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May 18 2011

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The Temperature in Australia
The Temperatures that are quoted are based on readings taken in the shade, not in full sun.
For people who work outside in the sun, it is worth noting what the real temperature may be for them, it will be a lot higher than the quoted shaded temperatures.

27th March 2009 in my area near Brisbane, at 9:10am, the temperatures were:

Shade: 25C
Full Sun in the pool area, 36C

20.0C in Australia, is that Warm or Cold
I used to think that 20.0C was warm, but sitting here now at 20.0C, it feels much cooler than I remember it being in the UK. I must have acclimatised to the Australian Temperatures.

When I think about it, a drop of 10C from 20 to 10 in the UK would feel cold, I wonder if it feels just as cold when it goes down from 30 to 20 here in QLD ?

The weather in Australia is varied.
To anyone that says the weather in this country is great, they must remember that it is a big country, and very varied in conditions.

Checking the weather as I type this I see that the temperature varies as follows:

  • between 10.6C and 29.8C in NSW,
  • between 28.2C and 40.1C in the NT,
  • between 23.8C and 40.8C in QLD,
  • between 16.9C and 22.9C in SA,
  • between -.09C and 17.6C in Tasmania,
  • between 6.0C and 21.7C in VIC and
  • between 20.5C and 41.2C in WA.

These are all minimum and maximum temperatures quoted within 30 minutes of each other at the Weatherzonewebsite.

So the bottom line is that during the last 30 minutes, here in Australia, the temperature is between -.09C and 41.2C depending on exactly where you are. Even just on the mainland it is between 10.6C and 41.2C.

Even when looking at Brisbane, the temperature can vary between different areas. Often it may only be a couple of C difference, but it can also reach differences of up to 10C when Ipswich is compared to the Bayside.

For example, on Jan 7th 2004, the maximum temperature recorded at Ipswich was 40.9C, whilst at Brisbane Airport it was only 32.1C.

Exactly 6 months later on July 7th (Winter) the lowest temperature recorded at Ipswich was -2.7C, whilst at Brisbane Airport it was 4.0C.

It is generally found that the summer temperatures are cooler when closer to the Bayside, at least here in Brisbane, when compared to Inland, and yet, during winter, Inland areas get colder than those Bayside areas.

Another comparison of temperatures, taken Tuesday 29 Sep 10:04 am Queensland time

  • Brisbane 22C Current: Partly Cloudy
  • Perth 10C Current: Mostly Cloudy
  • Darwin 29C Current: Partly Cloudy
  • Hobart 10C Current: Mostly Cloudy
  • Sydney 17C Current: Partly Cloudy
  • Melbourne 12C Current: Mostly Cloudy
  • Adelaide 18C Current: Partly Cloudy
  • Canberra 11C Current: Partly Cloudy
  • Cairns, QLD 27C Current: Partly Cloudy

Humid Heat or Dry Heat ?
The higher the humidity, the hotter you will feel, even when compared to the same temperature in a lower humidity location.

In a Low humidity area, with Dry heat, your sweat evaporates faster, leaving you feeling drier.

In a High Humidity area, your sweat does not leave you, and you can still feel hot and sticky even after a shower.

Rain
Rainfall is also another variation.

On the 7th November 2004, Coolangatta in the Gold Coast received 207.4mm of rain in 24 hours, whilst Brisbane Airport recorded only 3.8mm and Ipswich 80.4mm in exactly the same period.

The average annual rainfall for these three areas is: Coolangatta – 1438.6mm, Brisbane Airport – 1185.4mm and Ipswich – 853.6mm

An interesting comparison of rainfall and number of rainy days, sourced from www.business.nsw.gov.au is:

Average Number of Wet days per year
154    Cairns
153    London
147    Melbourne
138    Sydney
122    Brisbane

Average rainfall per year (mm’s)
1,992    Cairns
1,223    Sydney
1,187    Brisbane
657    Melbourne
593    London

Comparison showing the average number of raining days in different parts of Australia, on a monthly basis.

Average Rainy Days in Australia
Example of Queensland Rainfall
Long Term Average Rainfall in Queensland
The weather in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Winter

In mid winter, July 2008, the temperature in Brisbane, QLD, Australia varied between 6.2C and 25.8C.

There were 4 days in July 2008 that the temperature went below 8C, mainly overnight.

Comparing the temperatures at 9am, they ranged between 12.4C and 19.8C, with 3 days being below 13C.

At 3pm, the range was between 15.9C and 25.2C, with 14 days being below 20C at 3pm, but only 1 day below 16C.

There were 2 days of rain, but only 1 days where it rained over 1mm.
These days had 3.4mm and 0.2mm each.

Summer

In Summer, looking at January 2008, the temperature in Brisbane, QLD, Australia varied between 17.6C and 31.3C.

