Adelaide - Extreme Daily Rainfall for Each Year





This page lists the heaviest rainfalls and wettest days of each year in Adelaide, South Australia. The information answers questions like: When was the last time Adelaide got more than 75 millimetres of rain in a single day? What was the heaviest rainfall of 2018, or 150 years ago?

The list gives the highest daily precipitation for each year in Adelaide 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 were observed near Adelaide city centre and go back to 1839, with a few years missing data. During that time the heaviest downpour measured for a single day was 141.5 millimetres (5.57 inches) on February 7, 1925.

Most rain in one day for recent years in Adelaide
Inches Date Milli­metres
1.11 April 26, 2020   28.2
1.50 June 12, 2019 38.1
0.87 May 19, 2018 22.1
1.14 February 06, 2017 29.0
2.41 December 28, 2016 61.2
1.24 May 19, 2015 31.5
2.96 February 14, 2014 75.2
1.53 June 01, 2013 38.9
2012
1.14 February 19, 2011 29.0
2.61 December 08, 2010 66.3
Highest daily rainfall recorded at Adelaide each year
Inches Date Milli­metres
1.13 April 24, 2009 28.7
2008
2007
1.09 May 07, 2006 27.7
2.15 June 21, 2005 54.6
1.06 August 04, 2004 26.9
1.50 June 27, 2003 38.1
1.23 May 19, 2002 31.2
1.70 September 02, 2001 43.2
1.13 April 30, 2000 28.7
1.62 May 23, 1999 41.1
1.50 April 12, 1998 38.1
2.19 October 31, 1997 55.6
0.89 January 01, 1996 22.6
0.75 May 26, 1995 19.1
1.06 June 24, 1994 26.9
1.47 December 14, 1993 37.3
1.70 August 30, 1992 43.2
1.49 June 09, 1991 37.8
0.99 August 15, 1990 25.1
1.42 May 09, 1989 36.1
0.98 January 24, 1988 24.9
1.13 June 24, 1987 28.7
1.18 August 03, 1986 30.0
2.04 March 16, 1985 51.8
0.98 May 22, 1984 24.9
1.24 August 25, 1983 31.5
0.78 April 28, 1982 19.8
1.50 June 25, 1981 38.1
1.85 October 06, 1980 47.0
0.91 November 15, 1979 23.1
1.20 July 06, 1978 30.5
1.43 January 15, 1977 36.3
1.32 February 25, 1976 33.5
1.44 July 31, 1975 36.6
2.41 February 01, 1974 61.2
1.64 February 06, 1973 41.7
1.60 December 26, 1972 40.6
1.08 April 26, 1971 27.4
1970
3.19 February 09, 1969 81.0
1.54 February 20, 1968 39.1
0.66 February 24, 1967 16.8
1.60 December 04, 1966 40.6
0.65 December 05, 1965 16.5
2.40 November 18, 1964 61.0
1.59 January 13, 1963 40.4
1.47 December 29, 1962 37.3
1.21 June 24, 1961 30.7
2.96 November 12, 1960 75.2
0.73 March 31, 1959 18.5
1.25 May 24, 1958 31.8
2.03 June 21, 1957 51.6
1.09 June 27, 1956 27.7
1.13 May 26, 1955 28.7
1.94 April 14, 1954 49.3
1.33 December 07, 1953 33.8
1.32 November 27, 1952 33.5
1.30 May 13, 1951 33.0
1.18 May 26, 1950 30.0
1.56 October 09, 1949 39.6
1.97 April 11, 1948 50.0
0.84 March 28, 1947 21.3
2.57 February 18, 1946 65.3
1.28 November 17, 1945 32.5
1.19 May 02, 1944 30.2
2.48 February 17, 1943 63.0
1.77 May 03, 1942 45.0
