Adelaide in winter 2016: wetter than average

Winter was wetter than average across the Adelaide metropolitan area. Winter temperatures in the city were slightly warmer than average.

Wet winter

Temperatures close to average

  • Both daytime and overnight temperatures were slightly warmer than average across the city
  • Very few nights dropped below zero during winter: Parafield recorded −0.2 °C on 16 July; Roseworthy recorded −0.2 °C on 25 August

Windy winter in the city

  • Adelaide Airport's average wind speed was its highest winter value since at least 2002
  • Surrounding suburbs weren't as windy, with mean wind speeds away from the airport close to their winter average
  • Adelaide and surrounds recorded strong and damaging winds in both June and July

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Extremes in winter 2016
Hottest day 25.4 °C at Adelaide Airport on 18 Aug
Warmest days on average 16.3 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
16.3 °C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average 10.4 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 4.6 °C at Mount Lofty on 12 Jul
Coldest night -0.2 °C at Parafield Airport on 16 Jul
Coolest nights on average 5.5 °C at Mount Lofty
Warmest nights on average 9.2 °C at Noarlunga
Warmest night 14.0 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town) on 22 Jul
14.0 °C at Adelaide Airport on 22 Jul
Warmest on average overall 12.4 °C at Noarlunga
Coolest on average overall 8.0 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 600.0 mm at Uraidla
Driest overall 174.8 mm at Gawler
Wettest day 62.6 mm at Happy Valley Reservoir on 5 Jul
Strongest wind gust 120 km/h at Mount Crawford AWS on 12 Jul

Record highest winter daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Happy Valley Reservoir 62.6 on 5 Jul 56.9 on 1 Jun 1920 125
Burnside 55.6 on 5 Jul 47.5 on 22 Jun 1908 38
McLaren Vale (Pirramimma Winery) 46.4 on 5 Jul 37.8 on 21 Jun 2012 23



Highest winter total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
winter
Happy Valley Reservoir 363.4 448.6 in 1996 250.7



Summary statistics for winter 2016
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
winter
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
winter
2016
Mean for
winter
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
winter
2016
Total for
winter
2016
Average
for
winter
Rank of
winter
2016
Fraction of
winter
average
Adelaide (Kent Town) 16.3 +0.3 24.7 18 Aug 8.2 +0.2 2.0 16 Jul 266.0 223.4 high 119%
Adelaide Airport 16.1 +0.5 25.4 18 Aug 8.5 +1.1 2.3 6 Aug 211.4 166.2 high 127%
Edinburgh RAAF 16.1 +0.2 24.6 18 Aug 7.0 +0.6 1.8 16 Jul 200.2 157.8 high 127%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 13.2 +0.3 21.5 18 Aug 7.2 +0.2 2.3 13 Jun 426.2 311.8 high 137%
Mount Barker 14.8 +1.2 23.0 18 Aug 6.0 +1.1 0.0 25 Aug 374.2 309.4 high 121%
Mount Crawford AWS 11.7 +0.1 20.4 18 Aug 6.3 +0.2 1.1 13 Jul 311.0 264.9 average 117%
Mount Lofty 10.4 +1.2 18.6 18 Aug 5.5 +0.3 0.6 5 Jul 506.2
Noarlunga 15.6 +0.2 23.3 18 Aug 9.2 +0.3 4.0 17 Jul 264.8 182.5 v high 145%
Parafield Airport 16.3 +0.6 24.9 18 Aug 7.0 +0.3 -0.2 16 Jul 205.8 166.8 high 123%

Notes

The Seasonal climate summary lists the main features of the weather in Adelaide 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 Thursday 1 September 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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