The Weather at Armidale NSW
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weather stations in Armidale
Right: Summer is the storm season. In this image taken on
11 Feb 2012 a menacing thunderstorm approaches Armidale
as viewed from the Rologas sporting fields.
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
Yesterday’s maximum 29 Nov: 29.2C at 5.10pm (AEDT) This morning’s minimum 30 Nov: 9.6C at 6.20am (AEDT)
Number of days since it last rained: 15
Latest Weather Forecast for Armidale
This Month - November 2015
Total Rainfall up to 9am on the 30th:
69.2 mm (Long term average: 83 mm)
This Year - 2015 up to 9am on 30th November:
Total Rainfall: 522.0 mm (Jan-Nov av: 696 mm, annual av: 785 mm)
Highest Daily Rainfall: 35.8 mm on 4th Apr
Highest Temperature: 33.8C on 20th Mar
Lowest Temperature: -7.1C on 28th Jul
Hot Days - Temp 30C or higher: 7 (average: 14 days)
Cold Days - Maximum below 10C: 11 (average: 15 days)
Cold Mornings with Frosts: 92 (average: 99)
Latest News 2015
(using information from Armidale City weather station)
NOVEMBER RAINFALL: 69.2 mm 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.
WET START TO NOVEMBER - 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.
OCTOBER RAINFALL: 30.0 mm 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 here.
SEPTEMBER RAINFALL: 18.8 mm 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.
TELEVISION REPORTING OF ARMIDALE’S WEATHER - 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 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 here.
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 REVIEW - Winter 2015 in Armidale was drier than normal and slightly milder than normal. Details here.
AUGUST RAINFALL: 51.6 mm 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.
RAIN EVENT - 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.
AUGUST COLD SNAP - 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.
JULY RAINFALL: 33.2 mm on 12 days, 15 mm lower than the long term average. It was a cold, cloudy month with light rain and snow. Further details in the July 2015 Weather Review here.
COLDEST MORNING OF THE YEAR - Tuesday 28th July - The lowest minimum of the year so far of -7.1C was recorded at 7.30am along with a thick white frost. The coldest last year (2014) was -8.2C on 9th July. Temperatures in Armidale drop to -7.0C or lower on average of 4.3 days per year.
WIDESPREAD SNOW - Thursday 16th & Friday 17th July - An upper level trough and cold pool moved through eastern New South Wales on Thursday bringing very low temperatures and widespread snowfalls to the Central Tablelands, Northern Tablelands and over the border into southern Queensland including Stanthorpe and Cunningham’s Gap. The snow started on Thursday evening at around 9pm and continued intermittently through the night until around 11am on Friday.
In Armidale there was a light patchy cover of snow on the ground about a centimetre deep in the morning in the centre of the city, however there was a better cover in other parts of the city. The snow melted during the morning. The maximum temperature on Friday was just 6.0C, but the icy cold westerly winds made it feel much colder.
JULY SNOW - Sunday 12th July - A severe cold front combined with a large upper level cold pool passed through in the early hours bringing light snow showers to Armidale. The maximum temperature for the day was 5.7C, but strong westerly winds created wind chill temperatures of well below zero. Snow showers were very light during the day with no snow settling on the ground. The Guyra/Black Mountain/Ben Lomond area had heavier falls with snow settling. The Walcha area also received settling falls.
Monday 13th July - Snow showers in the early morning partly settled on the ground in Armidale, but it was a very patchy cover in the centre of the city. Falls were a little heavier in South Armidale. Maximum temperature was 5.8C.
JUNE RAINFALL: 32.8 mm on 8 days, 22 mm lower than the average. Further details in the June 2015 Weather Review here.
MAY RAINFALL: 46.2 mm on 11 days, 3 mm higher than the average. Further details in the May 2015 Weather Review here.
Note that any rain which falls after 9am on the last day of the month is recorded against the first day of the following month.
APRIL RAINFALL: 85.4 mm on 10 days, 40 mm higher than the average, and was the wettest April since 2003 (115 mm). The rain mostly fell in two events - 3rd to 6th (62.6 mm), and 19th to 22nd (19.6 mm). Further details in the April 2015 Weather Review here.
COLDEST APRIL DAY FOR 21 YEARS
- Sunday 26th April - Very
cold south-westerly winds and cloudy conditions following a cold front which
passed through the region in the early hours of the morning brought April’s
lowest day temperatures for 21 years. The maximum temperature of 10.0C
was the lowest for the month of April since 12th April 1994 (8.9C).
WARMEST APRIL DAY FOR 10 YEARS - 17th April - Warm northerly winds over New South Wales ahead of a low pressure trough produced much warmer temperatures than normal for this time of year. Armidale’s maximum of 26.7C at 2.05pm was the warmest for the month of April since 19th April 2005 when it reached 26.8C.
EASTER RAIN - Friday 3rd/Saturday 4th April - A trough over inland New South Wales intensified on Good Friday bringing good falls of rain to the north-east of the state. In Armidale light rain started in the early afternoon and continued through the evening and the following day Saturday 4th.
24 hour total to 9am Sat 4th: 35.8 mm - highest daily fall of rain for 16 months
24 hour total to 9am Sun 5th: 14.6 mm
Two day total: 50.4 mm
A further 12.2 mm fell during thunderstorms in the evening of Monday 6th.
Total for the Easter weekend: 62.6 mm.
SUMMER 2014/2015 REVIEW - It was a slightly wetter
summer than normal, but was it warmer or cooler than normal? Details in the Summer
of 2014/2015 Weather Review here.
IS ARMIDALE’S CLIMATE BECOMING WARMER? See for yourself. Go to the bottom of this page for the 123 year Armidale temperature graph.
SNOW IMAGES - 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.
Where will it fall, when will it fall, and how much is likely to fall?
Click HERE to access the Bureau of Meteorology's four day rainfall predictions.
December in Armidale - what can we expect?
Normal conditions in December…
The first month of summer brings more humid conditions and warm to very warm days with temperatures often reaching the high twenties and sometimes into the low thirties. Nights are still mostly cool with minimums occasionally below 5 degrees.
Rainfall can be moderate to heavy with much of it falling from thunderstorms as the storm season reaches its peak in December. Flash flooding is often a feature of these storms, and hail is also possible. Hot sunny days are often cooled in the late afternoon by thunderstorms which build up rapidly after the middle of the day.
Average max temp: 25.0 deg Average
min temp: 11.1 deg
Average rainfall: 89.0 mm on 10 days Average fine sunny days: 15
Average days with thunderstorms: 8 Average frosts: 0.3
Average hours of sunshine per day: 8.1
Hottest: 34.8 deg on 19th Dec 1990 Coldest: -0.5 deg on 4th Dec 1987 & 7th Dec 2002
Hottest at former CBD site: 37.7 deg on
20th Dec 1938
National Climate Centre outlook for December 2015: Rainfall higher than the long term average, maximum temperatures cooler than the long term average, minimums warmer than the long term average.
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.
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 1891-2014
The above graph shows the average (mean of average max and average min) temperature for each year from 1891 to 2014.
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.