February 2016 was a warm, sunny and very dry month.
The rainfall total of 21.2 millimetres was the lowest for the month of February since 1989 when 13.8 mm was recorded. Most of the rain fell in a four day period from the 3rd to the 6th (17.6 mm) with only one other light fall later in the month on the 20th (3.6 mm).
It was a very sunny month resulting in much higher than normal day temperatures with temperatures exceeding 30.0 degrees on seven days.
Overnight temperatures were close to normal.

There was only one thunderstorm, and no hail.
Prevailing winds were light to moderate easterlies.

Noteworthy events:
- The maximum temperature of 34.6 degrees was the highest February maximum since 9th February 2009 when 35.0 degrees was recorded. It was also the hottest day for any month since 23rd November 2014.


FEBRUARY 2016 STATISTICS  (long term averages in brackets)

Rainfall:  21.2 mm  (88.3 mm)

Rain days:  5  (10)
2016 rainfall total Jan + Feb:  145.8 mm  (189.7 mm)

Average maximum temp:  27.3 deg  (25.4 deg)   

Average minimum temp:  12.6 deg  (12.5 deg)   

Highest maximum temp:  34.6 deg on 26th

Lowest maximum temp:  20.7 deg on 4th

Highest minimum temp:  19.1 deg on 27th

Lowest minimum temp:  9.0 deg on the 8th

Fine sunny days:  20  (12)

Ideal weather days:  2  (1)

Days with thunderstorms:  1  (5)

Days with frosts:  0  (0)    

Days with fogs:  5  (1.5)

Wind direction at 3pm & number of days:  E: 14,  W: 7,  SE: 4,  NW: 2  N: 1,  S: 1

Average daily pan evaporation:  5.4 mm  (4.5 mm)

Thunderstorm details:

20th:   6.00-6.30pm approx - thunder heard in east, no rain

February 2016 daily data