Melbourne in February 2017: above average rainfall in the east; close to average temperatures

Rainfall across Melbourne during February was above average in the eastern suburbs. Both mean maximum and minimum temperatures were close to average in all Melbourne suburbs.

Average to above average rainfall

  • February rainfall was generally close to average except in the eastern and southeastern suburbs, where it was above average
  • The heaviest rainfall during the month occurred on the 6th, when a cold front and an associated low pressure trough brought widespread rainfall across the Melbourne metropolitan area, with daily totals generally between 20 and 30 mm, and falls above 40 mm in most of the southeastern suburbs
  • The highest daily total, 56.6 mm, was recorded at Main Ridge on the Mornington Peninsula, on the 6th
  • Ferny Creek was the wettest location, receiving a total of 132.2 mm during the month
  • Melbourne (Olympic Park) had only 6 days with rainfall; monthly total was 40.2 mm, most of which, 32.4 mm, fell to the 9 am on the 6th

Cooler than average temperatures

  • Most Melbourne sites had cooler than average days and nights
  • Mean maximum temperatures were mostly between 0.4 and 1.0 °C below the average, while mean minimum temperatures were between 0.7 and 1.4 °C below the average
  • For Greater Melbourne the hottest temperature during February was 38.0 °C recorded at Bundoora on the 9th, while the coolest night saw 3.8 °C at Coldstream on the 19th
  • At Melbourne (Olympic Park) daily temperatures during February exceeded 35.0 °C on only three days; the station reported its hottest days on the 8th and 9th with 36.0 °C on both days, in a hot northerly air-stream

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Extremes in February 2017
Hottest day 38.0 °C at Bundoora (Latrobe University) on the 9th
Warmest days on average 26.9 °C at Viewbank
Coolest days on average 22.1 °C at Ferny Creek
Coldest day 11.8 °C at Ferny Creek on the 19th
Coldest night 3.8 °C at Coldstream on the 19th
Coolest nights on average 10.9 °C at Coldstream
Warmest nights on average 14.8 °C at Melbourne (Olympic Park)
Warmest night 22.6 °C at Melbourne Airport on the 9th
Warmest on average overall 20.3 °C at Melbourne (Olympic Park)
Coolest on average overall 16.9 °C at Ferny Creek
Wettest overall 132.2 mm at Ferny Creek
Wettest day 56.6 mm at Main Ridge on the 6th
Strongest wind gust 87 km/h at Essendon Airport on the 9th
87 km/h at Melbourne Airport on the 9th

Record lowest February temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 6.4 on the 16th 6.7 on the 13th in 2000 28 14.0



Summary statistics for February 2017
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2017
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2017
Mean for
February
2017
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2017
Total for
February
2017
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2017
Fraction of
February
average
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 26.4 -0.5 38.0 9th 12.9 -1.4 7.5 15th 34.7 43.7 average 79%
Cerberus 24.5 -0.5 35.7 8th 13.1 -1.2 6.8 15th 65.0 39.4 high 165%
Coldstream 26.7 -1.1 37.9 9th 10.9 -1.1 3.8 19th 50.8 54.4 average 93%
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 25.3 -0.4 35.7 9th 12.6 -1.4 6.4 16th 90.2 51.0 high 177%
Essendon Airport 26.8 +1.0 37.4 9th 13.7 -0.3 8.1 15th 33.0 45.7 average 72%
Ferny Creek 22.1   33.0 9th 11.7   5.9 19th 132.2
Frankston AWS 24.0 -0.9 34.8 4th 14.7 -1.3 9.7 20th
Laverton RAAF 26.1 +0.6 37.1 4th 13.4 -0.9 7.4 15th 34.6 46.0 average 75%
Melbourne (Olympic Park) 25.9   36.0 9th 14.8   10.0 15th 40.2
Melbourne Airport 26.7 +0.1 37.4 9th 12.9 -1.3 7.4 21st 29.8 42.5 average 70%
Moorabbin Airport 25.6 -0.5 36.7 4th 13.7 -0.7 8.7 15th 56.2 45.7 high 123%
Scoresby Research Institute 26.1 -0.4 36.3 9th 12.6 -1.3 8.0 20th 79.8 53.6 high 149%
Viewbank 26.9 -0.8 37.8 9th 13.1 -1.6 7.5 21st 48.4 48.6 average 100%
Wallan (Kilmore Gap) 24.8 +0.1 35.5 9th 11.7 -1.1 6.1 19th 29.0 50.2 average 58%

