Queensland in December 2017: A warm and dry finish to the year

Rainfall was below average across much of northern, central and the southern interior of the State. Overall, it was the 12th-driest December for the State as a whole. Daytime temperatures were very warm in the west and north, while overnight temperatures were very warm in the west and south. Queensland had its third-warmest December on record in terms of mean temperature, and the fifth-warmest in terms of mean maximum temperature.

Below average rainfall

  • Statewide rainfall averaged across Queensland in December was 35.43 mm, and 57 % below the long-term average; the 12th-driest December on record
  • Rainfall was below average tending to well below average throughout northern, central western and the southern interior of Queensland
  • Some locations had their driest December on record, or in several decades
  • Near-average falls were recorded in the southwest and in parts of the southeast coast
  • At the start of the month, thunderstorms and showers produced moderate to locally heavy falls across central and eastern Queensland
  • Locally heavy falls associated with severe thunderstorms were reported around the southeast coast on the 9th
  • Thunderstorms across southeast Queensland in the last week of the month produced locally heavy falls at some locations

Warm days and nights overall

  • Queensland had its third-warmest December on record in terms of mean temperature
  • Queensland's mean maximum temperature was the fifth-warmest on record; mean minimum temperature was equal eighth-warmest on record 
  • Daytime temperatures were warmest on record in Mt Isa and in parts of the Cape York Peninsula; with warmer than usual days recorded across much of the State
  • Overnight temperatures were warmer than average across the west and south of the State and record warm in the southern interior; Cunnamulla had its equal warmest December mean minimum temperature on record
  • Very warm days and nights in the southwest and southern interior between the 14th and 18th
  • A very warm finish to the year, with Birdsville recording 47.4 °C on the the 29th

Severe thunderstorms

  • Severe thunderstorms formed in western Queensland on the 1st, producing a wind gust of 124 km/h at Urandangi 
  • Heavy rainfall and large hail associated with severe thunderstorms around the Capricornia Coast, and Wide Bay and Burnett districts on the 3rd. Hail between 2 to 4 cm in diameter was reported around Gympie
  • Thunderstorms developed over the southeast on the 4th, with heavy rainfall reported at numerous locations including 75 mm in one hour at Sippy Downs, and 65 mm in one hour at Mt Mee
  • Severe thunderstorms affected southeast Queensland on the 8th, with trees blown down around Loganlea and Beaudesert, and a wind gust of 94 km/h was reported at Dalby
  • On the 9th, severe thunderstorms tracked across southeastern Queensland and produced heavy rainfall, including 90 mm of rainfall in one hour at both the Sunshine Coast Airport and Tanawha, and 120 mm in one hour at Bli Bli. More than 12 000 people were left without power due to damaging winds
  • Severe thunderstorms on the 25th produced locally heavy falls in parts of southeast Queensland, including 55 mm of rain in 30 minutes at Upper Springbrook, Hinze Dam, Pacific Pines and Beenleigh
  • Severe thunderstorms developed over the southeast on the 26th. A particularly intense thunderstorm cell originated near Southbrook, southwest of Toowoomba. As this cell tracked north through Wellcamp and Oakey, it produced large hail stones with a diameter greater than 4 cm at Southbrook, and hail up to 11 cm in diameter was reported at Silverleigh and Goombungee, both north of Oakey. Damaging wind gusts snapped power poles and large tree branches around Norwin

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Extremes in December 2017
Hottest day 47.4 °C at Birdsville Airport on the 29th
Warmest days on average 41.5 °C at Julia Creek Airport
Coolest days on average 27.0 °C at Frederick Reef
Coldest day 19.8 °C at Applethorpe on the 4th
Coldest night 5.9 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 6th
Coolest nights on average 14.5 °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 27.0 °C at Sweers Island
Warmest night 33.5 °C at Windorah Airport on the 25th
Warmest on average overall 33.2 °C at Lake Julius AWS
Coolest on average overall 21.1 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 249.2 mm at Sunshine Coast Airport
Wettest day 106.4 mm at Double Island Point Lighthouse on the 4th
Strongest wind gust 124 km/h at Urandangi Aerodrome on the 1st

