Queensland in autumn 2018: A wet autumn for northern and interior Queensland

Autumn rainfall was well above average in northern and interior Queensland. In contrast, rainfall was below average from central to southern Queensland as well as the southeast coast.  Both daytime and overnight temperatures were warmer than usual in the west, southwest and southern districts; also across the Cape York Peninsula. Cooler than usual days and nights were experienced from the Gulf Country extending into the State's northern interior.

Rainfall well above average in northern and interior Queensland

  • Queensland had its wettest autumn since 2012, much of it falling during March
  • Autumn rainfall was well above average in northern and interior Queensland
  • Rainfall was below average from central to southern Queensland as well as the southeast coast with a few sites reporting their driest autumn in several decades
  • A tropical low brought significant rainfall to northwest Queensland in early March
  • The remnants of severe tropical cyclone Nora produced riverine and flash flooding about the north tropical coast in late March
  • Following the extremely wet March, it was a dry April with pockets of well below average rainfall scattered about the State
  • April rainfall was above average in far southwest Queensland; and in a small area of the central coast, due to persistent onshore showers on the 12th and 13th of April
  • Rainfall in May was mostly confined to the east coast and adjacent inland districts east of the Great Dividing Range
  • May rainfall was well below average in southern and central districts, and along parts of the State's east coast; it was the ninth-driest May on record
  • Numerous locations had their highest autumn daily rainfall on record, due to the heavy rainfall in March
  • A few sites in the northern interior and northwest of the State had their highest total autumn rainfall on record and some sites had their wettest autumn for several decades

Warm autumn days and nights in southern Queensland

  • Queensland had its 12th warmest autumn on record in terms of mean temperature
  • Mean maximum temperature was 0.89 °C above average, with much of southern Queensland experiencing very warm autumn days. Nevertheless, it was the coolest autumn in Queensland since 2013
  • Much of western, southern, southeast and far northern Queensland had above average mean maximum temperatures; cooler than usual days were experienced around the Gulf Country and northern interior
  • Mean maximum temperatures in March were well below average in the northwest, northern interior and central west; record cool March days overall around the Upper Flinders and Northern Goldfields district
  • In contrast, Queensland's mean maximum temperature for April was the fifth-warmest on record, with large areas of western and southern Queensland affected
  • More information about the heat that affected much of Australia in April can be found in a Special Climate Statement: Persistent summer-like heat sets many April records
  • Daytime temperatures in May were generally warmer than average across the southeast, the central coast and adjacent inland districts, and in far northern Queensland
  • Mean minimum temperature was 0.81 °C above average, and the coolest autumn nights since 2015
  • Most of Queensland's west, southwest, southern and northern districts had warmer than average autumn nights
  • Areas extending from the Gulf Country, the northern interior to the central and southern interior had near-average overnight autumn temperatures
  • Mean minimum temperatures in March were warmer than usual in southern and eastern Queensland, with a number of locations reporting their warmest autumn night on record
  • April overnight temperatures for Queensland were the seventh-warmest on record; warmer than usual in the southwest and southern interior
  • By May, most of Queensland had near-average mean minimum temperatures, but warmer than usual in far north of the State
  • Sunshine Coast Airport and Tewantin had their highest autumn mean daily minimum temperature on record

Tropical cyclones and flooding, frosts and fog

  • Tropical cyclone Linda was a short-lived cyclone that formed and decayed in the Coral Sea in under 24 hours; this was the first tropical cyclone to occur in the Eastern Region during the 2017/18 season
  • Severe tropical cyclone Nora made landfall along the west coast of Cape York on 24 March 2018 as a category 3 system
  • Tropical cyclone Iris was a long-lived tropical disturbance in the Coral Sea during late March to early April 2018, but remained well offshore during its lifetime, and reached a maximum cyclone intensity of category 2
  • Numerous flood events affected Queensland during March, with major flooding on the north tropical coast
  • Major flooding also affected the Gulf Country, most notably the Upper Flinders, where major flooding occurred at Cloncurry and Walkers Bend following heavy rainfall on 3 March 2018
  • Flooding occurred in river catchments in southwest and southern inland parts of Queensland in March, with major flooding at Winton, and moderate flooding at Longreach
  • Water reached Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre on 15 May, two months after the flooding in western Queensland's upper Diamantina catchment

Frosts and fog

  • The first frosts of the season set in over areas of the southern interior on 12 May, with minimum temperatures at Mitchell, Kingaroy and Oakey dipping to 0.3 °C
  • Widespread fog developed over the Capricornia and southern inland districts on 9 May
  • A blanket of widespread fog affected southeastern Queensland valleys on the morning of 30 May, with pockets of shallow fog reported at Brisbane Airport

