Data Services

Past Weather & Climate Data

We provide past weather and climate information from the Bureau's vast Australian climate data archive. Popular climate datasets are available for free download. Charges apply for the provision of other data types. Use the Weather Station Directory to streamline data requests.

Download free online data

Download daily and monthly rainfall, maximum temperature, minimum temperature and solar exposure data files for your area of interest, using the Weather Station Directory.

View tables and graphs of these data and also daily and monthly climate statistics and weather observations. The Daily weather observations include observations (where available) of maximum and minimum temperature, rainfall, evaporation, sunshine duration, wind speed, direction and gust, air pressure, humidity and cloud for the previous 14 months.

Build standard data requests using the Weather Station Directory

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Search for weather station data which best meet your needs and send your request using our new Weather Station Directory. Standard data requests are $94 (incl. GST) as detailed in the Charges section.

Standard request data types

Assisted information requests and enquiries

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Fill out our enquiry form to contact us for information.

For assisted data requests, please use the same form.
Assisted data requests, from: $147 (incl. GST)
Data requests can also include data analysis.
Additional services and costs are detailed in the Charges section.

 Repeat clients

Customers who already know the relevant weather station details may continue to send requests using the Enquiry form.

Charges for weather station data from the Bureau's archive

We are committed to providing as much free data as possible online, however where data requirements fall outside the Basic Product Set, cost recovery charges are applied. These charges are set according to the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines.
Charges below are GST inclusive.

Note: These prices are scheduled to increase after 1 July 2013.

Quoting and Payment

  • You will receive a quote confirming your request details, the cost, and our contact information for payment.
  • Payment options: MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, cheque or money order.
  • Requests are processed after payment.
  • A payment receipt will be supplied with your data.


Data files are dispatched via email attachments. Alternatively FTP, USB or Hard Drive options are available on request.


Standard Requests
You supply all relevant request details.
Use the Weather Station Directory to select weather stations and send your requests.

Assisted Requests
These require us to identify the relevant weather station site numbers for you, or provide other assistance or advice.
Use the Enquiries form to send your requests.


Complex Requests
These are charged on a time and resource basis. They often involve specialised analysis relating to requests for large datasets, mapped products, radar data, model ocean data and model atmospheric data.
Use the Enquiries form to send your requests.


Certified Extract

If you need data to be certified for legal proceedings we can provide a Certified Extract.
Use the Data Enquiries form to send your requests.

Standard Certified Extract
Station information provided
Assisted Certified Extract
No Station information provided.

Urgency Fee

Requests are generally processed within 5 working days of payment.
If your request is urgent, priority handling may be available. Specify this in each form.


Annual Subscriptions

Use the Enquiries form to send your requests.

Standard Subscription
Station information provided, no clarification required
Assisted Subscription
Station details not provided, clarification required
Subscriptions Renewal $401
Thunderstorm confirmation service $2,938

Australian Climate Datasets

We have a range of climate datasets available for purchase on USB.
Please use the Enquiries form to order these datasets.

Weather station data

Historical climate and weather station datasets include synoptic wind, daily wind, rainfall, maximum and minimum temperature, humidity, pressure, and evaporation.

Gridded data

These datasets can be used in a geographic information system (GIS) or similar visualisation system. You can use the GIS to investigate the data or generate maps.

About gridded climate data

Vapour pressure
Wave model data (WAM)

Image of book cover, Climate of Australia

Climate of Australia

Cost: $64.95 (GST inc. )
Available at bookstores.

Our latest book, Climate of Australia, includes a fully illustrated, comprehensive description of Australia's climate since records began early in the 20th century.

The accompanying CD-ROM contains a full set of monthly climate maps, together with statistical tables from a selection of the Bureau's observation sites.

Frequently Asked Questions

Data Enquiries

Do you provide data feeds and web services.
Currently only real-time observations and forecasts are available.
I would like a storm confirmation.
Send a detailed Enquiry.
I frequently require storm confirmations.
Our registered user storm confirmation service provides summary information for industry use.
I have an insurance or legal related enquiry.
Send a detailed Enquiry.
Where can I find rainfall Intensity-Frequency-Duration data? (e.g. 1 in 100 year events)
Intensity-Frequency-Duration data are available from Design Rainfalls.
How much, or how often, did it rain near a specific location, during a specific day, month or year?
Go to: Climate Data Online
Select daily rainfall, search for weather stations near your location, click a station dot, select the year you want. Review the day or month of interest.
What was the weather like on a particular day and location?
Go to: Climate Data Online
Select 'Daily weather observations', search for a weather station near the location of interest, click the station dot. Links under the monthly table to go to previous months. the latest 14 months of data are available.
I'm planning an event. How can I find out what the weather is normally like on a particular day of the year?
Go to: Climate Data Online
Select 'Climate calendar', search for a weather station near the location of interest, click the station dot.
Where can I find temperature and rainfall records?
Go to: Climate Extremes

Technical Questions

How do I unzip data files?

1. Double-click the ZIP file in your email attachment.
2. A window will open to show you the files inside - these are text (.txt) files.
3. Drag each of the .txt files from the window to a location on your computer.

What do the zipped files contain?

- The text file containing the word 'Data': holds your requested data. The file is comma separated for importing into your spreadsheet software (e.g. Excel).
- The text file containing the word 'Notes': includes information relating to the file format and quality of the requested data. This file can be opened in word processing software (e.g. Word, Notepad).
- The text file containing the word 'StnDet': includes important information on the recording station (station name, latitude & longitude, elevation & when the station opened). This file can be opened in word processing software (e.g. Word, Notepad).

How can I import .txt files into Microsoft Excel?

1. Open Microsoft Excel
2. Select 'File' , then, 'Open'.
3. In the 'Open' window ensure 'Files of Type' is set to 'All Files'.
4. Navigate to the location where you unzipped your files.
5. Select the text file containing the word 'Data'. Click 'Open'.
6. The 'Text Import Wizard' will appear.
7. In the 'Text Import Wizard Step 1 of 3' choose 'Delimited' then click the 'Next' button.
8. In the 'Text Import Wizard Step 2 of 3' choose 'Comma' then click the 'Next' button.
9. In the 'Text Import Wizard Step 3 of 3' click 'Finish'.
10. The data will now appear in your spreadsheet.

What does 'gridded data' mean?

It is a spatial data format that can be used in GIS applications.

What can I do with PDF documents?

If you do not already have a PDF reader application, you will need to download one, for example Adobe Reader, to read .pdf documents.

National climate data services

Monday to Friday: 10 am – 12 noon and 2 pm – 4 pm AEDT
Head office: 03 9669 4082

To avoid interstate call charges please use the appropriate number below:

  • NSW 02 9296 1627
  • VIC 03 9669 4082
  • QLD 07 3239 8727
  • WA 08 9263 2228
  • SA 08 8366 2746
  • TAS 03 6221 2027
  • NT 08 8920 3921

Postal address

Bureau of Meteorology
PO Box 1289
Melbourne VIC 3001, Australia