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AUTUMN - “Best time of the year”
Right:  Typical autumn scene in Armidale- autumn trees
under clear skies.

This is the latest temperature and wind information at Armidale Airport. 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.

This Month - April 2014
   Total Rainfall up to 9am on the 23rd:
3.6 mm    (Long term average: 45 mm)

This Year - 2014
   Total Rainfall up to 9am on 23rd Apr:  172.2 mm    (Jan-Apr average: 301 mm, annual average: 787 mm) 
   Highest Daily Rainfall:  25.8 mm on 28th Mar
   Highest Temperature:  37.1C on 3rd Jan
   Lowest Temperature:  0.4C on 18th Apr
   Hot Days - Temp above 30C: 
21    (average: 14 days)
   Cold Days - Maximum below 10C: 
0    (average: 15 days)
   Cold Mornings with Frosts: 
6   (average: 98)

Latest News
(using information from Armidale City weather station)

MARCH 2014 RAINFALL - 101.8 mm
on 14 days, 37 more than the long term average. Details in the March 2014 Weather Review here.

After experiencing the driest summer on record, March 2014 has now been the wettest March since 2002. A low pressure trough which developed over inland New South Wales on 24th March produced good soaking rain to the New England region over the following five days. The total from the 24th to the 28th was 67.2 mm, bringing the total for the month to 100.0 mm (up to the 28th) which is more than the total for the previous three summer months.

The summer of 2013/2014 was the driest on record, and the hottest since 1958 in Armidale. Details in the Armidale summer 2013/14 weather review

FEBRUARY 2014 RAINFALL - 49.6 mm
on 9 days, 39 mm less than the long term average, and was the driest February since 2000 (44.4 mm). The total rain for the three summer months December, January and February was just 88.8 mm - lowest summer rainfall on record from 150 years of rainfall records. The previous lowest was 112.0 mm in the summer of 1964/65. Further details in the February 2014 Weather Review here.


JANUARY 2014 RAINFALL - 17.2 mm
on 7 days, 85 mm lower than the long term average, Armidale’s driest January since 1981 (13.2 mm). This follows a very dry December, the total for the two months being 39.2 mm making it the driest December-January since 1881-82 (31.5 mm). Further details in the January 2014 Weather Review here.

HOTTEST DAY FOR 62 YEARS:  37.1C - Friday 3rd January - A low pressure trough over inland New South Wales directed very hot north-westerly winds originating from central Australia over the north of the state. As a result many areas recorded their hottest day on record. In Armidale the maximum of 37.1C was reached at 4.00pm. This was the highest temperature recorded at the present weather station site (33 years of records), and a check of older temperature records from the CBD indicates it was the highest since 26 January 1952 when the post office recorded 38.4C. The heat lingered well into the night, at 9pm it was 34.5C, at 11pm 30.0C and at midnight 26.5C.
The maximum at Armidale airport was just 0.1C cooler at 37.0C.

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

2013 RAINFALL TOTAL:  636.4 mm -
151 mm less than the long term average. It was a dry year, but 2012 was even drier totalling just 597 mm. Only two months recorded well above average rain - January with 162 mm and November with 118 mm. Conditions were very dry from April to October with the exception of June. April was the driest month recording only 6.6 mm.

December 2013’s rainfall total of just 22.0 mm on 6 days, 62 mm less than the long term average, was the lowest for the month of December since 1941 which recorded just 10.0 mm. Most of the rain fell in two events on the 16th and the 25th/26th.
Further details in the December 2013 Weather Review

Saturday 7th December - Minimum temperature 0.4C, lowest for December since 7/12/2002 (-0.5C). After a cool clear night the temperature dropped to a minimum of 0.4C at 6.15am with a light frost on the grass. The grass minimum was -3.2C. It is not particularly uncommon for Armidale to experience frost level temperatures in December, usually after the passage of a trough or cold front which is what happened in this case. Long term averages show that a December frost occurs once every three years.

NOVEMBER RAINFALL - 117.6 mm on 11 days, 34 mm higher than the long term average.
Most of the rain fell during two events on the 23rd and 29th - see below. Further details in the November 2013 Weather Review

Friday 29th November - As a low pressure trough passed over north-eastern New South Wales moderate to heavy falls of rain occurred on the Northern Tablelands with Armidale recording 50.8 mm throughout the day. This was the highest daily fall for two years since 24th November 2011 when 87.6 mm of rain fell. The rain was heaviest during the afternoon which caused minor flooding in Dumaresq Creek.