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Extremes in autumn 2018
Hottest day 42.2 °C at Ballera Gas Field on 2 Mar
Warmest days on average 34.4 °C at Century Mine
Coolest days on average 22.1 °C at Applethorpe
Coldest day 13.3 °C at Applethorpe on 11 May
Coldest night -3.8 °C at Stanthorpe Leslie Parade on 21 May
Coolest nights on average 9.9 °C at Applethorpe
Warmest nights on average 25.7 °C at Coconut Island
Warmest night 30.6 °C at Windorah Airport on 2 Mar
Warmest on average overall 29.2 °C at Coconut Island
Coolest on average overall 16.1 °C at Applethorpe
Wettest overall 2294.2 mm at Russell River
Wettest day 593.0 mm at Port Douglas - Warner St on 26 Mar
Strongest wind gust 115 km/h at Windorah Airport on 2 Mar

Maps
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rainfall
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Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
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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 autumn daily rainfall
New record
(mm)
Old
record
Years of
record
Miranda Downs Station 371.0 on 26 Mar 224.0 on 18 Mar 2012 110
Alni 177.4 on 5 Mar 148.6 on 23 Mar 1949 99
Gregory Springs Station 155.0 on 5 Mar 138.0 on 2 Apr 1990 92
Abingdon Downs Station 405.0 on 27 Mar 263.0 on 17 Mar 2016 72
Carsland 298.0 on 3 Mar 207.8 on 5 Mar 1954 61
Cecil Plains Homestead 118.0 on 4 Mar 114.3 on 1 Mar 1897 49
Mount Turner Station 241.0 on 27 Mar 148.8 on 10 Mar 1974 47
Bellenden Ker Top Stn 590.0 on 12 Mar 490.0 on 12 Apr 1976 46
North Head 158.0 on 27 Mar 154.0 on 9 Mar 1995 38
Delta Downs Station 226.0 on 25 Mar 128.5 on 4 Mar 1998 35
Phosphate Hill 108.0 on 3 Mar 68.0 on 5 Apr 2006 34
Green Hills 222.2 on 27 Mar 119.4 on 19 May 2017 32
White Cliff Point 349.2 on 26 Mar 292.0 on 13 Mar 1995 31
Farley Station 118.8 on 4 Mar 84.2 on 19 Mar 1983 29
Eversleigh 115.0 on 6 Mar 92.4 on 3 Apr 1999 20
Japoonvale Warrakin Rd 300.0 on 27 Mar 260.0 on 22 May 2016 20



Highest autumn total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
higher
Average for
autumn
Alni 277.8 280.6 in 1971 87.6
Glen Harding 496.0 572.8 in 1967* 181.5
Innot Hot Springs Township 469.0 607.0 in 1977* 227.2
Port Douglas - Warner St 1371.0 1402.2 in 1983* 703.7
Tambo Post Office 316.0 430.8 in 1990 128.7
Hawkins Creek 1453.1 1802.3 in 1990* 845.8
Walkamin Research Station 540.4 551.3 in 1997 287.3

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




Lowest autumn total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Average for
autumn
Mount Larcom Post Office 28.4 23.1 in 1915* 192.7
Leslie Dam 42.4 41.8 in 1991 128.7
Springsure Comet St 22.6 12.2 in 1993* 143.0
Woorarra 11.0 7.0 in 1993* 120.9

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




Record highest autumn temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
autumn
Point Lookout 33.0 on 4 Mar = 33.0 on 18 Mar 2017 22 26.3



Record highest autumn daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
autumn
Surat 25.4 on 3 Mar = 25.4 on 5 Mar 1980 55 13.3
Injune Post Office 24.9 on 3 Mar 23.9 on 2 Mar 2001 51 12.1
Mackay Aero 27.3 on 5 Mar 26.9 on 11 Mar 2015 33 19.1
Dalby Airport 23.3 on 2 Mar 23.1 on 3 Mar 1999 27 12.4
St George Airport 27.0 on 3 Mar 26.4 on 4 Mar 2009 22 13.9



Record highest autumn mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
autumn
Sunshine Coast Airport 18.1 17.8 in 2000 23 16.9
Tewantin RSL Park 18.8 18.7 in 2016 22 17.9

Highest autumn mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
autumn
Gympie 16.0 16.8 in 1989* 14.6

