Climate of Charleville


Charleville has a sub-tropical continental climate. In general winter days are mild and sunny and nights are cold. During summer days are very warm to hot and nights are warm. Summer weather is influenced by a semi-permanent trough that lies roughly north-south through the interior of the state. The trough is normally the boundary between relatively moist air to the east and dry air to the west. It is best developed and generates most weather during spring and summer months. The position of the trough fluctuates diurnally due to vertical mixing and from day to day due to interaction with broadscale synoptic influences. The trough often triggers convection with showers and thunderstorms on its eastern side.

The average rainfall of Charleville is nearly 500mm with the warmer months from late spring to early autumn receiving considerably more rainfall than the cooler months.

April 1990 flood-Alfred Street

Average maximum temperatures are 34-35 degrees during summer and 20-22 degrees during winter. Minimum overnight temperatures are 20-21 degrees during the summer months and a 4-6 degrees during winter.

Strong winds are very rare and are normally gusts associated with thunderstorms during late spring or summer.

Hailstorm

Thunder is reported on average 33 days per year with most reports occuring from late spring through summer to early autumn. Charleville reports fog 3 times each year on average. Maximum temperatures can reach the low to mid 40's in summer while minimum overnight temperatures below freezing are relatively common during winter.

The Warrego River has a well documented history of flooding with records of the larger floods dating back to 1910. Significant flood peaks have occurred at Charleville since records began. Severe flooding in April 1990 at Charleville was the record flood for the area and caused extensive inundation of the town and surrounding rural lands.