Victoria in March 2016: Record warmth and near-average rainfall

The first month of autumn began with record warmth for Victoria and despite a cooler end to the month, it was Victoria's warmest March on record overall. Rainfall was close to average for much of the State.

  • Victoria's warmest March on record overall
  • Second-warmest March for mean minimum temperatures
  • Warmer minimum temperatures for Victoria in March than in an average summer
  • Sixth-warmest March for mean maximum temperatures
  • Close to average rainfall for much of the State
  • Strong wind gusts above 100 km/h on 18 March

The first two weeks of March 2016 saw very high temperatures recorded throughout Victoria; many sites had their highest March temperature on record; and warmest March night on record. Victorian overnight temperatures during March were comparable to those normally occurring during January. Many sites had record-breaking runs of consecutive days and nights above threshold temperatures. For example, Echuca recorded eight consecutive days of 38 °C or more from 2-9 March, a record for any time of the year. After a cold front crossed the State on 18 March, cooler conditions prevailed for the rest of the month. However, many sites still finished the month with their highest March mean temperature on record, highest March mean daily maximum temperature on record, or highest March mean daily minimum temperature on record. More information about the heat can be found in Special Climate Statement 55 – prolonged March heatwave affects many parts of Australia.

For the State as a whole, it was the warmest March on record at 2.42 °C above average (the previous warmest was +2.36 °C in 1974), with all areas of the State recording above average mean temperatures, including areas of highest on record in Victoria's north and east. March minimum temperatures were their second-warmest on record at 2.78 °C above average (the record is +2.80 °C in 1974), with much of the eastern half of the State recording highest on record minimum temperatures. Maximum temperatures were the sixth-warmest on record (highest since 2008), with all parts of the State recording mean daytime temperatures above the March average. Maximum temperatures ranged from almost 1 °C above average along the coast to nearly 4 °C above average along the Murray River.

Rainfall in March 2016 was close to average for most of the State. For Victoria as a whole, rainfall was 13% below average. 12 of the past 14 months in Victoria have now recorded rainfall below the long-term average. In March, there were areas of above average rainfall around the Wimmera and Gippsland regions. Isolated patches of below to very much below average rainfall could be found in the far northwest, around the Otway Ranges, north and east of Melbourne, and along parts of Gippsland.

With the passage of a cold front on 18 March, strong maximum wind gusts above 100 km/h were recorded at many sites in the country's southeast including in Victoria. The strongest recorded maximum wind gust on the day was 165 km/h at Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse, beating the site's previous March record of 156 km/h from 2015.

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Extremes in March 2016
Hottest day 42.1 °C at Mildura Airport on the 6th
42.1 °C at Kerang on the 7th
Warmest days on average 31.9 °C at Mildura Airport
Coolest days on average 15.5 °C at Mount Hotham
Coldest day 4.1 °C at Mount Baw Baw on the 19th
Coldest night -1.2 °C at Mount Hotham on the 19th
-1.2 °C at Mount Hotham on the 20th
Coolest nights on average 8.3 °C at Mount Hotham
Warmest nights on average 17.1 °C at Gabo Island Lighthouse
Warmest night 25.8 °C at Bendigo Airport on the 9th
Warmest on average overall 24.4 °C at Mildura Airport
Coolest on average overall 11.9 °C at Mount Hotham
Wettest overall 166.8 mm at Reeves Knob
Driest overall 0.4 mm at Mildura Airport
Wettest day 74.6 mm at Gabo Island Lighthouse on the 31st
Strongest wind gust 165 km/h at Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse on the 18th

Maps
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Total
rainfall
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Mean
daily
maximum
temperatures
Map of Mean maximum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean maximum temperature
Mean
daily
minimum
temperatures
Map of Mean minimum temperature Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature Map of Decile rank of mean minimum temperature

