Monday, 2 June 2008 - Seasonal Climate Summary for Adelaide Metro - Product code IDCKGC23R0

Adelaide Metro in autumn 2008
Hot Start to Autumn followed by Average Conditions.

Summary

  • A record heatwave (15 consecutive days in excess of 35°C) occurred between the 3rd and 17th of March.
  • Overall, the autumn of 2008 in metropolitan Adelaide was warmer than normal.
  • Significant rain fell in the 24 hours to 9am on the 17th May, 27.0 mm.
  • The average maximum temperatures, recorded in the metropolitan area, were mostly between 1.5°C and 2.0°C above the long-term average for the season, whilst the average minimum temperatures was less than 1.0°C above the long-term average.
  • Rainfall across the metropolitan Adelaide during the autumn was mostly average.

Rainfall

Autumn rainfall across the metropolitan area was mostly near average. The South Australian Regional Office, Adelaide (Kent Town), recorded 124.8 mm, which is the normal rainfall for autumn at Kent Town. Last year 152.0 mm was recorded for autumn.

The lowest autumn rainfall total on record for the South Australian Regional Office, Kent Town, is 23.0 mm in 2005. The highest autumn rainfall total at Kent Town is 281.2 mm in 1983.

The wettest location in the Adelaide metropolitan area during the autumn of 2008 was in the eastern suburb of Golden Grove with 156.0 mm.

Temperature

The mean maximum temperature, recorded at the South Australian Regional Office (Kent Town), for autumn 2008 was 24.4°C, which is 1.8°C above the average autumn mean maximum of 22.6°C. The mean maximum for autumn last year was 24.0°C.

The hottest day during autumn was recorded at Edinburgh RAAF with 40.9°C on the 13th March. Noarlunga recorded the coolest day during autumn with 14.1°C on the 27th April.

Parafield Airport recorded the warmest days on average with 24.9°C with the coolest days on average of 23.3°C at Noarlunga.

Adelaide Airport recorded its highest autumn mean daily maximum temperature of 23.8°C.

The mean minimum temperature for autumn 2008 was 13.4°C at the South Australian Regional Office (Kent Town), which is 0.8°C above the average autumn mean minimum of 12.6°C. Last autumn the mean minimum was 14.2°C.

The coldest night during autumn was recorded at Parafield Airport with 4.3°C on the 29th May. Kent Town recorded the warmest night during autumn with 30.2°C on the 14th March.

The coolest nights on average, 12.1°C, were recorded at Parafield Airport whilst the warmest nights on average were at the Noarlunga site of 14.1°C

An overnight minimum temperature of 30.2°C is a new highest autumn daily minimum temperature recorded at Kent Town on the 14th March, 0.5°C above the previous record that occurred in 1985.

Some sites had their highest autumn mean daily maximum temperature on record.

Some sites had their warmest autumn night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.

Further information

South Australian Regional Office
South Australian Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (08) 8366 2600
Email climate.sa@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
40.9°C at Edinburgh RAAF on 13 Mar
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
24.9°C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
23.3°C at Noarlunga
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
14.1°C at Noarlunga on 27 Apr
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
4.3°C at Parafield Airport on 29 May
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
12.1°C at Parafield Airport
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
14.1°C at Noarlunga
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
30.2°C at Adelaide (Kent Town) on 14 Mar
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
156.0 mm at Golden Grove
Highest wind gust
94 km/h at Adelaide Airport on 2 Apr

Records

Record highest autumn mean daily maximum temperature
Mean daily maximum
temperature
for autumn 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for autumn
Years of
record
Normal for
autumn
Adelaide Airport 23.8 23.6 in 2007 54 22.0



Record highest autumn daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in autumn 2008 (°C)
Previous highest
for autumn
Years of
record
Normal for
autumn
Adelaide (Kent Town) 30.2 on 14 Mar 29.7 on 13 Mar 1985 32 12.5



Summaries

Summary statistics for autumn 2008
Maximum temperatures
for autumn
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for autumn
(°C)
Rainfall
for autumn
(millimetres)
Mean for
autumn
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
autumn
2008
Mean for
autumn
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
autumn
2008
Total for
autumn
2008
Normal
for
autumn
Rank of
autumn
2008
Fraction of
autumn
normal
Adelaide 24.4 +1.8 40.5 17 Mar 13.4 +0.8 5.9 29 May 124.8 124.8 normal 100%
Adelaide Airport 23.8 +1.7 40.0 17 Mar 12.6 +0.8 5.8 29 May 82.2 109.8 low 75%
Edinburgh RAAF 24.6 +1.6 40.9 13 Mar 12.4 +0.7 5.6 27 Apr 113.2 97.9 normal 116%
Noarlunga 23.3   39.5 9 Mar 14.1   6.9 27 Apr 89.8
Parafield Airport 24.9 +2.2 40.0 17 Mar 12.1 +0.2 4.3 29 May 102.8 108.2 normal 95%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Monday 2 June 2008. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Normals 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 "normal" 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, normal in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9 and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of normal shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.

Further information

South Australian Regional Office
South Australian Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (08) 8366 2600
Email climate.sa@bom.gov.au