Monday, 1 September 2008 - Seasonal Climate Summary for Adelaide Metro & Hills - Product code IDCKGC13R0

Adelaide Metro & Hills in winter 2008
Dry June followed by Average Conditions for Winter.

Summary

  • Winter temperatures in metropolitan Adelaide were near normal.
  • Rainfall across the metropolitan Adelaide was mostly below average.
  • The Adelaide hills rainfall was at normal levels.

An archive of previous seasonal summaries for Adelaide Metro & Hills is also available, as are summaries for other states and many other climate summaries and diagnostics.

Rainfall

Winter rainfall across the metropolitan area was generally below average. The South Australian Regional Office, Adelaide (Kent Town), recorded 187.4 mm, which is below the normal of 222.3 mm for winter at Kent Town. Last year 160.2 mm was recorded.

The lowest winter rainfall total on record for the South Australian Regional Office, Kent Town, is 59.6 mm in 2006. The highest winter rainfall total at Kent Town is 397.0 mm in 1981.

The wettest location in the Adelaide metropolitan area was in the eastern suburbs with 249.0 mm at Rosslyn Park. The Adelaide hills area received mostly average rainfall during winter, the highest total being 489.4 mm at Woodhouse.

Temperature

The mean maximum temperature, recorded at the South Australian Regional Office (Kent Town), for winter 2008 was 15.5°C, which is 0.5°C below the average winter mean maximum temperature of 16.0°C. The mean maximum temperature for winter last year was 16.3°C.

The hottest day during winter was recorded at Adelaide (Kent Town) with 22.0°C on the 1st June. Mount Barker, in the Adelaide hills, recorded the coolest day during winter with 9.5°C on the 7th July.

Parafield Airport recorded the warmest days on average with 15.6°C with the coolest days on average of 13.8°C at Mount Barker.

The mean minimum temperature for winter 2008 was 7.7°C at the South Australian Regional Office (Kent Town), which is marginally below the average winter mean minimum temperature of 7.9°C. Last winter the mean minimum temperature was 7.5°C.

The coldest night during winter was recorded at the Parafield Airport and Mount Barker with minus 1.9°C on the 28th and 24th of July respectively. The Adelaide Airport recorded the warmest night during winter with 13.0°C on the 2nd July.

The coolest nights on average, 4.9°C, was recorded at Mount Barker whilst the warmest nights on average were at the Noarlunga site of 8.5°C

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
22.0°C at Adelaide (Kent Town) on 1 Jun
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
15.6°C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
13.8°C at Mount Barker
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
9.5°C at Mount Barker on 7 Jul
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−1.9°C at Mount Barker on 24 Jul
−1.9°C at Parafield Airport on 28 Jul
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
4.9°C at Mount Barker
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
8.5°C at Noarlunga
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
13.0°C at Adelaide Airport on 2 Jul
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
489.4 mm at Piccadilly (Woodhouse)
Highest wind gust
91 km/h at Edinburgh RAAF on 1 Aug

Summaries

This table is very wide and may not fit if printed.

Summary statistics for winter 2008
Maximum temperatures
for winter
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for winter
(°C)
Rainfall
for winter
(millimetres)
Mean for
winter
2008
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
winter
2008
Mean for
winter
2008
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
winter
2008
Total for
winter
2008
Normal
for
winter
Rank of
winter
2008
Fraction of
winter
normal
Adelaide 15.5 −0.5 22.0 1 Jun 7.7 −0.2 0.7 28 Jul 187.4 222.3 low 83%
Adelaide Airport 15.4 −0.2 20.5 2 Jun 7.4 0.0 −0.1 24 Jul 133.2 165.2 low 81%
Edinburgh RAAF 15.4 −0.4 20.6 1 Jun 6.4 0.0 −1.2 24 Jul 130.2 156.0 average 83%
Mount Barker 13.8 +0.2 20.8 2 Jun 4.9 0.0 −1.9 24 Jul 313.6 307.4 average 102%
Noarlunga 14.7   19.3 2 Jun 8.5   2.4 28 Jul 160.2
Parafield Airport 15.6 −0.1 21.2 1 Jun 6.3 −0.5 −1.9 28 Jul 117.4 167.7 low 70%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Monday 1 September 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 long-term average ("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