Tasmania in summer 2023-24

Rainfall

  • Summer rainfall was below average for parts of Tasmania's west, south and north-east.
  • Parts of the south and King Island had rainfall in the lowest 10% of records for summer.
  • For Tasmania as a whole, summer rainfall was 16% below average (based on 1961-1990).
  • The wettest day was February 22 when thunderstorms developed in the north-east and St Helens Aerodrome had 84.6 mm.

Temperature

Hobart (Ellerslie Road)

  • Total rainfall for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 69.4 mm, which is 49% of the long-term average of 141.9 mm.
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 22.9 °C, which is 1.6 °C above the long-term average of 21.3 °C.
  • The warmest day was 35.5 °C on 22 February, and the coolest day was on 22 January when the temperature reached 15.7 °C.
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Hobart (Ellerslie Road) was 13.0 °C, which is 1.3 °C above the long-term average of 11.7 °C.
  • The coldest morning was 6.6 °C on 10 December, and the warmest morning was on 17 January when the minimum temperature was 19.2 °C.

Extremes in summer 2023-24
Hottest day 37.4 °C at Flinders Island Airport on 13 Feb 2024
Warmest days on average 25.2 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend)
Coolest days on average 13.4 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Coldest day 4.6 °C at Mount Read on 30 Dec 2023
Coldest night -2.8 °C at Liawenee on 30 Jan 2024
Coolest nights on average 4.6 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Warmest nights on average 15.5 °C at Swan Island
Warmest night 21.1 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) on 22 Feb 2024
Warmest on average overall 18.9 °C at Launceston (Ti Tree Bend)
Coolest on average overall 9.0 °C at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle)
Wettest overall 711.6 mm at Mount Read
Wettest day 84.6 mm at St Helens Aerodrome on 22 Feb 2024
Strongest wind gust 137 km/h at kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) on 2 Feb 2024

Maps
ObservedAnomalyDecile rank
Total
rainfall
Map of Rainfall totals Map of Percentage of normal rainfall Map of Rainfall deciles
Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
Mean
daily
minimum
temperatures
Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record highest summer mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Low Head 21.5 = 21.5 in 2015 25 20.3



Record highest summer daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
summer
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 21.1 on 22 Feb 2024 21.0 on 20 Dec 2015 42 11.9