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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Record highest December daily rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Cooby Creek Dam 77.0 on the 22nd 75.2 on the 12th in 2014 28



Record lowest December total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Victoria Sugar Mill 7.2 7.3 in 1905 120 175.7
Halifax Macrossan St 2.0 4.8 in 1905 119 181.3
Kowanyama Airport 5.0 17.5 in 1966 105 177.3
Byfield Childs Road 0.0 5.3 in 1957 88 169.4
Kareeya 12.0 19.0 in 1986 54 150.0
Cardwell Range 7.4 22.6 in 2013 52 209.5
Greenhaven 61.4 64.6 in 2002 38 208.3
Boodjamulla - Lawn Hill NP 7.0 10.4 in 2006 31 114.9
White Cliff Point 31.2 37.2 in 2012 30 193.8
Hamilton Island 17.0 17.1 in 2013 29 176.6
Ripple Downs 8.0 9.6 in 2013 29 80.5
Cloncurry Airport 1.4 4.4 in 2006 25 77.7
Richmond Airport 5.6 12.6 in 2002 20 61.2

Lowest December total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
December
Lucinda Township 1.2 0.0 in 1934* 175.7
Low Isles Lighthouse 17.0 5.6 in 1935* 207.1
Palmerville 9.0 2.5 in 1938 154.0
Tully Sugar Mill 35.2 28.4 in 1940* 262.2
Bingil Bay 17.8 17.5 in 1940* 203.5
Innisfail 25.9 10.0 in 1934* 260.2
Cairns Aero 26.8 9.0 in 1951 174.8
Isisford Post Office 5.8 4.8 in 1955* 53.6
Richmond Post Office 12.4 8.8 in 1966 70.6
South Johnstone Exp Stn 46.6 32.6 in 1968 258.4
Hawkins Creek 15.8 8.6 in 1972 203.0
Surat 17.6 9.7 in 1972 71.9
Boulia Airport 0.4 0.0 in 1990* 31.2
Mt Sophia 39.0 20.2 in 1991 272.0
Nardoo Station 25.4 8.2 in 1990* 93.7
Weona 0.4 0.0 in 1992 49.0
Herbert Vale 19.6 0.0 in 1930* 83.5
Phosphate Hill 7.2 5.6 in 1981* 59.5
Alni 3.4 0.0 in 1994 51.2
Croydon Township 29.0 23.6 in 1995 114.4
Green Hills 21.1 12.6 in 1994* 110.2
Whyanbeel Valley 66.4 55.2 in 1991* 279.0
Abingdon Downs Station 8.5 0.0 in 1992* 137.8
Bedourie Police Station 0.5 0.0 in 1992* 16.6
Junee Station 15.0 7.0 in 1996 89.1
Mulgrave Mill 21.0 16.0 in 1958* 157.4

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




Record highest December temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Bedourie Police Station 47.0 on the 29th 46.0 on the 29th in 2013 20 38.6



Record highest December mean daily maximum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Mount Isa Aero 39.9 39.7 in 2002 51 37.1
Coolangatta 29.2 = 29.2 in 2005 31 27.2
Coconut Island 34.6 34.4 in 2012 20 33.1

Highest December mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
December
Palmerville 38.0 38.1 in 1935* 35.3

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




Record highest December daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 25.2 on the 31st 25.0 on the 27th in 2003 107 21.0
Barcaldine Post Office 30.4 on the 26th = 30.4 on the 2nd in 1996 56 22.3
Texas Post Office 26.5 on the 21st 26.4 on the 8th in 2009 48 17.3



Record lowest December temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Mount Isa Aero 12.0 on the 6th 13.4 on the 7th in 1978 52 23.1
Richmond Airport 11.8 on the 5th 15.7 on the 7th in 2013 20 23.4



Record highest December mean daily minimum temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Cunnamulla Post Office 23.6 = 23.6 in 1990 110 20.8



Lowest December mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
December
Lockhart River Airport 23.0 22.4 in 1996 23.6



Record highest December mean temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
December
Charleville Aero 30.5 30.4 in 1979 75 27.6

