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Australian Daily Weather Extremes

The Table Below Shows Australian Daily Weather Extremes That Occurred Today

The table will be updated as the day progresses, so make sure to come back later in the day for more updates. For information about Australian historical records from the past, see further down the page.

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Australian Weather Extremes: A Look at the Records

Australia is known for its diverse and sometimes extreme weather conditions. From scorching heatwaves to torrential downpours, the country experiences a wide range of weather events. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most extreme weather records across Australia.

Australian weather extremes

Highest Rainfall (24 hours to 9 am)

  • Crohamhurst, Southeast Queensland: Recorded the highest rainfall in 24 hours to 9 am with 907mm in 1893.
  • Bairds, Queensland: Recorded 870mm of rainfall in 24 hours to 9 am on December 18, 2017, the third-highest daily rainfall total on record in Australia.

Lowest Minimum Temperatures (24 hours to 9 am)

  • Charlotte Pass, NSW: Recorded the lowest minimum temperature of -23.0°C on June 29, 1994.

Highest Minimum Temperatures (24 hours to 9 am)

  • Birdsville, Queensland: Recorded the highest minimum temperature of 35.5°C on December 24, 1972.

Lowest Grass Minimum Temperatures (24 hours to 9 am)

  • Canberra Airport, ACT: Recorded the lowest grass minimum temperature of -10.0°C on June 11, 1965.

Highest Maximum Temperatures (24 hours FROM 9 am)

  • Oodnadatta, South Australia: Recorded the highest maximum temperature of 50.7°C on January 2, 1960.

Lowest Maximum Temperatures (24 hours FROM 9 am)

  • Charlotte Pass, NSW: Recorded the lowest maximum temperature of -0.3°C on June 24, 1994.

Hours of Sunshine (midnight to midnight)

  • Lake Margaret, Western Tasmania: Has the most frequent rainfall with an average of 237 days per year recording rain [1].

Strongest Wind Gusts (midnight to midnight)

  • Barrow Island, Western Australia: Recorded the highest wind gust of 259 km/h on April 9, 1999.

Highest Wind Runs (24 hours to 9 am)

  • Maatsuyker Island, Tasmania: Recorded the highest wind run of 1822 km on July 18, 2014.

Australia’s weather is as diverse as its landscape, and these extreme weather records serve as a reminder of the country’s climatic variability. Whether it’s record-breaking rainfall, temperature extremes, or wind speeds, Australia’s weather is truly one of a kind.

FAQ: Australian Weather Extremes

  1. What are some of the most extreme weather events in Australia’s history?
    Australia has experienced various extreme weather events, including heatwaves, droughts, floods, cyclones, and bushfires. Some notable examples include the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria in 2009, Cyclone Tracy in Darwin in 1974, and the Millennium Drought that affected much of southern Australia from the late 1990s to the 2010s.
  2. What is the most common extreme weather event in Australia?
    Australia experiences a range of extreme weather events, but droughts are among the most common, affecting large parts of the country at various times.
  3. What is the longest heatwave recorded in Australia?
    The longest heatwave recorded in Australia was in Marble Bar, Western Australia, where temperatures reached or exceeded 37.8°C (100°F) for 160 consecutive days from 31 October 1923 to 7 April 1924.
  4. How is Australia affected by climate change in terms of weather extremes?
    Australia is experiencing more frequent and intense heatwaves, bushfires, and droughts as a result of climate change. Heavy rainfall events and flooding are also becoming more severe in some areas.
  5. What are some safety tips for dealing with extreme weather events in Australia?
    Stay informed about weather forecasts and warnings, have an emergency plan in place, prepare an emergency kit, and follow advice from local authorities.

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