Melbourne in August 2016: mild temperatures; near average rainfall

Melbourne temperatures during August were mild overall, with considerably warmer nights in some suburbs. Rainfall was near average across most of the metropolitan area.

Near average rainfall during winter

  • Near average rainfall across most suburbs, with only a few sites recording below average rainfall totals
  • More than one-third of days in the month recorded rainfall, with cold fronts on the 2nd and 20th resulting in widespread totals in excess of 10 mm
  • Funnel clouds were reported near Wyndham Vale, Eynesbury, Melton and Mount Cottrell on the 22nd associated with the passage of a trough and resulting rainfall

Mild temperatures

  • Above average daytime temperatures in most Melbourne suburbs
  • Mild nights in the north and west, otherwise most sites recorded near average night time temperatures
  • On the 19th, a few sites recorded their warmest August night on record

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Extremes in August 2016
Hottest day 22.3 °C at Avalon Airport on the 18th
Warmest days on average 15.9 °C at Melbourne (Olympic Park)
Coolest days on average 11.5 °C at Ferny Creek
Coldest day 7.8 °C at Ferny Creek on the 20th
Coldest night -2.4 °C at Coldstream on the 5th
Coolest nights on average 4.4 °C at Coldstream
Warmest nights on average 8.4 °C at Melbourne (Olympic Park)
Warmest night 15.9 °C at Moorabbin Airport on the 19th
Warmest on average overall 12.2 °C at Melbourne (Olympic Park)
Coolest on average overall 8.6 °C at Ferny Creek
Wettest overall 148.2 mm at Ferny Creek
Driest overall 29.0 mm at Melbourne Airport
Wettest day 30.8 mm at Ferny Creek on the 2nd
Strongest wind gust 89 km/h at Melbourne Airport on the 9th

Record highest August daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
August
Melbourne Airport 13.5 on the 19th 13.3 on the 31st in 2007 47 5.9
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 15.5 on the 19th 15.0 on the 26th in 2004 34 6.2
Avalon Airport 14.0 on the 19th 13.8 on the 30th in 2005 22 5.6



Summary statistics for August 2016
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
August
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
August
2016
Mean for
August
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
August
2016
Total for
August
2016
Average
for
August
Rank of
August
2016
Fraction of
August
average
Avalon Airport 15.5 0.0 22.3 18th 5.8 +0.2 1.2 5th 43.0 42.9 average 100%
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 15.3 +0.4 21.2 18th 6.3 +0.1 0.5 24th 55.8 56.5 average 99%
Cerberus 15.3 +0.7 22.0 18th 6.7 +0.1 1.7 4th 51.0 75.1 low 68%
Coldstream 15.2 +0.4 20.6 18th 4.4 0.0 -2.4 5th 82.0 69.1 high 119%
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 15.2 +0.7 22.1 18th 6.9 +0.5 2.9 4th 66.0 80.9 low 82%
Essendon Airport 15.2 +0.9 20.3 18th 7.2 +1.6 2.3 8th 50.4 48.2 average 105%
Ferny Creek 11.5   17.3 18th 5.8   2.7 20th 148.2
Laverton RAAF 15.5 +0.6 20.4 18th 6.9 +1.4 1.3 5th 35.6 44.0 average 81%
Melbourne (Olympic Park) 15.9   21.6 18th 8.4   3.4 5th 61.2
Melbourne Airport 15.2 +0.8 20.1 18th 6.4 +0.5 1.6 24th 29.0 44.8 low 65%
Moorabbin Airport 15.6 +0.8 22.0 18th 7.5 +0.6 2.3 4th 68.6 65.2 average 105%
Scoresby Research Institute 15.3 +1.1 21.6 18th 6.7 +0.3 0.6 24th 81.8 79.8 average 103%
Viewbank 15.4 +0.3 21.5 18th 6.9 +0.5 0.5 24th 55.2 54.6 average 101%

