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WINTER IN ARMIDALE
Right: Early morning frost at Civic Park
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 Aug: 15.1C at 2.05pm This morning’s minimum 30 Aug: -2.6C at 6.45am
This Month - August 2015
Total Rainfall up to 9am on the 30th:
51.6 mm (Long term average: 48 mm)
This Year - 2015 up to 9am on 30th August:
Total Rainfall: 400.0 mm (Jan-Aug average: 495 mm, annual average: 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: 3 (average: 14 days)
Cold Days - Maximum below 10C: 11 (average: 15 days)
Cold Mornings with Frosts: 74 (average: 99)
Latest News 2015
(using information from Armidale City weather station)
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.
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.
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 - see photograph above. 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.
MARCH RAINFALL: 11.6 mm on 6 days, 53 mm lower than the long term average, and was the driest March since 2008. Further details in the March 2015 Weather Review here.
FIRST FROST OF THE YEAR - 28th March - The first frost
of the year occurred as the temperature dropped to -0.6C at 7.30am. This
ended a 175 day frost-free period since the last frost on 2nd October last
year. Very dry air over New South Wales along with a calm clear night allowed
temperatures on the Northern Tablelands to drop to frost levels in many areas.
Glen Innes airport recorded 0C, Uralla at Salisbury
Plains -1C, and Woolbrook -3C. Armidale’s
first frost in 2014 was on 17th April.
HOTTEST MARCH DAY FOR 77 YEARS - 20th March - A very warm north-westerly airstream ahead of a low pressure trough and cold front caused temperatures in northern New South Wales to soar to almost record levels in many areas. Armidale’s maximum of 33.8C was highest for the month of March since 7th March 1938 when it reached 34.4C at the post office. The minimum of 8.0C occurred at 7.30am, then the temperature rose rapidly to reach 30C at 11.30am. It remained above 30C until 7.00pm with the maximum recorded at 4.20pm.
It was also Armidale’s hottest day since 23rd November last year (35.6C).
It’s been a most unusual spring/summer/autumn of 2014/15 with higher temperatures recorded in November and March than in the three summer months which normally record the hottest temperatures.
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.
FEBRUARY RAINFALL: 26.0 mm on 11 days, 63 mm lower than the long term
average, and was the driest February since 1989 (13.8 mm). Details in the February 2015 Weather
(using information from Armidale City weather station)
2014 HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD - 2014 was Armidale’s hottest year on record since reliable recordings commenced in 1891. Details in the Armidale 2014 Annual Weather Review here.
2014 RAINFALL: 537.0 mm, 250 mm lower than the long term average, the driest year since 1986 (507 mm). It was an extremely dry year with good rainfalls finally arriving in December. Rain was below average in all months except March, August and December.
DECEMBER RAINFALL: 159.6 mm on 20 days, 71 mm higher than the long term average. December 2014 was the wettest month of the year and was the wettest December since 1994. Details in the December 2014 Weather Review here.
LATE DECEMBER RAIN - 27th-28th December - A surface trough combined with an upper air disturbance over north-east New South Wales delivered 44.4 mm of rain over the 48 hours ending 9am on Monday 29th. Minor flooding occurred in Dumaresq Creek on the 28th.
CHRISTMAS DAY STORMS - A trough over inland New South Wales produced widespread thunderstorms in the north of the state on Christmas Day. Storms passed through Armidale in the afternoon and evening with moderate and heavy falls of rain in the city totaling 16.0 mm. Armidale airport recorded 18.6 mm. Falls in nearby areas were much lighter.
NOVEMBER RAINFALL: 22.6 mm on 8 days. This was 64 mm less than the long term average and was the driest November since 1982 (9.8 mm). Details in the November 2014 Weather Review here.
HOTTEST NOVEMBER FOR 117 YEARS - In an extraordinarily hot dry month, November 2014’s average maximum temperature of 28.0C ranked it as the second hottest November on record. The hottest was in 1897 averaging 28.6C at the post office. Temperatures exceeded 30C on eight days of the month with 35C exceeded on 3 days.
