Northern Territory in June 2018: dry season continues with warm daytime temperatures

Maximum temperatures were above average for almost all of the Northern Territory. Cooler than average minimum temperatures were observed in southern and northeastern regions. Overall, rainfall was average to below average for much of the Territory.

Typical dry season

  • Territory-wide, rainfall was 90% below the long-term average for June, lowest since 2010
  • The little rain that was experienced in the Territory, was confined to northeast Top End and the southeast regions

Warmer than average days, late cold snap in the south

Darwin Airport

  • Total rainfall for Darwin Airport was 0.2 mm, which is 11% of the long-term average of 1.8 mm
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Darwin Airport was 31.6 °C, which is 0.9 °C above the long-term average of 30.7 °C. The warmest day was 33.4 °C on the 30th, and the coolest day was on the 5th when the temperature reached 29.5 °C
  • Darwin Airport saw only 2 days this month with maximum temperatures below 30 °C
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Darwin Airport was 20.1 °C, which is 0.2 °C above the long-term average of 19.9 °C. The coldest morning was 16.7 °C on the 7th, and the warmest morning was on the 1st when the minimum temperature was 23.4 °C

Alice Springs Airport

  • A cool June overall with the mean daily minimum temperature for Alice Springs Airport being 2.6 °C, which is 2.4 °C below the long-term average of 5.0 °C. Clear days and nights saw Alice Springs Airport having its coldest morning temperature of -3.7 °C on the 19th
  • For the first time since 2009, maximum temperatures in June reached above 30 °C. It was the first time since 2005 that Alice Springs Airport saw 2 days with daytime temperatures over 30 °C

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Extremes in June 2018
Hottest day 35.3 °C at Rabbit Flat on the 11th
Coolest days on average 21.1 °C at Alice Springs Airport
Coldest day 15.5 °C at Kulgera on the 17th
Coldest night -3.7 °C at Alice Springs Airport on the 19th
Coolest nights on average 2.6 °C at Alice Springs Airport
Warmest nights on average 24.5 °C at Cape Wessel
Warmest night 25.6 °C at Cape Wessel on the 16th
Warmest on average overall 27.5 °C at Cape Wessel
Coolest on average overall 11.9 °C at Alice Springs Airport
Wettest overall 19.0 mm at Alcan Minesite
Wettest day 10.0 mm at Alcan Minesite on the 12th
Strongest wind gust 67 km/h at Cape Wessel on the 25th

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 June temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
June
Curtin Springs 31.7 on the 10th 31.2 on the 5th in 1998 53 20.2
Yulara Airport 31.7 on the 10th 31.4 on the 5th in 1998 32 20.4
Watarrka 32.5 on the 11th 31.2 on the 5th in 1998 27 21.3
Territory Grape Farm 32.8 on the 11th 32.2 on the 21st in 1996 26 22.3



Record lowest June temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
June
Yulara Airport -2.7 on the 28th -1.8 on the 22nd in 2012 32 5.7



