Queensland in 2017: The warmest year on record

Queensland had its warmest year on record in terms of mean temperature, and mean maximum temperature. Large areas of central and western Queensland had below average annual rainfall. Parts of the northern interior, the Gulf Country and east coast south of Bowen received above average rainfall. Severe tropical cyclone Debbie made landfall near the Whitsunday Islands on 28 March.

Below average annual rainfall in central and western Queensland

  • Large areas of central and western Queensland had below average rainfall for the year
  • Parts of the Gulf Country, northern interior, and east coast south of Bowen recorded above average rainfall in 2017
  • Following a dry February, severe tropical cyclone Debbie crossed the Whitsunday Islands on 28 March
  • Debbie produced torrential rainfall across eastern Queensland from Bowen to the southeast, with many locations reporting their highest daily rainfall on record, mostly in March, leading to a few locations having their wettest year on record
  • Heavy rainfall occurred across the northern interior and southern tropics in mid-May
  • It was particularly dry during most of winter and September, followed by the wettest October on record for large parts of the Wide Bay, Burnett and North Tropical Coast districts
  • Second-wettest October on record for Queensland
  • Particularly dry finish to the year with well below average December rainfall across much of the State

Warmest year on record

  • Overall, it was Queensland's warmest year on record, with a mean temperature 1.40 °C above average and 0.15 °C warmer than the previous record from 2005 
  • Many locations in southern and southeastern Queensland reported their highest annual mean temperature on record
  • Queensland's mean maximum temperature was record warm at 1.64 °C above average (previous record was 1.51 °C in 2013)
  • A number of locations reported their highest annual mean daily maximum temperature on record 
  • Minimum temperatures were also very warm, with the Queensland mean minimum temperature ranking as the fifth-warmest on record at 1.15 °C above average; and some individual locations reported their highest annual mean daily minimum temperature on record
  • There were three distinct heatwaves at the beginning of the year: 10 to 14 January, 17 to 21 January, 31 January to 12 February; a number of locations had their highest daily temperature on record or their warmest night on record
  • Extremely warm in February, particularly on the 12th when Thargomindah reached 47.2 °C, exceeding the previous Queensland record for the hottest February day
  • Record warm winter mean maximum temperatures across the southeast, southern interior and northwest of Queensland
  • Warm start to spring, with Birdsville reaching 42.8 °C on 27 September, setting a new record for Queensland's highest September temperature
  • A hot finish to the year at Birdsville, where it reached 47.4 °C on 29 December, the highest temperature for any location in Queensland during 2017

Tropical cyclones and flooding

  • Tropical cyclone Alfred formed in the Gulf of Carpentaria on 20 February; very heavy rainfall associated with the system saw five-day accumulations of 862 mm at Sweers Island, 412 mm at Burketown and 366 mm at Mornington Island
  • Severe tropical cyclone Debbie crossed the Whitsunday Islands on 28 March as a category 4 system
  • Riverine flooding associated with Debbie occurred in coastal catchments from Bowen to northeastern New South Wales, extending inland to parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego, and Darling Downs districts in Queensland

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Extremes in 2017
Hottest day 47.4 °C at Birdsville Airport on 29 Dec
Warmest days on average 35.5 °C at Century Mine and at Julia Creek Airport
Coolest days on average 22.3 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 10.2 °C at Applethorpe and at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade, both on 19 Jul
Coldest night -5.7 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 20 Aug
Coolest nights on average 9.6 °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 25.4 °C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 33.5 °C at Birdsville Airport on 20 Jan and at Windorah Airport on 25 Dec
Warmest on average overall 28.6 °C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 16.0 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 3687.9 mm at Russell River
Driest overall 89.2 mm at Glenormiston
Wettest day 635.0 mm at Mt Jukes on 30 Mar
Strongest wind gust 263 km/h at Hamilton Island Airport on 28 Mar

Maps

Observed Anomaly Decile 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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Monthly maps

