Climate - Highest, Lowest temperatures - Highest Rainfall

Date of Record: 28/02/2013

In terms of both maximum and mean temperatures, summer 2012-13 was the warmest on record for Australia. Minimum temperatures were also significantly above average for the season, placing as the sixth warmest in 103 years of record.

For Australia as a whole, summer maximum temperatures were 1.44°C above average, making this the hottest summer in Australia since records commenced in 1910, and surpassing the previous record (held by summer 1982-83) by a large margin (0.21°C). All States recorded maxima at least 0.95°C warmer than average; South Australia recorded the largest anomaly at +1.98°C. All mainland States placed in the ten highest records for summer maxima.


HIGHEST TEMPERATURE

State

Temp.(°C)

Date

Place name

Station #

Latitude

Longitude

SA

50.7

2 January 1960

Oodnadatta Airport

17043

-27.56

135.45

WA

50.5

19 February 1998

Mardie

5008

-21.19

115.98

NSW

49.7

10 January 1939

Menindee Post Office

47019

-32.39

142.42

QLD

49.5

24 December 1972

Birdsville Police Station

38002

-25.90

139.35

VIC

48.8

7 February 2009

Hopetoun Airport

77010

-35.72

142.36

NT

48.3

2 January 1960

Finke Post Office

15526

-25.58

134.57

  "

48.3

1 January 1960

Finke Post Office

15526

-25.58

134.57

TAS

42.2

30 January 2009

Scamander

92094

-41.46

148.26


LOWEST TEMPERATURE

State

Temp.(°C)

Date

Place name

Station #

Latitude

Longitude

NSW

-23.0

29 June 1994

Charlotte Pass (Kosciusko Chalet)

71003

-36.43

148.33

TAS

-13.0

30 June 1983

Tarraleah Village

95018

-42.30

146.45

  "

-13.0

30 June 1983

Butlers Gorge

96003

-42.28

146.27

  "

-13.0

30 June 1983

Shannon HEC

96021

-42.05

146.75

VIC

-11.7

3 July 1970

Falls Creek

83071

-36.87

147.28

  "

-11.7

15 June 1965

Omeo Comparison

83025

-37.10

147.60

QLD

-10.6

12 July 1965

Warwick (The Hermitage)

41004

-28.21

152.10

  "

-10.6

23 June 1961

Stanthorpe (Leslie Parade)

41095

-28.66

151.93

SA

-8.2

20 July 1976

Yongala

19062

-33.03

138.75

NT

-7.5

17 July 1976

Alice Springs Airport

15590

-23.80

133.89

WA

-7.2

17 August 2008

Eyre

11019

-32.25

126.00


RAINFALL - HIGHEST DAILY

State

Rainfall (mm)

Date

Place name

Station #

Latitude

Longitude

QLD

907.0

3 February 1893

Crohamhurst

40062

-26.81

152.87

NSW

809.2

21 February 1954

Dorrigo (Myrtle Street)

59067

-30.34

152.71

WA

747.0

3 April 1898

Whim Creek

4042

-20.84

117.84

NT

544.6

15 April 1963

Roper Valley

14617

-14.93

134.01

VIC

377.8

23 March 2011

Tidal River

85082

-39.03

146.32

TAS

352.0

22 March 1974

St Marys (Cullenswood)

92009

-41.59

148.13

SA

272.6

14 March 1989

Motpena

17098

-31.19

138.28


RAINFALL - HIGHEST MONTHLY

State

Rainfall (mm)

Month

Place name

Station #

Latitude

Longitude

QLD

5387.0

January 1979

Bellenden Ker (Top Station)

31141

-17.29

145.92

NSW

1620.6

January 1974

Upper Crystal Creek

58150

-28.28

153.31

WA

1540.4

January 2011

Kuri Bay

1009

-15.49

124.52

NT

1252.1

January 2003

Redbank Mine

14718

-17.19

137.74

VIC

989.6

July 1964

Falls Creek

83037

-36.87

147.28

TAS

984.0

October 1988

Mount Mawson

95053

-42.68

146.58

SA

676.0

March 1989

Balcanoona

17010

-30.53

139.30


RAINFALL - HIGHEST ANNUAL

State

Rainfall (mm)

Year

Place name

Station #

Latitude

Longitude

QLD

12461.0

2000

Bellenden Ker (Top Station)

31141

-17.29

145.92

NSW

4539.7

1950

Tallowwood Point

59066

-30.35

152.87

TAS

4504.1

1948

Lake Margaret Dam

97006

-41.99

145.57

NT

3866.6

2011

Lake Evella

14515

-12.50

135.80

VIC

3738.5

1956

Falls Creek

83037

-36.86

147.28

WA

2461.8

2011

Doongan

1025

-15.38

126.31

SA

1852.6

1917

Aldgate

23768

-35.02

138.75