Coast records driest January ever; Australia swelters through its hottest

It’s official! The Gold Coast has seen its driest January on record.

Just 4.4mm of rain fell at the Gold Coast Seaway this month across seven days. The previous record was 5.2mm in 2003.

The wettest day of the month was Wednesday but only 1.6mm of rain fell.


The long term average at the Gold Coast Seaway for January is 132.3mm.

Coolangatta also saw 4.4mm of rain across five days, while Canungra recorded 12.2mm.

Parts of Beaudesert only saw 2mm across three days.

The Bureau of Meteorology has also confirmed Australia has sweltered through its hottest January on record.

The mean temperature for January averaged across country exceeded 30 degrees, the first time this has occurred in any month.

Bureau senior climatologist Dr Andrew Watkins said the heat through January was unprecedented.

“We saw heatwave conditions affect large parts of the country through most of the month, with records broken for both duration and also individual daily extremes,” Dr Watkins said.

“The main contributor to this heat was a persistent high pressure system in the Tasman sea which was blocking any cold fronts and cooler air from impacting the south of the country.

“At the same time, we had a delayed onset to the monsoon in the north of the country which meant we weren’t seeing cooler, moist air being injected from the north.

“The warming trend which has seen Australian temperatures increase by more than 1 degree in the last 100 years also contributed to the unusually warm conditions.”

While a monsoon low brought heavy rainfall to the state’s north late in the month. Brisbane was very warm, while rainfall was very low at about 20 per cent of the January average.