HEAVIEST RAIN FOR 8 MONTHS - 23rd November - A low pressure trough over eastern New South Wales generated widespread showers and thunderstorms over the Northern Tablelands during the day. In Armidale there were a number of slight and moderate thunderstorms starting at 10am and lasting until 4.45pm. Total rain recorded for the day was 21.8 mm. This was the highest daily fall since 2nd March this year. No hail was observed with the storms.

OCTOBER RAINFALL - 31.0 mm on 6 days, 37 mm less than the long term average.
This was the fourth consecutive month with below average rain. The highest daily fall was 13.0 mm from thunderstorms on the 29th. Further details in the October 2013 Weather Review

SEPTEMBER RAINFALL - 23.8 mm on 4 days, 27 mm less than the long term average.
Most of the rain fell in one event on the 16th and 17th with the highest daily fall being 17.6 mm on the 17th. It was the driest September since 2007. Further details in the September 2013 Weather Review here.

September 2013 was the warmest September for over 100 years with day temperatures averaging 21.7C, peaking at 28.7C on the 26th which was the warmest daily temperature on record for September. (The previous highest was 28.2C on 29/9/2000 & on 25/9/2002.) After the unusually warm day on the 26th, the temperature dropped to a chilly minimum of -3.0C at 6.15am on the 27th. The unseasonably warm conditions were caused by a number of troughs moving through New South Wales generating north-westerly winds drawing in very dry warm air from the centre of Australia, and combined with numerous dry sunny days throughout the month.

The first 12 days of September 2013 were the warmest for this time of year for over 100 years. The average maximum temperature for the 12 days was 21.5C which is 5.5C higher than the long term average. This has not happened before in the 122 years of temperature records available for Armidale. The warmest day was the 8th with 24.1C. Normally in September cold fronts move rapidly through the state from the south-west keeping temperatures at cool to cold levels with the occasional warm day in between.

The winter of 2013 was unusually mild. Based on maximum temperatures over the months of June, July and August it was Armidale’s third warmest winter in over 100 years. Minimum temperatures were close to the long term average although frosts were mostly less severe than normal. Details in the Armidale winter weather review

TELEVISION REPORTING OF ARMIDALE’S WEATHER - Daily temperatures for Armidale reported on the major TV networks often vary from each other. This is because the ABC reports the temperatures from the city weather station, whereas NBN and Prime usually report temperatures from Armidale Airport. The airport temperatures are not as representative of conditions in the city due to its higher altitude. 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

It’s been five years since the last settling snowfall in Armidale, but there have been many light and a few moderate snowfalls around the Guyra/Black Mountain/Ben Lomond areas since then. Click on the link below to see the gallery of snow photographs taken in various locations on the Northern Tablelands over the last 28 years:
Snow images 1984 to 2011.

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.

Latest Forecast
Click HERE for the most recent four day forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology.

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’s Weather.”

May in Armidale - what can we expect?
Winter still hasn't quite arrived in May. The cool to mild autumn "golden days" continue, but nights are getting that real winter chill as the frost season sets in. Morning fogs are common, but are usually followed by pleasant sunny days. A cold snap may plunge us into winter conditions for a few days before becoming milder again. Winds are light westerlies, and rainfall is sporadic and light - May is normally the driest month of the year.
Very occasionally it snows in May. The last May snowfalls were in 2008 when there was a light settling fall in the evening of May 17th.
Average max temp:  16.3 deg                       Average min temp:  3.0 deg
Average rainfall:  43.1 mm on 8 days             Average fine sunny days: 15
Average days with thunderstorms:  1              Average frosts:  13
Average hours of sunshine per day:  4.8
Hottest:  23.5 deg on May 19th 2003        Coldest:  -8.8 deg on May 23rd 1982

National Climate Centre outlook for April to June 2014:  Rainfall lower than the long term average, temperatures warmer than the long term average.

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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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The above graph shows the average (mean of average max and average min) temperature for each year from 1891 to 2013.
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.
Is Armidale’s climate warming? You be the judge.