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Record highest March temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Kerang 42.1 on the 7th 41.7 on the 13th in 1934 101 27.8
Mildura Airport 42.1 on the 6th 41.5 on the 12th in 1998 70 28.3
Echuca Aerodrome 41.8 on the 7th 40.5 on the 7th in 1986 60 27.2
Ouyen (Post Office) 41.9 on the 6th 41.5 on the 13th in 2008 60 28.4
Ballarat Aerodrome 37.9 on the 8th 37.7 on the 12th in 1998* 59 22.2
Longerenong 40.7 on the 8th = 40.7 on the 16th in 2008 52 26.2
Kyabram 40.4 on the 7th 39.8 on the 7th in 1986 51 26.5
Scoresby Research Institute 39.8 on the 8th 39.6 on the 8th in 1991 49 24.0
Moorabbin Airport 40.8 on the 8th 40.5 on the 7th in 1991 45 23.7
Strathbogie 36.3 on the 7th = 36.3 on the 3rd in 1983 40 23.8
Mount Buller 26.0 on the 7th 25.3 on the 15th in 2008 32 14.1
Falls Creek 25.3 on the 7th 24.7 on the 15th in 2008 26 14.1
Bendigo Airport 39.3 on the 8th 38.6 on the 12th in 1998 25 25.8
Frankston AWS 38.2 on the 8th 37.1 on the 13th in 2008 25 22.5
Mortlake Racecourse 41.1 on the 8th 40.4 on the 11th in 2013 25 23.8
Mount Hotham 24.4 on the 6th 23.5 on the 3rd in 2000 25 12.9
Sheoaks 39.3 on the 8th 39.0 on the 16th in 2008 25 22.9
Hunters Hill 32.7 on the 8th 31.3 on the 15th in 2008 23 21.5
Redesdale 38.7 on the 6th 38.1 on the 14th in 2008 23 25.2
Wallan (Kilmore Gap) 36.7 on the 8th 35.4 on the 12th in 1998 23 21.3
Coldstream 39.9 on the 8th 39.2 on the 15th in 2008 22 25.0
Eildon Fire Tower 36.1 on the 7th 35.9 on the 15th in 2008 20 23.0

* note: there are additional undigitised data for Ballarat prior to 1957, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported.




Record highest March mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Mildura Airport 31.9 31.7 in 2008 69 28.3
Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag 29.5 28.8 in 1986 51 26.2
Kyabram 30.5 29.2 in 2008 50 26.5
Lake Eildon 29.1 28.4 in 1986 46 25.6
Strathbogie 27.2 27.1 in 1986 39 23.8
Wangaratta Aero 30.8 30.1 in 2006 28 27.5
Bendigo Airport 29.0 28.9 in 2008 24 25.8
Hunters Hill 24.7 24.2 in 2004 22 21.5
Yarrawonga 31.1 30.0 in 2008 22 27.6

Highest March mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Echuca Aerodrome 31.3 32.2 in 1940 27.2
Mangalore Airport 28.8 29.2 in 1986 26.1
Mount Buller 17.0 18.0 in 1986 14.1
Rutherglen Research 30.9 31.0 in 1986 27.3



Record highest March daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Morwell (Latrobe Valley Airport) 19.9 on the 8th 19.4 on the 3rd in 2000 33 11.2
Mount Buller 17.3 on the 8th 17.2 on the 17th in 2008 32 6.6
Wangaratta Aero 22.7 on the 10th 22.0 on the 9th in 1991 29 10.6
Bendigo Airport 25.8 on the 9th 23.9 on the 13th in 2013 25 11.5
Redesdale 24.3 on the 9th 21.5 on the 13th in 2013 23 10.6
Wallan (Kilmore Gap) 23.3 on the 9th 22.7 on the 17th in 2008 23 10.9
Yarrawonga 25.2 on the 6th 21.8 on the 16th in 2007 23 12.6
Combienbar AWS 23.7 on the 5th = 23.7 on the 13th in 1998 22 11.8
Swan Hill Aerodrome 23.8 on the 6th 23.2 on the 13th in 2013 20 12.6



