Queensland in June 2018: A dry start to winter; some cold nights

Rainfall was below average across the north, the central and southern interior, and along parts of eastern Queensland. June was wetter than usual in the northwest and west. Daytime temperatures were warmer than usual in southern and southeastern parts of the State. Overnight temperatures were cooler than usual across much of eastern and northern Queensland

Dry in the north and east of the State

  • June rainfall was below average in eastern and northern Queensland, and in parts of central and southern interior districts. A few sites had their lowest total June rainfall on record or in several decades
  • Apart from a few showers along the east coast, there was little or no rainfall recorded in Queensland during the first half of June
  • June rainfall was above average in the west and northwest, and close to average elsewhere in the State
  • Moderate falls were recorded from north of Mt Isa, south to Boulia and east to Winton from the 13th to 15th as a series of upper level troughs moved eastwards across Queensland, with showers, storms and areas of rain over western and northwestern districts
  • At the end of the month, a surface- and upper-level trough generated areas of rain in the southwest, central interior and southeastern districts

Warm days in southern and southeastern districts

  • Overall, daytime temperatures were warmer than usual, and 1.15 °C above the long-term average for June
  • Warmer than usual days were experienced in southern and eastern districts, with the warmest days occurring across the southeast
  • Daytime temperatures were close to average in northern and northwestern Queensland
  • Warm, clear days in the first half of the month resulted in above average mean maximum temperatures across the southwest, and southern and central interior
  • A cold southerly burst kept days cooler than usual west of the Great Dividing Range during the middle of the month

Cool nights in northern and eastern Queensland

  • Overall, mean minimum temperatures were 0.01 °C below the long-term average
  • Cool nights were recorded in the north and across much of the eastern half of Queensland, with much cooler than usual nights extending from the northern to southern inland
  • In the middle of the month, low pressure over the Tasman Sea and a large high over South Australia directed cool, dry air into Queensland, resulting in clear skies and widespread frost over inland districts.
  • Cold nights associated with a southerly burst, resulted in a few sites reporting their lowest June temperature on record between the 18th to 20th

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Extremes in June 2018
Hottest day 34.4 °C at Century Mine on the 12th
Warmest days on average 32.2 °C at Coconut Island
Coolest days on average 16.0 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 8.5 °C at Applethorpe on the 18th
Coldest night -5.7 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on the 15th
Coolest nights on average 1.4 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Warmest nights on average 24.3 °C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 25.3 °C at Coconut Island on the 18th
Warmest on average overall 28.2 °C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 8.9 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade
Wettest overall 166.6 mm at Tully Sugar Mill
Driest overall 0.4 mm at Windorah Airport
Wettest day 50.2 mm at Fraser Island Eurong on the 1st
Strongest wind gust 78 km/h at Cape Moreton Lighthouse on the 7th

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 lowest June total rainfall

New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
June
Warwick 2.6 3.0 in 2004 24 36.5
Beardy Junction 1.6 10.8 in 2004 22 41.9

Lowest June total rainfall for at least 20 years

Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
June
Dalveen 5.6 5.0 in 1982 54.6
Texas Post Office 5.8 0.0 in 1986 40.8
Wallangarra Post Office 7.0 5.8 in 1986 46.9
Yangan Post Office 1.8 1.0 in 1986 38.3
Bambaroo 2.4 0.4 in 1988 28.3
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 7.1 3.8 in 1982* 46.8
Whyenbah 3.2 0.0 in 1992* 29.6

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




Record lowest June temperature

New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
June
Coolangatta 0.6 on the 18th 1.5 on the 25th in 1998 31 11.4
Charters Towers Airport 1.4 on the 20th 2.0 on the 2nd in 2000 26 12.8
Emerald Airport 1.4 on the 19th = 1.4 on the 13th in 2009 26 10.3
Bedourie 2.0 on the 22nd 2.5 on the 25th in 2008 21 8.4



Lowest June mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years

Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
June
Cardwell Marine Pde 14.0 11.0 in 1982* 15.1
Roma Airport 3.2 3.0 in 1994 5.3

