhampton Aero 12.2 on 23 May 14.8 on 12 May 1978 81 28.5
Townsville Aero 16.6 on 23 May = 16.6 on 26 May 1990 80 29.4
Cairns Aero 20.3 on 23 May 20.5 on 26 May 1990 78 29.2
Ayr DPI Research Stn 14.3 on 23 May 15.4 on 26 May 1990 64 29.4
Lady Elliot Island 16.4 on 23 May 17.0 on 31 May 2000 64 26.3
Maryborough 13.8 on 23 May 14.4 on 12 May 1978 64 27.1
Collinsville Post Office 12.1 on 23 May 16.4 on 25 May 2012 63 30.0
Mackay M.O 14.4 on 23 May 16.0 on 26 May 1990 61 26.6
Double Island Point Lighthouse 12.9 on 23 May 13.8 on 12 May 1978 59 24.7
Gympie 14.3 on 23 May 15.8 on 25 May 1990 56 27.1
Kowanyama Airport 17.9 on 23 May 22.0 on 20 May 1981 55 32.7
Longreach Aero 14.5 on 22 May 15.2 on 23 May 1974 55 31.1
Low Isles Lighthouse 21.9 on 23 May 22.0 on 26 May 1990 53 29.3
Ingham Composite 17.3 on 23 May 17.5 on 26 May 1990 52 29.0
Archerfield Airport 15.2 on 23 May 16.4 on 26 May 1990 47 26.5
Monto Township 12.9 on 23 May 14.1 on 26 Apr 1983 47 27.3
Bundaberg Aero 13.2 on 23 May 16.4 on 26 May 2012 41 27.2
Mackay Aero 15.6 on 23 May 16.7 on 26 May 2012 35 27.5
Seventeen Seventy 14.1 on 23 May 15.2 on 30 May 2000 33 26.3
Coolangatta 16.5 on 23 May 17.2 on 30 May 2000 32 25.4
Lucinda Point 17.3 on 23 May 21.5 on 30 May 2000 31 27.8
Proserpine Airport 16.2 on 23 May = 16.2 on 26 May 1990 31 28.5
Gold Coast Seaway 16.6 on 23 May 17.0 on 22 May 2013 29 25.9
Charters Towers Airport 11.5 on 23 May 15.1 on 26 May 2012 28 29.9
Emerald Airport 15.3 on 23 May 16.0 on 25 May 2012 28 29.7
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 15.4 on 23 May 16.8 on 22 May 2013 28 26.3
Rainbow Beach 16.9 on 23 May 17.2 on 26 May 2012 28 25.9
Thangool Airport 12.1 on 23 May 15.7 on 16 May 2013 28 29.3
Gladstone Airport 13.4 on 23 May 16.7 on 30 May 2000 27 27.9
Yeppoon The Esplanade 13.1 on 23 May 14.8 on 26 May 2012 27 26.4
Brisbane Aero 15.8 on 23 May 17.6 on 31 May 2000 26 25.9
Sunshine Coast Airport 14.7 on 23 May 16.4 on 28 May 2000 26 25.9
Tewantin RSL Park 15.1 on 23 May 17.9 on 20 May 2000 25 25.7
Warwick 13.1 on 22 May 13.2 on 22 May 2013 25 24.8
Alva Beach 14.7 on 23 May 17.1 on 25 May 2012 24 28.9
Point Lookout 14.5 on 23 May 15.9 on 28 May 2000 24 26.4
Rundle Island 14.0 on 23 May 16.8 on 26 May 2012 23 25.5
Beerburrum Forest Station 15.5 on 23 May 16.8 on 29 May 2008 22 26.4
Hervey Bay Airport 13.3 on 23 May 16.4 on 26 May 2012 22 26.8
Woolshed 10.7 on 23 May 14.9 on 26 May 2012 22 26.0
Brisbane 15.1 on 23 May 18.0 on 30 Apr 2015 21 27.0
Samuel Hill Aero 14.5 on 23 May 15.5 on 26 May 2012 21 27.2
Birdsville Airport 16.4 on 22 May 17.0 on 26 May 2011 20 31.2
Blackall Airport 13.5 on 22 May 14.4 on 25 May 2012 20 30.4
Cooktown Airport 22.5 on 23 May 23.0 on 14 May 2002 20 29.2
Kingaroy Airport 12.1 on 23 May 13.8 on 16 May 2013 20 25.6
Mareeba Airport 19.2 on 23 May 19.5 on 25 May 2012 20 28.4
Normanton Airport 16.8 on 23 May 17.8 on 25 May 2012 20 33.4
The Monument Airport 15.8 on 22 May 16.9 on 24 May 2012 20 32.0