Record highest March mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Laverton RAAF 15.3 = 15.3 in 1974 72 12.5
East Sale Airport 14.4 = 14.4 in 1956 70 11.5
Mildura Airport 16.9 = 16.9 in 1974 69 13.8
Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag 14.9 = 14.9 in 1974 51 11.8
Kyabram 15.2 = 15.2 in 1974 50 12.4
Strathbogie 12.4 12.3 in 1983 39 9.1
Dartmouth Reservoir 13.9 13.8 in 1983 38 10.9
Bairnsdale Airport 14.7 13.0 in 1989 34 11.1
Morwell (Latrobe Valley Airport) 14.2 12.9 in 1985 32 11.2
Mount Buller 9.4 9.0 in 1992 31 6.6
Falls Creek 9.0 8.4 in 2006 25 6.1
Aireys Inlet 15.4 15.3 in 2013 24 13.5
Bendigo Airport 15.2 13.7 in 1992 24 11.5
Mortlake Racecourse 12.4 11.7 in 2013 24 9.8
Port Fairy AWS 14.4 = 14.4 in 2013 24 13.0
Sheoaks 13.2 = 13.2 in 1992 24 11.0
Gelantipy 12.4 11.3 in 2000 23 9.5
Hunters Hill 14.2 13.7 in 2006 22 11.4
Mallacoota 16.8 15.6 in 2014 22 14.0
Redesdale 14.0 12.4 in 2013 22 10.6
Yarrawonga 15.9 14.5 in 2000 22 12.6
Coldstream 12.9 11.8 in 2010 21 9.6
Combienbar AWS 14.2 13.3 in 2010 21 11.8
Avalon Airport 15.0 14.5 in 2013 20 12.4
Cape Nelson Lighthouse 15.2 = 15.2 in 2013 20 13.9
Mount Nowa Nowa 14.7 14.4 in 2013 20 12.8
Stawell Aerodrome 13.7 13.5 in 2013 20 11.2

Highest March mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Ballarat Aerodrome 12.5 14.5 in 1974* 10.0
Kerang 16.3 16.4 in 1974* 12.8
Gabo Island Lighthouse 17.1 17.3 in 1978 15.4
Ararat Prison 12.2 12.5 in 1983 9.5
Echuca Aerodrome 15.1 15.2 in 1983 12.9
Lake Eildon 13.1 13.4 in 1983 10.6
Mangalore Airport 14.6 15.3 in 1983 12.2
Ouyen (Post Office) 16.0 16.1 in 1983 12.9
Point Hicks (Lighthouse) 16.6 =16.6 in 1983* 15.1
Castlemaine Prison 13.9 =13.9 in 1983* 10.8
Maryborough 14.1 14.2 in 1989 11.2
Portland (Cashmore Airport) 13.3 13.8 in 1989 11.6
Rutherglen Research 13.4 =13.4 in 1989 10.9
Walpeup Research 15.8 =15.8 in 1989 13.1
Wangaratta Aero 13.2 13.8 in 1989 10.6
Hamilton Airport 12.5 12.9 in 1989* 10.2
Warracknabeal Museum 14.0 =14.0 in 1992 11.9

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported.




Record highest March mean temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Kerang 23.7 23.4 in 1940 106 20.3
Rutherglen Research 22.1 22.0 in 1940 102 19.1
Ouyen (Post Office) 23.4 = 23.4 in 1974 79 20.7
Mildura Airport 24.4 23.5 in 1974 69 21.1
Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag 22.2 21.5 in 1974 51 19.0
Kyabram 22.8 21.4 in 1974 50 19.5
Lake Eildon 21.0 20.5 in 1974 46 18.1
Strathbogie 19.7 19.0 in 1983 39 16.4
Bairnsdale Airport 19.4 19.3 in 2013 34 17.5
Morwell (Latrobe Valley Airport) 19.7 = 19.7 in 2013 32 17.8
Mount Buller 13.2 13.1 in 1986 31 10.3
Wangaratta Aero 22.0 20.7 in 1992 28 19.0
Bendigo Airport 22.1 20.5 in 2013 24 18.7
Gelantipy 17.2 16.9 in 2006 23 14.9
Hunters Hill 19.5 18.9 in 2006 22 16.5
Mallacoota 20.2 19.9 in 2014 22 18.2
Redesdale 21.1 19.9 in 2008 22 17.9
Yarrawonga 23.4 21.9 in 2008 22 20.1
Coldstream 19.7 19.1 in 2013 21 17.3
Combienbar AWS 18.6 18.5 in 2008 21 16.7

Highest March mean temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
higher
Average for
March
Gabo Island Lighthouse 19.8 20.5 in 1892* 18.2
Echuca Aerodrome 23.1 23.3 in 1940 20.1
Walpeup Research 23.4 23.6 in 1940* 20.5
East Sale Airport 19.3 19.9 in 1974 17.5
Mangalore Airport 21.7 21.8 in 1974 19.2
Maryborough 21.0 21.5 in 1974 18.3
Ballarat Aerodrome 18.7 19.6 in 1974* 16.1
Castlemaine Prison 20.6 21.3 in 1974* 17.7
Dartmouth Reservoir 20.7 =20.7 in 1986* 18.4

* note: there are gaps in the historical record at this site, so it is possible a higher value has gone unreported.




