Victorian Monthly Climate Summary: June 2006
Cold, dry start to winter

Monday 3 July, 2006

In Brief

Averaged across the State, it was the driest June in Victoria since 1944 and the coldest for overnight temperatures since 1972.

Details

Temperatures

Average minimum temperatures were generally between 0 and 6 degrees, although in the Northeast the average was between −3 and 0 degrees. Across Victoria the average minimum temperature was the second lowest on record for June (−2.13 degrees below average).

The average maximum temperatures were mostly between 12 and 15 degrees except in the Northeast where maximum temperatures averaged between 9 and 12 degrees. Maximum temperatures were mostly within 1 degree of normal for June throughout Victoria.

Due to the cold nights during June, the mean temperature across Victoria was the third lowest on record (−1.09 degrees below average).

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Rainfall:

Rainfall totals across most of Victoria were well below average (third lowest June average on record), except for East Gippsland, where periodic lows off the coast during the month gave the area average rainfall.

The rest of Victoria was dry, particularly the West Coast and West Gippsland regions due to blocking high pressure systems. Ballarat had its lowest June rainfall on record (12.8 mm, average 55.3 mm) while a number of stations had their lowest rainfall for at least 20 years including Melbourne 8.6 mm (previous lowest 8.0 mm in 1858) and Nhill 4.2 mm (previous 3.5 mm in 1930).

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Significant Weather Systems

Victoria was dominated by slow-moving high pressure systems during June 2006.

Early in the month a low pressure system off the east coast of Victoria brought significant rain to East Gippsland, with Orbost receiving 42 mm on the 2nd.

A significant front and associated rain band moved across Victoria from the 23rd to 24th of June and a number of weaker fronts crossed the state in the last week of June.


Melbourne Summary

Melbourne recorded only 8.6 mm of rain for June, which was the second lowest June total on record, the lowest being 8.0 mm in June 1858. The Central (Metropolitan) district recorded its lowest June district average rainfall (18.9 mm) since the records began in 1890 (average 74.1 mm), the previous lowest being 20.1 mm in 1972.

The night-time temperatures (average 6.3 degrees) were also below average (7.2 degrees) with Melbourne experiencing the coolest nights since 1982 (average 5.6 degrees). Scoresby had the lowest average minimum temperature for June (4.1 degrees) since records began there in 1948. Laverton (3.9 degrees) and Moorabbin (4.6 degrees) recorded their lowest average minimum temperature for June since 1972 (3.0 degrees and 4.0 degrees respectively).

In contrast to the low minimum temperatures, Melbourne's maximum temperatures for June were spot on average (14.3 degrees).<

Included in this summary are a table of State extremes, some new records, and summaries for locations across the State. Visit our maps of rainfall and temperatures for this month.

Please contact us for further information.

Victorian Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Ms Monica Long (03) 9669 4949
Email climate.vic@bom.gov.au

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 AM on Monday 3 July 2006. Although every effort has been made to check them, it is possible that results may change as new information becomes available.

Extremes

Weather extremes during June 2006

Highest temperature
Hottest day
19.6 °C Mildura Airport on 29th
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
Warmest days on average
15.3 °C Mildura Airport
and Ouyen (Post Office)
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
Coolest days on average
0.8 °C Mt Hotham
Lowest daily maximum temperature
Coldest day
−4.4 °C Mt Hotham on 11th
Lowest temperature
Coldest night
−8.1 °C Mt Hotham on 11th
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
Coldest nights on average
−3.4 °C Mt Hotham
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
Mildest nights on average
9.8 °C Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse
Highest daily minimum
Warmest night
11.8 °C Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse on 22nd
Highest total rainfall
Wettest overall
89.0 mm Orbost
Lowest total rainfall
Driest overall
4.2 mm Nhill
Highest daily rainfall
Wettest day
42.0 mm Orbost on 2nd