Lowest autumn mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
autumn
Thargomindah Airport 27.4 26.6 in 2000 29.3



Record highest autumn daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
autumn
Willis Island 28.4 on 8 Mar 28.3 on 16 Mar 2016 95 24.7
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.6 on 6 Mar = 25.6 on 11 Mar 1958 59 19.7
Walkamin Research Station 24.0 on 6 Mar = 24.0 on 29 Mar 2017 52 18.0
Sunshine Coast Airport 25.8 on 4 Mar 25.4 on 13 Mar 2007 26 17.0
Point Lookout 25.8 on 6 Mar 25.7 on 3 Mar 2011 24 19.4
Brisbane 25.6 on 6 Mar 25.0 on 26 Mar 2001 21 17.1
Mareeba Airport 24.7 on 6 Mar 24.1 on 29 Mar 2017 20 18.8



Record lowest autumn temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
autumn
Seventeen Seventy 8.3 on 24 May 8.4 on 31 May 2000 33 19.4
Lucinda Point 13.9 on 24 May 15.3 on 29 May 2000 31 23.2
Rundle Island 11.4 on 24 May 12.0 on 31 May 2000 23 21.6
Normanton Airport 9.0 on 24 May 11.4 on 28 May 2011 20 22.4



Summary statistics for autumn 2020

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
autumn
2020
Diff
from
average
Highest for
autumn
2020
Mean for
autumn
2020
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
autumn
2020
Total for
autumn
2020
Average
for
autumn
Rank of
autumn
2020
Fraction of
autumn
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.0 +0.3 35.3 23 Apr 26.0 +0.3 22.6 24 May 480.4 529.4 average 91%
Coen Airport 32.0 +1.0 35.5 6 Mar 21.8 +0.1 14.0 28 May 302.2 338.2 average 89%
Horn Island 30.5 +0.1 32.2 24 Apr 25.5 +0.4 22.3 24 May 448.8 644.8 low 70%
Scherger RAAF 32.1 -0.1 35.3 1 Mar 22.9 +0.4 16.4 25 May 431.2 470.3 average 92%
Weipa Aero 32.0 0.0 34.8 3 Mar 23.1 +0.4 16.2 25 May 431.0 511.6 average 84%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.1 +0.4 35.1 7 Mar 23.9 +1.1 17.0 25 May 558.6 844.3 low 66%
Palmerville 32.4 +0.5 35.4 20 Apr 19.8 0.0 8.4 25 May 172.4 243.8 average 71%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 33.6 0.0 37.8 20 Apr 21.2 -0.1 8.0 24 May 83.6 189.7 average 44%
Century Mine 33.9 -0.3 39.2 1 Mar 20.6 +0.1 8.4 27 May 120.8 113.0 average 107%
Cloncurry Airport 32.6 -0.4 38.6 3 Apr 19.3 -0.3 6.7 24 May 57.4 100.5 average 57%
Julia Creek Airport 34.1 +0.2 39.7 3 Apr 17.3 -0.2 3.6 24 May 61.0 88.5 average 69%
Kowanyama Airport 33.6 +0.9 37.2 20 Apr 22.0 +0.4 8.8 25 May 153.8 300.5 low 51%
Lake Julius AWS 33.1   39.5 3 Apr 20.2   8.1 24 May 82.2


