Adelaide Metro & Hills in autumn 2014: A warm and wet autumn

Temperatures across the Adelaide region tended above average for autumn as warm spells at the start and end of March and through much of May, brought record high temperatures. Rainfall tended above average across the region as a whole, with the most significant rain events occurring in late April and the first half of May with daily rainfall totals in excess of 20mm.

  • Adelaide observes 134.0 mm of rainfall
  • Generally warmer days and warmer nights
  • Very warm start to April with a near record high temperatures
  • Warm throughout most of May with a record long warm spell
For further information on events throughout the season, please see the relevant Monthly Climate Summaries

Further information

Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (03) 9669 4057
Email media@bom.gov.au

Extremes in autumn 2014
Hottest day 37.9 °C at Edinburgh RAAF on 1 Apr
Warmest days on average 24.1 °C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average 17.7 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 7.7 °C at Mount Lofty on 2 May
Coldest night 2.7 °C at Mount Barker on 8 May
Coolest nights on average 10.3 °C at Mount Lofty
Warmest nights on average 14.1 °C at Noarlunga
Warmest night 24.0 °C at Noarlunga on 1 Apr
Warmest on average overall 18.6 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town)
Coolest on average overall 14.0 °C at Mount Lofty
Wettest overall 239.8 mm at Belair
Driest overall 71.4 mm at Adelaide (Salisbury Bowling Club)
Wettest day 48.0 mm at Belair on 29 Apr
Highest wind gust 100 km/h at Mount Crawford (Mt Crawford AWS) on 11 Mar

Highest total autumn rainfall for at least 25 years
Total rainfall
for autumn 2014 (mm)
Most recent autumn
at least this wet
Years since
wetter
Average for
autumn
Mallala 147.4 205.3 in 1983* 28 97.4

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported.




Summary statistics for autumn 2014
Maximum temperatures
for autumn
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for autumn
(°C)
Rainfall
for autumn
(millimetres)
Mean for
autumn
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
autumn
2014
Mean for
autumn
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
autumn
2014
Total for
autumn
2014
Average
for
autumn
Rank of
autumn
2014
Fraction of
autumn
average
Adelaide (Kent Town) 23.6 +0.9 36.8 1 Apr 13.6 +1.0 5.9 4 May 134.0 126.9 average 105%
Adelaide Airport 23.1 +1.0 35.2 9 Mar 13.0 +1.1 5.2 8 May 113.0 111.2 average 102%
Edinburgh RAAF 23.8 +0.8 37.9 1 Apr 12.6 +0.8 4.4 8 May 99.4 101.2 average 98%
Kuitpo Forest Reserve 20.1   34.2 1 Apr 11.8   5.2 8 May 154.2
Mount Barker 21.5 +1.0 35.1 1 Apr 10.5 +2.0 2.7 8 May 133.4 177.0 low 75%
Mount Crawford (Mt Crawford AWS) 19.5   33.8 1 Apr 11.2   4.3 3 May 146.0 140.9 average 104%
Mount Lofty 17.7   30.5 1 Apr 10.3   3.7 3 May 208.6
Noarlunga 22.5   34.8 9 Mar 14.1   7.3 8 May 119.8
Parafield Airport 24.1 +1.3 37.8 1 Apr 12.4 +0.5 4.8 23 Apr 100.8 110.1 average 92%

Notes

A Seasonal Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Adelaide Metro & Hills 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.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 8 am on Monday 2 June 2014. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages 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 20 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.

Further information

Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (03) 9669 4057
Email media@bom.gov.au