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




Summary statistics for autumn 2018
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
autumn
2018
Diff
from
average
Highest for
autumn
2018
Mean for
autumn
2018
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
autumn
2018
Total for
autumn
2018
Average
for
autumn
Rank of
autumn
2018
Fraction of
autumn
average
North Peninsula (district 27)
Coconut Island 32.8 +1.2 35.3 15 Apr 25.7 0.0 23.2 31 May 653.4 528.6 high 124%
Coen Airport 30.9 -0.1 34.4 31 Mar 21.8 +0.1 17.2 28 Apr 101.6 318.2 v low 32%
Horn Island 30.7 +0.3 32.3 2 Mar 25.3 +0.3 22.9 31 May 677.8 661.5 average 102%
Scherger RAAF 32.1 -0.1 35.1 9 Apr 22.4 -0.1 17.9 28 Apr 120.0 451.8 v low 27%
Weipa Aero 31.7 -0.3 33.8 15 Mar 22.8 +0.1 18.3 28 Apr 418.8 522.9 average 80%
South Peninsula (district 28)
Palmerville 31.8 -0.1 34.2 17 Mar 19.4 -0.4 11.4 31 May 246.8 244.9 average 101%
Lower Carpentaria (district 29)
Burketown Airport 33.6 +0.1 38.4 2 Apr 20.6 -0.6 10.4 14 May 231.0 201.0 average 115%
Century Mine 34.4 +0.3 39.9 1 Mar 20.1 -0.3 11.1 25 May 56.6 117.1 average 48%
Cloncurry Airport 32.5 -0.5 39.3 1 Mar 20.1 +0.6 10.5 13 May 215.0 103.0 high 209%
Julia Creek Airport 32.6 -1.5 36.9 17 Apr 17.5 0.0 5.8 13 May 247.4 90.2 high 274%
Kowanyama Airport 33.0 +0.4 35.3 19 Mar 21.9 +0.3 13.6 15 May 332.2 301.8 average 110%
Lake Julius AWS 32.4   38.7 1 Mar 20.4   13.4 25 May 242.8
Mornington Island Airport 30.8   34.4 15 Apr 22.9   15.5 16 May 628.2
Mount Isa Aero 31.8 +0.3 39.4 1 Mar 18.3 +0.3 9.6 25 May 218.6 92.1 high 237%
Normanton Airport 32.4 -1.1 36.0 19 Mar 21.8 -0.5 13.5 14 May 296.0 181.1 high 163%
Sweers Island 30.6 -0.3 34.5 31 Mar 23.7 -0.5 18.4 28 May 592.6 316.4 high 187%
Upper Carpentaria (district 30)
Georgetown Airport 31.1 -1.2 34.0 30 Mar 18.5 -0.9 8.5 14 May 431.8 177.9 v high 243%
Hughenden Airport 31.0 -0.9 35.5 15 Apr 17.9 +0.1 4.5 13 May 100.4 57.7 high 174%
Richmond Airport 32.2 -0.7 36.8 21 Apr 17.2 -0.3 6.0 13 May 164.2 101.9 high 161%
Richmond Post Office 31.9 -0.4 35.9 17 Apr 18.3 +1.3 7.0 15 May 198.8 99.4 high 200%
Barron North Coast (district 31)
Cairns Aero 29.7 +0.5 32.5 31 Mar 22.1 +0.5 15.3 15 May 972.6 705.5 high 138%
Cairns Racecourse 29.5   33.9 30 Mar 21.3   12.2 15 May 1094.8
Cape Flattery 29.8 -0.1 33.1 30 Mar 24.2 +0.1 21.7 29 May 220.2 632.5 v low 35%
Cooktown Airport 29.2 0.0 32.5 30 Mar 23.1 +0.4 16.3 26 Apr 424.6 583.7 average 73%
Low Isles Lighthouse 29.0 -0.3 32.8 30 Mar 24.3 +0.2 21.4 2 May 899.8 771.3 average 117%
Mareeba Airport 28.1 -0.3 32.7 30 Mar 19.1 +0.3 11.6 31 May 329.8 218.6 high 151%
Walkamin Research Station 26.7 +0.1 31.5 30 Mar 18.1 +0.1 11.3 16 May 540.4 287.3 high 188%