Rainfall rank Maximum temperature rank Minimum temperature rank
January Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
February Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
March Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
April Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
May Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
June Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
July Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
August Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
September Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
October Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
November Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature
December Map of Rainfall deciles Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record highest daily rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Junee Station 255.0 on 30 Mar 238.3 on 20 Dec 1973 84
Lumeah 297.0 on 31 Mar 226.0 on 2 Apr 1989 71
Glenhaven 130.4 on 30 Mar 123.0 on 9 Jan 2004 60
Colodan 143.4 on 30 Mar 124.4 on 4 Jan 2010 59
Orkabie West Hill 452.0 on 29 Mar 434.0 on 4 Jan 1991 57
Macalister 138.0 on 16 Jan 114.0 on 8 Dec 1993 46
Springbrook Road 500.0 on 31 Mar 432.0 on 3 Feb 1990 37
Maclean Bridge 242.0 on 31 Mar 172.0 on 28 Jan 2013 35
Jimboomba Millstream Road 269.8 on 31 Mar 227.8 on 7 Nov 2004 30
Crystal Brook 396.0 on 30 Mar 295.4 on 2 Feb 2007 25
Makowata 389.0 on 18 Oct 330.0 on 6 Feb 2003 22



Record highest annual total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Mystery Park 1607.1 1580.8 in 1988 32 1045.9
Springbrook Road 3025.0 2872.2 in 2010 27 2042.8

Highest annual total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Annual
average
Gin Gin Post Office 1378.1 1703.0 in 1973* 1014.2
Mount Jukes 3201.0 4109.6 in 1979* 2083.5
Wunburra 2519.0 3759.2 in 1974* 1705.5

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported




Record lowest annual total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Victoria Downs 214.6 226.0 in 1979 105 506.7

Lowest annual total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Annual
average
Morven Post Office 245.0 237.6 in 1888* 536.8
Trinidad 200.8 97.0 in 1982* 385.2
Palmerville 667.6 537.1 in 1990* 1031.2

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a lower value has gone unreported




Record highest temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
University of Queensland Gatton 45.7 on 12 Feb 44.5 on 6 Jan 1994 53 26.9
Injune Post Office 44.2 on 12 Feb 44.1 on 30 Dec 2013 51 27.6
Applethorpe 39.7 on 11 Feb 37.8 on 3 Jan 2014 50 20.8
Oakey Aero 42.8 on 12 Feb 41.8 on 6 Jan 1994 45 25.5
Bundaberg Aero 38.5 on 6 Mar 37.7 on 9 Feb 2002 41 26.7
Dalby Airport 43.0 on 12 Feb 42.6 on 4 Jan 2014 26 26.8
Warwick 42.2 on 11 Feb 40.9 on 4 Jan 2014 24 24.7
Toowoomba Airport 40.8 on 12 Feb 39.5 on 4 Jan 2014 22 23.1



Record highest annual mean daily maximum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Brisbane^ 27.3 =27.3 in 2016 117 26.5
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 25.0 = 25.0 in 2016 106 23.3
Cunnamulla Post Office 30.5 30.2 in 2013 105 28.1
Maryborough 28.5 28.3 in 1926 103 27.0
Barcaldine Post Office 32.3 31.8 in 2013 97 30.1
Mitchell Post Office 30.0 29.7 in 2002 97 27.5
Isisford Post Office 33.1 32.6 in 2002 90 30.9
Tambo Post Office 30.8 30.7 in 1938 80 29.0
Charleville Aero 30.8 30.3 in 2013 74 28.1
Taroom Post Office 30.5 30.0 in 2014 61 28.3
Mackay M.O 27.6 27.5 in 2016 57 26.5
Longreach Aero 33.4 33.3 in 2002 49 31.5
Injune Post Office 29.4 29.2 in 2009 47 27.6
Bundaberg Aero 28.0 27.8 in 2016 37 26.7
Coolangatta 25.9 25.6 in 2016 27 24.7
Emerald Airport 30.9 = 30.9 in 2002 24 29.7
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 27.0 = 27.0 in 2016 24 26.0
Rainbow Beach 26.3 26.1 in 2016 24 25.4
Roma Airport 29.5 = 29.5 in 2013 24 27.9
Gladstone Airport 28.2 28.1 in 2016 23 27.3
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.5 26.4 in 1996 23 25.8
Sunshine Coast Airport 26.6 = 26.6 in 2016 22 25.4
Brisbane Aero 26.0 = 26.0 in 2004 21 25.4
Tewantin RSL Park 26.2 26.0 in 2016 21 25.3
^New record, Old record and Years of record calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites.

