After an unusually wet start to winter, Brisbane is preparing for the longest dry spell in 12 years. Since mid-July, no widespread rain has fallen in southeast Queensland. The drought is the result of a semi-stationary ridge of high pressure that has settled over northern and central Australia. A similar period was experienced in 2000, when there were 38 Brisbane days without rain. Here are some tips for dealing with this drier than usual winter in Brisbane.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s Brisbane office reported that January rainfall was below average. At Kangaroo Point, the gauge has only received 26.4 millimetres, compared to 154mm in the average month. Other stations, including Gatton and the Gold Coast, have also seen little to no rainfall. Historically, December was a mixed bag, with rain around average. However, the current dry spell is not sustainable for the city.
The climate of Brisbane is variable and the rainfall varies from year to year. In November and December, there is usually a spike in thunderstorm activity, with rainfall generally lower in the summer. In the past, large rain events were caused by tropical lows moving south, which caused disastrous floods. But the weather is changing in a positive way this year. The Bureau of Meteorology also provides data on daily maximum temperatures, so you can make an informed decision based on the weather forecast.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s Brisbane office says that summer rainfall is below average. In fact, there have been no recorded rainfall for more than 72 days in Warwick, which is a record in the city. Some stations in the South Coast and Gatton have also been dry, but November was not a bad month. The average rainfall in these stations is 153mm, and the forecast for this month is much lower than the average.
The rain in Brisbane is extremely variable. The highest rainfall is in November and December, but the drought has hit all of the other regions. The Bureau of Meteorology said that the dry period is continuing to affect Brisbane. Fortunately, the weather in the city has improved in recent years. While summer rainfall in the city is on a steady increase, it’s not common in some areas. On top of that, the cyclone season can be very destructive in the city.
In the spring of 1896, rain in Brisbane had been limited. The rain in the city was less than a millimetre in many places. Some areas had no water at all. In the same year, the city recorded three hundred millimetres of rainfall in the city. In the same way, the floodwaters had cut down many railways and roads. The town was cut off from electricity and gas supplies.
Fortunately, Brisbane’s rainy season is relatively short and does not affect outdoor activities. In early March, the annual arts festival takes place. During the wet season, rainfall is often less than a millimetre in Brisbane. From January to February, the temperature can be over one degree Celsius higher than average. This means that the city’s wetter months will have a more rainy spring than usual.
During the winter, the city has relatively few rainy days. The average temperature is higher than the national average in the spring. The weather in Brisbane is generally humid during this time, with a dry season occurring in the early spring. The coldest months are December and early March. The dry season is more severe than the winter months. In this case, there are more frequent showers. It is recommended to travel during these months.
During this dry season, the rainy season is shorter than the summer months. In December, it’s rare to see more than a millimetre of rain on a single day. During the wet spring season, Brisbane has more than a half-degree higher average temperature than the average. But in the fall, the rainy weather can be devastating, especially to people accustomed to experiencing the rainy seasons.