Daily maximum temperatures for February 2017
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Bundoora (Latrobe University)20.725.028.436.429.028.035.838.031.420.821.020.131.825.525.618.517.320.324.533.425.720.520.230.032.8
Cerberus20.823.823.131.331.418.224.735.733.025.522.419.119.618.831.220.923.819.118.119.120.432.723.219.119.428.031.331.0
Coldstream21.826.129.635.227.017.527.835.637.933.727.619.420.920.530.829.625.120.117.021.024.632.726.621.123.430.032.533.3
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens20.624.426.135.729.916.824.235.735.728.125.119.520.631.124.019.617.219.522.532.024.918.420.428.031.3
Essendon Airport20.825.628.637.130.517.928.335.937.431.227.221.422.320.132.324.326.419.916.622.324.834.026.320.420.830.033.234.6
Ferny Creek17.721.524.431.424.613.622.731.133.029.123.214.015.816.526.124.520.315.811.815.220.527.621.915.918.825.227.729.0
Frankston AWS19.920.824.834.827.517.424.634.429.527.021.817.818.519.128.923.423.017.315.717.822.032.023.118.821.028.631.032.4
Laverton RAAF20.227.026.437.132.817.936.035.326.624.020.921.420.032.723.026.220.017.422.122.434.426.419.620.727.733.734.0
Melbourne (Olympic Park)20.624.127.635.930.718.027.636.036.027.124.619.921.019.531.523.625.518.917.320.324.033.325.020.019.429.833.133.6
Melbourne Airport21.026.428.436.530.917.226.735.537.431.227.220.721.320.331.825.225.619.317.522.225.134.026.820.921.230.232.733.9
Moorabbin Airport20.323.525.936.731.618.326.535.836.127.224.019.621.119.731.823.625.018.917.519.522.532.824.020.820.329.232.032.6
Scoresby Research Institute21.325.628.435.628.717.426.935.436.331.826.819.620.920.430.626.825.119.717.119.624.332.025.219.722.129.132.233.0
Viewbank21.126.229.236.329.317.328.435.737.832.827.220.222.421.131.626.825.919.016.622.025.133.126.721.721.931.033.334.6
Wallan (Kilmore Gap)21.224.528.633.022.913.525.632.835.532.227.216.919.318.928.529.423.718.416.219.223.530.326.018.219.429.229.331.2
Values are the maximum temperature, usually in the 24 hours from 9 am on the day indicated,
and typically occurred in the afternoon of that day.
Temperatures coloured according to their difference
from the long-term average for the period
-10.0 -9.0 -8.0 -7.0 -6.0 -5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 +1.0 +2.0 +3.0 +4.0 +5.0 +6.0 +7.0 +8.0 +9.0 +10.0 °C Grey outline marks highest
and lowest for the period

Daily minimum temperatures for February 2017
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Bundoora (Latrobe University)10.811.012.511.717.014.514.120.818.317.213.013.57.516.012.212.88.710.58.08.513.214.911.210.113.214.7
Cerberus8.48.212.09.717.514.613.917.720.317.314.914.112.613.96.813.012.611.810.110.411.913.311.914.713.315.214.411.8
Coldstream7.56.68.77.617.214.812.713.121.016.116.414.013.212.34.911.58.813.83.88.84.56.79.015.39.57.310.310.9
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens9.510.712.311.517.113.912.811.320.316.815.414.212.712.46.412.410.49.69.010.313.414.611.413.811.713.9
Essendon Airport12.711.914.512.618.514.414.315.321.117.917.513.612.913.48.116.213.612.210.110.48.29.814.315.013.511.513.915.6
Ferny Creek9.59.411.114.116.411.19.513.422.215.215.410.69.59.98.713.610.59.75.96.17.111.613.311.28.410.515.619.3
Frankston AWS13.214.015.513.817.314.613.917.120.117.717.914.713.813.410.813.215.314.412.99.712.113.216.615.812.714.614.817.1
Laverton RAAF13.311.414.011.218.214.814.414.721.118.316.514.313.013.97.414.114.512.29.69.57.410.613.015.514.511.412.914.6
Melbourne (Olympic Park)14.314.215.414.618.515.115.416.520.318.718.515.114.014.510.014.913.713.311.711.610.112.815.915.813.713.215.617.3
Melbourne Airport11.410.112.711.617.014.114.214.322.616.816.513.312.013.27.816.411.39.98.19.27.49.612.514.913.111.513.416.3
Moorabbin Airport11.612.613.312.518.414.514.215.720.817.917.615.114.113.48.713.713.914.011.910.49.510.314.114.511.012.513.415.0
Scoresby Research Institute9.610.212.311.117.514.312.713.720.817.416.614.113.112.48.113.911.413.610.18.08.610.012.214.99.410.112.213.8
Viewbank10.810.513.712.517.714.313.815.020.317.713.713.013.37.612.313.112.910.57.510.414.214.911.510.413.615.2
Wallan (Kilmore Gap)9.610.010.813.915.212.310.313.320.815.115.19.99.19.98.613.610.38.96.16.97.811.214.611.88.511.014.217.8
Values are the minimum temperature, usually in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated,
and typically occurred that morning.
Temperatures coloured according to their difference
from the long-term average for the period
-10.0 -9.0 -8.0 -7.0 -6.0 -5.0 -4.0 -3.0 -2.0 -1.0 0.0 +1.0 +2.0 +3.0 +4.0 +5.0 +6.0 +7.0 +8.0 +9.0 +10.0 °C Grey outline marks highest
and lowest for the period

