Queensland in winter 2021: Warm overall, rainfall close to average

It was the wettest winter since 2016 for Queensland as a whole, though statewide rainfall was 3% below the long-term average. Rainfall was mixed across the state for winter for 2021. Rainfall was above average in the west, the far north, pockets of the north tropical and central coasts and adjacent inland districts, and the southern Darling Downs. Rainfall below average in pockets of the northern tropics, and the south-east coastal strip from Fraser Island to Coolangatta.

It was the fourth-warmest winter on record for Queensland in terms of mean temperature (behind 1973, 2017 and 2013). The mean maximum temperature was the fourth-warmest on record, and the mean minimum temperature was the sixth-warmest on record for the state as a whole.

Mixed winter rainfall across the state

  • Winter rainfall was 3% below average across the state as a whole. It was the wettest winter since 2016, though 2016 was exceptionally wet.
  • Winter rainfall was above average in the west, and the far north, pockets of the north tropical coast and the southern Darling Downs.
  • Rainfall for winter was below average in pockets of the northern tropics, and the south-east coastal strip from Fraser Island to Coolangatta; winter rainfall was close to average elsewhere.
  • June rainfall was above average in the west and parts of the central coast, and it was the wettest June since 2016.
  • In July, rainfall was above average along the east coast, and statewide it was the wettest July since 2016.
  • August rainfall was above average in the northern tropics, but below average in the far south-west and parts of the south-east quarter of the state.
  • A number of rainfall events during winter saw some sites in the far south-west, the far north, and south-east inland report their highest winter daily rainfall on record.
  • Two sites in the north had their highest total winter rainfall on record  and some sites had their highest total winter rainfall for at least 20 years.

Warm across the state

  • For Queensland as a whole, the mean temperature was the fourth-warmest on record at 1.80 °C above the long-term average. It was record warm in parts of the northern tropics and in decile 10 (top 10% of record) for large parts of the state.
  • Overall, the mean maximum temperature was the fourth-warmest on record at 1.63 °C above the long-term average. It was record warm in parts of the northern tropics and in decile 10 (top 10% of records) across northern and southern inland Queensland.
  • June had above average mean maximum temperatures in the north, while July was record warm in the north in terms of mean maximum temperatures, and also the third-warmest July on record for Queensland.
  • August mean maximum temperatures were very much above average across the state; state-wide it was the fifth-warmest August on record at  2.01 °C above average.
  • There were some very warm days across the northern tropics at the end of winter, and on 29 August, Sweers Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria had  its highest winter temperature on record.
  • Some sites had their equal highest winter mean daily maximum temperature on record.
  • Overall, the mean minimum temperature was the sixth-warmest on record at 1.96 °C above the long-term average. It was record warm in parts of the northern tropics and in decile 10 (top 10% of records) in the north and south-west of the state.
  • June had above average mean minimum temperatures in the north and far south, and July was above average in the north and south in terms of mean minimum temperatures.
  • August mean minimum temperatures were above average across most of the state and record warm in parts of the northern tropics. It was the third-warmest August on record at 2.24 °C above average.
  • Some sites in the north had their highest winter mean daily minimum temperature on record.

Fog and flooding

  • Thick fog enveloped Brisbane on the morning of 16 June, with fog covering much of the eastern Queensland coastal fringe in June.
  • Flooding occurred at South Galway Station and surrounding regions on 24 June, after 25 mm to 50 mm fell across a large area of western Queensland.
  • Minor to moderate flooding for the lower Macintyre river downstream of Goondiwindi during July and the start of August.

