Our current climate
The Central Queensland region has a sub-tropical climate with hot, moist summers and warm, dry winters, with occasional frost in the south. The average annual temperature is 21°C. Summer average temperature is 27°C, autumn is 22°C, winter 15°C and spring is 22°C.
The annual and seasonal average rainfall is variable, affected by local factors such as topography and vegetation, and broader scale weather patterns, such as the El Niño–Southern Oscillation.
The greatest rainfall occurs in summer, averaging 277mm per year.
The region’s annual average potential evaporation is more than twice the annual average rainfall, which contributes to the depletion of soil moisture.
However, the climate is changing across Queensland.
Average temperatures across the state are currently 1°C higher than they were 100 years ago. Recent decades have shown a clear warming trend. Our climate is already highly variable but climate change is leading to shifts beyond this natural variability.
For the rock lovers, please click THIS LINK to read some fantastic work by the Geological Society of Australia Inc (Qld Division) on the geological structures of Central Queensland