Highest annual mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Annual
average
Gympie 28.2 =28.2 in 1980* 27.2

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported



Record highest daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Cardwell Marine Pde 29.1 on 28 Mar 28.8 on 23 Jan 1985 61 19.0
Barcaldine Post Office 30.9 on 13 Jan 30.5 on 4 Jan 2014 56 16.3
Longreach Aero 31.5 on 13 Feb 30.7 on 3 Jan 2014 52 15.9
Mackay Aero 27.4 on 5 Feb 27.2 on 25 Jan 2006 34 17.9
Lucinda Point 29.2 on 14 Feb 29.1 on 20 Dec 1995 33 22.4



Record highest annual mean daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Cunnamulla Post Office 16.1 15.9 in 2016 106 14.2
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 19.4 = 19.4 in 1973 104 18.0
Double Island Point Lighthouse 19.8 19.7 in 1973 71 18.7
Lady Elliot Island 21.7 21.6 in 1973 71 20.7
Gladstone Radar 19.6 19.5 in 2016 59 18.6
Seventeen Seventy 19.7 19.6 in 2005 27 18.8
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 16.0 = 16.0 in 2016 24 15.1
Brisbane Aero 16.5 = 16.5 in 2016 21 15.7
Toowoomba Airport 13.3 13.0 in 1998 20 12.6



Record highest annual mean temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Annual
average
Brisbane ^ 22.2 22.2 in 2016 117 21.4
Cunnamulla Post Office 23.3 22.8 in 2013 105 21.2
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 22.2 22.1 in 2016 104 20.7
Mitchell Post Office 21.4 21.2 in 2014 96 19.6
Isisford Post Office 24.9 24.8 in 2015 83 23.3
Tambo Post Office 22.3 22.2 in 2005 80 20.9
Charleville Aero 22.9 22.4 in 2005 74 20.8
Double Island Point Lighthouse 22.8 22.7 in 1998 70 21.5
Lady Elliot Island 24.2 = 24.2 in 1998 70 23.2
Taroom Post Office 22.7 22.4 in 2016 61 21.0
Longreach Aero 25.3 25.0 in 2014 49 23.7
Applethorpe 16.0 15.9 in 2014 45 14.9
Oakey Aero 19.3 19.2 in 2009 42 18.2
Bundaberg Aero 22.5 22.4 in 2016 37 21.6
Coolangatta 21.2 20.9 in 2016 27 20.3
Emerald Airport 23.8 = 23.8 in 2002 24 23.0
Sunshine Coast Airport 21.5 21.3 in 2016 22 20.6
Brisbane Aero 21.3 21.2 in 2016 21 20.5
Tewantin RSL Park 21.9 21.7 in 2016 21 21.1
Toowoomba Airport 18.7 18.6 in 2005 20 17.8
^New record, Old record and Years of record calculated using old (closed) and current (open) sites.