Highest December mean temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
December
Cunnamulla Post Office 31.0 31.4 in 1972 28.0



Summary statistics for December 2017

Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
December
2017
Diff
from
average
Highest for
December
2017
Mean for
December
2017
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
December
2017
Total for
December
2017
Average
for
December
Rank of
December
2017
Fraction of
December
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 34.6 +1.5 36.8 27th 26.2 +0.1 24.9 6th 42.0 154.2 low 27%
Coen Airport 36.3 +1.5 38.8 6th 22.4 -1.3 17.2 6th 27.6 117.8 low 23%
Horn Island 33.3 +1.4 34.2 1st 26.0 +0.2 22.4 8th 45.8 180.3 low 25%
Scherger RAAF 35.5 +0.5 37.3 28th 23.4 -0.6 19.7 7th 143.0 187.3 average 76%
Weipa Aero 34.9 +0.9 37.2 10th 23.9 -0.3 20.9 7th 232.4 272.8 average 85%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 32.7 +0.5 33.7 3rd 23.0 -0.6 21.1 16th 65.0 202.3 low 32%
Palmerville 38.0 +2.7 40.4 31st 22.0 -0.7 16.6 25th 9.0 154.0 v low 6%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 37.5 +1.2 40.3 27th 24.0 -1.5 16.0 6th 60.8 101.2 average 60%
Century Mine 39.9 +1.7 42.8 27th 24.3 -0.8 15.1 6th 29.6 111.6 v low 27%
Cloncurry Airport 40.4 +1.9 44.5 31st 25.4 +0.5 17.1 6th 1.4 77.7 lowest 2%
Julia Creek Airport 41.5 +2.0 45.4 27th 23.5 -0.3 14.1 6th 4.0 63.1 v low 6%
Kowanyama Airport 37.6 +2.8 39.1 29th 25.1 +0.7 17.6 6th 5.0 177.3 lowest 3%
Lake Julius AWS 40.2   44.8 31st 26.1   18.1 6th 12.6


Mornington Island Airport 33.0   35.8 10th 26.6   21.5 6th 110.4


Mount Isa Aero 39.9 +2.8 43.7 31st 22.9 -0.2 12.0 6th 23.6 73.9 low 32%
Normanton Airport 36.1 0.0 40.0 10th 25.5 -0.4 20.6 7th 64.8 126.0 low 51%
Sweers Island 33.2 -0.3 35.8 31st 27.0 0.0 22.0 6th 69.0 154.5 low 45%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 38.1 +1.9 40.8 30th 23.1 -0.6 15.8 6th 18.8 125.2 low 15%
Hughenden Airport 38.5 +1.3 41.0 26th 24.0 +0.5 15.6 6th 26.6 69.4 low 38%
Richmond Airport 40.6 +2.5 42.9 9th 23.1 -0.3 11.8 5th 5.6 61.2 lowest 9%
Richmond Post Office 39.8 +1.7 42.1 30th 23.9 +1.4 15.2 5th 12.4 70.6 low 18%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 33.1 +1.6 34.3 29th 22.9 -0.5 20.3 25th 26.8 174.8 v low 15%
Cairns Racecourse 32.8   35.1 30th 22.0   19.6 14th 45.4


Cape Flattery 33.0 +0.4 34.4 5th 25.6 +0.6 23.9 5th 6.6 103.9 v low 6%
Cooktown Airport 33.1 +0.8 34.9 5th 24.5 0.0 20.9 26th 13.0 137.5 v low 9%
Low Isles Lighthouse 33.2 +0.9 35.7 31st 26.1 +0.8 23.9 23rd 17.0 207.1 v low 8%
Mareeba Airport 32.6 +0.5 35.3 31st 19.9 -0.9 17.3 25th 47.4 86.8 average 55%
Walkamin Research Station 31.3 +0.6 34.0 31st 18.8 -1.0 16.5 6th 40.8 118.2 low 35%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 30.9 -0.6 32.7 5th 23.0 +0.7 20.2 24th 52.8 192.1 low 27%
Cowley Beach (Defence) 31.7   33.4 31st 22.2   19.7 25th 23.2


