Australian Weather News   Site:  Home   Daily Weather Summaries    Search   Feedback   About 
Weather:  Forecasts   Current   Recent & climate   Severe   Know-how   Mobile
Moon Phase   Moonrise/set   Sunrise/set   Tides-general    Tides-local
Time site last updated: UTC:09:46

Latest weather extremes prepared 1943 EST, Friday, 29 August 2014
State-by-state daily extremes Severe and noteworthy observations today
Hottest Coldest Wettest     Full list Windiest (km/h)     Full list
NSW: 18.1 at 1900 WHITE CLIFFS AWS
SA: 23.1 at 1830 NULLARBOR
WA: 31.0 at 1700 CURTIN AERO
NT: 30.6 at 1830 JABIRU AIRPORT
QLD: 26.8 at 1900 WEIPA AERO
NSW: 0.7 at 1930 THREDBO AWS
VIC: 1.3 at 1930 MOUNT HOTHAM
TAS: 0.8 at 1930 LIAWENEE
SA: 9.6 at 1900 ROBE AIRFIELD
WA: 11.0 at 1700 HOPETOUN NORTH
QLD: 6.9 at 1930 APPLETHORPE
Highest short duration falls:
1.6 in 11min to 1724
Highest since 9am
39.8 to 1700
33.6 to 1724
72 gusting 90/ S at 1900
50 gusting 68/ S at 1900
48 gusting 68/ SE at 1901
46 gusting 68/ S at 1900

Site guide

Using AWN

AWN is a HUGE site (315,440 files as at 27/11/12) but finding your way around is easy if you follow this short guide.

  • Use the menu and sub-menus at the top of each screen to go to AWN's main sections.
  • Some pages that don't have the menu bar at the top open in a new window.
  • The main weather pages have a Links to other sites box that leads you to links to hundreds of relevant sites outside AWN.
  • The site is best viewed at a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or greater.
Finding what you want
  • Forecasts: Weather warnings and forecasts for all Australia, Bureau 7-day OCF guidance forecasts for up to a week for over 600 locations, and computer model forecasts of rain and more.
  • Current: The weather today and right now. Radar, lightning, satellite images, detailed rainfall maps, and weather readings from all Australian stations. AWN also presents a huge range of synoptic charts covering the whole world but with particular emphasis on Australia.
  • Daily Weather Summaries: Charts, statistics and news stories give the most detailed national weather coverage available in one place for every day back to 1996. Today's is here.
  • Recent & Climate: Rainfall, temperature and more for every Australian station going back to the beginning of weather records. Long-term averages, charts, climate change, El Nino.
  • Severe: Current and past cyclones, floods, droughts, thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes, snowstorms, bushfires, gales and high seas.
  • Know-how: How the weather works; observing, analysing and forecasting the weather as well as tech stuff for those keen to expand their weather knowledge.

Unless otherwise indicated, data and charts are provided by the

Site disclaimer

Site news
and items of interest
  • 15 August 2014 - Cairns radar upgrade. The radar on Saddle Mountain, NW of Cairns, is to undergo a major upgrade between 18 August and 1 November. During that time, reduced services will be available for the area from Cairns Airport radar. These will not be full-time services, because the radar is also used four times daily for upper air wind-finding observations, and the area of coverage is not as broad as that offered from Saddle Mountain. Townsville radar to the SSE and Weipa to the NW both cover parts of the Cairns radar area 24 hours a day, while Willis Island covers the maritime area to the east of Cairns in wind-finding mode.
  • 13 August 2014 - Forecast lower chance of El Nino developing continue. Despite some recent signs of El Nino development, forecast models continue to be 50/50 as to whether there will be an El Nino in Australia over the coming summer period, and even if there is the expectation is that it will be mild. Details are in the latest Bureau El Nino Wrap-up, and the more detailed Climate Model Summary. Offsetting the signs of a developing El Nino in the Pacific is a continuing negative Indian Ocean Dipole outlook. Negative IODs typically bring wetter conditions to inland and southern Australia during winter and spring.
  • 8 August 2014 - Weather Warnings page updated. An updated page that provides links to, and explanations of, weather warnings for Australia, other countries, oceans and some experimental warning services is available - use the Warnings link in the links box on the main forecasts page, or use this direct link.
  • 27 July 2014 - New meteogram links page introduced. A new page that provides links to, and explanations of, some of the most useful meteogram pages for Australian locations on the web has been introduced. Meteograms are either graphs or tables, and sometimes both, that show the forecast weather for one place using a horizontal timeline with various weather elements placed vertically. They are useful for seeing changes in weather through the day (e.g. how much rain is happening at different times) as well as seeing how the different weather elements change in sympathy with one another (e.g. a cold change brings a temperature drop, rain and strong winds). Use the Meteograms link in the links box on the main forecasts page, or use this direct link.
  • 24 July 2014 - Global climate for June. NOAA's monthly analysis of climate and extremes for June is available. June had the highest average global temperature (land and ocean included) since its record database began in 1880, following a record high in May. April was also a record high but equalled that set in April 2010, and this followed fourth warmest months in January and March. The year to date (January to June) figures show that a large part of eastern Australia recorded its warmest first half of the year on record. The average ocean temperature for June 2014 was the highest on record for any month of the year since records began. While this NOAA National Climatic Data Center website is primarily USA focussed, it has several useful global sections available in the pull-down menus though some have ceased to be updated.
  • 19 July 2014 - Global climate for May. NOAA's monthly analysis of climate and extremes across the world for May.
  • 19 July 2014 - Glacial melt. The Big Melt Accelerates, from The New York Times science section.
  • 19 July 2014 - Global warming. The New Warmal: Global Temps Break Another Record, from Bloomberg.
  • 18 July 2014 - Radar and lightning upgrade. The page for radar and lightning links has been updated with a number of links to new sites added.


Daily Weather Summary archives: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005200420031996 to 2002