Brisbane - Extreme Daily Rainfall for Each Year





This page lists the heaviest rainfalls and wettest days of each year in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. The information answers questions like: When was the last time Brisbane got more than 300 millimetres of rain in a single day? What was the heaviest rainfall of 2017?

The list gives the highest daily precipitation for each year in Brisbane 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 1869. During that time the heaviest downpour measured for a single day was 465.1 millimetres (18.3 inches) on January 21, 1887.

The rainfall extremes were observed in downtown Brisbane, except from 1986 to 1999 when the weather station was at Brisbane Airport.

Most rain in one day for recent years in Brisbane
Inches Date Milli­metres
3.80 February 07, 2020   96.5
5.1 December 12, 2019 130.3
2018
3.9 January 03, 2017 98.0
4.4 June 20, 2016 110.5
4.0 January 23, 2015 100.3
3.7 January 24, 2014 94.0
5.7 January 28, 2013 145.0
6.6 January 25, 2012 168.4
4.4 January 10, 2011 110.7
4.8 February 17, 2010 121.4
Highest daily rainfall recorded at Brisbane each year
Inches Date Milli­metres
3.5 May 20, 2009 88.9
3.1 November 20, 2008 79.5
2.1 June 06, 2007 52.6
1.8 November 05, 2006 46.5
1.7 November 28, 2005 43.7
3.3 March 06, 2004 83.3
2.4 February 04, 2003 61.7
1.9 December 11, 2002 48.0
5.4 March 10, 2001 137.9
1.9 December 15, 2000 48.0
5.2 January 29, 1999 133.1
2.2 April 11, 1998 55.4
2.3 October 08, 1997 58.7
6.4 May 02, 1996 163.3
3.7 December 24, 1995 94.0
5.3 January 20, 1994 135.6
1.8 March 15, 1993 44.7
4.7 February 22, 1992 118.6
3.1 February 07, 1991 78.5
6.1 February 25, 1990 153.9
6.7 April 26, 1989 169.7
3.1 April 04, 1988 78.7
5.2 March 05, 1987 132.1
2.9 November 30, 1986 72.9
4.3 July 09, 1985 109.5
6.2 April 09, 1984 156.2
3.8 May 02, 1983 97.5
3.4 January 21, 1982 87.1
6.7 November 02, 1981 168.9
5.9 May 09, 1980 149.1
2.3 January 24, 1979 58.7
2.1 March 17, 1978 54.1
3.3 November 18, 1977 84.1
3.3 November 14, 1976 84.1
5.0 December 08, 1975 126.2
12.4 January 26, 1974 313.9
5.4 July 07, 1973 136.1
9.3 February 12, 1972 235.2
3.8 January 28, 1971 96.8
5.1 November 08, 1970 129.3
4.9 May 13, 1969 123.2
6.2 January 11, 1968 156.7
11.1 June 12, 1967 282.4
5.6 November 08, 1966 142.5
7.6 July 20, 1965 193.0
5.0 March 28, 1964 126.2
4.9 March 17, 1963 123.2
3.3 July 11, 1962 84.6
3.2 January 04, 1961 81.3
2.9 November 02, 1960 72.4
3.1 February 18, 1959 78.7
3.1 December 18, 1958 78.2
2.3 February 22, 1957 58.4
5.3 December 22, 1956 134.4
7.8 March 28, 1955 197.6
3.7 January 17, 1954 94.5
4.3 February 17, 1953 109.2
3.0 June 14, 1952 75.4
5.1 March 19, 1951 128.8
4.3 February 28, 1950 108.7
5.3 October 25, 1949 135.6
6.4 June 15, 1948 162.8
5.0 February 13, 1947 128.0
4.1 March 25, 1946 103.1
2.5 February 27, 1945 64.3
2.5 July 11, 1944 64.5
5.2 December 30, 1943 131.1
4.2 February 09, 1942 105.4
3.4 January 19, 1941 87.4
2.8 December 03, 1940 70.1
5.0 March 15, 1939 126.7
4.6 February 01, 1938 116.3
2.9 March 16, 1937 74.2
1.7 January 18, 1936 41.9
1.7 February 20, 1935 43.4
4.5 February 01, 1934 113.8
5.5 April 05, 1933 138.7
2.9 January 13, 1932 73.9
10.6 February 06, 1931 269.5
4.2 January 24, 1930 106.9
4.0 April 04, 1929 101.3
5.0 April 19, 1928 126.2
3.9 January 23, 1927 99.3
2.0 December 30, 1926 51.1
2.4 June 20, 1925 62.0
2.5 February 04, 1924 64.3
2.4 June 05, 1923 61.5
2.9 July 24, 1922 72.9
4.2 June 10, 1921 107.4
3.7 January 21, 1920 93.2
2.3 March 28, 1919 59.4
1.7 January 12, 1918 42.9
3.0 January 24, 1917 74.9
4.5 April 13, 1916 113.5
5.5 February 10, 1915 140.2
2.2 February 20, 1914 56.1
3.0 June 22, 1913 77.2
4.4 March 03, 1912 111.3
2.9 January 12, 1911 73.7
4.4 December 12, 1910 111.5
2.1 December 25, 1909 + 52.1
11.2 March 14, 1908 284.0
2.8 May 31, 1907 71.9
3.8 February 28, 1906 95.8
5.3 December 07, 1905 133.6
2.8 March 30, 1904 71.9
4.3 May 31, 1903 108.2
1.6 October 11, 1902 40.4
4.1 March 10, 1901 103.9
3.8 January 08, 1900 95.8
2.5 January 11, 1899 64.5
5.2 March 20, 1898 131.6
3.0 December 28, 1897 76.7
4.0 February 09, 1896 100.8
5.7 January 26, 1895 145.8
4.4 January 22, 1894 111.3
8.4 February 16, 1893 212.3
6.8 March 13, 1892 172.0
3.1 June 08, 1891 78.2
3.9 April 23, 1890 98.0
3.5 July 16, 1889 89.9
3.1 February 26, 1888 77.5
18.3 January 21, 1887 465.1
1886
2.8 February 17, 1885 71.1
3.2 May 03, 1884 80.3
3.0 May 14, 1883 74.9
3.9 April 01, 1882 97.8
2.7 January 12, 1881 69.1
2.9 February 22, 1880 74.4
5.6 May 09, 1879 142.7
4.1 December 14, 1878 104.1
2.6 November 19, 1877 65.5
3.5 July 15, 1876 89.9
7.5 February 24, 1875 190.0
2.3 July 31, 1874 58.7
4.1 June 18, 1873 104.1
4.6 December 30, 1872 115.6
6.6 December 28, 1871 167.6
9.7 March 09, 1870 245.1
3.6 January 21, 1869 91.9
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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