Ingham Composite 33.1 +0.6 36.0 31st 22.2 +0.1 20.0 12th 11.2 195.6 v low 6%
Innisfail 31.3 +0.5 34.4 5th 22.9 +0.8 21.2 25th 25.9 260.2 v low 10%
Innisfail Aerodrome 32.4   34.3 5th 20.6   17.8 25th 26.6


Lucinda Point 29.7 +0.1 31.0 9th 25.6 +0.3 22.4 12th 3.6 87.8 v low 4%
Mount Stuart (Defence) 33.0   35.9 5th 23.0   18.8 12th 33.4


South Johnstone Exp Stn 31.5 +0.3 33.5 5th 21.7 -0.1 19.4 26th 46.6 258.4 v low 18%
Townsville Aero 32.4 +0.9 34.7 5th 24.3 +0.2 20.7 12th 16.8 125.0 v low 13%
Townsville- Air Weapons Range (Defence) 33.6   37.0 31st 21.1   18.9 5th 4.8


East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 30.5 -0.3 31.5 10th 24.7 -0.1 21.6 14th 23.6 98.2 low 24%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 33.0 +0.9 34.3 5th 21.6 -0.5 19.9 18th 20.4 98.9 low 21%
Bowen Airport AWS 32.1   33.5 31st 23.0   20.5 19th 38.6


Collinsville Post Office 34.4 +0.3 37.5 31st 20.6 -0.7 17.1 19th 105.2 93.6 high 112%
Hamilton Island Airport 29.9 -0.1 32.0 31st 24.7 +0.2 21.0 5th 16.0 114.4 low 14%
Mackay Aero 30.7 -0.1 34.5 31st 22.2 0.0 19.5 26th 62.4 126.5 average 49%
Mackay M.O 30.9 +0.7 35.0 31st 23.1 +0.1 21.2 6th 63.6 181.7 low 35%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 30.3   33.3 31st 21.0   18.5 26th 63.4


Proserpine Airport 31.9 -0.3 35.9 31st 21.0 -0.7 18.1 25th 78.4 155.8 low 50%
Samuel Hill Aero 31.1 +0.4 33.7 31st 20.0 +0.2 17.2 26th 39.4 141.9 v low 28%
St Lawrence 31.6 0.0 33.7 31st 21.8 -0.3 19.3 6th 59.4 128.0 low 46%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 34.5   37.4 31st 20.8   18.4 14th 16.8


Williamson 32.0 +0.8 35.0 31st 21.6 -0.2 19.0 21st 45.0 132.2 low 34%
Woolshed 30.4 +1.2 32.2 31st 20.2 -0.3 16.7 18th 10.0 92.8 v low 11%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 28.9 +0.2 32.1 31st 23.6 +0.8 19.9 6th 20.8 111.2 v low 19%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 35.8 +1.3 39.1 31st 21.7 -0.3 18.9 18th 13.0 79.1 v low 16%
Moranbah Airport 36.3   40.9 31st 19.8   17.1 6th 16.2


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 35.0   40.8 31st 20.6   15.4 6th 75.2


Clermont Airport 36.1   40.6 31st 20.7   12.8 6th 33.4


Emerald Airport 35.0 +0.8 41.1 31st 21.0 -0.3 16.7 6th 82.2 88.8 average 93%
Lochington 35.7   42.6 31st 20.3   12.2 6th 42.6


Rolleston Airport 35.0   40.2 31st 19.9   14.6 6th 56.0


Springsure Comet St 34.2 +0.2 38.4 31st 19.5 -0.3 13.6 6th 41.4 92.7 low 45%
Tambo Post Office 36.4 +1.6 41.0 25th 20.7 +1.5 10.0 6th 71.7 70.5 average 102%
Taroom Post Office 35.6 +2.1 40.6 25th 20.8 +1.2 14.8 5th 36.9 89.7 low 41%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 38.4 +2.6 42.2 25th 24.2 +1.9 16.5 7th



