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Left: Mammatus clouds are usually associated with thunderstorms.
This image was taken east of Armidale on 18th February 2017
by Gordon Smith
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 23 Feb: 28.0C at 16:40 (AEDT) This morning’s minimum 24 Feb: 9.6C at 07:00 (AEDT)
Rainfall 24 hours to 9am today 24 Feb: 0.0mm
Latest Weather Forecast for Armidale
Details on weather in Guyra here.
This Month - February
Total Rainfall up to 9am on the 24th:
99.8 mm (average: 88 mm)
This Year - 2017 up to 24 February:
Total Rainfall: 167.8 mm (Jan-Feb average: 189 mm, annual av: 784 mm)
Highest Daily Rainfall: 32.2 mm on 3 Feb
Highest Temperature: 37.6C on 12 Feb
Lowest Temperature: 7.1C on 20 Feb
Hot Days - Temp 30C or higher: 26 (average: 14 days)
Cold Days - Maximum below 10C: 0 (average: 15 days)
Cold Mornings with Frosts: 0 (average: 98)
Latest Weather News 2017
(using information from Armidale City weather station)
RECORD 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 37.1C.
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 weighted 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 - Friday 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 - Saturday 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 Sunday the 4th, and 33.4C on Monday the 5th.
NOVEMBER RAINFALL: 29.6 mm on 6 days, 53 mm lower than the average. Further details in the November 2016 Weather Review. November 2016 daily data table here.
STRONG WINDS - Saturday 5th November - Strong winds swept across the Northern Tablelands during the day associated with the passing of a cold front. The system brought no rain and little cloud, but wind speeds at Armidale Airport averaged over 45 km per hour at times during the afternoon with gusts reaching over 65 km per hour. The maximum gust of 81 km per hour was recorded at 2.02pm.
OCTOBER RAINFALL: 76.6 mm on 9 days, 10 mm higher than the average. It was also a much cooler than normal October. Further details in the October 2016 Weather Review. October 2016 daily data table here.
SEPTEMBER RAINFALL: 73.4 mm on 15 days, 22 mm higher than the average, it was also the coolest September for 23 years with numerous cloudy days keeping maximum temperatures well below normal. Further details in the September 2016 Weather Review. September 2016 daily data table here.
WINTER WEATHER REVIEW - Winter 2016 in Armidale was warmer than normal, and was the wettest winter for 64 years. Details in the Winter 2016 Weather Review.
AUGUST RAINFALL: 143.0 mm on 9 days, 95 mm higher than the average and was the wettest August since 1952. There were two major rain events - 2nd/3rd (78 mm), and 22nd to 25th (57 mm). Further details in the August 2016 Weather Review. August 2016 daily data table here.
WEATHER EXTREMES - What was Armidale’s hottest day on record? Coldest day? Wettest day? Wettest year? Driest year? The answers to these and others here: Weather Data Extremes.
LATE AUGUST RAIN - WETTEST AUGUST FOR 64 YEARS - Monday 22nd - Thursday 25th August - A low pressure trough over north-east New South Wales generated moderate widespread falls of rain in the north of the state. Armidale recorded 57 millimetres for the 72 hours ending 9am on the 25th which resulted in moderate flooding in Dumaresq Creek.
AUGUST DOWNPOUR - Tuesday 2nd/Wednesday 3rd August - A low pressure system developed over north-eastern New South Wales late on the Tuesday the 2nd generating moderate to heavy falls of rain over the Northern Tablelands and Mid North Coast. Rain started in Armidale at around 8pm on Tuesday and continued through to around 6pm on Wednesday. The total for the 48 hours to 9am on Thursday the 4th was 78.4 mm. Moderate flooding in Dumaresq Creek occurred during the day on Wednesday, and minor flooding on Thursday morning.
JULY RAINFALL: 33.6 mm on 7 days, 14 mm lower than the average. Most of the rain fell in two rain events - 5th-7th, and 20th-21st. Further details in the July 2016 Weather Review. July 2016 daily data table here.
STRONG WINDS - Saturday 23rd July - Strong winds swept across the Northern Tablelands in the morning associated with the passing of an intense cold front. Wind speeds at Armidale Airport averaged between 45 and 55 km per hour from midnight to 12 noon with the strongest gust of 91 km per hour recorded at 1.36am.
WARMEST JULY DAYS ON RECORD - Tuesday 19th/Wednesday 20th July - The maximums of 20.4C on Tuesday and 21.2C on Wednesday were Armidale’s highest July temperatures on record from 108 years of recordings. The previous highest was 20.1C on 28th July 1958 recorded at the post office (reading adjusted to be compatible with current recording site). The unusually warm conditions were caused by warm air from northern Australia being drawn into New South Wales by a low pressure trough.
The minimum on Thursday 21st of 14.2C was the highest July minimum since 3rd July 1942 (14.4C).
JUNE RAINFALL: 97.8 mm on 17 days, 43 mm higher than the average. Rain was well distributed throughout the month with the highest daily fall of 38.6 mm on the 5th. Further details in the June 2016 Weather Review. June 2016 daily data table here.