The 9am temperature varied between 22.0C and 28.7C, whilst the 3pm temperature varied between 22.3C and 30.5C.

There were 9 days when the temperature exceeded 30C in Brisbane during January 2008.

The above information, and much more is available at: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/IDCJDW4019.latest.shtml

The weather in Sydney, NSW, Australia

Winter

In mid winter, July 2008, the temperature in Sydney, NSW, Australia varied between 5.5C and 23.1C.

There were 13 days in July 2008 that the temperature went below 8C, mainly overnight.

Comparing the temperatures at 9am, they ranged between 7C and 14.6C, with 24 days being below 12C.

At 3pm, the range was between 10.2C and 22.9C, with 29 days being below 20C at 3pm.

Summer

In Summer, looking at January 2008, the temperature in Sydney, NSW, Australia varied between 15.9C and 30.6C.

The 9am temperature varied between 20.0C and 26.7C, whilst the 3pm temperature varied between 19.7C and 29.4C.

There were 4 days when the temperature exceeded 30C in Sydney during January 2008.

The above information, and much more is available at: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/IDCJDW2124.latest.shtml

The weather in Penrith, NSW, Australia
Winter

In mid winter, July 2008, the temperature in Penrith, NSW, Australia varied between 0.3C and 21.5C.

There were 28 days in July 2008 that the temperature went below 8C, mainly overnight.

Comparing the temperatures at 9am, they ranged between 4.3C and 16.0C, with 26 days being below 12C.

At 3pm, the range was between 10.4C and 21.2C, with 28 days being below 20C at 3pm.

Summer

In Summer, looking at January 2008, the temperature in Penrith, NSW, Australia varied between 12.7C and 38.4C.

The 9am temperature varied between 17.9C and 26.3C, whilst the 3pm temperature varied between 19.7C and 33.1C.

There were 14 days when the temperature exceeded 30C in Penrith during January 2008.

The above information, and much more is available at: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/IDCJDW2111.latest.shtml

The weather in Canberra, ACT, Australia

Winter

In mid winter, July 2007, the temperature in Canberra, ACT, Australia varied between -4.7C and 15.7C.

There were 16 days in July 2007 that the temperature went below 0C, mainly overnight.

Comparing the temperatures at 9am, they ranged between -0.8C and 11.7C, with 2 days being below 0C.

At 3pm, the range was between 6.7C and 15.4C, 13 days were below 10C at 3pm.

Summer

In Summer, looking at January 2008, the temperature in Canberra, ACT, Australia varied between 9.9C and 35.8C.

The 9am temperature varied between 14.7C and 24.7C, whilst the 3pm temperature varied between 18.6C and 34.5C.

There were 15 days when the temperature exceeded 30C in Canberra during January 2008.

The above information, and much more is available at: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/IDCJDW0100.shtml

The weather in Perth, WA, Australia

Summer:

December 2007 Actual weather in Perth
Lowest Overnight was 7.9C
Highest Daytime was 44.2C
Only 8 days exceeded 30C in December 2007, 15 days never even exceeded 25C at the hottest point of the day.

The lowest 9am temperature was 14.5C and the highest was 34.8C
The lowest 3pm temperature was 18.5C and the highest was 40.7C

Jan 2008 Actual weather in Perth
Lowest Overnight was 13.1C
Highest Daytime was 41.9C

25 days exceeded 30C in January 2008, and only 1 day never even exceeded 25C at the hottest point of the day

The lowest 9am temperature was 18.4C and the highest was 32.2C
The lowest 3pm temperature was 23.1C and the highest was 40.7C

Winter

In mid winter, July 2009, the temperature in Perth, Western Australia varied between 1.5C and 21.7C.
There were 18 days in July 2009 that the temperature went below 8C, mainly overnight.

Comparing the temperatures at 9am, they ranged between 7.9C and 16.2C, with 22 days being below 13C.

At 3pm, the range was between 12.5C and 21.2C, with 27 days being below 20C at 3pm, and 10 days of those days below 16C.

There were 16 days of rain, with 15 days where it rained over 1mm.
9 days had over 5mm of rain, and 2 of these had about 25mm of rain each.

Weather information can be found from the following sites

  • Bureau of Meteorology Commonwealth of Australia 2004,
  • Weatherzone: Australias 5 Day Weather Forecast for:

Brisbane QLD : Sydney NSW : Perth WA : Melbourne VIC

Adelaide SA : Darwin NT : Hobart TAS : Canberra ACT

Weather History for last 24 hours

Daily Weather History for last 13 months

  • Queensland 139 locations of Daily Weather Observations for the previous 13 months
  • ACT

At that link, individual index pages are also available for other locations in Australia.



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