Highest annual mean temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Annual
average
Gympie 21.4 =21.4 in 1988* 20.4

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported




Summary statistics for 2017

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean
for
2017
Diff
from
average
Highest
for
2017
Mean
for
2017
Diff
from
average
Lowest
for
2017
Total
for
2017
Average
annual
total
Rank
of
2017
Fraction
of annual
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 31.8 +0.3 36.8 27 Dec 25.4 +0.2 22.5 25 Aug 1490.8 1461.9 average 102%
Coen Airport 32.1 +0.4 38.8 6 Dec 21.1 +0.2 13.4 29 Aug 696.0 1062.8 low 65%
Horn Island 30.7 +0.3 34.2 1 Dec 25.0 +0.4 21.3 25 Aug 1877.2 1800.1 average 104%
Scherger RAAF 33.0 0.0 37.6 30 Oct 22.2 +0.3 15.6 22 Aug 1598.2 1684.3 low 95%
Weipa Aero 33.0 +0.2 37.9 30 Oct 22.4 +0.5 16.0 24 Jun 1584.6 1918.1 low 83%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 30.2 +0.4 34.9 15 Feb 23.1 +1.1 14.4 29 Aug 1568.8 2046.8 low 77%
Palmerville 33.8 +1.0 40.4 31 Dec 19.3 +0.2 8.5 9 Jun 667.6 1031.2 v low 65%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Century Mine 35.5 +1.1 42.8 27 Dec 19.8 +0.1 8.2 21 Aug 521.8 623.0 low 84%
Cloncurry Airport 34.3 +1.0 44.5 31 Dec 19.9 +1.0 5.9 21 Jul 338.0 498.4 low 68%
Julia Creek Airport 35.5 +1.4 45.4 27 Dec 17.6 +0.5 2.4 12 Jun 309.0 435.5 average 71%
Kowanyama Airport 34.2 +0.9 39.1 29 Dec 21.9 +1.0 12.3 9 Jun 1139.2 1266.0 average 90%
Lake Julius AWS 34.3   44.8 31 Dec 20.7   9.1 21 Jul 506.2


Mornington Island Airport 30.8   36.0 14 Oct 23.1   15.7 21 Aug 1591.8


Mount Isa Aero 33.6 +1.7 43.7 31 Dec 17.2 -0.1 0.7 21 Jul 470.2 464.4 average 101%
Normanton Airport 34.1 +0.5 40.8 8 Nov 22.2 +0.4 12.6 9 Jun 970.2 813.1 high 119%
Sweers Island 30.5 +0.2 36.2 29 Mar 23.9 +0.5 16.7 13 Jun 1916.7 1275.2 high 150%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 33.3 +0.5 40.8 30 Dec 19.2 +0.1 7.5 14 Aug 775.4 825.6 average 94%
Hughenden Airport 33.4 +1.2 41.5 13 Feb 18.7 +1.2 2.2 8 Jun 327.0 453.1 low 72%
Richmond Airport 34.6 +1.3 42.9 9 Dec 17.4 +0.3 1.4 12 Jun 434.4 452.9 average 96%
Richmond Post Office 34.3 +1.5 42.1 30 Dec 18.4 +1.7 4.0 20 Jul 376.8 474.8 average 79%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 29.9 +0.9 36.2 28 Mar 21.6 +0.8 12.6 8 Jun 1688.6 1987.8 average 85%
Cairns Racecourse 29.7   36.8 28 Mar 20.7   11.6 8 Jun 1757.6


Cape Flattery 30.0 +0.2 36.7 27 Mar 23.8 +0.5 20.2 15 Jun 805.6 1450.4 v low 56%
Cooktown Airport 29.9 +0.4 37.3 2 Jan 22.8 +0.8 14.0 10 Jun 1699.4 1485.7 average 114%
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.8 +0.4 36.5 14 Feb 23.9 +0.5 19.6 19 Oct 1809.8 2114.7 average 86%
Mareeba Airport 29.1 +0.2 36.6 28 Oct 18.3 +0.4 8.8 9 Jun 753.6 836.0 average 90%
Walkamin Research Station 27.8 +0.4 35.0 28 Oct 17.5 +0.4 9.0 9 Jun 999.3 1012.8 average 99%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Innisfail 28.6 +0.7 37.2 28 Mar 20.9 +1.5 12.3 8 Jun 3129.3 3549.5 average 88%
Innisfail Aerodrome 29.1   37.1 28 Mar 19.1   7.7 9 Jun 2815.6