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Extremes in winter 2021
Hottest day 36.7 °C at Burketown Airport on 31 Aug
36.7 °C at Julia Creek Airport on 31 Aug
36.7 °C at Normanton Airport on 31 Aug
Warmest days on average 32.9 °C at Kowanyama Airport
Coolest days on average 15.0 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 7.7 °C at Applethorpe on 19 Jun
Coldest night -4.4 °C at Oakey Aero on 22 Jul
Coolest nights on average 3.2 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average 25.1 °C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 26.2 °C at Coconut Island on 16 Jun
Warmest on average overall 27.9 °C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 9.2 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 785.7 mm at Babinda Post Office
Wettest day 226.0 mm at Mount Stuart (Defence) on 31 Aug
Strongest wind gust 85 km/h at Clermont Airport on 13 Jun
85 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on 15 Jun

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 winter daily rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Undilla Station 68.0 on 25 Jun 58.2 on 29 Jun 1935 110
Tanbar Station 53.0 on 24 Jun 49.8 on 7 Jun 1950 105
Beardy Junction 66.6 on 2 Jul 51.0 on 28 Jul 1998 26
Coconut Island 127.4 on 1 Aug 52.0 on 16 Jun 2013 26
Boondooma Dam 52.0 on 3 Jul 51.0 on 27 Jun 2009 24
Japoonvale Warrakin Rd 130.0 on 30 Jun =130.0 on 19 Jul 2016 23
Russell River 200.0 on 1 Jul 93.8 on 30 Jun 2015 22



Record highest winter total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Hawkins Creek 468.1 439.6 in 2016 51 215.0
Coconut Island 191.8 124.8 in 2006 24 64.0

Highest winter total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
winter
Leslie Dam 177.8 221.9 in 1998 106.6
Texas Post Office 187.0 307.0 in 1998 115.2
Westmoreland Station 31.0 35.0 in 2000 7.1



Record highest winter temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Sweers Island 32.8 on 29 Aug 32.5 on 28 Aug 2011 21 26.1



Record highest winter mean daily maximum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Lockhart River Airport 28.6 = 28.6 in 2016 55 27.5
Weipa Aero 32.5 = 32.5 in 2010 28 31.4
Mareeba Airport 26.8 = 26.8 in 2009 21 25.6
Cooktown Airport 28.0 27.9 in 2009 20 26.8



Record highest winter mean daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Kowanyama Airport 18.7 18.3 in 2010 49 16.1
Normanton Airport 18.1 18.0 in 2005 20 16.6



Record highest winter mean temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Townsville Aero 21.9 = 21.9 in 1973 80 20.0
Mackay M.O 19.4 = 19.4 in 2016 61 17.9
Lockhart River Airport 25.6 25.5 in 2010 55 23.6
Kowanyama Airport 25.8 25.6 in 2010 49 23.7
Richmond Airport 20.3 19.8 in 2017 23 18.6
Cooktown Airport 24.3 = 24.3 in 2010 20 22.7

Highest winter mean temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
winter
Charters Towers Airport 20.0 20.1 in 1993 18.9



Summary statistics for winter 2021

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
winter
2021
Diff
from
average
Highest for
winter
2021
Mean for
winter
2021
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
winter
2021
Total for
winter
2021
Average
for
winter
Rank of
winter
2021
Fraction of
winter
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 30.7 +0.5 32.8 31 Aug 25.1 +1.0 22.1 1 Aug 191.8 64.0 highest 300%
Horn Island 30.2 +1.0 31.8 24 Jul 24.5 +1.1 22.3 1 Aug 43.8 29.6 high 148%
Scherger RAAF 31.9 +0.5 35.2 29 Jul 20.5 +1.3 16.2 24 Jul 8.0 12.1 average 66%
Weipa Aero 32.5 +1.1 35.7 29 Jul 21.0 +1.7 17.0 24 Jul 4.4 9.5 average 46%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 28.6 +1.1 30.3 31 Aug 22.6 +2.9 16.8 25 Jul 118.6 127.6 average 93%
Palmerville 32.0 +1.6 34.7 30 Aug 16.5 +1.8 11.6 7 Aug 10.2 19.7 average 52%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 30.8 +1.1 36.7 31 Aug 16.6 +1.6 10.2 11 Jun 0.6 6.8 average 9%
Century Mine 29.7 +0.3 36.5 23 Aug 14.9 +1.6 8.4 11 Jun 7.8 8.0 high 98%
Cloncurry Airport 27.7 +0.5 36.1 23 Aug 12.7 +1.1 5.5 12 Jun 33.6 15.0 high 224%
Julia Creek Airport 29.0 +0.9 36.7 31 Aug 10.5 +1.0 1.7 10 Jun 33.4 28.4 high 118%
Kowanyama Airport 32.9 +1.6 35.8 31 Aug 18.7 +2.6 10.6 7 Aug 1.2 9.0 average 13%
Lake Julius AWS 28.2   36.0 23 Aug 13.6   6.2 11 Jun 39.4