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Daily rainfall for February 2017
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Bonbeach (Carrum) - - - - - 42.0 - - - - - - 2.5 2.0 - - - - - 9.5 10.5
Bullengarook East - - - - 0.4 27.6 0.8 0.2 - 0.6 - 1.8 0.6 0.4 - - - - - 3.6 - - - 2.8 0.6


Bundoora (Latrobe University) - - - - 0.4 22.0 0.3 - - - - - 3.4 - - - - - 8.0 - - - 0.6 - - - -
Burnside - - - - - 23.5 0.2 - - - - 1.2 - 0.3 - - - - - 1.9 - - - - - - - -
Cerberus - - - - - 43.4 - - - - - 1.8 3.0 1.0 0.2 - - 0.8 2.4 10.2 2.2 - - - - - - -
Coldstream - - - - 0.6 35.0 - - - - - 2.6 0.8 0.8 0.2 - - - - 10.6 0.2 - - - - - - -
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens - - - - 0.2 43.0 - - - - - 2.5 3.0 2.4 - - - - 0.3 35.2 3.6 - - - - - - -
Essendon Airport 0.2 - - - - 27.0 0.2 - - - - 0.6 - 1.0 - - - - - 3.2 0.2 - - 0.4 0.2 - - -
Ferny Creek - - - - - 55.2 0.8 - - - - 3.2 5.6 4.0 0.8 - - 0.6 0.4 47.8 11.0 - - 2.0 0.8 - - -
Kinglake West (Wallaby Creek)

- -
22.2 2.0 -


1.4 1.6
- -


11.2 - 0.2
- 0.2


Koo Wee Rup - - - - - 37.6 0.4 - - - - 4.6 1.6
2.0 - - -
16.8 0.2






Laverton RAAF - - - - - 30.8 0.4 - - - - 0.6 0.2 - - - - - - 2.6 - - - - - - - -
Main Ridge - - - - - 56.6 - - - - - 17.4 3.2 - - - - - - - - 20.0
Melbourne (Olympic Park) - - - - - 32.4 - - - - - 2.0 - 0.6 - - - - - 3.6 0.2 - - 1.4 - - - -
Melbourne Airport - - - - - 24.0 - - - - - 1.0 - 0.2 - - - - - 4.2 - - - - 0.4 - - -
Mitcham

- -
40.4 0.2 -


1.2 0.4
- -


11.6 1.2 -
-



Moorabbin Airport - - - - - 32.0 - - - - - 0.6 - 4.4 - - - - 0.6 18.0 0.2 - - 0.2 0.2 - - -
Mornington - - - 48.6 0.2 - - - 7.8 - - - - 39.4 4.6






Oakleigh (Metropolitan Golf Club) - - - - - 46.2 - - - - - - - 4.6 - - - 0.6 0.7 26.6 0.6 1.2



Preston Reservoir

- -
28.4 - -


1.8 0.2
0.2 -


5.0 0.2 -
1.6



Romsey - - - - 1.6 16.4 - - - - 1.3 - - - - - - 3.4 - - - 0.8



Rosebud (Country Club) - - - - - 50.2 - - - - - 2.2 4.6 2.0 - - - 0.2 0.6 10.6 1.0






Scoresby Research Institute - - - - - 46.0 0.2 - - - - 2.2 - 2.0 - - - - - 25.0 4.2 - - - - - - 0.2
Springvale (Sandown) - - - - - 37.8 - - - - - - 1.8 2.8 - - - - - 28.0







Springvale Necropolis - - - 51.0 - - - - 2.0 2.8 - - - 32.5







Toorourrong Reservoir (Toorourrong)

- -
25.6 2.2 -


1.2 1.0
- -


5.2 - -
-



Viewbank - - - - - 32.8 - - - - - 2.6 - 4.2 - - - - 1.2 7.4 - - - 0.2 - - - -
Wallan - - - - 1.4 18.8 - - - - - 1.6 1.4 - - - - - - 6.2







Wallan (Kilmore Gap) 0.2 - - - 1.2 18.0 0.4 0.2 - 0.2 0.2 0.6 2.0 0.6 0.4 - - - - 3.2 0.2 - - 1.4 0.2 - - -
Warburton (O'Shannassy Reservoir (Quarte

- -
47.4 1.0 -


2.4 2.8
- -


17.2 8.4 -
-



Yan Yean

- -
34.8 0.4 -


1.2 0.4
- -


7.2 - -
0.2



Yarra River @ Warrandyte - - - - 0.2 26.6 - - - - - 1.2 - 4.4 - 0.2 - - 2.0 7.4 - - - - - - - -
Most values are the precipitation in the 24 hours to 9 am on the day indicated. Days marked with → are part of a longer accumulation, which is shown on the final day.
Values over 100 mm have been rounded to the nearest whole millimetre.
Days marked with - have a rainfall report of zero; days left blank have no rainfall report (which often indicates no rain fell).
Rainfalls coloured
according to the amount
0 1.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 25.0 50.0 100 150 200 300 400 600 millimetres

Notes

The Monthly climate summary, generally published on the first working day of each month, lists the main features of the weather in Melbourne 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 11 am on Wednesday 1 March 2017. 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.

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

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