Moree records highest November maximum temperature and lowest monthly rainfall in more than a century

The district managed to finish harvesting without rain interrupting during November.
The district managed to finish harvesting without rain interrupting during November.

Moree has sweltered through a hot and dry November, recording its highest ever November maximum temperature, and the lowest November rainfall in more than a century.

On Monday, the last day of the month, the mercury climbed to a top of 44.3 degrees, making it Moree's hottest November day on record.

The previous highest November temperature was 43.5 degrees, recorded in 2014.

The monthly mean maximum temperature was 35.3 degrees - 4.4 degrees warmer than the average.

In the last two weeks of the past month, the maximum didn't drop below 35 degrees since November 15.

And while it was a particularly warm November, it was also Moree's driest in 123 years.


Just 0.2mm of rain fell throughout the month, making it a record low for the Bureau of Meterology gauge at Moree Aero.

However, Moree's driest November still belongs to 1897 when zero rain fell.

Data from the BoM shows this year's November rainfall was even less than during the height of the devastating drought.

A total of 26.8mm fell in November last year, 68.2mm was recorded for the month in 2018, 80.2mm fell in 2017 and 2016 saw 23.2mm fall in November.

However, this year's rainfall is still well above the total of the past few years.

So far Moree has recorded a total of 512.4mm this year, which which is already four times higher than last year's total of 125.4mm, more than 2018's 428.4mm total, and equal the 2017 total rainfall.

Overall, Moree's spring rainfall was average with 86.6mm falling throughout September, October and November. This is 60 per cent of the spring average of 143.1mm.

Moree's spring mean maximum temperature was 30 degrees - 2.1 degrees higher than the average.

And, despite the dry November, the La Nina is still active which means more rain is forecast over the next few months.

The BoM has forecast a 60 per cent chance of showers on Thursday, with a possible thunderstorm to bring temperatures down.

There's also a chance of showers on Friday, with the maximum temperature to drop to 36 degrees.