Blackall Airport 38.5 +2.6 42.2 31st 23.2 +1.1 11.8 6th 9.6 89.7 v low 11%
Isisford Post Office 39.6 +2.5 44.5 30th 24.3 +2.3 13.4 6th 5.8 53.6 low 11%
Longreach Aero 39.6 +2.1 43.7 27th 24.0 +1.8 14.9 5th 8.2 54.5 v low 15%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 40.0 +2.0 45.2 31st 24.9 +1.1 16.2 6th 9.6 63.1 low 15%
Carters Bore 39.4   44.3 31st 25.5   18.3 6th 37.6


New May Downs 39.3   43.6 31st 24.8   16.3 6th 15.6


The Monument Airport 40.4 +2.5 45.2 31st 25.0 +1.3 14.7 6th 3.4 54.3 v low 6%
Trepell Airport 40.0 +1.5 44.4 31st 24.4 +0.4 15.5 5th 17.2 43.8 average 39%
Winton Airport 40.5 +1.7 44.8 27th 24.5 +0.7 14.2 5th 4.0 35.2 low 11%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie Police Station 40.4 +1.8 47.0 29th 24.8 +1.3 15.0 5th 0.5 16.6 low 3%
Birdsville Airport 40.2 +1.5 47.4 29th 25.2 +1.2 14.0 5th 7.0 12.0 average 58%
Boulia Airport 40.4 +1.8 45.5 29th 25.6 +2.1 17.9 5th 0.4 31.2 low 1%
Windorah Airport 39.7   44.9 26th 25.4   14.6 5th 18.6


Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 30.5 +0.9 33.8 31st 20.4 -0.1 17.7 6th 104.6 127.6 average 82%
Gayndah Airport 32.2 -0.4 37.2 31st 19.1 -0.4 13.9 6th 82.4 87.2 average 94%
Gladstone Airport 30.4 +0.3 35.2 31st 22.1 0.0 19.5 6th 75.2 106.4 average 71%
Gladstone Radar 31.8 +0.7 37.2 31st 22.5 +0.6 20.1 27th 47.8 125.0 low 38%
Lady Elliot Island 29.2 +0.6 31.4 30th 23.7 +0.5 21.0 12th 53.6 90.7 average 59%
Monto Township 31.9 -0.1 35.8 31st 17.9 -0.4 13.0 6th 116.2 94.5 high 123%
Rockhampton Aero 32.7 +0.5 38.9 31st 22.0 +0.8 20.3 21st 46.8 104.3 low 45%
Rundle Island 28.1 +0.4 30.1 23rd 24.4 +0.5 21.6 1st



Seventeen Seventy 29.1 +0.4 32.2 31st 22.7 +0.5 19.7 5th 134.2 133.1 average 101%
Thangool Airport 32.9 -0.1 38.1 31st 17.6 -1.0 13.2 6th 55.0 93.8 low 59%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 31.4 +0.6 36.2 25th 18.4 0.0 12.6 7th 67.6 119.4 low 57%
Archerfield Airport 30.8 +1.2 36.4 25th 19.7 +0.6 15.0 7th 129.6 124.7 average 104%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 31.5 +1.3 36.4 25th 18.3 +0.2 13.3 7th 168.6 121.1 high 139%
Beerburrum Forest Station 30.5 +0.9 35.7 25th 18.4 0.0 13.5 6th 211.2 156.2 high 135%
Brisbane 30.7 +1.3 36.2 25th 20.8 +0.4 17.4 7th 97.8 129.2 average 76%
Brisbane Aero 29.1 +1.0 32.5 31st 20.6 +0.5 16.6 6th 73.2 124.1 average 59%
Cape Moreton Lighthouse 28.3 +2.2 30.1 17th 22.4 +1.4 19.3 5th 113.2 125.2 average 90%
Coolangatta 29.2 +2.0 35.6 25th 20.4 +0.7 14.5 7th 62.6 149.1 low 42%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 29.4 +2.0 34.9 31st 22.3 +0.8 18.1 10th 142.8 127.6 average 112%
Gold Coast Seaway 28.9 +1.0 35.7 25th 20.8 +0.3 16.0 7th 86.2 130.8 average 66%
Gympie 30.9 -0.4 34.1 24th 18.8 +0.3 14.9 7th 197.4 137.0 high 144%
Hervey Bay Airport 29.9 +0.5 32.2 31st 21.0 0.0 17.8 14th 134.0 133.4 average 100%
Kingaroy Airport 30.5 +0.6 34.8 24th 16.3 -0.5 8.6 6th 9.6 100.0 v low 10%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 30.1 +1.1 36.2 25th 19.7 +0.5 16.2 7th 160.4 124.2 high 129%
Maryborough 30.6 0.0 33.4 31st 19.5 -0.1 16.7 6th 135.4 127.9 average 106%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 29.3 +0.4 33.9 25th 19.3 -0.1 14.7 6th 218.8 154.5 high 142%
Rainbow Beach 28.7 +0.5 32.1 31st      
96.0 123.6 average 78%
Redcliffe 29.0 +0.8 33.6 25th 21.3 +0.4 17.0 6th 145.0 117.6 high 123%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 28.8   32.3 31st 20.0   16.2 10th 129.0