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




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
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.2 +1.9 34.2 11th 24.3 -0.5 23.2 25th 13.2 29.0 low 46%
Coen Airport 28.9 -0.7 30.5 17th 16.9 -1.3 10.9 4th 0 3.9 v low 0%
Horn Island 29.0 -0.4 29.8 30th 23.6 -0.4 22.1 6th 9.0 15.3 average 59%
Scherger RAAF 30.7 -0.3 31.9 29th 18.7 -1.3 14.4 6th 0.8 5.1 low 16%
Weipa Aero 30.8 -0.3 32.8 29th 19.2 -0.8 15.5 6th 0.8 3.5 average 23%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Lockhart River Airport 27.4 -0.1 28.6 11th 20.1 -0.2 13.2 6th 19.6 59.3 low 33%
Palmerville 30.3 +0.4 32.4 18th 13.5 -1.7 7.9 5th 0 11.7 lowest 0%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 29.7 +0.5 33.3 30th 14.4 -0.8 9.1 20th 0 3.9 v low 0%
Century Mine 29.7 +1.3 34.4 12th 13.1 -0.5 5.5 20th 0 5.0 v low 0%
Cloncurry Airport 26.4 +0.1 32.7 12th 12.3 +0.6 6.7 2nd 11.2 7.8 high 144%
Julia Creek Airport 27.4 +0.3 33.2 12th 9.9 0.0 2.6 19th 0.2 16.5 average 1%
Kowanyama Airport 31.2 +0.4 32.6 28th 16.2 -0.1 11.3 6th 0 4.4 lowest 0%
Lake Julius AWS 26.7   33.7 12th 13.3   7.9 20th 23.4


Mornington Island Airport 26.0   29.6 11th 17.0   12.3 22nd 0.6


Mount Isa Aero 25.8 +0.9 32.5 12th 9.8 -0.2 2.1 20th 13.2 6.5 high 203%
Normanton Airport 29.5 -0.3 32.4 29th 15.7 -1.0 11.1 20th 0 3.9 v low 0%
Sweers Island 25.6 -0.4 29.0 30th 18.2 -0.5 15.6 3rd 0.6 5.1 high 12%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 28.3 -0.3 31.3 12th 11.8 -2.2 4.4 5th 0 8.3 v low 0%
Hughenden Airport 26.2 +0.2 30.9 12th 9.6 -1.2 0.8 20th 0 18.6 v low 0%
Richmond Airport 27.3 +0.6 32.2 12th 9.9 -0.3 1.7 19th 0 15.0 lowest 0%
Richmond Post Office 27.2 +1.0 32.5 12th 10.9 +1.0 3.6 19th 0 15.1 lowest 0%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 26.7 +0.7 28.8 16th 17.1 -0.8 11.2 5th 21.6 47.2 low 46%
Cairns Racecourse 26.3   28.5 9th 15.6   8.6 20th 46.8


Cape Flattery 26.8 -0.2 28.3 23rd 21.6 0.0 20.3 13th 19.4 38.4 average 51%
Cooktown Airport 26.4 -0.3 27.8 29th 18.8 -0.8 11.4 4th 30.8 38.0 average 81%
Low Isles Lighthouse 25.9 0.0 27.3 9th 21.1 -0.2 19.4 20th 23.4 63.1 low 37%
Mareeba Airport 25.1 -0.3 26.7 17th 13.8 -1.5 8.7 5th 1.0 11.5 low 9%
Walkamin Research Station 23.6 -0.1 25.6 13th 12.4 -1.6 6.0 2nd 7.0 18.8 low 37%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 24.4 -0.9 26.2 14th 14.0 -1.1 7.8 20th 17.2 46.6 low 37%
Cowley Beach (Defence) 23.9   25.9 13th 15.8   8.4 20th 94.0


Ingham Composite 25.4 +0.1 28.4 12th 13.8 -1.1 7.0 19th 15.8 45.5 low 35%
Innisfail 24.5 -0.1 27.1 11th 15.7 -0.6 10.7 20th 149.2 188.4 average 79%
Innisfail Aerodrome 24.6   27.1 11th 13.9   6.1 20th 99.0


