Weather at Armidale NSW
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Photograph shows threatening storm clouds to the east of Armidale
on 6th January 2002. Image by J. Nolan.
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.
(using information from Armidale City weather station)
COLDEST DECEMBER MORNING WITH FROST FOR 11 YEARS - 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 here.
HEAVIEST RAIN FOR 2 YEARS - 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.
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 here.
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.
RECORD SEPTEMBER HEAT - 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.
WARMEST START TO SPRING ON RECORD - 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.
UNUSUALLY MILD WINTER - 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 here.
AUGUST RAINFALL - 10.8 mm on 3 days, 37 mm less than the long term average. It was the driest August for 16 years with the highest daily fall being 10.4 mm on the 17th. Further details in the August 2013 Weather Review here.
COLDEST MORNING OF THE YEAR - 16th August - The minimum of -7.0C was the lowest this year. The temperature reached zero at 7pm on Thursday night and remained below zero until just after 8am on Friday morning with the minimum recorded at 6.55am.
AUGUST COLD SNAP - 8th August - A cold front passed through New South Wales bringing strong winds, low temperatures and very light snow in Walcha during the morning. The snow did not make it any further north. Armidale’s maximum temperature was just 8.5C with the strong winds generating wind chill temperatures close to zero degrees for most of the day.
JULY RAINFALL - 18.6 mm on 7 days, 29 mm less than the long term average. The highest daily fall was 9.4 mm on the 20th. It was Armidale’s second warmest July on record. Further details in the July 2013 Weather Review here.
WARMEST JULY DAY FOR 23 YEARS - Thursday 18th July - Armidale recorded a maximum of 19.9C at 2.30pm which was the highest for July since 24th July 1990 (20.0C), and was also the second highest July temperature on record. The unusually mild conditions were caused by warm north-westerly winds being pushed ahead of a low pressure trough moving across New South Wales from the west.
JUNE RAINFALL - 79.8 mm on 11 days. June was a cloudy month with only six sunny days. Light and moderate rainfalls were scattered throughout the month with the highest daily fall being 18.2 mm on the 10th. Full details in the June 2013 Weather Review here.
JUNE COLD SNAP - Tuesday 25th June - Low temperatures, showers and snow occurred along the Northern Tablelands during the morning. An upper level cold pool combined with showers being pushed northwards from a low pressure system near Sydney produced the very cold conditions. Maximum temperatures for the day: Armidale: 7.4C, Guyra: 4.1C. Snow settled briefly on the ground in the Guyra/ Black Mountain/Ben Lomond areas, and further east around Ebor.
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 here.
WEATHER REVIEW - The summer of 2012/2013 was the hottest on
record in Australia, but not in Armidale. Details in the Armidale summer
weather review here.
SNOW IMAGES - 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.
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This Month - December 2013
Total Rainfall up to 9am on the 9th:
6.8 mm (Long term average: 89 mm)
This Year - 2013
Total Rainfall up to 9am on 9th December: 621.2 mm (Annual average: 788 mm)
Highest Daily Rainfall: 50.8 mm on 30th Nov
Highest Temperature: 34.9C on 13th Jan
Lowest Temperature: -7.0C on 16th Aug
Hot Days - Temp above 30C: 10 (Annual average: 14)
Cold Days - Maximum below 10C: 8 (Annual average: 15)
Cold Mornings with Frosts: 118 (Annual average: 98)
December in Armidale - what can we expect?
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: 24.9 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 Dec 19th 1990 Coldest: -0.5 deg on Dec 4th 1987
Hottest at former CBD site: 37.7 deg on
Dec 20th 1938
National Climate Centre outlook for
November 2013 to January 2014: Rainfall lower than the long term average, temperatures higher than
the long term average.
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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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