A wet end to winter for NSW

A wet end to winter for NSW

August was the wettest for NSW in over a decade, with several rain events including an East Coast Low contributing to well above average rainfall in western and northern areas. Temperatures were slightly above average, with warm nights in the northeast of the State.

Wettest August in 13 years

  • Rainfall was 44% above average for NSW, the wettest August since 2003
  • Rainfall was well above average in western and northeast NSW, and the highest in at least 20 years at several locations
  • Average to below average rainfall in southeast NSW


Warm nights in the northeast

  • Both maximum (+0.3 °C) and minimum (+0.7 °C) temperatures were above average for the State as a whole
  • Maximum temperatures were close to normal across most of the State, but above average in the southeast
  • Minimum temperatures were well above average in northeast NSW, but close to average in western and central areas


Severe weather

  • An East Coast Low produced heavy rain and strong winds in northeast NSW over the 3rd and 4th. Daily rainfall totals reached 239 mm at Meldrum, breaking some August rainfall records, and wind gusts of up to 126 km/h at Evans Head.
  • A surface trough and fast-moving low pressure systems caused further heavy rain and flooding in parts of northern NSW on the 24th


For the National summary read here: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current

*Photo source – The Land September 2016