Lucinda Point 22.8 -1.1 24.5 11th 18.1 -1.0 13.0 20th 10.0 35.6 low 28%
Mount Stuart (Defence) 25.7   28.2 15th 15.3   11.4 19th 2.4


South Johnstone Exp Stn 24.3 -0.1 27.0 11th 15.2 -0.8 8.7 20th 86.8 155.3 average 56%
Townsville Aero 26.2 +0.6 28.3 30th 13.5 -1.2 6.3 19th 2.2 20.7 low 11%
Townsville- Air Weapons Range (Defence) 24.7   28.1 15th 9.7   1.9 19th 3.2


East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 24.5 -0.3 25.9 17th 14.0 -1.4 7.8 19th 3.6 24.8 low 15%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 26.0 +0.5 27.9 15th 11.8 -1.2 3.5 19th 0 24.2 lowest 0%
Bowen Airport AWS 25.2   26.9 10th 13.4   4.0 20th 3.2


Collinsville Post Office 27.0 +1.8 30.5 15th 9.1 -1.4 0.9 20th 0 27.0 lowest 0%
Hamilton Island Airport 21.7 -0.6 24.8 12th 18.5 -0.3 16.3 19th 24.4 63.9 average 38%
Mackay Aero 24.0 +0.8 26.9 11th 11.9 -0.9 2.6 19th 34.0 61.3 average 55%
Mackay M.O 22.5 +0.5 26.5 14th 13.9 -0.3 7.4 19th 22.4 62.2 low 36%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 24.0   27.9 12th 11.5   2.3 19th 25.2


Proserpine Airport 25.5 +0.9 29.8 12th 10.7 -2.2 1.7 20th 7.8 40.2 low 19%
Samuel Hill Aero 23.1 +0.3 27.2 15th 11.4 -0.3 2.9 19th 48.6 96.2 low 51%
St Lawrence 25.2 +1.1 27.1 16th 10.7 -1.8 2.3 19th 18.2 38.2 average 48%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 25.2   28.1 12th 10.6   3.4 2nd 4.8


Williamson 24.6 +0.6 27.4 16th 10.1 -1.7 -0.8 19th 14.2 40.4 low 35%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 22.1 +0.1 25.2 10th 13.1 -0.4 6.6 2nd 21.4 54.8 low 39%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 25.6 +0.6 29.6 13th 10.6 -2.2 1.4 20th 2.2 20.2 low 11%
Moranbah Airport 25.1   31.1 13th 8.8   -0.7 20th 0.4


Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 24.5   28.8 13th 9.4   3.5 19th 12.2


Clermont Airport 23.9   29.6 12th 6.5   -1.4 20th 0.6


Emerald Airport 24.2 +0.8 28.6 10th 9.9 -0.4 1.4 19th 20.4 31.4 average 65%
Lochington 23.7   28.8 12th 6.9   -1.1 20th 10.2


Rolleston Airport 23.2   27.9 10th 6.7   0.3 19th 37.4


Springsure Comet St 22.7 +0.4 26.5 11th 7.0 -0.3 -1.7 19th 18.6 38.0 average 49%
Tambo Post Office 22.2 +0.6 27.6 12th 4.5 -0.5 -3.9 18th 4.0 28.8 low 14%
Taroom Post Office 23.3 +1.7 28.5 10th 5.2 -1.3 0.6 18th 29.5 36.7 average 80%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 24.1 +1.2 30.2 12th 9.7 +0.6 1.2 19th 2.8 25.1 low 11%
Blackall Airport 23.5 +0.8 29.9 12th 6.9 -1.2 -1.2 19th 3.6 24.1 average 15%
Isisford Post Office 24.5 +1.5 30.7 12th 7.5 -0.4 0.1 19th 1.8 21.3 low 8%
Longreach Aero 24.6 +0.8 31.3 12th 8.4 +0.1 0.7 19th 2.6 18.8 average 14%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 27.4 +1.4 33.2 12th 9.8 -0.1 1.7 19th 3.2 9.8 average 33%
Carters Bore 25.1   31.9 12th 12.6   7.0 22nd 15.2