NOVEMBER HEAT - Hottest November days for 70 years - 15th November - Hot north-westerly winds ahead of a low pressure trough caused temperatures to soar to near record levels for November in northern New South Wales. Armidale’s maximum of 35.5C was the highest on record for November at the present weather station site (records commenced in 1981), and the highest (from records at the former CBD sites) since 19th November 1944 when the post office recorded 36.4C. The temperature reached 30C at 10.30am and remained above 30C until 5.30pm with the maximum of 35.5C at 3.50pm.
A week later high temperatures were again experienced with 35.0C recorded on Saturday 22nd November, and 35.6C on Sunday 23rd November.
NOVEMBER STORMS - 5th November - A line of thunderstorms passed through the Northern Tablelands in the early evening with intense lightning and thunder, strong wind gusts, but only light to moderate rain. Armidale recorded 8.6 mm from the storms, but the amount would have been a little higher due to strong winds at the height of the storms affecting the amount of rain reaching the rain gauge. Wind gusts at Armidale airport of 95 km per hour were recorded at 7.28pm and 7.30pm. A low pressure trough moving through New South Wales generated the wild weather.
HOTTEST OCTOBER FOR 118 YEARS - With an average maximum temperature of 24.1C for the month, October 2014 was Armidale’s hottest October since 1896. Sunny skies, warm westerly winds and an almost complete lack of rain systems resulted in the unseasonably warm spring month. The last week was the warmest with temperatures exceeding 30.0C on three days peaking at 32.4C on the 26th, the highest ever in the month of October.
OCTOBER RAINFALL: 22.4 mm on 4 days. Most of the rain (21.4 mm) fell over the 13th and 14th with the remainder of the month very dry. The progressive total for the year of 355 mm is 260 mm lower than the average for the January to October period. Rainfall has been below average every month this year so far except March and August. Details in the October 2014 Weather Review here.
HOTTEST OCTOBER DAY ON RECORD - 32.4C - Sunday 26th October - A low pressure trough over inland New South Wales directed very warm north-westerly winds over most of the state with Armidale reaching 32.4C at 3.55pm. This was the Armidale’s hottest October day on record (from 106 years of temperature records available). Armidale airport recorded a maximum of 31.6C at 4.03pm. It’s unusual for temperatures in Armidale to exceed 30 degrees in October. The last time it happened was in 2002. The previous highest October temperature on record was 31.5C on 19th October 2002. Monday 27th October 2014 was almost as hot as the previous day reaching 31.5C.
OCTOBER SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS - Showers and thunderstorms associated with an intense cold front delivered good falls of rain to the Northern Tablelands in the evening of the 13th October and in the early hours of the 14th. Armidale recorded 21.4 mm from this event, Uralla 26 mm, Guyra 12 mm and Walcha 21 mm.
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 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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Where will it fall, when will it fall, and how much is likely to fall?
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September in Armidale - what can we expect?
Normal conditions in September…
After the long cold winter September brings milder weather with temperatures reaching into the low twenties on about one in four days. It is a mostly sunny month, winds can often become gusty and strong from the west, rainfalls are light, and the first spring thunderstorms are likely towards the end of the month. The cold weather isn’t completely over, cold fronts from the south-west will drop temperatures back to winter levels at times, and morning frosts will persist throughout the month.
Average max temp: 17.7 deg
Average min temp: 2.5 deg
Average rainfall: 50.9 mm on 8 days Average fine sunny days: 20
Average days with thunderstorms: 2.4 Average frosts: 15
Average hours of sunshine per day: 6.8
Hottest: 28.7 deg on 26 Sept 2013 Coldest: -7.0 deg on 14 Sept 1992
National Climate Centre outlook for September 2015: Rainfall close to the long term average, maximum temperatures close to normal, minimum temperatures warmer than normal.
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
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Armidale 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.