Adelaide in summer 2014-15: Dry with generally mild temperatures

Rainfall was generally below average across the Adelaide region during summer, with a majority of the summer total occurring over a 5 day period in the second week of January as a burst of tropical activity brought moderate to heavy rainfall for most locations across the metropolitan area. December and February were both very dry. With 6.4 mm recorded for Adelaide during December, and just 0.6 mm rainfall for the city at the end of February, the summer total at the Kent Town location was 48.6 mm.

December tended to be hotter than average, with particularly hot days in the first week of January. The remainder of January and the first week of February saw mild temperatures for that time of year. The Kent Town location observed a mean minimum temperature was 0.3 °C above average while the mean maximum temperature was 0.8 °C warmer than average.

Adelaide recorded 17 days with maximum temperatures exceeded 35 °C, above the average of 15 days, and 4 days of 40 °C or more, compared to the average of 3. While there were periods of above average temperatures, particularly in early January and mid-February, no periods of extended heatwave conditions occurred this summer.

  • A warmer than average summer, but with no extended periods of extreme heat
  • Drier than average, with most of the summer rainfall falling in the second week of January

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Extremes in summer 2014-15
Hottest day 44.1 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town) on 2 Jan 2015
Warmest days on average 29.8 °C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average 23.7 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 12.5 °C at Mount Lofty on 10 Jan 2015
Coldest night 6.3 °C at Mount Barker on 26 Dec 2014
Coolest nights on average 12.1 °C at Mount Lofty
Warmest nights on average 17.0 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
Warmest night 30.7 °C at Parafield Airport on 15 Feb 2015
Warmest on average overall 23.2 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
Coolest on average overall 17.8 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 112.0 mm at Ashton
Wettest day 42.8 mm at Ashton on 13 Jan 2015
Strongest wind gust 85 km/h at Mount Crawford (Mt Crawford AWS) on 16 Dec 2014




Summary statistics for summer 2014-15
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
summer
2014-15
Diff
from
average
Highest for
summer
2014-15
Mean for
summer
2014-15
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
summer
2014-15
Total for
summer
2014-15
Average
for
summer
Rank of
summer
2014-15
Fraction of
summer
average
Adelaide (Kent Town) 29.4 +0.8 44.1 2 Jan 2015 17.0 +0.3 10.2 26 Dec 2014 48.6 62.7 average 78%
Adelaide Airport 27.8 +0.5 42.5 2 Jan 2015 16.5 +0.9 10.7 26 Dec 2014 33.4 59.8 average 56%
Edinburgh RAAF 29.6 +0.3 43.9 2 Jan 2015 16.1 +0.1 9.1 17 Dec 2014 59.6 63.3 average 94%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 25.2 0.0 40.5 2 Jan 2015 13.6 0.0 7.7 26 Dec 2014 48.0 80.1 average 60%
Mount Barker 27.0 +0.6 41.2 2 Jan 2015 12.5 +1.1 6.3 26 Dec 2014 84.2 86.4 average 97%
Mount Crawford (Mt Crawford AWS) 26.4 -0.1 40.0 2 Jan 2015 13.2 -0.2 7.1 26 Dec 2014 73.0 81.5 average 90%
Mount Lofty 23.7 +2.7 37.7 2 Jan 2015 12.1 +0.2 6.4 5 Feb 2015 89.6
Noarlunga 27.5 -0.1 42.3 2 Jan 2015 16.4 0.0 9.6 26 Dec 2014 47.2 54.7 average 86%
Parafield Airport 29.8 +0.9 43.4 2 Jan 2015 16.0 +0.1 8.8 26 Dec 2014 50.0 64.3 average 78%

Notes

A Seasonal Climate Summary is prepared to list 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, usually published in the fourth week of the month.

A Climate Summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 8 am on Monday 2 March 2015. 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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