New May Downs 25.6   32.0 12th 12.2   6.8 20th 5.0


The Monument Airport 24.2 +0.1 31.2 11th 8.0 -0.5 1.8 20th 0 10.0 v low 0%
Trepell Airport 24.8 +0.3 31.9 12th 9.1 -0.2 2.7 19th 14.6 11.9 high 123%
Urandangi Aerodrome 25.4   32.7 11th 7.7   -1.2 20th 9.0


Winton Airport 24.8 0.0 32.1 12th 9.1 -0.7 1.5 19th 24.6 21.8 average 113%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie 23.2 +0.5 32.0 11th 8.9 +0.5 2.0 22nd 3.8 9.3 average 41%
Birdsville Airport 22.1 +0.8 32.5 11th 7.6 -0.3 2.2 21st 14.0 12.7 average 110%
Boulia Airport 24.2 +0.9 32.0 11th 10.1 +1.1 4.4 19th 33.6 10.7 v high 314%
Windorah Airport 23.1   29.9 11th 8.7   1.6 19th 0.4


Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 23.8 +1.2 26.7 13th 10.7 -1.0 4.8 18th 4.2 50.7 v low 8%
Gayndah Airport 23.7 +1.0 27.6 10th 6.7 -2.1 1.1 20th 6.6 34.2 low 19%
Gladstone Airport 24.3 +0.9 27.0 10th 13.1 -0.2 7.0 2nd 2.8 39.8 low 7%
Gladstone Radar 24.7 +1.4 28.2 10th 15.0 +0.7 10.0 2nd 1.2 37.5 v low 3%
Lady Elliot Island 22.6 +0.7 25.7 14th 18.1 +0.5 13.9 19th 20.0 90.9 v low 22%
Rockhampton Aero 25.3 +1.8 29.0 15th 11.8 +0.8 3.8 2nd 6.2 37.7 low 16%
Seventeen Seventy 21.9 -0.1 24.9 13th 14.8 +0.1 9.0 18th 32.2 65.3 average 49%
Thangool Airport 24.5 +1.1 28.2 13th 5.9 -1.2 -1.7 20th 9.0 31.9 low 28%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 22.9 +1.3 27.2 13th 5.0 -2.1 -0.2 1st 8.4 46.9 low 18%
Archerfield Airport 22.5 +1.1 25.0 13th 8.7 -0.7 4.0 17th 17.0 66.9 low 25%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 22.8 +1.4 26.0 30th 5.9 -2.0 -1.6 18th 7.6 51.3 low 15%
Beerburrum Forest Station 21.8 +0.2 25.9 13th 9.9 -1.0 6.2 18th 44.0 77.9 average 56%
Brisbane 22.6 +0.7 25.4 3rd 11.4 -0.5 6.9 16th 29.2 66.9 low 44%
Brisbane Aero 21.6 +0.3 24.4 13th 10.4 -0.4 5.3 16th 32.8 69.2 average 47%
Canungra (Defence) 21.6   25.1 30th 3.8   -1.6 1st 16.4


Cape Moreton Lighthouse 20.1 +0.4 22.7 13th 14.8 +0.6 10.6 18th 100.6 136.1 average 74%
Coolangatta 21.7 +0.7 24.9 14th 11.0 -0.4 0.6 18th 38.4 138.9 low 28%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 20.5 +0.3 24.3 13th 15.4 +0.4 9.3 18th 73.2 116.9 average 63%
Gold Coast Seaway 22.1 +0.7 24.7 14th 12.3 -0.9 7.9 16th 47.6 116.9 average 41%
Greenbank (Defence) 22.1   24.4 3rd 6.0   0.9 1st 24.0