Mornington Island Airport 27.5   32.8 29 Aug 18.8   12.8 8 Aug 2.8


Mount Isa Aero 27.1 +1.3 35.8 23 Aug 9.5 -0.1 1.4 12 Jun 46.2 16.0 v high 289%
Normanton Airport 31.3 +0.9 36.7 31 Aug 18.1 +1.5 10.9 7 Aug 4.2 7.0 average 60%
Sweers Island 26.9 +0.8 32.8 29 Aug 19.7 +1.3 15.1 10 Jun 1.7 7.1 average 24%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 30.8 +1.6 34.6 30 Jul 15.1 +1.5 4.7 7 Aug 1.2 18.8 average 6%
Hughenden Airport 28.0 +1.3 33.8 30 Aug 11.1 +0.9 0.1 10 Jun 23.0 38.6 average 60%
Richmond Airport 29.0 +1.4 35.3 31 Aug 11.5 +1.8 1.8 10 Jun 9.0 28.8 average 31%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 27.4 +1.2 30.3 28 Aug 19.3 +1.8 12.9 21 Jun 116.2 103.5 average 112%
Cairns Racecourse 26.8   29.7 17 Jul 18.4   10.3 6 Aug 216.0


Cape Flattery 27.7 +0.7 29.8 31 Aug 22.5 +1.1 14.9 24 Jul 61.4 86.2 low 71%
Cooktown Airport 28.0 +1.2 31.1 31 Aug 20.7 +2.0 12.8 24 Jul 32.4 71.5 low 45%
Low Isles Lighthouse 26.2 +0.2 30.0 17 Jul 22.1 +1.2 20.2 16 Aug 90.6 135.2 average 67%
Mareeba Airport 26.8 +1.2 32.8 24 Jul 15.8 +1.4 10.7 21 Jun 5.8 22.8 low 25%
Walkamin Research Station 25.5 +1.6 31.5 24 Jul 15.3 +1.9 9.4 6 Aug 20.6 40.0 low 52%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde     28.0 29 Aug 17.4 +3.0 9.8 6 Aug 103.1 107.4 average 96%
Cowley Beach (Defence) 25.3   28.3 16 Jul 18.3   10.9 6 Aug 505.8


Innisfail Aerodrome 25.8   29.5 16 Jul 16.7   8.0 6 Aug 490.6


Mount Stuart (Defence) 26.8   31.5 29 Jul 16.8   11.7 6 Aug 228.8


South Johnstone Exp Stn 25.4 +0.9 29.3 16 Jul 17.7 +2.1 10.4 6 Aug 470.6 357.1 high 132%
Townsville Aero 26.9 +1.3 30.4 17 Jul 16.9 +2.5 8.1 6 Aug 55.6 50.7 average 110%
Townsville- Air Weapons Range (Defence) 26.2   32.5 16 Jul 13.9   3.9 6 Aug 18.0


East Central Coast (district 33)
Bowen Airport AWS 26.3   31.1 17 Jul 15.3   4.8 6 Aug 68.8


Hamilton Island Airport 22.9 +0.7 26.8 24 Aug 19.1 +0.7 16.1 11 Jun 107.6 127.8 average 84%
Mackay Aero 24.3 +1.1 30.1 24 Jul 13.2 +1.2 4.3 6 Aug 134.2 126.2 average 106%
Mackay M.O 23.4 +1.4 28.8 24 Jul 15.4 +1.6 8.2 10 Jun 142.2 132.0 average 108%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 24.2   30.2 24 Jul 13.1   4.5 10 Jun 140.4


Proserpine Airport 26.1 +1.1 32.4 29 Jul 13.0 +1.2 2.5 6 Aug 126.6 87.8 high 144%
Samuel Hill Aero 23.4 +0.3 28.7 30 Aug 11.1 +0.8 1.7 22 Jul 206.2 194.8 average 106%
St Lawrence 24.9 +0.4 29.5 24 Jul 11.7 +0.2 2.5 22 Jul 117.8 106.2 average 111%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 26.3   32.7 16 Jul 13.9   5.8 10 Jun 43.0