Summary statistics for March 2016
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2016
Mean for
March
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2016
Total for
March
2016
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2016
Fraction of
March
average
North Mallee (district 76)
Mildura Airport 31.9 +3.6 42.1 6th 16.9 +3.1 8.3 31st 0.4 20.0 low 2%
Ouyen (Post Office) 31.1 +2.7 41.9 6th 16.0 +3.1 7.7 30th 5.2 19.7 average 26%
Walpeup Research 31.1 +3.2 41.4 6th 15.8 +2.7 7.2 30th 7.2 21.0 average 34%
South Mallee (district 77)
Hopetoun Airport 30.6 +2.1 41.6 6th 14.9 +2.6 5.4 31st 7.4 15.2 average 49%
Swan Hill Aerodrome 31.2 +2.9 41.6 7th 16.0 +3.4 7.9 31st 18.4 16.5 average 112%
North Wimmera (district 78)
Nhill Aerodrome 28.4 +1.2 40.3 6th 13.8 +2.5 7.2 29th 34.6 15.9 high 218%
Warracknabeal Museum 29.6 +2.6 40.5 8th 14.0 +2.1 7.0 31st 22.3 20.5 average 109%
South Wimmera (district 79)
Edenhope Airport 26.9 +1.1 41.2 8th 13.3 +2.1 7.1 28th 28.4 25.6 average 111%
Grampians (Mount William) 18.8 +1.6 31.8 8th 9.9 +1.7 3.0 28th 54.8 57.0 average 96%
Horsham Aerodrome 28.7 +1.9 41.1 8th 13.0 +3.0 6.2 20th 18.8 14.2 average 132%
Kanagulk 27.4 +1.6 40.4 8th 13.0 +2.1 7.7 31st 32.6 26.2 average 124%
Longerenong 28.8 +2.6 40.7 8th     6.8 19th 23.8 22.8 average 104%
Stawell Aerodrome 26.6 +1.4 38.4 8th 13.7 +2.5 6.6 31st 26.4 20.3 average 130%
Lower North (district 80)
Charlton 30.2 +2.5 41.2 6th 15.5 +3.1 7.4 31st 23.2 26.3 average 88%
Echuca Aerodrome 31.3 +4.1 41.8 7th 15.1 +2.2 8.6 31st 13.3 30.7 average 43%
Kerang 31.1 +3.3 42.1 7th 16.3 +3.5 9.1 31st 20.0 27.1 average 74%
Kyabram 30.5 +4.0 40.4 7th 15.2 +2.8 8.3 20th 25.0 29.2 average 86%
Upper North (district 81)
Bendigo Airport 29.0 +3.2 39.3 8th 15.2 +3.7 7.0 31st 33.4 29.6 average 113%
Shepparton Airport 30.2 +3.0 39.4 7th 15.4 +3.3 8.5 21st 28.4 32.2 average 88%
Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag 29.5 +3.3 38.7 7th 14.9 +3.1 8.4 21st 16.8 34.1 average 49%
Yarrawonga 31.1 +3.5 39.4 5th 15.9 +3.3 7.9 31st 20.0 35.4 average 56%
Lower Northeast (district 82)
Benalla Airport 30.4   39.0 7th 15.1   8.2 31st 30.6 63.4 low 48%
Corryong Airport 30.3 +3.1 38.2 8th 12.4 +1.9 6.3 31st 34.4 77.8 low 44%
Dartmouth Reservoir 27.8 +2.0 36.6 7th 13.9 +3.0 6.5 19th 40.8 60.8 average 67%
Hunters Hill 24.7 +3.2 32.7 8th 14.2 +2.8 4.7 19th 53.2 66.7 average 80%
Rutherglen Research 30.9 +3.6 38.4 10th 13.4 +2.5 5.1 26th 23.6 39.2 average 60%
Strathbogie 27.2 +3.4 36.3 7th 12.4 +3.3 4.8 31st 67.4 57.5 average 117%
Wangaratta Aero 30.8 +3.3 38.7 7th 13.2 +2.6 6.1 31st 19.6 40.4 low 49%
Upper Northeast (district 83)
Falls Creek 16.3 +2.2 25.3 7th 9.0 +2.9 -0.5 20th 92.2 98.4 average 94%
Mount Buller 17.0 +2.9 26.0 7th 9.4 +2.8 -0.7 19th 119.0 80.1 high 149%
Mount Hotham 15.5 +2.6 24.4 6th 8.3 +2.6 -1.2 19th 134.8 113.7 average 119%
