This study presents the relationships between meteorological drought and the characteristics of daily rainfall in the historical period. Meteorological droughts, defined as rainfall deficits occuring on time scales of 3-months, 6-months, 12-months and 24-months using the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI), are compared to variability in the frequency and intensity of daily rainfall events to determine if there are consistent changes in these daily-scale rainfall characteristics during drought. Some past studies highlight that in some geographical regions, such as southeast Australia, prolonged meteorological drought is more closely associated with a lack of extreme rainfall rather than changes to mean intensity or the frequency of daily rainfall events. Therefore, particular focus is given to the connection between meteorological drought and characteristics of extreme daily rainfall using several extreme precipitation indices from the ETCCDI. Exploring the connection between meteorological drought and the characteristics of daily rainfall is the first step for revealing important information about the changes in meteorological processes that are associated with meteorological drought around the world.