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Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment



Indicator: Weather

Summary of results

During 2000–03, the ACT was warmer, drier, sunnier and windier than average, particularly during the 2003–03 drought (Table 1).

See also: annual weather summaries for 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000

The relatively warmer weather can be seen in higher maximum temperatures during 2001 and 2002, and minimum temperatures that were slightly above normal in all three years. These warm conditions were associated with above-average sunshine hours, lower than average relative humidity, and increased evaporation rates, most obviously in 2002. Wind speeds were noticeably higher than normal in these three years, particularly in 2002. Rainfall was close to average at Canberra Airport in 2000, but conditions were significantly drier in both 2001 and 2002. At Hall all three years were relatively dry, with approximately 200 mm less rainfall than average in 2001 and 2002.


Table 1: Annual weather statistics in the ACT, 2000–03
Weather Parameters 2000 2001 2002 Long-term Average
Temperature statistics (Canberra only)
Annual mean (C) 13.4 13.7 13.9 12.0
Annual mean maximum (C) 18.8 20.7 21.0 19.6
Annual mean minimum(C) 6.9 6.6 6.7 6.5
Rainfall statistics (Canberra only)
Canberra – Annual total (mm) 626 500 505 623
Hall – Annual total (mm) 694 518 514 718
Wind speed (Canberra only)
Annual mean (km/h) 11.1 11.2 13.5 9.3
Relative humidity (Canberra only)
Annual mean (%) 49 46 43 47.5
Evaporation (Canberra only)
Annual mean (mm/day) 4.3 4.7 5.1 4.6
Sunshine hours (Canberra only)
Annual mean (hours/day) 7.6 7.8 8.4 7.6

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