Lucinda Point 27.2 +0.1 34.3 14 Feb 22.9 +0.5 15.6 10 Jun 1124.4 1036.4 average 108%
Townsville Aero 29.7 +0.8 37.2 14 Feb 20.6 +0.8 8.9 8 Jun 790.8 1127.9 average 70%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.3 0.0 37.4 14 Feb 21.0 +0.5 9.5 9 Jun



Ayr DPI Research Stn 29.9 +0.8 39.4 14 Feb 18.7 +0.7 6.2 9 Jun 885.4 946.5 average 94%
Collinsville Post Office 31.1 +0.9 41.0 13 Feb 17.4 +1.0 4.2 9 Jun 905.2 706.9 high 128%
Mackay Aero 28.2 +0.9 35.1 13 Feb 18.6 +0.7 5.8 9 Jun 2109.8 1558.9 high 135%
Mackay M.O 27.6 +1.1 35.0 31 Dec 19.8 +0.7 9.3 9 Jun



Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 27.8   35.2 13 Feb 18.0   5.9 8 Jun



Proserpine Airport 29.2 +0.4 37.4 14 Feb 17.7 +0.1 3.7 20 Jul 1571.6 1429.2 average 110%
Samuel Hill Aero 27.9 +0.7 36.2 6 Mar 16.5 +0.5 4.0 8 Jun 1630.2 1505.6 average 108%
St Lawrence 29.0 +0.6 39.3 14 Feb 17.9 +0.4 4.8 22 Jul 1444.6 1014.9 high 142%
Williamson 28.9 +0.8 36.1 6 Mar 17.4 +0.5 2.4 20 Aug 804.4 916.7 average 88%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.5 +0.7 35.2 6 Mar 19.4 +0.8 6.5 22 Jul



West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 31.0 +0.6 41.1 13 Feb 18.1 +0.4 6.7 13 Jun 521.4 643.3 average 81%
Moranbah Airport 30.8   42.6 13 Feb 15.6   1.3 20 Jul 583.2


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 30.8   42.7 13 Feb 16.4   3.1 21 Aug 500.4


Emerald Airport 30.9 +1.2 43.5 13 Feb 16.7 +0.4 3.4 21 Aug



Lochington 31.0   43.2 13 Feb 14.6   0.0 21 Aug 562.6


Rolleston Airport 30.3   42.3 13 Feb 14.6   -0.1 22 Jul 548.8


Springsure Comet St 29.6 +0.7 40.9 13 Feb 15.1 +0.7 0.8 8 Jun 840.2 688.7 high 122%
Tambo Post Office 30.8 +1.8 42.5 13 Feb 13.8 +1.1 -1.5 4 Jun 380.8 533.8 low 71%
Taroom Post Office 30.5 +2.2 44.6 12 Feb 14.9 +1.3 -0.6 23 Jul



Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 32.3 +2.2 43.6 13 Feb     4.2 8 Jun



Blackall Airport 32.2 +1.7 44.3 13 Feb 16.1 +0.6 -0.3 8 Jun 230.2 493.8 v low 47%
Isisford Post Office 33.1 +2.2 46.1 13 Feb 16.8 +1.2 2.1 8 Jun 228.2 447.6 low 51%
Longreach Aero 33.4 +1.9 45.0 13 Feb 17.3 +1.4 1.9 12 Jun 191.0 439.8 v low 43%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 34.6 +1.7 45.2 31 Dec 18.2 +0.6 2.2 20 Jul 332.6 401.0 average 83%
Carters Bore 33.4   44.3 31 Dec 20.2   6.7 21 Jul 245.0