Williamson 24.9 +0.5 31.1 29 Jul 10.9 +0.2 2.0 10 Jun 88.6 91.9 average 96%
Woolshed 22.8 +0.4 27.6 30 Jul     3.6 7 Aug 59.6 65.9 average 90%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 22.2 +0.3 28.5 16 Jul 13.6 +0.8 4.5 22 Jul 179.0 129.8 high 138%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 27.1 +1.5 32.7 16 Jul 13.0 +0.8 5.1 26 Jul 33.4 54.9 average 61%
Moranbah Airport 25.3   31.9 29 Aug 10.6   2.1 10 Jun 150.0 63.3 high 237%
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 24.7   32.8 30 Aug 10.7   -0.2 10 Jun 103.4


Clermont Airport 24.6 +0.4 32.5 30 Aug 8.1 +1.3 -1.4 10 Jun 98.2 64.6 high 152%
Emerald Airport 24.9 +0.8 32.5 29 Aug 10.9 +1.1 2.8 10 Jun 29.2 68.1 low 43%
Lochington 24.6 +0.4 33.1 30 Aug 7.3 +0.2 -1.0 22 Jul 59.0 82.4 average 72%
Rolleston Airport 24.0 +0.3 32.6 30 Aug 7.7 +0.6 -0.5 10 Jun 57.2 66.3 average 86%
Springsure Comet St 23.6 +0.8 31.6 30 Aug 8.5 +1.4 -0.6 10 Jun 62.8 89.7 average 70%
Tambo Post Office 22.8 +0.6 31.6 1 Aug 5.7 +1.1 -2.5 10 Jun 57.6 73.5 average 78%
Taroom Post Office 23.1 +1.1 30.9 29 Aug 7.3 +1.2 -0.8 22 Jul 90.0 97.0 average 93%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 24.6 +1.0 33.1 1 Aug 10.3 +1.4 1.9 10 Jun 70.6 62.7 average 113%
Blackall Airport 24.2 +0.5 33.1 1 Aug 7.9 +0.4 -1.2 10 Jun 55.8 45.6 average 122%
Isisford Post Office 25.0 +1.3 34.4 1 Aug 8.4 +0.8 0.3 12 Jun 49.6 53.3 average 93%
Longreach Aero 25.8 +1.3 35.3 2 Aug 9.4 +1.4 0.2 10 Jun 31.4 47.0 average 67%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 28.1 +1.3 36.0 31 Aug 10.7 +0.9 2.4 11 Jun 23.4 18.0 high 130%
Carters Bore 26.1   34.1 23 Aug 13.4   4.2 10 Jun 28.8


New May Downs 26.5   34.1 31 Jul 12.4   4.8 10 Jun 49.2


The Monument Airport 25.8 +0.7 34.6 2 Aug 8.8 +0.7 1.1 10 Jun 36.8 20.5 high 180%
Trepell Airport 26.1 +0.5 34.8 31 Aug 9.8 +0.7 2.7 10 Jun 54.6 20.0 high 273%
Urandangi Aerodrome 26.3   35.6 31 Jul 7.8   0.5 12 Jun 32.4


Winton Airport 26.6 +0.6 35.7 1 Aug 9.6 +0.2 1.7 10 Jun 29.4 40.4 average 73%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie 23.8 0.0 33.0 22 Aug 8.8 +0.6 2.5 12 Jun 36.8 27.9 high 132%
Birdsville Airport 23.4 +0.7 34.4 31 Jul 8.1 +0.3 1.6 4 Jul 6.2 15.1 average 41%
Windorah Airport 23.4   34.1 31 Jul 9.6   3.7 10 Jun 59.4


Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 23.4 +0.5 27.8 30 Aug 11.5 +0.5 3.1 10 Jun 112.6 123.2 average 91%
Gayndah Airport 23.8 +0.3 30.7 2 Aug 8.1 +0.2 0.8 12 Jun 65.2 74.9 average 87%
Gladstone Airport 23.8 +0.2 28.4 29 Jul 13.1 +0.4 5.6 22 Jul 196.4 102.4 high 192%
Gladstone Radar 24.0 +0.5 28.8 29 Jul 14.8 +0.7 7.9 22 Jul 209.6 104.5 high 201%
Lady Elliot Island 22.9 +1.2 25.9 25 Jun 17.6 +0.4 10.6 27 Aug 251.6 233.3 average 108%
Monto Township 23.3 +1.4 31.8 30 Aug 7.4 +1.2 -1.4 12 Jun 59.5 96.3 average 62%
Rockhampton Aero 24.7 +0.8 31.2 29 Aug 11.9 +1.4 1.8 12 Jun 112.6 96.8 average 116%
Rundle Island 21.3 +0.2 25.1 15 Jun 17.0 +0.3 11.7 22 Jul



Sandy Cape Lighthouse     26.3 7 Jul 16.0 +1.1 10.1 22 Jul 241.2 259.9 average 93%
Thangool Airport 24.0 +0.1 31.6 30 Aug 6.8 +0.4 -2.0 22 Jul 69.0 81.9 average 84%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 22.5 +0.6 28.7 30 Aug 6.3 +0.1 -0.7 22 Jul 64.4 111.2 low 58%
Archerfield Airport 22.4 +0.5 27.8 30 Aug 9.1 +0.7 3.1 11 Jun 83.8 149.0 low 56%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 22.3 0.0 27.8 31 Aug 6.9 +0.2 -0.6 10 Jun 82.8 97.5 average 85%
Beerburrum Forest Station 22.3 0.0 28.5 30 Aug 10.1 +0.2 4.3 11 Jun 105.6 182.4 low 58%
Brisbane 22.4 -0.1 28.0 30 Aug 11.5 +0.5 6.0 20 Jul 86.0 127.6 low 67%
Brisbane Aero 21.6 +0.2 27.3 16 Jul 10.4 +0.5 4.3 22 Jul 83.8 132.8 low 63%
Canungra (Defence) 21.4   26.6 31 Aug 5.5   -1.3 22 Jul 90.0


Cape Moreton Lighthouse 20.2 +0.7 23.6 23 Aug 14.7 +0.9 9.5 22 Jul 162.0 322.9 low 50%
Coolangatta 21.6 +0.5 25.3 16 Jul 10.3 -0.4 2.7 26 Jul 138.4 264.1 low 52%
Gold Coast Seaway 21.7 +0.1 26.3 21 Aug 12.6 0.0 6.2 26 Jul 85.2 214.7 v low 40%
Greenbank (Defence) 22.3   27.6 30 Aug 6.6   0.2 27 Aug 98.4


Gympie 23.0 +0.5 30.1 30 Aug 8.1 +1.0 0.0 10 Jun 105.6 150.8 average 70%
Hervey Bay Airport 22.7 +0.4 27.4 30 Aug 10.7 -0.1 2.3 22 Jul 130.6 167.9 average 78%
Kingaroy Airport 20.3 -0.1 27.6 2 Aug 5.3 +0.8 -2.5 22 Jul 113.6 92.6 average 123%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant     27.2 21 Aug 9.8 +0.3 4.7 10 Jun 115.3 149.3 average 77%
Maryborough 23.3 +0.6 29.9 30 Aug 9.6 +0.2 1.6 10 Jun 120.2 158.0 average 76%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 22.5 +0.3 27.8 3 Aug 10.9 -0.1 3.0 10 Jun 134.9 210.3 low 64%
Rainbow Beach 22.2 +0.4 26.2 16 Jul      
118.8 256.4 low 46%
Redcliffe     25.6 29 Jul 11.8 +0.1 6.2 22 Jul 97.4 144.6 low 67%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 21.1   26.2 16 Aug 10.8   5.6 20 Jul 104.0


Sunshine Coast Airport 21.9 +0.3 27.0 1 Aug 10.3 -0.1 2.3 10 Jun 79.0 252.3 v low 31%
Tewantin RSL Park 22.3 +0.5 27.7 3 Aug 11.9 0.0 4.9 10 Jun 152.8 267.3 low 57%
Tin Can Bay (Defence) 22.6   28.1 3 Aug 10.7   2.5 10 Jun 109.4