Omeo 24.7 +1.6 35.7 8th 11.1 +2.4 2.6 20th 77.2 54.9 high 141%
East Gippsland (district 84)
Combienbar AWS 23.1 +1.5 35.7 8th 14.2 +2.4 7.9 20th 13.4 74.6 v low 18%
Gabo Island Lighthouse 22.5 +1.5 28.4 9th 17.1 +1.7 11.9 20th 119.4 72.5 high 165%
Gelantipy 21.9 +1.7 33.5 6th 12.4 +2.9 4.7 20th 113.6 62.5 v high 182%
Lakes Entrance (Eastern Beach Road) 23.2   35.5 17th 15.7   9.5 23rd 89.9 59.5 high 151%
Mallacoota 23.6 +1.3 32.1 9th 16.8 +2.8 10.7 23rd 80.6 73.1 average 110%
Mount Nowa Nowa 23.0 +0.4 34.0 2nd 14.7 +1.9 9.0 20th 56.2 55.5 average 101%
Orbost 24.7 +0.8 35.7 9th 15.5 +2.6 9.4 23rd 95.6 56.4 high 170%
Point Hicks (Lighthouse) 23.0 +0.8 30.4 8th 16.6 +1.5 10.9 20th 114.5 67.8 high 169%
West Gippsland (district 85)
Bairnsdale Airport 24.1 +0.2 35.9 2nd 14.7 +3.6 7.8 23rd 88.4 45.6 v high 194%
Corner Inlet (Yanakie) 22.6   30.9 2nd 14.1   4.3 20th 12.6
East Sale Airport 24.2 +0.7 36.0 2nd 14.4 +2.9 7.7 20th 60.6 49.2 high 123%
Morwell (Latrobe Valley Airport) 25.3 +0.9 36.4 2nd 14.2 +3.0 4.6 20th 48.8 48.7 average 100%
Mount Baw Baw 15.6 +1.8 26.2 8th 8.9 +2.8 -0.8 20th 95.2 101.8 average 94%
Mount Moornapa 22.6 +0.5 35.0 2nd 13.8 +1.9 7.3 20th 92.4 58.4 high 158%
Pound Creek 24.3   34.4 17th 13.4   3.0 20th 36.2
Willow Grove (Blue Rock Reservoir) 23.8 +0.5 34.5 6th     6.0 20th 38.7 50.8 average 76%
Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse 20.5 +1.1 33.5 8th 16.3 +2.1 12.1 19th 51.6 69.7 average 74%
Yarram Airport 23.8   33.2 2nd 13.5   5.7 20th 64.6
East Central (district 86)
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 25.6 +1.4 40.0 8th 14.2 +1.7 7.9 31st 29.6 43.9 low 67%
Cerberus 24.1 +1.2 36.5 8th 14.2 +1.8 6.1 20th 32.8 45.0 average 73%
Coldstream 26.5 +1.5 39.9 8th 12.9 +3.3 1.9 31st 47.6 47.1 average 101%
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 24.4 +1.0 39.2 8th 14.1 +1.7 7.5 20th 46.0 42.9 average 107%
Essendon Airport 25.7 +1.7 40.4 8th 15.0 +2.6 9.4 28th 26.2 39.6 average 66%
Ferny Creek 22.2   35.6 8th 13.2   7.5 19th 100.8
Frankston AWS 23.6 +1.1 38.2 8th 15.9 +1.4 10.4 20th
Melbourne (Olympic Park) 24.9   38.9 8th 15.8   9.4 28th 35.2
Melbourne Airport 25.7 +1.6 40.2 8th 14.3 +1.6 7.0 28th 27.2 37.0 average 74%
Moorabbin Airport 25.1 +1.4 40.8 8th 14.8 +1.9 7.1 28th 37.4 44.3 average 84%
Rhyll 24.0 +1.6 34.4 8th 16.3 +1.8 11.4 20th 35.2 38.9 average 90%
Scoresby Research Institute 26.0 +2.0 39.8 8th 14.2 +1.8 5.9 31st 56.8 53.5 average 106%
Viewbank 26.2 +1.0 39.9 8th 14.5 +1.8 8.1 31st 27.6 42.2 average 65%
Wonthaggi 23.7 +1.0 33.3 17th 14.4 +2.2 7.0 20th 23.8 60.7 low 39%
West Central (district 87)
Avalon Airport 24.6 +0.4 35.6 17th 15.0 +2.6 9.0 31st 21.0 26.8 average 78%
Breakwater (Geelong Racecourse) 23.9   34.6 17th 15.0   10.4 31st 32.2
Laverton RAAF 24.7 +1.0 40.5 8th 15.3 +2.8 8.1 31st 25.0 34.8 average 72%
