Victoria in February 2022: drier than average

The month was drier than average for Victoria as a whole. Both daytime and night-time temperatures were close to average overall.

Drier than average month

  • Averaged across the state, February rainfall was 56% below the 1961-1990 average for the month.
  • Large parts of Victoria observed drier than average conditions during February, with much of the Western, Central and North Central Districts, as well as smaller areas in the Mallee and Northern Country Districts, reporting February rainfall in the driest 10% on record for the month.
  • A low-pressure surface trough over eastern Victoria resulted in thunderstorms, damaging winds and heavy rainfall, with daily totals to 9am on the 2nd exceeding 40 mm at some sites in Victoria's north-east.
  • Isolated thunderstorms developed across eastern Victoria on the 16th ahead of a cold front, with daily rainfall totals 5 to 15 mm across parts of the West and South Gippsland.
  • A low-pressure trough that extended from inland NSW over Victoria generated isolated thunderstorms and showers mostly across north-central and eastern Victoria on the 24th and 25th.
  • The highest daily total for the month, 70.0 mm, was recorded at Reevs Knob to 9am on the 26th.

Close to average temperatures overall

  • Daytime temperatures in February were close to average across the state apart from much of East Gippsland and North-East Districts, where days were cooler than average.
  • State-wide, the mean maximum temperature was 0.43 °C below the 1961-1990 average for February.
  • There were several cooler periods which followed the passage of cold fronts, followed by periods with mild to warm daytime temperatures.
  • Between the 13th and 15th, daytime temperatures across the large parts of Victoria were generally 4-10 degrees above the February average.
  • The highest daily maximum temperature recorded in Victoria this February was 40.6 °C at Walpeup Research on the 14th.
  • The coldest day saw a maximum temperature of 4.6 °C at Mount Baw Baw on the 3rd and the coldest night saw a minimum temperature of −0.7 °C at Mount Hotham, also on the 3rd.
  • Victorian mean minimum temperature was 0.64 °C above the 1961-1990 February average.

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Extremes in February 2022
Hottest day 40.6 °C at Walpeup Research on the 14th
Warmest days on average 31.9 °C at Walpeup Research
Coolest days on average 14.4 °C at Mount Hotham
Coldest day 4.6 °C at Mount Baw Baw on the 3rd
Coldest night -0.7 °C at Mount Hotham on the 3rd
Coolest nights on average 6.8 °C at Mount Hotham
Warmest nights on average 17.0 °C at Mallacoota
17.0 °C at Mildura Airport
Warmest night 24.5 °C at Swan Hill Aerodrome on the 1st
Warmest on average overall 24.3 °C at Mildura Airport
Coolest on average overall 10.6 °C at Mount Hotham
Wettest overall 173.6 mm at Combienbar AWS
Wettest day 70.0 mm at Reeves Knob on the 26th
Strongest wind gust 109 km/h at Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse on the 1st

