Brisbane Climate – Great for Brisbane Aerial Photography
Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate with warm to hot and humid summers and dry, moderately warm winters. From November to March, thunderstorms are common over Brisbane, with the more severe events accompanied by large damaging hail stones, torrential rain and destructive winds.
The city’s highest recorded temperature was 43.2 °C (110 °F) on 26 January 1940. On 19 July 2007, Brisbane’s temperature fell below the freezing point for the first time since records began, registering −0.1 °C (31.8 °F) at the airport.In 2009 Brisbane recorded its hottest winter day at 35.4 °C (95.7 °F) on 24 August.Brisbane’s wettest day occurred on 21 January 1887, when 465 millimetres (18.3 in) of rain fell on the city, the highest maximum daily rainfall of Australia’s capital cities.
From 2001 until 2010, Brisbane and surrounding temperate areas had been experiencing the most severe drought in over a century, with dam levels dropping to 16.9% of their capacity on 10 August 2007. Residents were mandated by local laws to observlevel 6 water restrictions on gardening and other outdoor water usage. Per capita water usage is below 140 litres per day, giving Brisbane one of the lowest per capita usages of water of any developed city in the world. On Sunday 9 January 2011, an upper low crossed north of Brisbane and dropped rainfall on an already saturated southeast coast of Queensland, resulting in severe flooding and damage in Brisbane and the surrounding area,ironically the same storm season also resulted in the water storage climbing to over 98% of maximum capacity and breaking the drought.Water restrictions have been replaced with water conservation measures that aim at a target of 200 litres per day/per person, but consumption is rarely over 160 litres. Dust storms in Brisbane are extremely rare; on 23 September 2009, however, a severe dust storm blanketed Brisbane, as well as other parts of eastern Australia.
Brisbane also lies in the Tropical Cyclone risk area. Although cyclones hitting Brisbane are rare, they have happened in the past. The last cyclone to affect Brisbane but not directly cross the city was Tropical Cyclone Hamish in March 2009, although the cyclone remained approx 350 km (220 mi) north of Brisbanebut caused significant damage to beaches and caused the worst oil spill in Moreton Bay.Average annual temperature of the sea is 24 °C (75 °F), from 21 °C (70 °F) in July to 27 °C (81 °F) in February.
In November 2011, Brisbane saw 22 days with no recorded rainfall, which is the driest start to November since 1919.
August 2012 was the city’s driest August and the driest month ever experienced in its recorded history (records at the Brisbane Airport commenced in 1929, although the station closed in February 2000).At the meteorological station in the city’s downtown core (Brisbane Station), only 0.2 mm of precipitation was recorded in August 2012.