The Weather at Armidale NSW

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weather stations in Armidale

Left:  Cumulonimbus storm cloud building up to
the north of Armidale on 2 February 2011

Armidale Airport:  Current temperature and wind information. Further data from the airport HERE.
Note: the airport is 93 metres higher and five kilometres from the city weather station resulting in slightly different weather conditions occurring there. Winds are usually around 10 to 15 kms per hour stronger at the airport. Day temps are about one degree lower, and night and early morning temps can be around two to four degrees higher at the airport.

Armidale city weather station  (click “refresh” for latest update)
   Yesterday’s maximum 6 Feb:  21.1C  at 3.30pm (AEDT)       This morning’s minimum 7 Feb:  11.1C at 7.32am (AEDT)

   Rainfall 24 hours to 9am today 7 Feb:  

Latest Weather Forecast for Armidale
  Armidale Forecast

Guyra Weather
   Details on weather in Guyra here.

This Month - February 2016
   Total Rainfall up to 9am on the 7th:
 17.6 mm    (Long term average: 88 mm)

This Year - 2016  up to 7th Feb:
   Total Rainfall:  142.2 mm   (Jan-Feb average: 190 mm, annual av: 784 mm) 
   Highest Daily Rainfall:  26.6 mm on 6th Jan
   Highest Temperature:  32.6C on 14th Jan
   Lowest Temperature:  5.7C on 8th Jan
   Hot Days - Temp 30C or higher: 
7   (average: 14 days)
   Cold Days - Maximum below 10C: 
0    (average: 15 days)
   Cold Mornings with Frosts: 
0   (average: 99)

Latest Weather News 2016
(using information from Armidale City weather station)

on 17 days, 24 mm higher than the average. Falls were well distributed throughout the month with the heaviest fall daily fall of 26.6 mm on the 6th. Further details in the January 2016 Weather Review here.

Saturday 23rd January - The minimum temperature of 19.4C recorded at 5.22am was the highest minimum since 16th February 2014. The unusually mild night was caused by a low pressure trough directing warm north-westerly winds into New South Wales and overcast skies through the night.

Sunday 3rd January - During an overcast day of light rain and chilly easterly winds, the temperature struggled up to reach a maximum at 1.35pm of just 16.2C. This was the lowest January maximum for 30 years since 24th January 1986 when a maximum of only 14.3C was recorded.

Weather News 2015
(using information from Armidale City weather station)

All the details on Armidale’s weather in 2015 including statistics table here.

2015 RAINFALL TOTAL:  621.6 mm
- 163 mm lower than the annual average. 2015 was Armidale’s fourth consecutive year with below average rain. 

on 12 days, 15 mm higher than the average. Most of the rain fell in three events - 2nd/3rd, 16th/17th & 22nd/23rd. Further details in the December 2015 Weather Review

Tuesday 22nd December - A second major rain event this month brought heavy falls to Armidale in the afternoon from thunderstorms, with rain continuing into the evening. Total for the 24 hours to 9am on Wednesday 23rd was 36.2 mm which was the highest daily fall for over two years. A low pressure trough over north-eastern New South Wales was responsible for the wet weather.

Wednesday 16th December - An intense low pressure trough moved through eastern New South Wales generating showers and thunderstorms. In Armidale the storms arrived in the late afternoon with rain continuing into the night. Total for the 24 hours to 9am on Thursday 17th was 29.2 mm, the highest daily fall since 24th August this year.

on 8 days, 14 mm lower than the long term average. The rain all fell in the first two weeks with the second half of the month completely dry. The highest daily fall was 19.6 mm on the 5th. Further details in the November 2015 Weather Review

After two months of very dry conditions the first few days of November reversed the trend with 48 mm of rain recorded since the beginning of the month (up to 9am on the 6th). The welcome damp weather was caused by a number of troughs drawing in tropical moisture from Australia’s north. The highest daily fall was 19.6 mm up to 9am on the 5th.

on 9 days, 38 mm lower than the long term average. Most of the rain fell during thunderstorms with the highest daily fall being 8.4 mm on the 22nd. Further details in the October 2015 Weather Review

on 9 days, 32 mm lower than the long term average. Most falls were light with the best rain on the 3rd when 11.0 mm fell during the day. Further details in the September 2015 Weather Review here.