Mornington Island Airport 30.8   34.6 23 Mar 23.0   12.4 27 May 114.4


Mount Isa Aero 32.2 +0.7 37.9 1 Mar 17.6 -0.5 3.5 24 May 67.4 90.6 average 74%
Normanton Airport 33.5 +0.1 38.0 20 Apr 22.2 -0.2 9.0 24 May 83.0 169.4 average 49%
Sweers Island 30.6 -0.2 35.1 15 Mar 24.7 +0.5 12.9 23 May 80.7 305.2 low 26%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 32.2 0.0 36.1 19 Apr 19.1 -0.3 5.2 24 May 172.2 175.0 average 98%
Hughenden Airport 32.3 +0.5 37.0 18 Apr 17.9 0.0 4.9 24 May 41.6 57.5 average 72%
Richmond Airport 33.2 +0.3 37.7 18 Apr 17.3 -0.2 4.0 24 May 64.0 96.5 average 66%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 29.9 +0.7 34.2 6 Mar 22.0 +0.4 11.1 25 May 339.6 699.5 low 49%
Cairns Racecourse 29.7   34.6 7 Mar 21.4   10.3 25 May 434.2


Cape Flattery 30.3 +0.4 35.9 6 Mar 24.3 +0.2 18.7 24 May 288.2 597.7 v low 48%
Cooktown Airport 29.4 +0.2 34.5 6 Mar 23.0 +0.3 12.4 26 May 418.8 586.7 average 71%
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.1 -0.2 34.5 6 Mar     18.3 25 May 626.4 771.4 average 81%
Mareeba Airport 28.5 +0.1 32.6 5 Mar 19.2 +0.4 8.3 25 May 116.2 209.4 low 55%
Walkamin Research Station 27.2 +0.6 32.0 19 Apr 18.1 +0.1 7.3 26 May 241.3 285.1 average 85%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 28.8 -0.2 34.3 14 Mar 20.5 +0.5 9.7 26 May 597.7 703.2 average 85%
Cowley Beach (Defence) 28.4   33.0 5 Mar 21.6   9.3 25 May 1200.8


Innisfail 28.7 +0.5 33.0 7 Mar 21.5 +1.1 10.8 25 May 1324.1 1416.6 average 93%
Innisfail Aerodrome 28.8   34.4 5 Mar 20.0   7.4 25 May 1265.2


Lucinda Point 27.5 -0.3 32.3 3 Mar 23.4 +0.2 13.9 24 May



Mount Stuart (Defence) 29.1   34.0 5 Mar 20.5   11.1 24 May 227.6


South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.5 +0.4 34.1 7 Mar 20.8 +0.5 9.2 25 May 1381.6 1265.2 average 109%
Townsville Aero 29.8 +0.4 33.2 7 Mar 21.1 +0.6 9.4 25 May 192.0 291.0 average 66%
Townsville- Air Weapons Range (Defence) 28.9   34.8 5 Mar 17.9   5.6 25 May 161.8


East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.4 -0.5 31.9 5 Mar 20.9 +0.2 8.7 25 May 350.6 245.4 high 143%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 29.5 +0.1 33.3 12 Apr 19.4 +0.4 7.3 25 May 209.4 242.2 average 86%
Bowen Airport AWS 29.8   33.3 8 Mar 20.3   7.5 25 May 117.4


Collinsville Post Office 30.4 +0.4 35.5 12 Apr 17.3 +0.3 6.7 24 May 173.9 172.5 average 101%
Hamilton Island Airport 27.0 +0.3 31.2 5 Mar 22.9 +0.4 13.9 24 May 452.8 483.5 average 94%
Mackay Aero 27.6 +0.1 32.2 19 Apr 19.2 +0.1 7.1 25 May 519.2 513.4 average 101%
Mackay M.O 27.2 +0.6 32.6 5 Mar 20.3 +0.4 9.7 25 May 460.6 524.4 average 88%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 27.8   32.3 7 Mar 18.9   6.8 25 May 231.4