Gympie 22.3 +0.3 26.3 30th 7.2 -0.8 0.9 20th 17.2 60.2 low 29%
Hervey Bay Airport 22.3 +0.2 24.7 30th 11.0 -0.9 2.4 18th 18.0 78.5 v low 23%
Kingaroy Airport 20.2 +0.5 24.7 10th 3.8 -2.1 -3.5 18th 25.0 43.2 average 58%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 22.2 +0.6 24.6 14th 9.4 -0.8 5.5 16th 49.5 74.8 average 66%
Maryborough 23.4 +1.0 27.1 13th 9.4 -1.0 1.3 18th 13.4 66.8 low 20%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 21.7 0.0 24.5 13th 11.2 -0.6 6.2 18th 65.6 119.3 average 55%
Point Lookout 21.6 -0.1 24.4 14th 14.4 -0.1 8.4 18th 112.2 167.0 average 67%
Rainbow Beach 21.7 +0.1 25.1 13th      
35.6 113.7 v low 31%
Redcliffe 21.3 +0.3 25.3 13th 11.8 -0.7 8.3 2nd 53.6 86.9 average 62%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 21.2   23.9 3rd 10.8   7.5 16th 49.8


Sunshine Coast Airport 21.7 +0.3 24.8 13th 11.0 -0.4 4.6 18th 87.8 118.3 average 74%
Tewantin RSL Park 21.7 +0.1 25.4 13th 12.2 -0.4 7.4 18th 70.4 120.9 average 58%
Tin Can Bay (Defence) 21.8   26.1 13th 11.0   1.9 18th 38.4


University of Queensland Gatton 22.6 +1.5 26.5 13th 6.4 -1.2 -0.6 16th 18.0 41.7 average 43%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 16.0 +1.4 20.2 9th 2.0 -1.3 -3.1 24th 7.8 39.1 v low 20%
Dalby Airport 21.0 +0.9 23.9 10th 3.9 -1.7 -2.4 19th 15.6 31.2 average 50%
Oakey Aero 20.4 +1.3 24.5 13th 2.9 -1.4 -4.9 18th 13.8 30.0 average 46%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 16.5 +1.0 19.8 9th 1.4 -1.3 -5.7 15th 7.1 46.8 v low 15%
Texas Post Office 20.5 +1.1 23.5 8th 4.1 -0.6 -1.1 19th 5.8 40.8 v low 14%
Toowoomba Airport 18.0 +1.1 22.3 30th 7.1 -0.5 0.3 18th 13.8 37.1 average 37%
Warwick 19.2 +0.8 23.7 30th 3.9 -1.1 -3.5 1st 2.6 36.5 lowest 7%
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 21.1 +0.6 25.8 12th 4.2 -1.9 -2.5 18th 23.8 37.5 average 63%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 21.6 +1.2 27.0 9th 3.3 -1.3 -2.5 20th 32.4 30.3 average 107%
Mitchell Post Office 21.8 +2.1 27.6 12th 2.7 -1.6 -3.2 18th 24.8 34.1 average 73%
Roma Airport 21.3 +0.9 27.5 12th 3.2 -2.1 -3.4 18th 20.6 29.5 average 70%
St George Airport 20.9 +1.0 27.7 12th 5.0 -1.6 -1.3 25th 12.2 33.5 low 36%
Surat 21.1 +0.9 26.4 12th 4.7 -0.9 -0.9 18th 14.0 36.6 average 38%
Warrego (district 44)
Bollon Mary St 21.1 +1.6 28.1 12th 5.1 -0.7 -0.2 25th 1.4 30.3 low 5%
Charleville Aero 21.6 +1.7 27.5 12th 5.5 -0.2 -1.7 18th 14.6 25.7 average 57%
Cunnamulla Post Office 20.8 +1.5 26.8 9th 7.1 +0.2 2.7 19th 16.8 26.3 average 64%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 21.2 +0.8 29.7 11th 8.1 -0.1 2.7 19th 0.6 14.2 low 4%
Thargomindah Airport 20.7 +0.7 27.2 9th 7.5 -0.4 1.6 19th 8.2 16.5 average 50%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Frederick Reef 23.2   24.0 17th 20.9   18.0 26th



Middle Percy Island 21.3 +0.2 24.0 14th 17.2 +0.1 13.3 19th 15.2 75.7 v low 20%
Willis Island 26.6 +0.1 27.7 16th 22.9 +0.2 21.4 23rd 9.4 55.0 low 17%

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 at 9 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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