Herbert North Coast (district 32)
Cardwell Marine Pde 28.6 -0.4 31.7 1 Apr 20.7 +0.7 11.2 14 May 810.1 703.3 average 115%
Cowley Beach (Defence) 28.0   31.3 30 Mar 21.7   13.2 15 May 1399.4
Ingham Composite 29.2 +0.2 34.0 30 Mar 20.2 0.0 10.9 14 May 1104.2 711.8 high 155%
Innisfail 28.4 +0.2 33.1 30 Mar 20.8 +0.4 14.3 14 May 1793.6 1417.5 high 127%
Innisfail Aerodrome 28.4   32.6 30 Mar 20.2   10.7 15 May 1631.8
Lucinda Point 27.4 -0.5 32.1 30 Mar 23.2 +0.1 16.9 14 May 375.0 324.9 high 115%
Mount Stuart (Defence) 29.3   33.6 30 Mar 20.5   14.9 14 May 333.2
South Johnstone Exp Stn 28.1 0.0 32.6 30 Mar 21.0 +0.7 13.0 14 May
Townsville Aero 30.0 +0.6 33.6 30 Mar 20.9 +0.5 10.6 14 May 355.0 292.2 average 121%
East Central Coast (district 33)
Alva Beach 28.7 -0.2 31.6 31 Mar 20.6 0.0 11.5 13 May 287.8 244.2 average 118%
Ayr DPI Research Stn 29.5 +0.1 33.5 30 Mar 19.2 +0.3 8.6 14 May 249.6 243.5 average 103%
Bowen Airport AWS 29.1   33.1 19 Mar 20.8   8.6 14 May 251.0
Collinsville Post Office 30.6 +0.7 35.5 29 Mar 16.8 -0.2 4.7 23 May 68.6 172.4 low 40%
Hamilton Island Airport 26.2 -0.5 30.0 4 Mar 22.5 0.0 18.4 26 May 553.4 485.0 average 114%
Mackay Aero 28.0 +0.6 32.2 30 Mar 19.8 +0.7 7.0 22 May 383.2 513.2 average 75%
Mackay M.O 27.0 +0.5 32.4 1 Mar 20.4 +0.5 10.9 13 May 354.8 525.9 average 67%
Ooralea Racecourse (Mackay Turf Club) 27.8   33.4 29 Mar 19.1   7.2 13 May 400.4
Proserpine Airport 28.4 -0.1 32.4 30 Mar 19.2 +0.3 7.0 23 May 430.0 397.9 average 108%
Samuel Hill Aero 27.2 0.0 34.2 2 Mar 18.6 +1.1 6.0 22 May 474.6 462.9 average 103%
St Lawrence 29.3 +0.4 33.2 26 Apr 18.5 +0.3 7.0 23 May 80.4 223.9 low 36%
Townsville- Fanning River (Defence) 28.9   33.3 30 Mar 17.3   7.5 14 May 256.6
Williamson 28.4 -0.2 33.0 16 Mar 18.5 +0.6 6.7 22 May 134.0 213.7 low 63%
Woolshed 26.1 +0.1 31.3 30 Mar 17.3 0.0 7.8 23 May 22.0 237.7 lowest 9%
Yeppoon The Esplanade 26.5 +0.1 30.2 5 Mar 20.1 +0.7 8.0 22 May 204.0 275.6 average 74%
West Central Coast (district 34)
Charters Towers Airport 29.6 -0.3 34.0 30 Mar 18.0 -0.2 7.5 15 May 171.2 127.3 average 134%
Moranbah Airport 30.0   35.2 29 Mar 16.6   5.2 22 May 37.0
Central Highlands (district 35)
Blackwater Airport 30.0   34.7 16 Apr 16.7   7.7 13 May 33.4
Clermont Airport 29.5   34.8 2 Mar 15.3   2.1 22 May 34.6
Emerald Airport 30.3 +0.6 35.1 29 Mar 17.4 +0.6 7.8 12 May 21.0 106.7 low 20%
Lochington 30.3   35.6 20 Mar 15.2   2.7 23 May 14.0
Rolleston Airport 29.3   34.8 2 Mar 15.1   4.2 13 May 62.2
Springsure Comet St 28.9 +0.2 34.2 2 Mar 15.1 +0.1 1.8 12 May 22.6 143.0 v low 16%
Tambo Post Office 29.2 +0.3 38.4 2 Mar 13.0 +0.1 0.8 12 May 316.0 128.7 v high 246%
Taroom Post Office 29.3 +0.9 35.2 1 Mar 13.7 -0.3 3.2 20 May 108.6 138.6 average 78%