Records

Record Lowest Total Rainfall for June


Total rainfall
for June 2006 (mm)
Previous lowest
for June
Years of
record
Ballarat Aerodrome 12.8 14.0
in 1969
99
Noojee 19.6 54.4
in 2005
25
Hamilton Airport 11.2 33.2
in 1997
22
Morwell 8.2 27.4
in 2005
22
Wangaratta Aero 23.4 29.6
in 1997
20


Lowest Total Rainfall for 20 or more years for June


Total rainfall
for June 2006 (mm)
Most recent lower
for June
Melbourne Regional Office 8.6 8.0
in 1858
Nhill 4.2 3.5
in 1930
Horsham 5.8 5.6
in 1967
Cape Otway Lighthouse 40.2 34.2
in 1969
Lake Eildon 30.6 28.8
in 1974
Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse 52.8 41.7
in 1974
Castlemaine Prison 18.4 13.7
in 1975
Mangalore Airport 14.6 14.2
in 1975
East Sale Airport 11.2 6.8
in 1979
Wonthaggi 48.7 38.0
in 1979
Maryborough 23.8 20.6
in 1986
Ouyen 11.0 7.2
in 1986


Lowest Mean Maximum Temperature for 20 years or more for June


Mean daily maximum
temperature
for June 2006 (°C)
Most recent lower
for June
East Sale Airport 13.5 13.3
in 1983
Morwell 13.2 12.9
in 1986


Record Lowest Mean Daily Minimum Temperature for June


Mean daily minimum
temperature
for June 2006 (°C)
Previous lowest
for June
Years of
record
Echuca Aerodrome 0.9 1.3
in 1982
124
Nhill 0.4 = 0.4
in 1972
107
Benalla 0.5 0.7
in 1982
103
Ballarat Aerodrome 1.8 = 1.8
in 1937
98
Ouyen 2.2 = 2.2
in 1982
70
Lake Eildon 1.1 1.6
in 1972
37
Portland 4.5 5.8
in 1998
24
Albury Airport 0.2 1.0
in 1984
23
Hamilton Airport 2.9 3.5
in 1984
22
Wangaratta Aero −2.2 1.1
in 1997
20


Lowest Mean Minimum Temperature for 20 years or more for June


Mean daily minimum
temperature
for June 2006 (°C)
Most recent lower
for June
Mangalore Airport 0.8 0.6
in 1966
Longerenong 1.3 0.6
in 1972
East Sale Airport 2.3 1.9
in 1982
Melbourne Regional Office 6.3 5.6
in 1982
Mildura Airport 2.4 2.2
in 1982
Morwell 2.7 2.1
in 1985


Record Lowest Temperature for June


Lowest temperature
in June 2006 (°C)
Previous lowest
for June
Years of
record
Benalla −4.5
on 14th
−4.4
on 26th in 1965
103
Kerang −3.4
on 14th
= −3.4
on 9th in 1982
97
Longerenong −4.8
on 15th
= −4.8
on 6th in 1982
74
Mildura Airport −3.7
on 15th
−3.3
on 8th in 1982
60
Mangalore Airport −4.7
on 15th
−4.4
on 6th in 1966
47
Albury Airport −4.0
on 12th
= −4.0
on 19th in 1998
23
Wangaratta Aero −7.2
on 14th
−5.6
on 19th in 1998
20