Since 1st August 2015 when the Armidale city weather station ceased taking 3pm daily readings, all three television networks (ABC, NBN, Prime) in their evening weather reports now show the day’s maximum and minimum temperatures from Armidale airport.
Unfortunately the airport temperatures are not as representative of conditions in the city due to its higher elevation. Overnight minimums in particular are often around 2 to 5 degrees colder at the city weather station which is located in the Armidale valley where temperature inversions are common on calm clear nights. More details on the reasons for temperatures differences between the two stations

Temperatures recorded at the city weather station can be accessed from the Bureau of Meteorology after about 9.40am here: 
9am daily summary - scroll down to Northern Tablelands.
Also here after about 10.15am:  Armidale daily observation tables.
The previous day’s maximum and the current day’s overnight minimum are also shown at the top of this page after about 9.30am.

Winter 2015 in Armidale was drier than normal and slightly milder than normal. Details here.

on 5 days, 4 mm higher than the long term average. Most of the rain fell in just two days. Further details in the August 2015 Weather Review here.

23rd-24th August - A trough over New South Wales delivered Armidale’s best falls of rain for four months. Thunderstorms and moderate to heavy showers started at around 9pm on the evening of Sunday the 23rd and continued through most of the night and the following day Monday the 24th to give a 48 hour total of 46.2 mm up to 9am on the 25th. Minor flooding occurred in Dumaresq Creek on the 24th. 

Wednesday 12th August - As a cold front combined with upper level cold air passed through the region, temperatures plummeted in the late evening with light snow showers in some higher areas of the Northern Tablelands including Topdale and Black Mountain. There was no snow in Armidale, apart from a brief shower of sago snow (ice pellets) at about 10pm.

BUREAU CUTS WEATHER OBSERVATIONS - From 1st August 2015 the Bureau of Meteorology has cut 3pm observations from 37 manually operated weather stations in New South Wales leaving only the 9am daily observations. Armidale has been included in the cuts. Details here. 

See for yourself. Go to the bottom of this page for the 123 year Armidale temperature graph.

Click on the link below to see a gallery of snow photographs taken in various locations on the Northern Tablelands over the last 30 years:
Snow images 1984 to 2015.

EBOR FALLS ICE AND SNOW (Historic Event) -
In July 2007, after several mornings of sub-zero temperatures, Ebor Falls, 80 kms east of Armidale, partly froze and a mini snowfield was created by spray at the base of the falls. Photographs of this amazing event here.

Forecast Rainfall
Where will it fall, when will it fall, and how much is likely to fall?
HERE to access the Bureau of Meteorology's four day rainfall predictions.

This Month’s Daily Data
Click HERE for daily data for this month compiled by the Bureau of Meteorology. Data is from the city weather station at East Armidale except for wind and pressure readings which are from the Armidale Airport weather station.
More detailed daily data can be found under the “Monthly Data Files” link below under the heading “Armidale Weather.”

February in Armidale - what can we expect?
Normal conditions in February…
February is generally very warm with good falls of rain. Humid easterly winds prevail often bringing in low cloud from the coast with night and morning drizzle. The thunderstorm season is in decline, but afternoon storms with heavy falls are still possible. Nights are mild, and days are warm to hot with temperatures often reaching the high twenties and sometimes into the low thirties.

Average max temp:  25.4 deg                        Average min temp:  12.5 deg
Average rainfall:  88.3 mm on 10 days            Average fine sunny days: 13
Average days with thunderstorms:  5              Average frosts:  0
Average hours of sunshine per day:  7.8
Hottest:  35.8 deg on 3rd Feb 2006        Coldest:  2.5 deg on 4th Feb 2005

Hottest at former CBD site: 37.8 deg on 7th Feb 1952

National Climate Centre outlook for February 2016:  Rainfall close to the long term average, temperatures warmer than the long term average.

Armidale Weather


Weather at Nearby Locations

Links to Webcams & automatic weather stations (AWS)

DO YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ARMIDALE'S WEATHER?  I'm always on the lookout for a good photo for the top of this page. If you have any which you think look good (interesting clouds, sunsets, hail, frosts, snow, floods etc) in or around Armidale, please email me here.

Information and statistics in these pages referring to Armidale are sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology weather station in East Armidale, station number 56037. Some data is also used from the Bureau’s automatic weather station at Armidale airport, station number 56238.

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Armidale Yearly Temperatures 1891-2015

The above graph shows the average (mean of average max and average min) temperature for each year from 1891 to 2015.
The dotted line is the ten year average.
Until 1997 temperatures were recorded in Armidale’s CBD. Temperatures recorded since 1997 at the East Armidale site have been weighted to be compatible with the earlier recordings.
The ten year average dotted line shows periods of warming and cooling.