It was a mixed month of extremes across Australia this October. Sydney recorded its coldest October in 9 years with an average maximum of just 21.6C. This is despite a late burst of warmth today where Sydney CBD recorded a top of 26.9C (the first October in 42 years where no single day exceeded 27C.
It is also the first month in 78 months (March 2012) that recorded a below average maximum in Sydney.
Brisbane was also below average with an average maximum of 26.1C for October 2018 which was a degree below the long-term average of 27.1C. It was also the coolest October in 7 years (since 2011).
Across inland Australia it was a different story. Birdsville AP had an average maximum of 35.7C which was 2.4C above the long-term average and the warmest October in 3 years. The central interior also sweltered with Alice Springs recording an average maximum of 33.9C, which was 2.8C above the long-term average and was also their warmest October in 3 years.
Other notable temperatures included Charters Towers AP with an average October maximum of 34.7C (equal hottest on record) while Isisford had an average October maximum of 36.5C (hottest since 1988).
Meanwhile Dalby AP recorded its wettest October on record with 183.6mm along with Tewantin (Noosa) with a massive 449mm breaking last year’s record of 407mm.