Proserpine Airport 29.0 +0.5 35.4 12 Apr 18.8 -0.1 5.8 25 May 227.4 394.7 average 58%
Samuel Hill Aero 27.4 +0.2 32.4 6 Mar 17.4 -0.2 4.7 25 May 625.8 467.3 high 134%
St Lawrence 29.2 +0.2 33.3 1 Mar 18.3 0.0 7.4 25 May 195.6 219.6 average 89%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 29.7   35.6 12 Apr 17.6   5.9 25 May 115.4


Williamson 28.7 +0.1 33.4 18 Apr 18.0 0.0 5.4 25 May 395.4 219.5 high 180%
Woolshed     31.1 6 Mar 17.7 +0.3 6.7 24 May 243.0 246.5 average 99%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.5 +0.1 31.9 18 Apr 19.9 +0.5 7.8 25 May 481.6 282.9 high 170%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 30.5 +0.6 36.6 5 Mar 17.1 -1.1 7.7 26 May 152.5 126.7 average 120%
Moranbah Airport 30.1   36.7 5 Mar 16.7   5.5 25 May 111.0


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 29.6   35.5 18 Apr 16.6   4.0 24 May 4.4


Clermont Airport 29.9   36.1 19 Apr 15.4   3.4 24 May 36.0 136.2 average 26%
Emerald Airport 29.9 +0.2 35.6 18 Apr 16.8 0.0 4.0 24 May 61.8 107.9 average 57%
Lochington 30.2   36.4 18 Apr 15.4   2.8 24 May 22.2 119.8 low 19%
Rolleston Airport 29.1   35.4 23 Mar 14.3   2.4 24 May 54.0 116.1 low 47%
Springsure Comet St 29.0 +0.3 34.9 18 Apr     2.6 24 May 75.5 142.6 average 53%
Tambo Post Office 28.7 -0.2 34.5 21 Apr 12.9 0.0 1.5 24 May 45.4 128.7 low 35%
Taroom Post Office 29.1 +0.7 37.3 23 Mar 14.0 -0.1 2.2 24 May 47.3 137.9 low 34%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 30.7 +0.9 36.6 2 Mar 18.0 +1.2 6.2 2 May 63.3 123.9 average 51%
Blackall Airport 29.8 -0.6 35.6 23 Mar 15.8 +0.1 4.2 25 May 76.6 77.8 average 98%
Isisford Post Office 31.2 +0.7 37.6 2 Mar 16.8 +0.9 4.9 23 May 39.0 122.7 low 32%
Longreach Aero 31.8 +0.7 38.9 2 Mar 17.4 +1.1 3.9 25 May 51.4 112.7 average 46%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 33.2 +0.7 39.5 1 Mar 17.8 0.0 4.9 24 May 50.0 80.4 average 62%
Carters Bore 31.6   38.4 1 Mar 19.4   5.1 23 May 72.2


New May Downs 31.6   39.0 1 Mar 18.9   5.4 23 May 81.2


The Monument Airport 31.6 -0.4 39.1 1 Mar 16.3 -0.8 2.3 23 May 58.2 72.2 average 81%
Trepell Airport 32.3 -0.1 39.1 1 Mar 17.2 -0.4 3.3 23 May 33.4 71.6 average 47%
Urandangi Aerodrome 32.6   41.0 1 Mar 15.8   1.5 23 May 85.6


Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie 30.7 -0.8 42.2 1 Mar 16.4 -0.6 4.0 23 May 105.6 50.2 high 210%
Birdsville Airport 30.0 -1.2 42.8 1 Mar 15.5 -1.5 4.0 23 May 135.6 49.4 high 274%
Windorah Airport 30.4   40.3 1 Mar 17.7   3.3 23 May 94.8


Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 27.6 +0.4 33.5 7 Mar 17.3 0.0 6.5 24 May 91.0 233.3 low 39%
Gayndah Airport 28.9 +0.2 34.1 11 Apr 14.8 -0.2 4.0 2 May 45.6 117.9 low 39%
Gladstone Airport 28.4 +0.5 33.7 18 Apr 18.9 0.0 7.8 24 May 104.0 186.7 average 56%
Lady Elliot Island 27.2 +0.9 31.9 5 Mar 22.0 +0.4 12.0 27 May 293.6 341.2 average 86%
Monto Township 28.0 +0.7 34.2 18 Apr 13.5 -0.3 2.8 2 May 59.9 164.5 v low 36%
Rockhampton Aero 29.0 +0.5 34.9 18 Apr 18.5 +0.8 5.9 25 May 189.0 192.9 average 98%
Rundle Island 25.6 +0.1 29.9 6 Mar 21.8 +0.2 11.4 24 May



Seventeen Seventy 26.3 0.0 31.8 7 Mar 18.5 -0.9 8.3 24 May 219.8 350.0 low 63%
Thangool Airport 28.8 -0.5 34.8 23 Mar 13.7 -0.3 2.6 25 May 121.2 135.5 average 89%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 27.7 +0.8 34.9 17 Apr 13.4 -0.5 3.0 2 May 91.2 191.0 low 48%
Archerfield Airport 27.4 +0.9 34.6 2 Mar 15.1 -0.1 7.5 4 May 93.0 275.3 v low 34%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 27.4 +0.6 33.9 17 Apr 13.7 -0.1 0.6 24 May 66.8 212.0 v low 32%
Beerburrum Forest Station 26.3 -0.1 33.0 2 Mar 15.4 -0.3 8.2 12 May 223.0 407.0 low 55%
Brisbane 27.1 +0.1 33.6 17 Apr 17.3 +0.2 10.2 26 May



Brisbane Aero 26.3 +0.4 31.6 11 Apr 16.5 +0.1 8.6 25 May 157.2 273.5 low 57%
Canungra (Defence) 26.2   34.0 2 Mar 12.0   0.9 24 May 81.0


Cape Moreton Lighthouse 24.7 +0.6 30.0 3 Mar 19.4 +0.4 10.8 24 May 253.2 484.3 low 52%
Coolangatta 25.8 +0.4 31.7 17 Apr 16.6 -0.3 5.3 24 May 292.2 474.3 low 62%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.2 +0.5 32.3 18 Apr 20.0 +0.3 9.6 24 May 195.8 431.6 v low 45%
Gold Coast Seaway 26.3 +0.4 32.6 17 Apr 18.1 -0.1 10.9 24 May 173.8 350.3 v low 50%
Greenbank (Defence) 27.5   35.8 2 Mar 13.5   3.3 24 May 91.2


Gympie 27.3 +0.2 33.6 17 Apr 14.4 -0.2 3.4 2 May 102.6 297.6 v low 34%
Hervey Bay Airport 26.9 +0.1 33.1 7 Mar 17.0 -0.6 4.1 2 May 272.0 295.4 average 92%
Kingaroy Airport 25.8 +0.2 32.4 7 Mar 11.4 -0.5 -0.1 2 May 119.2 121.7 average 98%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 26.8 +0.5 33.8 17 Apr 16.1 +0.1 6.8 24 May 175.0 308.5 low 57%
Maryborough 27.7 +0.6 33.2 18 Apr 15.9 -0.5 4.8 2 May 122.2 320.8 v low 38%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 26.1 +0.1 32.9 17 Apr 16.5 -0.2 7.5 2 May 310.2 521.0 low 60%
Rainbow Beach 26.0 +0.1 31.8 18 Apr      
316.2 428.4 low 74%
Redcliffe 26.0 +0.2 31.7 11 Apr 17.6 -0.1 10.3 24 May 190.2 290.4 low 65%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 26.0   31.2 17 Apr 16.4   8.7 24 May 139.6