Central Lowlands (district 36)
Barcaldine Post Office 31.3 +1.5 38.8 1 Mar 18.5 +1.8 6.4 12 May 112.9 124.2 average 91%
Blackall Airport 30.4 -0.1 39.1 2 Mar 15.9 +0.3 3.2 23 May 127.0 69.8 high 182%
Isisford Post Office 31.0 +0.5 39.2 1 Mar 16.9 +1.0 6.3 12 May 212.2 122.6 high 173%
Upper Western (district 37)
Camooweal Township 33.6 +1.1 39.8 1 Mar 18.4 +0.6 6.3 13 May 129.2 80.7 high 160%
Carters Bore 31.5   38.2 1 Mar 20.5   11.4 12 May 165.0
New May Downs 31.4   37.6 1 Mar 19.5   10.8 12 May 188.2
Trepell Airport 31.5 -1.0 40.7 1 Mar 17.4 -0.2 5.9 12 May 306.2 65.6 v high 467%
Urandangi Aerodrome 33.6   41.3 19 Mar 17.1   5.6 13 May 67.2
Winton Airport 31.9 -0.6 39.1 1 Mar 17.6 +0.3 6.5 13 May 276.0 92.6 v high 298%
Lower Western (district 38)
Bedourie 32.2 +0.7 42.1 1 Mar 17.4 +0.4 7.0 18 May 115.6 49.3 high 234%
Birdsville Airport 32.3 +1.1 41.9 1 Mar 17.9 +1.0 4.8 31 May 21.2 45.7 average 46%
Boulia Airport 32.5 +1.3 39.9 19 Mar 19.2 +2.0 7.8 31 May 76.3 62.3 high 122%
Windorah Airport 31.7   41.2 1 Mar 18.7   4.4 31 May 44.6
Port Curtis South Coast (district 39)
Bundaberg Aero 28.1 +0.9 32.1 1 Mar 17.8 +0.5 7.6 13 May 46.2 236.8 lowest 20%
Gayndah Airport     34.3 16 Apr 15.2 +0.2 3.7 12 May 39.4 116.8 low 34%
Gladstone Airport 28.7 +0.8 33.0 28 Mar 19.4 +0.6 10.3 13 May 43.6 190.4 v low 23%
Gladstone Radar 29.0 +0.9 32.8 26 Apr 20.0 +0.6 12.8 31 May 43.0 209.9 v low 20%
Lady Elliot Island 27.0 +0.7 31.6 19 Mar 21.8 +0.2 12.5 23 May 331.8 343.6 average 97%
Monto Township 27.9 +0.6 33.5 1 Mar 14.3 +0.6 1.5 23 May 94.8 165.7 low 57%
Rockhampton Aero 29.9 +1.5 35.0 2 Mar 18.9 +1.2 7.4 13 May 46.0 194.2 v low 24%
Seventeen Seventy 26.3 0.0 30.6 4 Mar     11.9 31 May
Thangool Airport 29.6 +0.3 35.2 16 Apr 14.1 +0.1 1.9 23 May 42.0 136.2 v low 31%
Moreton South Coast (district 40)
Amberley AMO 27.7 +0.8 34.8 1 Mar 13.6 -0.3 1.2 22 May 92.8 192.9 low 48%
Archerfield Airport 27.3 +0.8 35.1 1 Mar 15.7 +0.5 6.4 22 May 127.8 277.4 low 46%
Beaudesert Drumley Street 27.6 +1.0 33.8 15 Apr 14.0 +0.3 2.1 31 May 81.2 222.8 v low 36%
Beerburrum Forest Station 26.5 +0.1 34.6 4 Mar 16.4 +0.8 7.9 12 May 308.6 409.6 average 75%
Brisbane 27.1 +0.2 34.7 4 Mar 17.6 +0.5 8.3 31 May 207.8 243.0 average 86%
Brisbane Aero 26.0 +0.1 32.0 4 Mar 17.1 +0.7 7.2 31 May 245.6 280.3 average 88%
Coolangatta 26.3 +1.0 32.2 4 Mar 17.3 +0.4 4.6 12 May 279.2 481.2 low 58%
Double Island Point Lighthouse 25.3 +0.6 32.1 3 Mar 20.2 +0.5 11.7 31 May 244.4 434.8 low 56%
Gold Coast Seaway 26.9 +1.0 35.1 1 Mar 18.7 +0.6 9.7 21 May 223.8 350.8 low 64%
Gympie 27.0 -0.1 33.5 4 Mar 16.0 +1.4 3.1 22 May 248.2 299.0 average 83%
Hervey Bay Airport 26.9 +0.1 31.7 2 Mar 18.2 +0.7 7.4 22 May 309.2 295.1 average 105%
