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AUTUMN IN ARMIDALE
Left: Cumulus clouds and autumn trees, Boorolong Road,
just outside Armidale. Image by John 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 (click “refresh” for latest update)
Yesterday’s maximum 29 Apr: 23.4C at 2.05pm (AEST) This morning’s minimum 30 Apr: 9.1C at 6.40am (AEST)
Rainfall 24 hours to 9am today 30 Apr: 0.0mm
Last Rain: 27 April - 0.2 mm
Latest Weather Forecast for Armidale
Details on weather in Guyra here.
This Month - April
Total Rainfall up to 9am on the 30th:
31.6 mm (Long term average: 45 mm)
This Year - 2016 up to 30th Apr:
Total Rainfall: 205.4 mm (Jan-Apr average: 300 mm, annual av: 784 mm)
Highest Daily Rainfall: 26.6 mm on 6th Jan
Highest Temperature: 34.6C on 26th Feb
Lowest Temperature: 3.4C on 1 Apr
Hot Days - Temp 30C or higher: 15 (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)
APRIL RAINFALL: 35.6 mm on 10 days, 14 mm lower than the average. It was unusual that there were no frosts during the month. The last frost-free April was in 2007.
HEAVIEST RAIN FOR 3 MONTHS - Friday 8th April - A low pressure trough over north-east New South Wales caused an intense thunderstorm to sweep across Armidale in the late afternoon dropping 15.0 mm of rain from 4.50 to 6.15pm and causing brief flash flooding in Dumaresq Creek. This was Armidale’s highest daily fall of rain since 6th January this year (26.6 mm).
WARM START TO APRIL - HOTTEST APRIL DAYS FOR 30 YEARS - Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th April - The maximum temperatures of 28.0C on both the 6th and the 7th were the highest for the month of April since 5th April 1986 (28.4C). The unusually warm temperatures were caused by hot north-westerly winds blowing into New South Wales ahead of a slow moving cold front and trough. Maximum temperatures were well above average in the first week of April.
MARCH RAINFALL: 28.0 mm on 7 days, 37 mm lower than the average. Falls were very light throughout the month with the exception of the 29th and 30th with 18.6 mm falling over these two days. It was also the warmest March for 18 years. Further details in the March 2016 Weather Review here.
FEBRUARY RAINFALL: 21.2 mm on 5 days, 67 mm lower than the average. It was the driest February for 27 years since 1989 (13.8 mm). The heaviest rain fell on the 4th (11.2 mm), with the remainder of the month almost dry. Further details in the February 2016 Weather Review here.
HOTTEST FEBRUARY DAY FOR 7 YEARS - 26th February - A low pressure trough over north-east New South Wales produced very high temperatures over the Northern Tablelands. The maximum in Armidale of 34.6C at 3.55pm was the highest for February since 9th February 2009 (35.0C). It was also the hottest day (for any month) since 23rd November 2014 (35.6C).
JANUARY RAINFALL: 124.6 mm 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.
WARMEST NIGHT FOR 2 YEARS - 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.
COOLEST JANUARY DAY FOR 30 YEARS - 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)
2015 WEATHER REVIEW - 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.
DECEMBER RAINFALL: 103.6 mm 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 here.
DECEMBER RAIN EVENT - 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.
DECEMBER DOWNPOUR - 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.
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. Further details in the November 2015 Weather Review here.
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 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 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.
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.
May in Armidale - what can we expect?
Normal conditions in May…
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: 42.9 mm on 8 days Average fine sunny days: 15
Average days with thunderstorms: 1 Average frosts: 14
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 May 2016: Rainfall close to
the long term average, temperatures warmer than the long term average.
Above image by Juergen Broehmer: Autumn in South Armidale.
Weather at Nearby Locations & Links to Webcams & Automatic Weather Stations (AWS)
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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.