University of Queensland Gatton 21.8 +0.3 27.9 30 Aug 7.3 +0.5 0.7 10 Jun 113.8 103.8 average 110%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 15.0 +0.1 22.8 1 Aug 3.4 +0.7 -4.0 22 Jul 182.0 122.8 high 148%
Dalby Airport 20.2 -0.4 28.1 2 Aug 5.3 +0.6 -3.2 22 Jul 83.8 76.2 average 110%
Goondiwindi Airport 19.3   28.6 1 Aug 6.6   -0.7 22 Jul 139.0


Oakey Aero 19.8 +0.3 26.9 31 Aug 4.6 +1.0 -4.4 22 Jul 104.2 84.0 average 124%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 16.1 +0.4 24.3 31 Aug 3.2 +1.3 -3.2 26 Aug 181.1 137.2 high 132%
Texas Post Office     27.0 1 Aug 6.0 +1.7 -1.2 22 Jul 187.0 115.2 high 162%
Toowoomba Airport 17.3 -0.2 24.8 1 Aug 7.4 +0.1 -1.0 22 Jul 123.4 93.7 high 132%
Warwick 18.7 -0.2 26.1 1 Aug 4.3 +0.5 -2.5 22 Jul 146.4 92.3 high 159%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 21.0 -0.2 29.8 2 Aug 6.2 +1.0 -1.4 22 Jul 119.6 87.4 high 137%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 22.3 +1.2 32.1 2 Aug 4.7 +0.6 -3.8 22 Jul 60.0 83.4 average 72%
Mitchell Post Office 22.2 +1.8 32.6 2 Aug 4.1 +0.4 -3.7 22 Jul 80.6 89.9 average 90%
Roma Airport 21.9 +0.7 31.7 29 Aug 4.9 +0.3 -4.0 22 Jul 64.2 72.7 average 88%
St George Airport 20.9 +0.3 32.1 1 Aug 6.8 +0.9 -0.9 22 Jul 85.0 76.2 average 112%
Surat 21.3 +0.7 32.7 1 Aug 6.1 +0.9 -1.4 22 Jul 85.8 100.6 average 85%
Warrego (district 44)
Charleville Aero 22.1 +1.5 32.5 1 Aug 6.7 +1.4 0.1 25 Aug 71.6 69.7 average 103%
Cunnamulla Post Office 21.3 +1.4 31.8 31 Jul 7.8 +1.2 2.5 22 Jul 40.7 65.2 average 62%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 22.0 +0.5 32.9 31 Jul 8.5 +0.3 2.6 10 Jun 26.0 26.0 average 100%
Thargomindah Airport 21.2 +0.2 32.5 31 Jul 8.0 +0.5 3.0 4 Jul 59.8 40.6 average 147%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Bougainville Reef 25.5   27.7 24 Jul 23.7   21.6 3 Aug



Cato Island 23.1   26.4 30 Aug 19.8   15.7 26 Aug



Creal Reef 23.4   26.4 14 Jun 21.1   18.1 6 Aug



Flinders Reef 25.0   28.4 17 Jun 22.7   20.5 8 Aug



Frederick Reef 23.5   26.1 14 Jun 21.2   18.6 10 Aug



Gannet Cay 23.0   26.1 3 Aug 20.4   17.1 6 Aug



Holmes Reef 25.5   27.6 9 Jun 23.6   21.6 16 Aug



Lihou Reef Lighthouse 25.2   26.9 24 Jul 23.2   20.9 6 Aug



Marion Reef 24.4   26.9 17 Jun 22.3   19.0 10 Jun



Middle Percy Island 21.7 +0.5 25.0 14 Jun 17.4 +0.6 12.8 22 Jul 99.2 149.3 low 66%
Willis Island 27.5 +1.2 29.4 16 Jul 23.6 +1.3 21.0 24 Jun 74.7 115.3 average 65%

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 11 am on Wednesday 1 September 2021. 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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