Summary statistics for June 2018
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
June
2018
Diff
from
average
Highest for
June
2018
Mean for
June
2018
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
June
2018
Total for
June
2018
Average
for
June
Rank of
June
2018
Fraction of
June
average
Darwin-Daly (district 14GA)
Batchelor Airport 32.3 +0.8 34.6 30th 17.2 +0.2 12.4 6th 0 0.4 lowest 0%
Black Point 30.4 +0.3 31.7 30th 22.0 +0.2 19.2 5th 0 3.1 lowest 0%
Bradshaw 32.4 +1.0 35.2 12th 16.1 +0.5 10.3 23rd 0 2.5 v low 0%
Central Arnhem Plateau 29.2 +0.7 32.2 12th 16.9 +0.6 10.9 5th 0 0.1 v low 0%
Charles Point 29.6   31.5 16th 20.8   17.6 7th 0
Croker Island Airport 29.6   30.7 30th 21.9   19.8 6th 0.2
Darwin Airport 31.6 +0.9 33.4 30th 20.1 +0.2 16.7 7th 0.2 1.8 average 11%
Delamere Weapons Range 30.4 +1.2 33.9 14th 15.4 +0.1 11.5 5th 0.2 2.1 high 10%
Douglas River Research Farm 32.7 +1.3 35.1 30th 13.4 -0.3 8.6 6th 0 2.0 lowest 0%
Dum In Mirrie Airstrip 31.6 +0.9 33.6 30th 17.9 -1.1 12.3 24th 0 2.4 lowest 0%
Jabiru Airport 32.6 +0.8 34.1 14th 19.9 +0.5 15.6 5th 0 1.0 lowest 0%
Kangaroo Flats (Defence) 32.8   34.4 30th 18.4   14.2 6th 0
McCluer Island 27.7 -0.3 29.4 13th 24.0 +0.4 21.9 6th 0 8.4 lowest 0%
Middle Point 32.7 +0.4 34.7 30th 15.1 -0.3 8.8 5th 0 0.6 v low 0%
Mount Bundey North (Defence) 32.3   34.2 20th 18.9   14.8 5th 0
Mount Bundey South (Defence) 32.6   34.5 20th 16.7   10.0 6th 0
Murganella Airstrip 30.3   32.0 1st 17.5   12.9 4th 0
Noonamah Airstrip 32.9   34.7 30th 16.7   9.8 5th 0
Oenpelli Airport 33.0   34.5 20th 19.5   13.9 4th 0
Pirlangimpi Airport 32.1 +0.8 33.4 30th 19.3 +0.4 15.2 5th 0.2 3.9 average 5%
Point Fawcett 31.1 +1.2 32.7 10th 17.6 -1.3 12.4 6th 0 5.6 lowest 0%
Point Stuart 31.2   32.6 30th 18.9   14.2 5th 0 1.8 v low 0%
Port Keats Airport 31.4 +0.4 33.7 30th 18.2 +1.1 11.7 6th 0 4.6 v low 0%
Tindal RAAF 31.0 +1.0 34.6 12th 13.3 -0.9 7.2 6th 0 0.7 lowest 0%
Arnhem (district 14BC)
Cape Wessel 30.6   31.9 2nd 24.5   21.6 25th 17.2 34.8 average 49%
Gove Airport 28.9 +0.5 30.4 30th 21.4 0.0 15.8 4th 8.2 32.1 low 26%
Groote Eylandt Airport 29.2 +0.2 31.5 10th 17.1 +0.2 10.5 5th 0.2 5.1 low 4%
Maningrida Airport 30.9 +0.2 31.9 27th 19.3 -0.1 13.4 4th 0 3.4 v low 0%
Milingimbi Airport 31.1 +0.5 32.9 16th 20.2 +0.1 15.1 5th 0 6.5 v low 0%
Ngayawili 30.0 +0.2 32.3 15th 20.6 +0.1 15.1 5th 2.0 3.4 average 59%
Warruwi Airport 29.2 -0.1 30.6 22nd 22.4 +0.5 20.2 5th 0 2.4 lowest 0%
Roper-Mcarthur (district 14DE)
Borroloola Airport 30.9 +0.6 33.5 11th 12.0 -0.9 5.7 5th 0.4 1.8 average 22%
Bulman 31.1 +0.7 33.7 12th 16.0 +1.0 9.1 4th 0 1.6 v low 0%
Centre Island 26.7 -0.1 29.3 11th 19.3 -0.2 17.1 5th 1.8 6.5 high 28%
Daly Waters Airstrip 30.1 +1.3 33.5 13th 11.6 -1.5 5.6 3rd 0 2.9 lowest 0%
McArthur River Mine Airport 31.0 +1.1 33.3 11th 13.0 +0.3 7.1 5th 0 1.7 lowest 0%
Ngukurr Airport 31.0   34.2 12th 14.3   7.8 5th 0
Victoria (district 14F)
Bradshaw (Angallari Valley) (Defence) 31.5   35.0 12th 16.3   11.6 6th 0
Lajamanu Airport 28.3 +1.6 35.2 12th 10.5 +0.7 5.8 23rd 0 4.2 lowest 0%
Victoria River Downs 30.4 +1.0 34.7 11th 11.5 -0.5 6.4 4th 0 2.5 lowest 0%
Wave Hill 29.5 +1.3 34.0 14th 12.2 +0.7 6.0 5th 0 4.0 lowest 0%
Barkly (district 15A)
Brunette Downs 28.1 +1.3 34.5 13th 11.2 -0.3 5.0 4th 0 7.1 lowest 0%
Elliott 29.2 +0.8 34.4 12th 13.2 +0.7 9.0 20th 0 4.7 lowest 0%
Tennant Creek Airport 26.0 +1.4 33.9 12th 13.4 +0.5 9.6 19th 0 5.5 lowest 0%
Alice Springs (district 15B)
Alice Springs Airport 21.1 +1.2 31.3 10th 2.6 -2.4 -3.7 19th 0 13.2 lowest 0%
Curtin Springs 21.5 +1.3 31.7 10th 3.6 -1.5 -1.9 26th 0 13.9 lowest 0%
Jervois 22.5 +0.5 33.0 11th 5.9 -0.7 0.2 19th 0 10.2 lowest 0%
Rabbit Flat 26.8 +1.0 35.3 11th 7.3 -0.5 3.0 19th 0 5.8 lowest 0%
Territory Grape Farm 23.4 +1.1 32.8 11th 4.0 -2.3 -1.1 19th 0 8.2 lowest 0%
Walungurru Airport 24.3 +1.1 32.7 10th 11.3 +0.2 7.3 24th 0 9.6 v low 0%
Yulara Airport 21.5 +1.1 31.7 10th 3.7 -2.0 -2.7 28th 0 18.2 lowest 0%

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each month, lists the main features of the weather in Northern Territory 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 at 8 am on Monday 2 July 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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