1.96 January 25, 1941 49.8
0.93 January 05, 1940 23.6
1.69 June 02, 1939 42.9
1.97 April 17, 1938 50.0
1.13 December 11, 1937 28.7
1.84 December 17, 1936 46.7
0.99 September 16, 1935 25.1
2.08 November 07, 1934 52.8
1.53 January 20, 1933 38.9
1.22 May 31, 1932 31.0
1.04 June 10, 1931 26.4
1.06 October 20, 1930 26.9
1.90 December 27, 1929 48.3
1.46 February 01, 1928 37.1
1.05 November 01, 1927 26.7
1.28 May 01, 1926 32.5
5.57 February 07, 1925 141.5
1.18 February 19, 1924 30.0
1.59 September 20, 1923 40.4
0.98 December 09, 1922 24.9
1.59 January 02, 1921 40.4
2.11 June 01, 1920 53.6
1.98 February 16, 1919 50.3
1.42 October 07, 1918 36.1
1.48 February 14, 1917 37.6
1.97 June 26, 1916 50.0
0.81 June 23, 1915 20.6
1.29 November 25, 1914 32.8
2.42 December 23, 1913 61.5
1.10 June 24, 1912 27.9
0.92 September 02, 1911 23.4
1.75 May 26, 1910 44.5
1.14 October 01, 1909 + 29.0
2.24 October 16, 1908 56.9
1.01 June 02, 1907 25.7
1.84 November 19, 1906 46.7
1.58 April 24, 1905 40.1
1.30 April 18, 1904 33.0
1.44 August 31, 1903 36.6
0.91 December 17, 1902 23.1
1.34 June 06, 1901 34.0
1.05 April 03, 1900 26.7
1.10 February 28, 1899 27.9
1.52 May 17, 1898 38.6
0.78 February 15, 1897 19.8
0.80 June 04, 1896 20.3
1.21 January 04, 1895 30.7
1.55 April 19, 1894 39.4
1.42 September 25, 1893 36.1
1.22 January 23, 1892 31.0
1.20 December 12, 1891 30.5
1.81 February 05, 1890 46.0
2.30 January 02, 1889 58.4
0.76 August 17, 1888 + 19.3
1.43 April 10, 1887 36.3
0.76 April 23, 1886 19.3
1.10 June 16, 1885 27.9
1.45 June 25, 1884 36.8
1.99 April 03, 1883 50.5
0.95 August 27, 1882 24.1
1.54 January 11, 1881 39.1
1.56 March 21, 1880 39.6
0.95 November 11, 1879 24.1
3.50 March 05, 1878 88.9
2.26 March 24, 1877 57.4
1.04 July 12, 1876 26.4
2.47 May 05, 1875 62.7
0.78 May 11, 1874 19.8
1.08 May 30, 1873 27.4
1.03 July 20, 1872 26.2
1.06 February 07, 1871 26.9
2.25 January 26, 1870 57.2
0.98 November 24, 1869 24.9
0.97 April 07, 1868 24.6
1.16 May 24, 1867 29.5
0.94 January 26, 1866 23.9
1.75 July 10, 1865 44.5
1.50 January 10, 1864 38.1
0.81 October 30, 1863 20.6
0.89 July 23, 1862 22.6
1.32 December 02, 1861 33.5
3.15 April 05, 1860 80.0
0.81 June 12, 1859 20.6
1.88 November 28, 1858 47.8
1.13 March 17, 1857 28.7
1.46 October 05, 1856 37.1
1.28 March 01, 1855 32.5
0.96 October 03, 1854 24.4
2.75 May 01, 1853 69.9
1852
2.23 August 19, 1851 56.6
1.68 January 31, 1850 42.7
1.45 June 02, 1849 36.8
1.00 September 20, 1848 25.4
1.35 January 01, 1847 34.3
1.25 February 03, 1846 31.8
0.75 December 15, 1845 19.1
1.00 July 03, 1844 25.4
1.70 May 31, 1843 43.2
0.78 March 08, 1842 19.8
1.30 June 18, 1841 33.0
1.89 December 29, 1840 48.0
1.14 November 01, 1839 29.0
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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