Sunshine Coast Airport 25.8 -0.1 32.0 17 Apr 16.9 -0.1 7.0 3 May 345.2 477.2 low 72%
Tewantin RSL Park 25.9 +0.2 31.5 17 Apr 17.7 -0.2 8.2 24 May 314.6 508.3 low 62%
Tin Can Bay (Defence) 26.3   32.8 18 Apr 16.7   5.0 2 May 396.6


University of Queensland Gatton 27.8 +1.0 35.2 2 Mar 13.6 -0.1 5.0 2 May 59.8 171.9 low 35%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 21.3 +0.3 30.1 21 Mar 9.3 -0.4 -2.0 4 May 57.2 160.2 v low 36%
Dalby Airport 27.4 +0.4 35.0 22 Mar 12.3 -0.2 1.4 11 May 30.2 110.0 v low 27%
Oakey Aero 26.1 +0.5 33.9 2 Mar 11.2 -0.6 -0.4 2 May 50.2 118.1 low 43%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 22.0 +0.2 31.2 2 Mar 9.6 0.0 -1.5 4 May 64.5 153.6 low 42%
Texas Post Office 26.3 -1.0 34.6 21 Mar 12.3 +0.3 2.8 23 May 126.4 129.3 average 98%
Toowoomba Airport 23.4 +0.3 30.9 22 Mar 13.1 -0.2 3.0 24 May 53.0 145.1 v low 37%
Warwick 24.9 +0.1 33.0 21 Mar 11.4 +0.2 -0.1 26 May 40.2 135.4 lowest 30%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 27.5 -0.3 35.1 23 Mar 12.7 -0.5 2.2 24 May 32.4 103.5 low 31%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 27.4 0.0 33.8 31 Mar 11.4 -0.7 0.5 24 May 64.6 135.3 low 48%
Mitchell Post Office 27.6 +0.3 35.1 1 Mar 11.5 -0.3 1.0 26 May 78.4 126.6 average 62%
Roma Airport 27.2 -0.7 34.3 2 Mar 11.5 -1.1 0.7 2 May 49.4 121.4 low 41%
St George Airport 26.7 -1.2 34.9 2 Mar 13.5 -0.5 3.5 4 May 100.4 92.2 average 109%
Surat 27.2 -0.7 34.8 22 Mar 13.8 +0.5 2.0 24 May 51.6 122.4 low 42%
Warrego (district 44)
Charleville Aero 27.4 -0.5 35.3 2 Mar 14.0 +0.1 2.7 2 May 135.8 118.9 high 114%
Cunnamulla Post Office 27.4 -0.5 38.8 1 Mar 14.9 +0.6 3.7 23 May 83.6 97.3 average 86%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 28.3 -1.8 41.1 2 Mar 15.8 -1.0 3.2 23 May 102.4 48.9 high 209%
Thargomindah Airport 27.4 -1.9 40.0 1 Mar 15.7 -0.8 3.1 23 May 232.2 75.8 v high 306%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Cato Island 26.2   31.0 10 Mar 23.1   16.3 24 May



Creal Reef 26.7   30.7 20 Apr 24.3   15.7 23 May



Flinders Reef 27.7   32.8 9 Mar 25.2   18.1 24 May



Frederick Reef 26.3   30.8 10 Mar 24.1   17.2 24 May



Gannet Cay 26.3   29.7 9 Mar 23.7   16.0 23 May



Holmes Reef 28.0   32.7 6 Mar 25.5   19.8 24 May



Marion Reef 27.1   31.7 19 Apr 24.8   17.6 24 May



Middle Percy Island 25.6 0.0 30.1 8 Mar 21.2 +0.1 11.3 24 May 358.6 387.5 average 93%
Willis Island 29.8 +0.9 33.2 1 Mar 25.3 +0.6 20.1 24 May 175.2 401.5 low 44%

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 Monday 1 June 2020. 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.

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