* May rainfall was well below average for Australia as a whole
* Rainfall for the month was below average for most of northern Australia,
the west of New South Wales and Victoria, Tasmania, southern South Australia,
and the east of Western Australia
* Rainfall for the month was above average for the west of Western Australia,
eastern Victoria and south-eastern New South Wales
* Mean maximum temperatures for May were warmer than average for most of
Australia, but close to average for much of New South Wales, southern
Queensland and South Australia
* Mean minimum temperatures for May were warmer than average for most of
Western Australia, but cooler than average for the Kimberley and large parts
of the Northern Territory, and scattered areas of the eastern mainland,
mostly in inland New South Wales
Areal avg temps
AUS +.51 26
QLD +.39 36
NSW +.10 48
VIC +.36 29
TAS -.12 =56
SA +.34 =42
WA +1.05 15
NT +.07 44
Area avg rainfall
Agv Rank Departure from avg
AUS 17.8 40 -39%
QLD 7 17 -77
NSW 27.7 48 -43
VIC 56 61 -16
TAS 94.5 29 -30
SA 9.1 =29 -57
WA 28.9 82 +9
NT 0.8 9 -94 (new top10)
MDB 19.9 29 -55
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