Weather

​Rainfall this week

During the week ending 19 April 2017 rainfall was recorded across the Top End and the south west of the Northern Territory, northern and central Western Australia, and isolated areas of coastal north Queensland and northern New South Wales. Little to no rainfall was recorded across the remainder of country. The highest recorded weekly total was 134 millimetres at Milingimbi airport, 550 kilometres east of Darwin in the Northern Territory.

Rainfall for the week ending 19 April 2017

Map showing weekly rainfall totals in Australia for the week ending 19 April 2017. Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description. 

©Commonwealth of Australia 2016, Australia Bureau of Meteorology Issued: 19/04/2017

Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology.

The rainfall​ analyses and associated maps utilise data contained in the Bureau of Meteorology climate database, the Australian Data Archive for Meteorology (ADAM). The analyses are initially produced automatically from real-time data with limited quality control. They are intended to provide a general overview of rainfall across Australia as quickly as possible after the observations are received.

For further information go to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Temperature anomalies this week

During the week ending 18 April 2017 maximum temperatures were slightly above average across large areas of southern and central Australia, with parts of New South Wales and South Australia recording maximum temperatures of between 4°C and 6°C above average. Minimum temperatures were generally close to average across most of Australia.

Spatial temperature analyses are based on historical weekly temperature data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. These temperature anomaly maps show the departure of the maximum and the minimum from their long-term averages. Temperature anomalies are calculated using high resolution gridded datasets from 1911 onwards. For further information, go to the Australian Water Availability Project.

Rainfall forecast

The forecast for the next eight days indicates that rainfall totals in excess of 15 millimetres are expected in Victoria, southern and coastal New South Wales, and much of South Australia (see map below). Similar totals are forecast for central Western Australia, western Tasmania, and southern parts of the Northern Territory. The highest totals are expected in parts of tropical northern Australia, with weekly rainfall totals to exceed 100 millimetres in parts of the Top End.

The expected falls across agricultural regions of southern New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia are likely to improve conditions for the planting and germination of winter cereal and oilseed crops, with dry sowing activities already well underway in a number of regions.

Total forecast rainfall (mm) for the period 20 to 27 April 2017

Map of the total forecast rainfall for the period 20 to 27 April 2017. Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description.

©Commonwealth of Australia 2016, Australia Bureau of Meteorology Issued: 19/04/2017

Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Sourced from ABARES Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update (20 April 2017).

Last reviewed:
21 Apr 2017