Summary statistics for summer 2023-24
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
summer
2023-24
Diff
from
average
Highest for
summer
2023-24
Mean for
summer
2023-24
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
summer
2023-24
Total for
summer
2023-24
Average
for
summer
Rank of
summer
2023-24
Fraction of
summer
average
Northern (district 91)
Cape Grim 19.4 +0.5 27.6 22 Feb 2024 13.5 +0.3 9.2 21 Dec 2023 90.4 107.8 average 84%
Cressy (Brumbys Creek) 24.5   30.8 22 Feb 2024 10.6   3.1 3 Feb 2024 144.0
Devonport Airport 22.5 +1.4 29.5 18 Feb 2024 12.9 +0.9 5.7 3 Feb 2024 148.4 130.0 average 114%
Launceston (Ti Tree Bend) 25.2 +1.2 31.6 3 Jan 2024 12.7 +0.8 6.7 3 Feb 2024 114.2 124.7 average 92%
Launceston Airport 24.8 +0.7 32.5 22 Feb 2024 10.8 +0.5 4.9 15 Feb 2024 100.6 113.1 average 89%
Low Head 21.5 +1.2 26.7 3 Jan 2024 14.7 +0.7 10.6 31 Dec 2023 138.2 117.5 high 118%
Luncheon Hill (Forestry) 21.3 +1.0 29.2 22 Feb 2024 10.5 +0.4 5.3 20 Dec 2023 196.0 207.7 average 94%
Marrawah 20.8 +1.0 29.2 22 Feb 2024 12.5 +0.7 7.0 19 Jan 2024 131.8 153.7 average 86%
Scottsdale (West Minstone Road) 23.0 +0.7 30.1 22 Feb 2024 11.4 +0.9 3.6 15 Feb 2024 160.2 162.8 average 98%
Sheffield School Farm 21.7 +0.4 27.1 22 Feb 2024 10.6 +0.4 5.2 20 Dec 2023 152.2 153.7 average 99%
Smithton Aerodrome 22.1 +0.9 29.7 22 Feb 2024 11.2 +0.4 3.3 3 Feb 2024 118.6 129.8 average 91%
Wynyard Airport 22.3 +1.1 28.3 17 Feb 2024 11.8 +0.9 4.2 3 Feb 2024 163.4 154.7 average 106%
East Coast (district 92)
Bicheno (Council Depot) 21.9 +0.8 32.0 13 Feb 2024 13.8 +1.1 8.8 3 Feb 2024 122.8 179.9 average 68%
Fingal (Fleming St) 23.7   32.8 12 Feb 2024 9.4   2.0 3 Feb 2024 154.4
Friendly Beaches 23.7 +1.0 34.9 13 Feb 2024 13.3 +0.5 7.5 20 Dec 2023 164.0 175.5 average 93%
larapuna (Eddystone Point) 22.9 +2.5 29.8 13 Feb 2024 14.6 +1.5 9.3 15 Feb 2024 88.2 151.5 low 58%
Maria Island (Point Lesueur) 21.5 +0.8 30.3 22 Feb 2024 13.9 +0.6 9.4 22 Jan 2024 104.2 132.0 average 79%
St Helens Aerodrome 23.0 +1.0 32.7 13 Feb 2024 13.2 +0.3 7.1 15 Feb 2024 268.2 183.4 high 146%
Swan Island 21.7 +1.1 28.3 13 Feb 2024 15.5 +0.9 11.6 20 Dec 2023 62.0 129.6 v low 48%
Swansea (Francis Street) 22.9 +0.5 35.7 13 Feb 2024 11.6 -0.4 3.7 10 Dec 2023 98.8 139.9 low 71%
Midlands (district 93)
Ross (The Boulevards) 24.5 +0.7 31.4 12 Feb 2024 9.7 -0.2 1.2 3 Feb 2024 123.6 118.2 average 105%
Southeast (district 94)
Campania (Kincora) 24.0 +0.3 35.5 22 Feb 2024 11.0 0.0 3.2 10 Dec 2023 109.2 109.0 average 100%
Cape Bruny (Cape Bruny) 20.3 +0.7 37.1 22 Feb 2024 12.4 +0.6 8.5 30 Dec 2023 122.8 150.8 low 81%
Dennes Point 21.9 +0.6 30.5 22 Feb 2024 12.7 -0.1 6.8 10 Dec 2023 77.6 103.4 low 75%
Dover 21.7 +1.2 37.3 22 Feb 2024 10.2 +0.3 4.3 10 Dec 2023 103.2 170.9 low 60%
Dunalley (Stroud Point) 22.4 +0.8 35.1 22 Feb 2024 13.3 0.0 8.9 10 Dec 2023 95.0 117.4 low 81%
Grove (Research Station) 23.3 +0.8 35.8 22 Feb 2024 9.1 -0.1 0.4 10 Dec 2023 84.4 145.6 low 58%
Hobart (Ellerslie Road) 22.9 +1.6 35.5 22 Feb 2024 13.0 +1.3 6.6 10 Dec 2023 69.4 141.9 low 49%
Hobart Airport 23.1   35.0 22 Feb 2024 12.1   5.7 10 Dec 2023 70.2
kunanyi (Mount Wellington Pinnacle) 13.4 +0.5 24.6 22 Feb 2024 4.6 +0.2 -1.2 10 Dec 2023 134.4 250.4 v low 54%
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse 16.7 0.0 29.3 22 Feb 2024 11.5 +0.9 8.0 30 Dec 2023 179.0 235.4 low 76%
Tasman Island 18.2 +0.7 26.8 13 Feb 2024 12.0 +0.8 7.3 30 Dec 2023 166.8 178.1 average 94%
Tunnack Fire Station 21.5 +0.6 30.0 22 Feb 2024 8.6 +0.1 -0.1 10 Dec 2023 129.0 136.9 average 94%
Derwent Valley (district 95)
Bushy Park (Bushy Park Estates) 24.9 +1.5 35.1 22 Feb 2024 10.0 +0.3 1.7 10 Feb 2024 104.6 124.7 average 84%
Ouse Fire Station 24.6 0.0 34.8 22 Feb 2024 10.1 +0.4 1.5 10 Dec 2023 115.0 94.4 high 122%
Central Plateau (district 96)
Butlers Gorge 19.0 +0.8 28.0 22 Feb 2024 6.4 +0.3 -2.3 10 Dec 2023 207.2 294.8 low 70%
Liawenee 18.4 +0.5 26.0 12 Feb 2024 5.5 +0.6 -2.8 30 Jan 2024 164.0 149.9 average 109%
West Coast (district 97)
Cape Sorell 19.9 +1.8 26.9 22 Feb 2024 12.9 +1.2 8.4 10 Dec 2023 135.6 212.5 low 64%
Hartz Mountain (Keoghs Pimple) 16.6 -0.1 29.9 22 Feb 2024 6.7 +0.1 2.2 30 Dec 2023 177.0 199.9 low 89%
Low Rocky Point 18.9 -0.3 31.9 22 Feb 2024 11.9 +0.2 7.7 12 Dec 2023 203.0 232.6 average 87%
Mount Read 13.7 +0.1 23.0 22 Feb 2024 5.7 +0.3 0.9 30 Dec 2023 711.6 654.4 average 109%
Scotts Peak Dam 20.7 +0.2 32.0 22 Feb 2024 9.2 +0.2 4.8 10 Dec 2023 289.0 312.2 low 93%
Strahan Aerodrome 20.8 +0.2 32.9 22 Feb 2024 11.2 +0.7 4.2 10 Dec 2023 195.0 241.6 low 81%
Warra 18.8 +0.1 32.6 22 Feb 2024 8.2 +0.3 2.4 10 Dec 2023 216.6 291.6 low 74%
King Island (district 98)
King Island Airport 21.6 +1.1 32.9 22 Feb 2024 12.5 +0.2 4.4 30 Jan 2024 46.6 115.7 lowest 40%
Flinders Island (district 99)
Flinders Island Airport 22.9 +1.1 37.4 13 Feb 2024 14.1 +1.0 5.4 23 Dec 2023 86.6 142.8 low 61%
Hogan Island 21.1 +0.1 33.5 13 Feb 2024 14.9 +0.4 11.8 1 Jan 2024 104.4 118.2 average 88%
Note: From 2017, information about Macquarie Island can be found in the climate summary for the Remote Islands and Antarctica

Notes

The Seasonal climate summary, usually published in the first week of the following month, lists the main features of the weather in Tasmania using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Friday 1 March 2024. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

In some situations, some or all of the rainfall is in the form of hail or snow. In these cases the totals given are for the water equivalent: the depth of liquid water that results from melting any frozen precipitation. There can be significant 'undercatch' of snow in strong winds, meaning the true precipitation can be higher than that reported.

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 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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

Information about Australian Indigenous seasonal calendars is available at the Indigenous Weather Knowledge website.


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