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Summary statistics for February 2022
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North Mallee (district 76)
Mildura Airport 31.7 -0.1 39.4 15th 17.0 +0.5 11.8 18th 6.0 21.0 average 29%
Ouyen (Post Office) 31.4 -0.2 40.1 14th 15.7 +0.4 7.6 22nd 1.8 23.4 low 8%
Walpeup Research 31.9 +0.5 40.6 14th 15.2 -0.2 9.1 3rd 25.4 23.1 high 110%
South Mallee (district 77)
Hopetoun Airport 31.5 -0.4 40.4 14th 14.7 -0.1 8.5 3rd 0.4 17.4 low 2%
Swan Hill Aerodrome 31.5 -0.8 39.1 15th 16.6 +0.7 11.2 22nd 1.2 19.1 low 6%
North Wimmera (district 78)
Kellalac (Warracknabeal Airport) 30.2   38.4 14th 14.0   9.0 20th 2.2
Nhill Aerodrome 29.6 -0.7 37.2 14th 13.0 -0.5 6.9 19th
South Wimmera (district 79)
Edenhope Airport 27.5 -1.0 34.3 23rd 12.4 -0.6 5.3 21st 9.8 17.1 average 57%
Grampians (Mount William) 19.8 -0.3 27.5 13th 8.7 -0.8 3.1 2nd 11.6 34.7 low 33%
Horsham Aerodrome 29.3 -1.0 36.7 14th 12.3 -0.2 5.9 21st 23.8 20.5 average 116%
Kanagulk 27.6 -1.1 34.7 13th 12.3 -0.4 7.2 19th 14.2 17.4 average 82%
Longerenong 29.4 -0.6 37.1 14th 13.0 -0.2 6.4 19th 20.0 23.2 average 86%
Pyrenees (Ben Nevis) 23.8 -0.1 32.2 14th 11.5 -0.5 5.7 21st 8.0 32.2 v low 25%
Stawell Aerodrome 27.5 -1.0 35.8 14th 13.4 -0.3 7.2 20th 16.6 27.0 average 61%
Lower North (district 80)
Charlton 30.6 -0.6 40.0 14th 15.3 +0.4 10.1 20th 8.8 17.1 average 51%
Echuca Aerodrome 31.1 +0.5 38.7 15th 15.5 +0.3 9.9 3rd 0 25.8 lowest 0%
Kerang 31.3 +0.1 39.6 15th 16.3 +1.1 11.4 3rd 0.6 23.4 low 3%
Kyabram 30.6 +0.5 38.2 15th 15.6 +0.7 9.3 3rd 0.6 26.8 low 2%
Upper North (district 81)
Bendigo Airport 29.8 +0.3 37.7 14th 14.4 0.0 9.7 21st 3.2 29.1 v low 11%
Shepparton Airport 31.1 +0.2 38.8 16th 15.3 +0.2 10.6 4th 4.8 34.0 low 14%
Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag 29.4 -0.1 36.6 16th 14.9 +0.4 10.2 3rd 5.0 32.0 low 16%
Yarrawonga 31.4 -0.2 37.9 15th 15.0 -0.7 9.0 4th 0.4 42.2 v low 1%
Lower Northeast (district 82)
Benalla Airport 29.6 -1.2 36.1 15th 14.8 -0.5 10.2 4th 3.9 39.5 v low 10%
Corryong Airport 28.8 -1.9 34.0 15th 12.5 -0.7 7.0 7th 28.6 67.1 average 43%
Dartmouth Reservoir 27.2 -1.9 33.4 15th     12.5 3rd 8.4 55.9 low 15%
Hunters Hill 23.6 -1.6 29.7 15th 13.4 -0.6 6.9 3rd 31.0 71.5 low 43%
Rutherglen Research 30.1 -0.7 36.1 15th 12.9 -1.0 6.0 4th 5.0 37.5 low 13%
Strathbogie 27.0 -0.3 34.0 15th 11.2 -0.4 6.2 7th 0.6 43.5 v low 1%
Wangaratta Aero 29.8 -1.2 35.7 15th 13.2 -0.6 8.8 22nd 16.2 42.0 low 39%
Upper Northeast (district 83)
Mount Buller 16.0 -1.1 21.3 15th 8.1 -0.7 0.1 3rd 19.4 73.2 low 27%
Mount Hotham 14.4 -1.4 20.2 15th 6.8 -1.1 -0.7 3rd 33.8 99.7 low 34%
Omeo 23.6 -1.9 31.8 15th 10.9 +0.3 6.1 19th 24.4 53.3 average 46%
East Gippsland (district 84)
Combienbar AWS 22.5 -1.9 31.8 16th 13.1 -0.2 8.2 3rd 173.6 81.6 high 213%
Gelantipy 21.0 -2.1 30.3 16th 10.9 -0.6 4.7 19th 67.0 68.1 average 98%
Lakes Entrance (Eastern Beach Road) 22.6 -1.1 31.4 14th 14.8 0.0 10.6 7th 23.2 52.5 low 44%
Mallacoota     31.2 1st 17.0 +1.3 12.4 9th 59.2 62.6 average 95%
Mount Nowa Nowa 23.1 -1.4 33.2 14th 13.9 -0.4 9.5 3rd 57.8 61.9 average 93%
Orbost 24.0 -1.5 33.4 1st 14.5 -0.1 10.0 7th 40.6 51.1 average 79%
West Gippsland (district 85)
Bairnsdale Airport 24.3 -1.2 33.2 14th 13.4 +0.5 8.5 19th 21.8 45.5 low 48%
Corner Inlet (Yanakie) 23.4   29.3 13th 14.7   7.7 4th 6.6 37.2 v low 18%
East Sale 25.0 -0.3 34.4 14th 13.8 +0.6 8.5 19th 9.0 41.5 low 22%
East Sale Airport 25.2   34.0 14th 13.9   9.3 4th 9.0
Morwell (Latrobe Valley Airport) 26.1 -0.5 36.5 14th 13.6 +0.7 5.7 19th 7.6 42.6 v low 18%
Mount Baw Baw 15.5 -1.0 23.2 14th 7.4 -0.7 0.8 19th 63.2 96.1 average 66%
Mount Moornapa 22.7 -1.9 32.7 14th 12.9 -0.5 8.2 3rd 85.8 67.8 average 127%
Nilma North (Warragul) 25.8   36.1 14th 13.3   6.3 4th 8.8
Pound Creek 24.6 -0.5 33.0 13th 12.9 -0.1 4.6 4th 6.0 37.3 v low 16%
Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse 20.5 -0.1 25.5 13th 16.2 +1.3 13.4 3rd 2.2 46.7 v low 5%
Yarram Airport 24.7 0.0 33.3 13th 12.6 -0.5 6.8 4th 12.2 45.3 v low 27%
East Central (district 86)
Cerberus 24.3 -0.7 32.8 13th 15.0 +0.7 8.2 20th 1.8 35.9 lowest 5%
Coldstream 27.5 -0.2 36.0 14th 11.8 -0.2 6.5 4th 1.0 49.3 lowest 2%
Essendon Airport 26.4 +0.5 35.1 14th 14.8 +0.8 10.8 20th 2.4 43.9 v low 5%
Ferny Creek 23.5 -0.2 31.3 14th 12.9 -0.2 8.7 3rd 11.6 67.2 low 17%
Frankston (Ballam Park) 25.6   32.6 23rd 14.8   10.3 4th 3.0
Melbourne (Olympic Park) 25.1   32.1 13th 15.9   11.6 4th 6.8
Melbourne Airport 26.3 -0.3 34.6 14th 13.8 -0.3 9.7 4th 4.2 40.1 v low 10%
Moorabbin Airport 25.2 -0.9 32.6 14th 15.2 +0.8 9.7 4th 3.6 43.8 v low 8%
Rhyll 24.4 0.0 29.8 13th 16.5 +0.6 13.5 20th 2.6 38.8 lowest 7%
Scoresby Research Institute 26.8 +0.3 34.5 23rd 13.9 0.0 7.9 4th 6.8 52.0 low 13%
Viewbank 27.4 -0.1 35.5 23rd 14.2 -0.3 9.5 4th 6.4 43.7 v low 15%
West Central (district 87)
Avalon Airport 25.1 -1.1 34.5 13th 14.3 -0.1 9.2 21st 2.0 31.7 v low 6%
Breakwater (Geelong Racecourse) 24.5 -1.0 33.4 13th 14.8 +0.1 10.1 20th 3.8 31.0 v low 12%
Laverton RAAF 25.0 -0.6 33.4 13th 15.2 +0.9 10.6 20th 1.0 44.1 v low 2%
Point Cook RAAF 24.2   33.0 13th 15.4   10.5 20th 1.6
Sheoaks 24.5 -1.0 31.9 13th 12.3 -0.4 6.0 11th 0.4 37.5 lowest 1%
North Central (district 88)
Eildon Fire Tower 26.3 -0.3 32.6 15th 13.5 -0.2 7.6 3rd 13.4 38.8 low 35%
Lake Eildon 28.7 -0.4 35.5 15th 13.1 +0.3 7.4 22nd 14.6 42.0 low 35%
Mangalore Airport 29.6 +0.3 36.7 14th 14.3 0.0 8.7 4th 26.0 34.2 average 76%
Maryborough 28.6 -0.1 37.4 14th 13.9 +0.7 9.6 3rd 7.6 31.8 low 24%
Puckapunyal Lyon Hill (Defence) 29.2   36.8 14th 15.2   10.8 3rd 7.6
Puckapunyal West (Defence) 28.3   36.6 14th 14.1   8.4 3rd 0.2
Redesdale 29.8 +0.8 37.3 14th 12.9 -0.3 6.6 3rd 0 35.9 lowest 0%
Wallan (Kilmore Gap) 23.8 -0.9 33.3 14th 12.4 -0.3 8.2 3rd 10.4 44.8 low 23%
Western Plains (district 89)
Ballarat Aerodrome 25.6 +0.5 33.9 14th 11.9 +0.4 6.0 20th 0.2 42.8 v low 0%
Westmere 26.8 -0.3 35.0 13th 11.0 -0.6 5.0 20th 2.2 18.4 v low 12%
West Coast (district 90)
Aireys Inlet 22.2 -0.9 33.7 13th 15.1 +0.4 11.2 20th 3.8 32.5 v low 12%
Cape Nelson Lighthouse 20.6 -0.6 28.5 13th 15.3 +0.2 10.8 20th 8.8 25.7 low 34%
Cape Otway Lighthouse 20.3 -1.2 30.6 13th 15.3 +1.3 10.8 20th 7.4 41.3 v low 18%
Casterton 26.1 -1.1 33.5 23rd 12.2 -0.3 4.2 21st 20.8 29.2 average 71%
Colac (Mount Gellibrand) 23.8 -1.4 33.9 13th 12.9 0.0 9.1 21st 5.8 26.6 low 22%
Dartmoor 25.4 -0.8 34.1 8th 12.7 +0.1 5.9 21st 0 25.5 v low 0%
Hamilton Airport 25.9 -0.8 32.4 23rd 12.0 +0.6 7.0 21st 14.0 23.5 low 60%
Mortlake Racecourse 25.5 -0.9 33.9 13th 11.1 -0.5 5.1 20th 2.4 31.1 v low 8%
Port Fairy AWS 21.8 -0.9 32.5 8th 14.8 +0.3 8.4 23rd 7.0 27.8 low 25%
Portland (Cashmore Airport) 22.4 -0.1 33.6 8th 13.5 +0.7 6.7 20th 13.2 28.6 low 46%
Warrnambool Airport NDB 24.5 -0.1 33.6 13th 12.3 -0.1 5.2 23rd 5.0 30.1 v low 17%

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the third working day of each month, 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. More extensive discussion of significant weather events, along with later information and data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Wednesday 2 March 2022. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

In some situations, some or all of the rainfall is in the form of hail or snow. In these cases the totals given are for the water equivalent: the depth of liquid water that results from melting any frozen precipitation. There can be significant 'undercatch' of snow in strong winds, meaning the true precipitation can be higher than that reported.

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.

Where temperature area averages are mentioned, they are derived from the ACORN-SAT dataset.

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