Sheoaks 24.0 +1.1 39.3 8th 13.2 +2.2 6.8 21st 24.8 23.8 average 104%
North Central (district 88)
Castlemaine Prison 27.1 +2.5 37.7 8th 13.9 +3.1 5.0 31st 44.4 34.4 high 129%
Eildon Fire Tower 25.5 +2.5 36.1 7th 13.9 +2.4 6.5 20th 26.0 38.4 average 68%
Lake Eildon 29.1 +3.5 38.9 7th 13.1 +2.5 5.3 20th 30.2 52.5 average 58%
Mangalore Airport 28.8 +2.7 38.5 6th 14.6 +2.4 7.6 31st 34.0 36.0 average 94%
Maryborough 28.0 +2.6 39.0 6th 14.1 +2.9 8.5 19th 30.0 30.7 average 98%
Redesdale 28.3 +3.1 38.7 6th 14.0 +3.4 3.9 31st 46.6 33.8 high 138%
Wallan (Kilmore Gap) 23.8 +2.5 36.7 8th 12.9 +2.0 6.8 20th 45.0 45.5 average 99%
Western Plains (district 89)
Ararat Prison 25.8 +1.9 38.4 8th 12.2 +2.7 4.6 31st 33.4 30.4 average 110%
Ballarat Aerodrome 24.9 +2.7 37.9 8th 12.5 +2.5 6.7 28th 36.6 42.3 average 87%
Westmere 25.7 +0.9 39.5 8th 12.4 +2.6 5.6 21st 22.4 23.1 average 97%
West Coast (district 90)
Aireys Inlet 22.4 +0.8 35.1 17th 15.4 +1.9 10.9 19th 37.0 34.3 average 108%
Cape Nelson Lighthouse 20.4 +0.2 36.5 17th 15.2 +1.3 12.9 19th 20.6 35.3 low 58%
Cape Otway Lighthouse 20.3 0.0 33.9 17th 15.4 +2.2 12.3 19th 34.4 55.5 low 62%
Casterton 25.3 +0.7 37.3 8th 12.9 +2.1 6.3 25th 36.0 35.2 average 102%
Colac (Mount Gellibrand) 23.6 +0.7 38.0 8th 13.6 +2.0 8.8 19th 21.0 29.7 average 71%
Dartmoor 24.1   35.5 8th 12.8   7.1 21st 28.6
Hamilton Airport 25.2 +1.1 39.1 8th 12.5 +2.3 6.5 21st 36.0 34.8 average 103%
Mortlake Racecourse 25.2 +1.4 41.1 8th 12.4 +2.6 5.2 22nd 31.6 32.1 average 98%
Port Fairy AWS 21.1 -0.5 35.1 17th 14.4 +1.4 10.6 22nd 22.8 37.0 low 62%
Portland (Cashmore Airport) 21.4 +0.4 35.0 17th 13.3 +1.7 6.7 21st 29.8 46.9 low 64%
Warrnambool Airport NDB 23.0 0.0 35.6 17th 12.8 +2.1 6.6 22nd 25.4 47.9 low 53%

Notes

The Monthly climate summary lists the main features of the weather in Victoria using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated. Later information, including data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

A climate summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 11 am on Friday 1 April 2016. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages for individual sites are long-term means based on observations from all available years of record, which vary widely from site to site. They are not shown for sites with less than 10 years of record, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of long-term average rain.

The Rank indicates how rainfall this time compares with the climate record for the site, based on the decile ranking (very low rainfall is in decile 1, low in decile 2 or 3, average in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9 and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of average shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.

The ACORN-SAT dataset is used for temperature area averages.

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