Sunshine Coast Airport 29.1 +0.8 32.5 31st 19.9 +0.1 15.5 6th 249.2 147.5 high 169%
Tewantin RSL Park 28.5 +0.5 31.9 31st 20.8 +0.1 17.2 6th 176.4 139.5 average 126%
University of Queensland Gatton 32.4 +1.1 36.6 24th 17.4 -0.7 11.7 7th 134.0 99.7 high 134%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 27.7 +1.9 33.7 20th 14.5 +0.7 7.1 7th 88.2 98.7 average 89%
Dalby Airport 32.9 +1.3 37.9 20th 17.8 +0.2 9.6 6th 92.6 94.1 average 98%
Oakey Aero 31.3 +1.0 37.5 20th 17.2 +0.6 9.6 6th 94.2 92.5 average 102%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 28.3 +1.2 34.9 20th 14.9 +0.6 5.9 6th 88.2 95.0 average 93%
Texas Post Office 34.0 +1.2 39.2 20th 18.7 +1.4 10.2 6th 76.4 80.8 average 95%
Toowoomba Airport 28.3 +0.8 34.4 20th 17.1 +0.5 12.9 6th 104.0 106.6 average 98%
Warwick 31.4 +2.2 37.6 20th 16.1 +0.2 8.4 6th 51.4 103.5 v low 50%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 34.6 +1.8 40.6 25th 19.7 +0.5 9.8 6th 32.2 92.8 v low 35%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 33.4 +0.2 38.5 26th 18.2 0.0 9.1 6th 76.8 90.4 average 85%
Mitchell Post Office 36.4 +2.6 41.7 25th 19.6 +1.0 9.5 6th 49.0 71.5 average 69%
Roma Airport 35.1 +1.8 41.4 25th 19.5 +0.1 10.3 6th 83.4 81.4 average 102%
St George Airport 35.8 +1.8 43.7 25th 21.9 +1.5 12.7 5th 24.4 70.8 low 34%
Surat 35.4 +1.6 41.5 25th 21.1 +1.7 10.8 6th 17.6 71.9 v low 24%
Warrego (district 44)
Charleville Aero 37.6 +2.9 43.0 25th 23.4 +3.0 12.2 6th 20.4 55.9 low 36%
Cunnamulla Post Office 38.2 +3.0 43.8 24th 23.6 +2.8 14.3 3rd 31.8 39.2 average 81%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 39.6 +1.7 46.4 19th 25.1 +1.4 15.3 4th 1.6 11.0 v low 15%
Thargomindah Airport 38.7 +2.0 45.3 19th 25.2 +1.9 14.9 6th 3.2 26.1 low 12%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Frederick Reef 27.0   29.0 31st 25.0   24.0 1st



Middle Percy Island 28.9 +0.6 30.0 23rd 23.0 +0.3 19.6 5th 23.0 100.7 low 23%
Willis Island 31.5 +0.8 32.4 9th 26.2 +0.7 23.5 27th 26.4 94.1 low 28%

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each month, 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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