New May Downs 33.3   43.6 31 Dec 19.5   6.9 20 Jul 308.2


The Monument Airport 33.8 +1.5 45.2 31 Dec 17.3 +0.5 2.2 8 Jun 174.0 317.2 low 55%
Trepell Airport 33.8 +1.1 44.4 31 Dec 18.0 +0.7 4.5 8 Jun 273.0 298.3 average 92%
Winton Airport 34.5 +1.7 44.8 27 Dec 17.9 +0.8 3.4 21 Aug 185.4 360.2 low 51%
Lower Western (district 38)
Birdsville Airport 32.9 +1.4 47.4 29 Dec 17.5 +0.7 3.6 6 Jun 101.6 140.2 average 72%
Windorah Airport 32.9   45.6 12 Feb 18.1   1.7 11 Jun 105.8


Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 28.0 +1.3 38.5 6 Mar 17.0 +0.6 4.8 21 Jul



Gayndah Airport 29.3 +0.6 41.9 12 Feb 15.1 +0.7 0.7 22 Jul 710.0 613.2 high 116%
Gladstone Airport 28.2 +0.9 36.3 6 Mar 18.7 +0.6 7.4 22 Jul 1234.4 882.1 high 140%
Gladstone Radar 28.9 +1.1 38.7 6 Mar 19.6 +1.0 9.4 8 Jun 983.2 893.8 average 110%
Lady Elliot Island 26.8 +1.2 32.4 7 Feb 21.7 +1.0 12.7 27 Jul 962.8 1127.2 average 85%
Rockhampton Aero 29.7 +1.3 40.0 6 Mar 18.2 +1.5 5.5 22 Jul 836.4 815.2 average 103%
Rundle Island 25.6 +0.8 32.5 26 Jan     13.4 20 Aug



Seventeen Seventy     33.8 6 Mar 19.7 +0.9 9.8 20 Aug 1083.5 1166.7 average 93%
Thangool Airport 29.6 +0.5 42.2 13 Feb 13.9 +0.7 0.1 21 Jul 678.8 665.9 average 102%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 28.0 +1.2 43.0 12 Feb 13.3 +0.2 -0.9 20 Aug 915.8 864.0 average 106%
Archerfield Airport 27.6 +1.3 40.0 12 Feb 15.4 +1.0 3.4 25 Jul 1165.0 1062.2 average 110%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 27.7   43.1 12 Feb 13.6   -0.7 9 Aug 1221.0


Beerburrum Forest Station 27.4 +0.9 39.9 12 Feb 15.2 +0.4 4.4 21 Aug 1401.2 1419.8 average 99%
Brisbane 27.3 +0.8 37.6 12 Feb 17.1 +0.8 5.9 24 Jul 1076.4* 1011.1 average 107%
Brisbane Aero 26.0 +0.6 34.9 29 Sep 16.5 +0.8 4.3 24 Jul 859.2* 1017.9 average 84%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 25.0 +1.7 32.1 7 Feb 19.4 +1.4 11.1 20 Aug 923.6 1489.0 low 62%
Coolangatta 25.9 +1.2 35.6 25 Dec 16.5 +0.6 3.6 24 Jul 1308.8 1513.4 average 86%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.7 +1.5 34.9 31 Dec 19.8 +1.1 11.2 21 Jul 1037.4 1364.4 low 76%
Gold Coast Seaway 26.0 +0.7 35.7 25 Dec 17.4 +0.2 6.3 20 Aug



Gympie 28.2 +1.0 41.3 12 Feb 14.6 +1.0 0.6 22 Jul



Hervey Bay Airport 27.2 +0.9 35.4 6 Mar 17.1 +0.5 2.2 21 Jul 1208.0 1059.8 average 114%
Kingaroy Airport 26.7 +0.9 41.6 12 Feb 11.9 +0.5 -1.7 22 Jul 546.4 656.4 low 83%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 27.0 +1.0 38.5 12 Feb 16.0 +0.9 5.1 24 Jul 1249.8 1087.1 average 115%
Maryborough 28.5 +1.5 39.6 21 Jan 15.7 +0.4 1.3 21 Jul 1114.0 1138.0 average 98%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 27.0   39.6 12 Feb 16.4   6.0 25 Jul



