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Right: Altocumulus clouds preside over a rural autumn scene,
Boorolong Road, north-west of 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 May: 12.4C at 13:00 (AEST) This morning’s minimum 30 May: -3.9C at 06:58 (AEST)
Rainfall 24 hours to 9am today 30 May: 0.0mm
Latest Weather Forecast for Armidale
Details on Guyra’s weather here.
This Month - May 2017
Total Rainfall up to 9am on the 30th:
35.0 mm (average: 43 mm)
This Year - 2017 up to 30 May:
Total Rainfall: 426.4 mm (Jan-May average: 342 mm, annual av: 784 mm)
Highest Daily Rainfall: 39.4 mm on 22 Mar
Highest Temperature: 37.6C on 12 Feb
Lowest Temperature: -3.9C on 30 May
Hot Days - Temp 30C or higher: 26 (average: 14 days)
Cold Days - Maximum below 10C: 0 (average: 15 days)
Cold Mornings with Frosts: 13 (average: 98)
Latest Weather News 2017
(using information from Armidale City weather station)
APRIL RAINFALL: 22.0 mm on 6 days, 23 mm lower than the average. All falls were light except for the highest daily fall of 10.4 mm on the 26th. Further details in the April 2017 Weather Review. April 2017 daily data table here.
FIRST FROST OF THE YEAR - Saturday 29th April - The first frost of 2017 was recorded with a screen minimum temperature of -0.4C and a grass minimum of -3.5C at 6.47am. This brings to an end a frost-free period of 184 days since the last frost on 26th October 2016.
MARCH RAINFALL - WETTEST FOR 123 YEARS - 200.6 mm on 18 days - March 2017 was an unusually wet autumn month with low pressure troughs persisting over New South Wales generating moderate to heavy falls of rain in many areas. Armidale’s total for the month of 200.6 mm was over three times the March average. It was Armidale’s wettest month since November 2011 (244 mm) and the wettest March since 1894 (228 mm). Further details in the March 2017 Weather Review. March 2017 daily data table here.
SUMMER OF 2016/17 HOTTEST FOR 78 YEARS - With maximum temperatures averaging 28.8C over the three months of December 2016 and January and February 2017, it was only marginally cooler than the summer of 1938/39 which included a record breaking heatwave in January. Temperatures reached or exceeded 30.0C on 35 days (long term average 12 days) with the maximum temperatures of 37.6C on the 12th February being the highest daily temperatures since 15th January 1939 when 37.6C was recorded. Further details in the Summer 2017 Weather Review.
HOTTEST FEBRUARY FOR 78 YEARS - With maximum temperatures averaging 29.2C, it was the hottest February since 1939. The long term average is 25.4C. Temperatures exceeded 30.0C on 13 days of the month, 10 days more than the long term average, and two days reached 37C. See below. As with the previous month the unusually warm conditions were the result of numerous low pressure troughs developing over inland New South Wales during the month drawing in hot air from central Australia. There was also a lack of any major rain systems which usually bring cooler conditions. Further details in the February 2017 Weather Review.
FEBRUARY RAINFALL: 100.8 mm on 9 days, 13 mm higher than the average. Most of the rain fell during thunderstorms with the heaviest falls on the 2nd (32.2 mm) and the 19th (21.2 mm). February 2017 daily data table here.
HEAT - HOTTEST DAY FOR 78 YEARS - Sunday 12th February - The maximum
temperature of 37.6C was the hottest on record at the East Armidale weather
station which has been recording temperatures since 1981. The previous highest
was 37.1C on 3rd January 2014.
The temperature remained above 30.0C from 10.15am until 9.00pm with the maximum of 37.6C reached at 3.35pm. The maximum on the previous day, Saturday 11th February, was 37.0C.
A check of earlier temperature records for the Armidale CBD revealed that the temperature on Sunday the 12th was the hottest since 15th January 1939 when the all time record for Armidale of 39.7C was recorded at the post office*.
A low pressure trough over western New South Wales bringing in very hot air from central Australia was responsible for the extreme conditions.
*When comparing temperatures recorded at the present weather station site in East Armidale with those in the Armidale CBD, the readings have been weighted to be compatible with the earlier recordings.
FEBRUARY HEATWAVE - 30th January to 7th February - Armidale experienced nine consecutive days above 30C. The highest over the period was 34.4C on Monday the 6th. This equaled the record for the most number of consecutive days above 30C: nine days: 16th-24th December 1990. The unusually warm conditions were caused by a low pressure trough extending from north-west Australia into New South Wales drawing in very hot air from central Australia. The trough remained in this position for over a week keeping cool changes to the south of the state.
JANUARY 2017 HOTTEST MONTH FOR 26 YEARS - With day temperatures averaging 29.1C, January 2017 was the hottest summer month since December 1990. It was also the hottest January since 1952. The unusually warm conditions were the result of numerous low pressure troughs developing over inland New South Wales during the month drawing in hot air from central Australia. There was also a lack of any major rain systems which usually bring cooler conditions. Further details in the January 2017 Weather Review.