Summaries

Summary statistics for June 2006


Maximum temperatures
for June
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for June
(°C)
Rainfall
for June
(mm)
Mean for 2006 Difference from normal Highest for 2006 Mean for 2006 Difference from normal Lowest for 2006 Total for 2006 Normal total
Albury Airport 14.5 +0.7 17.1 0.2 −3.3 −4.0 35 72
Bairnsdale Airport 13.7 −1.2 16.8 4.1 −0.7 −0.7 20 56
Ballarat Aerodrome 11.2 +0.3 15.1 1.8 −2.2 −2.7 13 55
Benalla 14.9 +1.1 17.5 0.5 −2.6 −4.5 34 60
Bendigo Airport 13.3 +0.3 16.3 0.9 −3.4 −4.8 19 52
Cape Otway Lighthouse 12.8 −0.6 15.2 7.6 −0.9 4.0 40 95
Castlemaine Prison 12.6 −0.2 16.5 1.5 −1.2 −3.1 18 50
Cerberus 13.4 −0.4 15.9 4.2 −4.7 −1.1 17 62
Colac 11.4 −2.0 13.4 5.3 +0.7 2.8 16 75
Coldstream 12.9 −1.2 17.4 1.3 −2.9 −3.1 22 74
East Sale Airport 13.5 −0.7 15.7 2.3 −1.6 −2.7 11 42
Echuca Aerodrome 14.6 +0.3 17.3 0.9 −3.4 −4.2 33 35
Geelong Airport 13.6 −1.0 16.7 4.1 −1.8 −0.5 16 49
Hamilton Airport 12.6 −0.3 16.4 2.9 −2.1 −1.1 11 68
Horsham 14.5 +0.3 17.0 0.8 −3.3 −5.0 6 39
Kerang 15.0 +0.3 17.2 2.1 −2.4 −3.4 16 29
Kilmore Gap 9.3 +0.8 12.6 3.9 +0.4 1.3 19 84
Lake Eildon 12.3 +0.1 16.0 1.1 −2.8 −1.8 31 84
Longerenong 14.1 +0.2 17.0 1.3 −2.7 −4.8 18 35
Mangalore Airport 13.7 +0.3 17.1 0.8 −3.0 −4.7 15 53
Maryborough 13.3 +0.4 16.7 1.3 −2.6 −3.4 24 48
Melbourne Regional Office 14.3 0 17.0 6.3 −1.0 2.7 9 43
Mildura Airport 15.3 −0.6 19.6 2.4 −2.7 −3.7 11 22
Morwell 13.2 −0.8 16.3 2.7 −1.8 −2.5 8 65
Mt Hotham 0.8 −1.1 5.7 −3.4 −0.4 −8.1 38 179
Nhill 14.4 0 16.8 0.4 −3.7 −6.0 4 39
Noojee 11.8 −0.7 15.5 2.0 −2.1 −1.6 20 107
Orbost 14.0 −1.3 18.3 5.7 +0.5 1.8 89 80
Ouyen 15.3 −0.4 19.0 2.2 −2.7 −3.0 11 26
Point Hicks 14.2 −0.3 18.6 8.2 −0.6 2.5 68 108
Portland 13.1 −0.6 15.1 4.5 −2.6 −1.1 62 104
Shepparton Airport 14.5 +0.7 16.7 0.1 −3.5 −5.9 16 46
Stawell Aerodrome 13.2 +0.4 16.8 1.9 −2.6 −3.2 20 50
Swan Hill Aerodrome 15.1 0 17.6 1.7 −3.2 −4.2 14 28
Wangaratta Aero 14.6 +0.8 17.8 −2.2 −5.5 −7.2 23 79
Warracknabeal Museum 14.6 +0.1 16.5 1.9 −2.2 −3.6 17 33
Warrnambool Airport Ndb 13.5 −0.2 15.7 3.6 −2.1 −3.4 26 101
Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse 12.7 −0.1 15.2 9.8 +0.3 8.4 53 114
Wonthaggi 13.4 −0.6 18.0 5.4 −0.8 1.2 49 92
Yarrawonga 14.8 +0.4 19.3 0.6 −3.7 −5.3 37 53

Note

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 AM on Monday 3 July 2006. Although every effort has been made to check them, it is possible that results may change as new information becomes available.
Long term averages are calculated using the WMO standard of 1961 to 1990.
Climate averages for Victoria localities are available here.
Please use the following localities to cover these regions: Coldstream for the Yarra Glen area; Ceberus for the Mornington Peninsula; Morwell for the Latrobe Valley; Mangalore for Seymour; Mt Hotham for the Alpine area.
Daily Weather Observations for selected Victoria localities are available here.

Please contact us for further information.

Victoria Climate Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Ms Monica Long (03) 9669 4949

Email climate.vic@bom.gov.au