Rainbow Beach 26.3 +0.9 34.4 12 Feb      
1348.4 1468.7 average 92%
Redcliffe 25.9 +0.7 35.9 21 Jan 17.6 +0.6 6.9 24 Jul 1018.0 1051.9 average 97%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 25.7   34.6 17 Mar 16.3   5.3 10 Aug



Sunshine Coast Airport 26.6 +1.2 35.7 28 Sep 16.4 +0.6 3.0 9 Aug 1344.8 1461.0 average 92%
Tewantin RSL Park 26.2 +0.9 36.9 21 Jan 17.6 +0.6 6.5 9 Aug 1697.2 1568.8 high 108%
University of Queensland Gatton 28.4 +1.5 45.7 12 Feb 13.4 +0.4 -1.0 26 Jul 797.2 772.4 average 103%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 22.3 +1.5 39.7 11 Feb 9.6 +0.6 -4.8 13 Aug 786.6 764.1 average 103%
Dalby Airport 28.0 +1.2 43.0 12 Feb 12.4 +0.5 -2.8 20 Aug 622.2 603.0 average 103%
Oakey Aero 26.8 +1.3 42.8 12 Feb 11.7 +0.8 -4.0 29 Aug 523.8 622.0 average 84%
Texas Post Office 27.8 +0.9 44.5 12 Feb 12.6 +1.2 -3.4 20 Aug 685.8 660.3 average 104%
Toowoomba Airport 24.1 +1.0 40.8 12 Feb 13.3 +0.7 2.5 20 Aug 808.8 727.0 average 111%
Warwick 25.7 +1.0 42.2 11 Feb 10.8 +0.3 -4.6 30 Jul



Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 29.4 +1.8 44.2 12 Feb 12.5 +0.6 -2.4 9 Aug 562.6 635.7 average 89%
Mitchell Post Office 30.0 +2.5 46.1 12 Feb 12.9 +1.2 -2.7 29 Aug 481.2 571.8 average 84%
Roma Airport 29.5 +1.6 45.0 12 Feb 12.7 0.0 -2.7 22 Jul 599.2 579.8 average 103%
St George Airport 29.3 +1.4 46.8 12 Feb 14.6 +0.7 -1.2 22 Jul 360.8 487.5 low 74%
Surat 29.1 +1.3 44.5 12 Feb 13.9 +0.9 -1.7 22 Jul 547.6 577.1 average 95%
Warrego (district 44)
Charleville Aero 30.8 +2.7 45.2 12 Feb 15.1 +1.5 -0.4 8 Jun 203.0 488.4 lowest 42%
Cunnamulla Post Office 30.5 +2.4 45.6 12 Feb 16.1 +1.9 1.6 29 Aug 200.4 375.7 low 53%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 31.8 +1.5 47.0 12 Feb 17.3 +0.7 2.8 11 Jun 122.4 188.1 average 65%
Thargomindah Airport 31.0 +1.4 47.2 12 Feb 17.2 +1.0 2.4 6 Jun



Offshore Islands (district 200)
Middle Percy Island 25.8 +0.7 31.9 14 Feb 20.9 +0.7 14.4 20 Aug 1288.0 1218.4 average 106%
Willis Island 29.3 +0.7 33.6 22 Jan 25.0 +1.0 20.2 15 Jun 746.0 1107.1 low 67%
*Due to equipment failures during the year, the true total is unknown


Notes

The Annual climate summary, generally published on the second working day of the year, lists the main features of the weather in Queensland using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. More extensive discussion of significant weather events, along with later information and data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

This statement has been prepared based on information available on Tuesday 9 January 2018. 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.

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