The Weather at Armidale NSW

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Left:  The storm season is here. This thunderstorm north-east of
Armidale was photographed by John Fields on 16th December 2002.

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 12 Oct: 
24.2C  at 4.04pm (AEDT)       This morning’s minimum 13 Oct:  6.2C at 6.45am (AEDT)

   24 hour rainfall to 9am today 13 Oct: 

Latest Weather Forecast for Armidale:
  Armidale Forecast

This Month - October 2015
   Total Rainfall up to 9am on the 13th:
 2.2 mm    (Long term average: 68 mm)

This Year - 2015 up to 9am on 13th October:   
   Total Rainfall:  421.0 mm   (Jan-Oct average: 613 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: 
92   (average: 99)

Latest News 2015
(using information from Armidale City weather station)

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 August 2015 Weather Review here.

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

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 in Armidale was drier than normal and slightly milder than normal. Details here.

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.

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. 

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. 

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

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.

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.

- 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.

on 8 days, 22 mm lower than the average.
Further details in the June 2015 Weather Review

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.

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).

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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

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.

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.”

October in Armidale - what can we expect?
Normal conditions in October…
October is usually an “all seasons” month with warm sunny days interspersed with occasional wintry days with the passing of cold fronts from the south-west.

Day temperatures often reach into the mid-twenties, nights are still cool, but frosts are fewer and lighter.

Rainfall is on the increase and moderate falls are possible from thunderstorms.

Average max temp:  20.7 deg                       Average min temp:  5.5 deg
Average rainfall:  67.6 mm on 9 days             Average fine sunny days: 18
Average days with thunderstorms:  4             Average frosts:  7
Average hours of sunshine per day:  7.3
Hottest:  31.5 deg on 19th Oct 2002        Coldest:  -4.7 deg on 21st Oct 1986

National Climate Centre outlook for October 2015:  Rainfall close to the long term average, temperatures close to the long term average.

Armidale Weather


Weather at Nearby Locations

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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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Armidale Winter Temperatures 1981-2015

The above graph shows average daily temperatures for the winter months (June, July & August) from 1981 to 1915.
The top line is the average daily maximum for each winter with dotted trend line added.
The bottom line is the average daily minimum for each winter with dotted trend line added.
The middle line is the average of the two lines with dotted trend line added.

For the 35 year period:
Average maximum temperature:  13.25C,  Average minimum temperature:  0.08C,  Average maximum & minimum:  6.67C

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.