Canberra - Extreme Daily Rainfall for Each Year





This page lists the heaviest rainfalls and wettest days of each year in Canberra, Australia. The information answers questions like: When was the last time Canberra got more than 90 millimetres of rain in a single day? What was the heaviest rainfall of 2018?

The list gives the highest daily precipitation for each year in Canberra and the date that it happened. A date with a plus sign beside it means the same amount of rain also fell on at least one other day earlier that year.

These records go back to 1940. During that time the heaviest downpour measured for a single day was 126.0 millimetres (4.96 inches) on March 15, 1989.

Since 2010 the rainfall extremes were observed in the Tuggeranong District of Canberra. Before then, the weather station was at Canberra Airport.

Most rain in one day for recent years in Canberra
Inches Date Milli­metres
2.22 February 16, 2020   56.4
1.72 March 30, 2019 43.7
2.44 December 14, 2018 62.0
2.46 November 26, 2017 62.5
3.22 June 06, 2016 81.8
2.56 April 08, 2015 65.0
3.22 February 20, 2014 81.8
3.00 September 17, 2013 76.2
3.45 March 04, 2012 87.6
3.61 November 26, 2011 91.7
3.66 December 09, 2010 93.0
Highest daily rainfall recorded at Canberra each year
Inches Date Milli­metres
1.08 December 26, 2009 27.4
2.18 December 13, 2008 55.4
1.57 November 04, 2007 39.9
1.37 January 17, 2006 34.8
1.89 July 09, 2005 48.0
1.34 November 12, 2004 34.0
1.49 March 15, 2003 37.8
3.06 February 05, 2002 77.7
2.18 February 05, 2001 55.4
1.31 January 27, 2000 33.3
2.05 December 27, 1999 52.1
1.42 February 08, 1998 36.1
2.15 June 28, 1997 54.6
1.41 November 05, 1996 35.8
3.69 January 21, 1995 93.7
1.70 April 13, 1994 43.2
2.91 January 04, 1993 73.9
1.54 November 22, 1992 39.1
1.72 July 11, 1991 43.7
1.34 April 11, 1990 34.0
4.96 March 15, 1989 126.0
2.55 April 30, 1988 64.8
2.09 February 21, 1987 53.1
2.68 November 19, 1986 68.1
1.46 March 19, 1985 37.1
2.31 April 20, 1984 58.7
1.81 March 22, 1983 46.0
1.83 March 24, 1982 46.5
1.82 February 06, 1981 46.2
1.61 December 03, 1980 40.9
2.24 March 04, 1979 56.9
3.64 March 21, 1978 92.5
1.79 February 23, 1977 45.5
2.08 October 16, 1976 52.8
2.09 February 12, 1975 53.1
3.15 January 11, 1974 80.0
1.60 February 07, 1973 40.6
1.40 May 11, 1972 35.6
1.18 January 18, 1971 30.0
1.21 February 13, 1970 30.7
3.60 October 31, 1969 91.4
2.60 May 11, 1968 66.0
1.20 January 26, 1967 30.5
1.55 March 16, 1966 39.4
1.51 October 26, 1965 38.4
1.30 April 22, 1964 + 33.0
1.64 April 30, 1963 41.7
1.74 December 07, 1962 44.2
2.00 March 01, 1961 50.8
1.78 December 03, 1960 45.2
4.13 October 21, 1959 104.9
2.65 January 30, 1958 67.3
1.38 July 10, 1957 35.1
2.40 March 12, 1956 61.0
2.20 October 21, 1955 55.9
1.95 January 18, 1954 49.5
2.65 May 05, 1953 67.3
1.90 October 23, 1952 48.3
1.28 June 21, 1951 32.5
2.55 March 19, 1950 64.8
1.99 May 21, 1949 50.5
3.77 May 03, 1948 95.8
2.22 December 15, 1947 56.4
2.40 January 19, 1946 61.0
3.74 January 12, 1945 95.0
1.62 November 30, 1944 41.1
1.73 October 09, 1943 43.9
1.82 May 26, 1942 46.2
1.75 January 03, 1941 44.5
1.54 April 07, 1940 39.1
Reference

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology. Climate Data Online.

Jay Lawrimore. 2016. Global Summary of the Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 

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