Brisbane's dry and warm end to spring

Ben Domensino, 28 November 2019

Brisbane is on track to register its driest and hottest November in more than 30 years.

As of 9am on Thursday, Brisbane had only received 9.6mm of rain so far this month. With only a slight chance of showers during the remaining three days of the month, this could be the city's driest November since 8.8mm in 1982.

The city's dusty rain gauge has also been warmer than usual this month.

Brisbane's running average maximum temperature as of 9am on Thursday was 30.6 degrees, which is three degrees above average for this time of year. Based on current forecasts, this is likely to be Brisbane's first November with an average maximum temperature above 30.5 degrees since 1968.

Brisbane's recent warm and dry weather has been caused by a lack of atmospheric moisture and prominent westerly winds over eastern Australia during November. These conditions have also caused widespread bushfires in parts of southern Queensalnd and NSW in recent weeks.

This month's rain to date has brought Brisbane’s spring total up to 73.4mm. This is well below the city’s long-term seasonal average of more than 200mm and makes this Brisbane's driest spring since 69.2mm in 1968.