Kingaroy Airport 25.4 -0.1 32.6 4 Mar 12.2 +0.3 -1.4 21 May 63.4 120.9 low 52%
Logan City Water Treatment Plant 26.7 +0.4 34.9 1 Mar 16.7 +0.8 7.4 21 May 315.5 313.2 average 101%
Maryborough 28.1 +1.0 34.2 1 Mar 17.1 +0.8 5.5 22 May 227.2 321.3 average 71%
Nambour Daff - Hillside 26.0 0.0 33.4 4 Mar 17.4 +0.8 6.4 12 May
Rainbow Beach 26.3 +0.4 30.7 15 Apr     12.6 31 May 410.4 433.7 average 95%
Redcliffe 26.0 +0.3 32.3 4 Mar 18.2 +0.6 10.1 31 May 220.0 295.5 average 74%
Redland (Alexandra Hills) 25.9   33.9 4 Mar 17.0   8.3 31 May 273.2
Sunshine Coast Airport 26.5 +0.7 33.2 4 Mar 18.1 +1.2 6.6 31 May 441.4 475.0 average 93%
Tewantin RSL Park 26.1 +0.4 32.0 4 Mar 18.8 +0.9 7.8 31 May 401.0 518.3 low 77%
University of Queensland Gatton 28.4 +1.6 35.7 1 Mar 13.7 0.0 3.4 19 May 64.0 173.2 low 37%
East Darling Downs (district 41)
Applethorpe 22.1 +1.2 30.6 19 Mar 9.9 +0.2 -2.8 21 May 82.8 164.1 low 50%
Dalby Airport 27.7 +0.8 34.3 1 Mar 12.5 +0.1 -0.3 21 May 42.2 113.2 low 37%
Oakey Aero 26.3 +0.7 33.1 1 Mar 11.7 -0.1 -2.0 21 May 96.2 120.4 average 80%
Stanthorpe Leslie Parade 22.7 +0.9 31.6 1 Mar     -3.8 21 May 54.0 154.9 v low 35%
Texas Post Office 28.6 +1.4 37.5 19 Mar 12.8 +0.9 0.3 31 May 45.4 129.9 low 35%
Toowoomba Airport 23.7 +0.6 30.9 1 Mar 13.7 +0.5 2.1 31 May 81.6 145.3 low 56%
Warwick 25.5 +0.8 34.0 1 Mar 11.7 +0.6 -1.9 21 May
West Darling Downs (district 42)
Miles Constance Street 28.2 +0.5 34.5 19 Mar 13.0 -0.1 0.2 21 May 20.6 104.3 low 20%
Maranoa (district 43)
Injune Post Office 28.1 +0.7 35.2 3 Mar 12.1 0.0 0.0 31 May 57.6 135.3 low 43%
Mitchell Post Office 29.0 +1.7 37.2 2 Mar     -0.2 21 May 80.8 127.1 average 64%
Roma Airport 28.7 +0.8 36.2 2 Mar 11.9 -0.6 -0.5 31 May 93.8 123.2 average 76%
St George Airport 29.1 +1.3 39.4 2 Mar 14.4 +0.5 2.4 31 May 32.2 92.7 v low 35%
Surat 28.9 +1.0 37.4 2 Mar 14.1 +0.8 1.2 21 May 42.8 123.1 low 35%
Warrego (district 44)
Charleville Aero 29.4 +1.5 38.6 2 Mar 15.2 +1.4 2.1 31 May 112.2 117.9 average 95%
Cunnamulla Post Office 30.3 +2.5 42.0 2 Mar 16.4 +2.1 3.6 31 May 49.8 97.2 average 51%
Far Southwest (district 45)
Ballera Gas Field 31.6 +1.7 42.2 2 Mar 17.8 +1.1 5.5 31 May 25.6 47.0 average 54%
Thargomindah Airport 31.0 +1.8 41.9 2 Mar 18.0 +1.6 6.0 31 May 24.2 69.1 low 35%
Offshore Islands (district 200)
Frederick Reef 26.1   30.0 1 Mar 24.1   18.0 26 May
Middle Percy Island 25.3 -0.2 29.9 2 Mar 21.3 +0.3 16.9 31 May 270.8 393.2 low 69%
Willis Island 29.1 +0.3 32.3 3 Mar 25.2 +0.5 22.0 29 May 327.8 405.0 average 81%

Notes

The Seasonal 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 10 am on Friday 1 June 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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