COLDEST JUNE DAY FOR 67 YEARS & SNOW - Monday 27th June - Very cold air associated with a low pressure trough and cold air in the upper atmosphere reduced Armidale’s maximum temperature for the day to just 3.6C. This was the coldest June day since 22nd June 1949 (2.6C), and was the coldest day for any month since 4th July 1984 (2.8C). Guyra’s maximum on the 27th was 2.2C.
The bitter conditions brought snow to higher parts of the Northern Tablelands including Guyra, Black Mountain, Ben Lomond, Ebor, Topdale. Some very light snow also fell in South Armidale in the evening.
JUNE COLD SNAP - Friday/Saturday 24th/25th June - A severe cold front brought strong winds, showers and light snow to the Northern Tablelands on Friday the 24th. There was no snow in Armidale, but the Guyra and Ebor areas recorded light snowfalls on Friday evening with snow remaining on the ground well into Saturday morning. Very cold air following the front reduced Armidale’s maximum temperature on Saturday to 7.7C, while Guyra’s maximum was just 5.0C.
STRONG WINDS - Monday 20th June - Armidale was buffeted by unusually strong westerly winds during the afternoon and evening. The highest wind gust at Armidale Airport was 80 km per hour at 3.54pm.
WARMEST JUNE DAY FOR 14 YEARS - Thursday 9th June - Warm north-westerly winds ahead of a cold front produced unusually warm conditions on the Northern Tablelands. Armidale’s maximum temperature of 20.3C at 12.03pm was the warmest for the month of June since 7th June 2002 (22.3C).
JUNE RAIN EVENT - Saturday 4th/ Sunday 5th June - Moderate to heavy falls of rain were recorded over eastern New South Wales resulting from the formation of a low pressure system over the north-east inland of the state which then moved to the coastal region. Heavy falls and flooding occurred over coastal areas while moderate falls were recorded further inland. Armidale recorded 43.8 mm for the 48 hours to 9am on Sunday 5th. The 24 hour total to 9am on the 5th of 38.6 mm was the highest daily fall since 30 November 2013 when 50.8 mm was recorded.
WARMEST MAY ON RECORD - Despite a few cool temperatures at the end of the month, May 2016 was the warmest May on record (from 125 years of records based on maximum temperatures). The previous warmest May was in 1939. May 2016 daily data table here.
MAY RAINFALL: 41.2 mm on 5 days, 2 mm lower than the average. Most of the rain (26.4 mm) fell in the afternoon and evening of the 26th. Further details in the May 2016 Weather Review.
COLDEST MAY MORNING FOR 5 YEARS - Monday 30th May - The overnight minimum of -7.0C was the lowest for May since 15th May 2011 (-7.2C). The very low recording was caused by the combination of cold air remaining after the passage of a trough, and a calm clear night. In Armidale temperatures drop below -6.9C on average of 4.3 days per year.
HEAVIEST RAIN FOR 4 MONTHS - Thursday 26th May - After months of dry conditions and light falls of rain, a rain band associated with a low pressure trough and front passed through the Northern Tablelands delivering good widespread falls. Armidale recorded 26.4 mm for the 24 hours to 9am on Friday 27th May, the highest daily fall of rain since early January this year.
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.
WARMEST MAY DAY FOR 74 YEARS - Sunday 8th May - Warm northerly winds ahead of a cold front and trough produced unseasonably warm temperatures in parts of eastern New South Wales. Armidale’s maximum of 24.8C at 2.00pm was the highest for the month of May since 5th May 1942 when 26.7C was recorded.
FIRST FROST OF THE YEAR - 5th May - Warm autumn weather kept the frosts at bay this year up until 5th May when under clear skies and calm conditions the temperature dropped to 1.1C at 7.05am to produce the first frost of 2016, ending a frost-free period of 215 days or seven months since the last frost on 2nd October 2015.
WARMEST APRIL FOR 11 YEARS - April 2016 was an unusually warm month with no cold outbreaks and maximum temperatures well above the long term average. As a result it was the warmest April since 2005, and the third warmest April on record (from 125 years of temperature records based on maximum temperatures). It was also unusual that there were no frosts during the month. The last frost-free April was in 2007. April 2016 daily data table here.
APRIL RAINFALL: 35.6 mm on 10 days, 14 mm lower than the average. Further details in the April 2016 Weather Review.
IS ARMIDALE’S CLIMATE BECOMING WARMER? Go to the bottom of this page for the 126 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.
February in Armidale - what can we expect?
Normal conditions in February…
February is generally very warm with good falls of rain. Humid easterly winds prevail often bringing in low cloud from the coast with night and morning drizzle. The thunderstorm season is in decline, but afternoon storms with heavy falls are still possible. Nights are mild, and days are warm to hot with temperatures often reaching the high twenties and sometimes into the low thirties.
Average max temp: 25.4 deg
Average min temp: 12.5 deg
Average rainfall: 87.8 mm on 10 days Average fine sunny days: 13
Average days with thunderstorms: 5 Average frosts: 0
Average hours of sunshine per day: 7.8
Hottest: 35.8 deg on 3rd Feb 2006 Coldest: 2.5 deg on 4th Feb 2005
Hottest at former
National Climate Centre outlook for February 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)
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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 1891-2016
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.