Adelaide Metro & Hills in winter 2010

Cool with average to above average winter rainfall

  • Rainfall across the metropolitan Adelaide during winter was average to above average.
  • Maximum and minimum temperatures slightly cooler than average for winter 2010.

Rainfall

Winter rainfall across the metropolitan area was mostly near to or above average. Adelaide (Kent Town) recorded 240.8 mm which is 18.6 mm above the long-term rainfall average for winter at Kent Town. Last year 216.8 mm was recorded for winter.

The lowest winter rainfall total on record at Adelaide (Kent Town) is 59.8 mm recorded in 2006. The highest winter rainfall total at Kent Town is 397.0 mm in 1981.

The wettest location in the Adelaide metropolitan and hills area during the winter of 2010 was in the Adelaide Hills at Uraidla with 561.8 mm.

Temperature

Maximum temperatures were slightly cooler than average across the Adelaide metropolitan and hills area. The mean maximum temperature recorded at Adelaide (Kent Town), for winter 2010 was 15.4 C, which is 0.6 C below the average winter mean maximum of 16.0 C. The mean maximum for winter last year was 16.8 C.

The hottest maximum temperature recorded in the Adelaide metropolitan and hills area was 21.1 C at Parafield Airport on the 31st. Mount Lofty recorded the coolest day during winter with 5.7 C on the 4th of August.

Parafield Airport recorded the warmest days on average with 15.7 C. The coolest days on average were at Mount Lofty with 9.5 C.

Minimum temperatures were also slightly cooler than average across the Adelaide metropolitan and hills area. The mean minimum temperature for winter 2010 was 7.4 C at Adelaide (Kent Town), which is 0.5 C below the average winter mean minimum of 7.9 C. Last winter the mean minimum was 9.0 C.

The coldest night during winter was recorded at Mount Barker with -1.2 C on the 15th of June. Adelaide (Kent Town) recorded the warmest night during winter with 14.1C on the 31st August.

The coolest nights on average were 4.5 C at Mount Barker, whilst the warmest nights on average was at Noarlunga with 8.4 C.

 

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Extremes in winter 2010
Hottest day 21.1 °C at Parafield Airport on 31 Aug
Warmest days on average 15.7 °C at Parafield Airport
Coolest days on average 9.5 °C at Mount Lofty
Coldest day 5.7 °C at Mount Lofty on 4 Aug
Coldest night -1.2 °C at Mount Barker on 15 Jun
Coolest nights on average 4.5 °C at Mount Barker
Warmest nights on average 8.4 °C at Noarlunga
Warmest night 14.1 °C at Adelaide (Kent Town) on 31 Aug
Wettest overall 561.8 mm at Uraidla
Highest wind gust 91 km/h at Mount Lofty on 10 Jul
91 km/h at Noarlunga on 10 Jul



Summary statistics for winter 2010
Maximum temperatures
for winter
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for winter
(°C)
Rainfall
for winter
(millimetres)
Mean for
winter
2010
Diff
from
average
Highest for
winter
2010
Mean for
winter
2010
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
winter
2010
Total for
winter
2010
Average
for
winter
Rank of
winter
2010
Fraction of
winter
average
Adelaide (Kent Town) 15.4 -0.6 20.1 31 Aug 7.4 -0.5 2.2 14 Jun 240.8 222.2 average 108%
Adelaide Airport 15.2 -0.4 19.6 30 Aug 7.0 -0.4 1.8 15 Jun 185.2 165.1 high 112%
Edinburgh RAAF 15.3 -0.6 19.7 31 Aug 6.1 -0.3 0.3 15 Jun 140.4 156.0 average 90%
Mount Barker 13.9 +0.3 18.5 30 Aug 4.5 -0.4 -1.2 15 Jun 350.8 308.2 average 114%
Mount Lofty 9.5   14.6 31 Aug 4.9   0.6 14 Jun 490.4
Noarlunga 15.0   18.9 31 Aug 8.4   4.0 5 Jul 198.4
Parafield Airport 15.7 0.0 21.1 31 Aug 6.0 -0.7 -0.3 6 Jul 168.0 166.8 average 101%

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 3 pm on Wednesday 1 September 2010. 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.

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