Thursday, 1 September 2016 - Seasonal Climate Summary for Adelaide - Product code IDCKGC23L0
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.
- Winter rainfall was above average across Adelaide
- July was very wet in Adelaide, while rainfall in June and August was close to average
- Some sites had their highest winter daily rainfall on record
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
|Extremes in winter 2016|
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|
4.6 °C at Mount Lofty on 12 Jul|
-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|
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|
600.0 mm at Uraidla|
174.8 mm at Gawler|
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|
|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|
|Happy Valley Reservoir||363.4||448.6||in 1996||250.7|
|Summary statistics for winter 2016|
|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%|
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
(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.