JANUARY RAINFALL: 68.0 mm on 10 days, 34 mm lower than the average. January 2017 daily data table here.
WARMEST NIGHT FOR 4 YEARS - Saturday 14th January - The minimum of 20.2C recorded at 12.55am was the highest minimum for any month since 19th January 2013. Armidale airport recorded an even higher minimum of 22.4C. The very warm overnight conditions were caused by a low pressure trough lying over north-eastern New South Wales drawing in hot air from central Australia. A slightly higher minimum of 20.3C was recorded 11 days later on the 25th January.
Weather News 2016
(using information from Armidale City weather station)
2016 ARMIDALE’S HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD - 2016 was Australia’s fourth hottest year on record, but in Armidale it was the hottest year on record based on all maximum and minimum temperatures recorded throughout the year. The database used for this calculation commences in 1891 with the period covering 126 years.
Highest: 2016 averaging 15.37C. Second highest: 2014 averaging 15.33C. Third highest: 1998 averaging 15.15C. Fourth highest: 2009 averaging 15.09C.
Based on just maximum or day temperatures 2016 was Armidale’s third hottest on record. Highest: 2014 averaging 22.4C. Second highest: 2002 averaging 22.3C, third hottest: 2016 averaging 22.2C. Note that all these records have taken place in the last 20 years.
Temperatures recorded since 1997 at present weather station site in East Armidale have been adjusted to be compatible with earlier CBD recordings. See long term temperature graph at the bottom of this page.
2016 ANNUAL WEATHER REVIEW here.
2016 RAINFALL: 780.6 mm, just 3 mm lower than the annual average.
HOTTEST DECEMBER FOR 26 YEARS - December 2016 was the hottest December (based on maximum temperatures) since 1990. The average maximum of 28.1C was the highest for the month of December since 1990 which averaged 29.3C. Temperatures reached 30.0C or higher on 9 days of the month. The unusually warm conditions were caused by a number of troughs drawing in very warm air from the centre of Australia.
DECEMBER RAINFALL: 80.0 mm on 12 days, 9 mm lower than the average. Half the rain total fell on one day, the 23rd, the remainder of the falls were mostly light. Further details in the December 2016 Weather Review. December 2016 daily data table here.
THUNDERSTORMS, HEAVY RAIN, HAIL, FLOODING - 23rd December - A series of thunderstorms built up over the Armidale area in the afternoon with a number of heavy falls of rain and small hailstones from 3.30 to 5.00pm. The storms dropped 39.6 mm of rain in Armidale city and 57.0 mm at the airport where wind gusts of 96 km per hour were recorded between 3.53 and 4.00pm. The deluge caused moderate flooding in Dumaresq Creek which closed all low level causeways in the city.
HOTTEST DECEMBER DAYS FOR 3 YEARS - 3rd December - A low pressure trough extending from Queensland into New South Wales brought very warm north-westerly winds and high temperatures into the state. Armidale’s maximum temperature of 33.0C at 2.34pm was the highest for the month of December since 29th December 2013 when it reached 34.4C. Further hot temperatures followed: 32.6C on the 4th, and 33.4C on the 5th.
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
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
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.
IS ARMIDALE’S CLIMATE BECOMING WARMER? Go to the bottom of this page for the 126 year Armidale temperature graph.
SNOW IMAGES - 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.
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 below - Armidale Weather - Monthly Data Files.
June in Armidale - what can we expect?
Normal conditions in June…
The first month of winter is usually cold and dry with mostly light westerly winds.
Rainfalls are light and intermittent, days are mostly sunny and cool to cold, rarely reaching higher than 18 degrees, and overnight temperatures will often drop well below zero producing the famous New England winter frosts. Residents will often rise in the mornings to be greeted with white ice-covered lawns and a thick smoke haze from hundreds of Armidale wood heaters.
The occasional cold snap may bring cloud and wind, and keep daytime temperatures below ten degrees. Snow is possible with these events. The last June snowfalls were on 23rd June 2007.
Average max temp: 13.1 deg Average min temp: 0.8 deg
Average rainfall: 55.3 mm on 10 days Average fine sunny days: 13
Average days with thunderstorms: 0.5 Average frosts: 16
Average hours of sunshine per day: 4.8
Hottest: 24.4 deg on 2nd June 1923 Coldest: -11.2 deg on 30th June 2010
National Climate Centre outlook for June 2017: Rainfall lower than the long term average, temperatures higher than the long term average.
Weather at Nearby Locations & Links to Webcams & Automatic Weather Stations (AWS)
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.
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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The above graph shows the average (mean of average max and average min) temperature for each year from 1891 to 2016.
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.