Daily maximum temperatures for August 2016
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Avalon Airport15.513.314.012.913.612.314.715.617.314.914.615.715.317.118.619.915.122.314.813.215.114.814.212.513.313.615.018.219.716.418.4
Bundoora (Latrobe University)13.513.112.314.515.313.616.214.318.514.315.113.214.817.317.516.121.215.712.814.416.813.913.012.813.015.618.219.516.9
Cerberus14.613.513.713.414.113.715.214.918.614.514.214.214.716.517.818.114.722.016.812.013.814.913.412.313.113.414.617.019.615.917.8
Coldstream12.813.213.513.914.713.615.814.117.913.814.212.815.316.816.818.215.720.617.111.913.215.814.014.212.211.914.517.118.816.319.4
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens13.513.013.013.013.813.714.814.617.714.213.914.613.816.618.019.516.922.117.711.814.815.513.311.912.113.315.218.319.315.7
Essendon Airport13.612.613.113.813.713.715.813.417.214.514.213.514.217.217.217.714.720.315.512.914.215.613.413.113.513.615.818.219.016.319.6
Ferny Creek9.98.89.010.410.610.111.810.913.79.59.69.410.313.313.314.414.217.313.77.89.011.810.910.78.89.310.414.515.413.415.1
Laverton RAAF14.813.113.213.013.913.116.114.117.014.714.614.615.117.418.918.514.820.416.213.514.115.513.512.513.614.116.119.019.115.519.4
Melbourne (Olympic Park)14.413.412.814.614.614.416.614.218.915.315.714.115.118.718.118.215.621.616.413.614.816.013.412.713.014.416.319.020.416.820.2
Melbourne Airport13.212.312.413.415.013.515.613.116.814.814.113.814.716.817.318.015.020.115.812.614.116.413.713.212.913.015.418.518.616.919.5
Moorabbin Airport14.113.912.814.514.213.115.014.718.614.614.114.714.917.118.019.016.522.017.213.014.315.413.212.313.013.215.618.319.616.418.8
Scoresby Research Institute13.813.012.413.614.313.715.813.917.713.714.113.614.016.817.418.915.921.617.512.614.315.513.813.812.912.914.718.518.715.819.4
Viewbank13.513.412.214.415.213.615.814.217.914.115.113.814.116.817.118.115.721.516.613.414.216.614.013.413.312.714.918.019.215.920.0
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 August 2016
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Avalon Airport8.95.16.91.91.25.15.51.44.87.64.96.26.27.86.31.910.14.014.06.19.33.25.13.24.53.64.310.04.07.98.0
Bundoora (Latrobe University)7.75.08.52.20.72.86.52.28.68.05.06.16.06.96.410.63.915.54.98.98.66.00.55.73.85.88.84.38.411.8
Cerberus6.48.18.91.72.15.37.22.06.39.97.17.87.99.08.57.212.32.610.57.39.05.63.53.45.53.86.810.43.77.311.1
Coldstream4.42.14.8-0.2-2.40.16.5-0.15.08.24.14.71.07.06.41.410.51.814.91.18.18.12.30.41.72.97.19.31.93.88.5
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens10.65.86.42.93.06.46.63.27.98.66.57.66.17.48.28.411.24.014.95.28.25.85.73.44.54.06.110.25.97.911.8
Essendon Airport10.75.47.33.52.64.56.72.39.28.65.65.96.47.68.49.111.15.014.45.48.98.75.92.45.85.56.99.37.79.811.5
Ferny Creek7.73.45.74.43.74.86.64.77.45.52.84.24.86.76.88.38.56.013.22.74.25.64.23.23.23.24.66.08.88.89.0
Laverton RAAF11.05.88.12.21.33.96.72.69.18.25.76.46.27.77.09.911.13.814.84.58.55.36.42.55.14.15.99.87.911.210.4
Melbourne (Olympic Park)11.28.58.74.93.45.87.65.09.79.66.87.77.98.510.210.012.57.115.36.99.57.87.03.76.57.29.310.58.710.212.8
Melbourne Airport10.34.66.83.22.53.65.83.78.97.34.04.85.56.67.08.610.84.913.54.98.28.65.51.64.54.54.88.17.38.011.4
Moorabbin Airport8.57.27.22.33.45.66.92.89.99.96.67.77.77.39.57.111.64.315.96.19.06.26.04.06.76.78.610.67.98.810.8
Scoresby Research Institute10.53.05.62.01.82.87.52.59.39.25.77.16.38.09.610.011.43.615.85.38.06.53.70.64.93.57.89.68.86.810.8
Viewbank7.95.28.21.60.93.56.12.97.69.26.36.77.17.59.48.511.34.515.75.98.38.76.00.53.55.07.510.16.48.912.1
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

Daily rainfall for August 2016
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Avalon Airport 0.8 3.2 1.4 0.4 - - - - - 0.2 4.0 - 3.4 - - - - - - 14.4 1.2 0.4 9.2 0.2 2.4 0.6 - - - - 1.2
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 4.4 18.0 2.0 0.8 - - - - - 0.4 7.4 - 1.8 0.4 - - 1.2 0.6 0.1 9.4 2.2 2.0 3.6 - 0.8 0.1 - - - - 0.6
Cerberus 0.2 5.0 0.2 0.2 - 0.2 - - - 2.0 9.0 - 4.8 - - - 0.2 0.2 - 10.0 7.2 4.4 0.2 - 3.4 2.0 - - - - 1.8
Coldstream 4.8 17.2 0.8 0.8 - - - - - 3.2 6.8 - 1.4 0.4 - - 0.6 0.2 0.2 8.8 4.0 6.2 2.0 0.2 3.6 18.2 - - - - 2.6
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 2.6 14.0 0.8 0.8 - - - - - 0.8 7.0 - 5.1 0.4 - - 0.8 - - 11.4 1.1 9.4 2.4 - 1.6 3.4 - - - - 4.4
Essendon Airport 3.6 12.2 1.6 0.2 0.2 - - - - 0.4 6.8 - 0.8 0.2 - - 0.2 - - 11.8 1.2 1.6 8.8 - 0.6 0.2 - - - - -
Ferny Creek 9.6 30.8 2.8 2.6 0.2 - - - - 0.8 10.4 - 4.2 2.8 0.2 - 2.2 1.2 - 15.8 2.0 5.2 21.0 0.2 8.2 20.0 - - - - 8.0
Laverton RAAF 1.8 8.4 1.2 0.2 - 0.2 - - - 0.2 6.4 - 1.0 0.2 - - 0.2 - 0.2 10.8 0.8 1.4 1.6 - - 0.2 - - - - 0.8
Melbourne (Olympic Park) 2.8 14.4 2.8 0.8 - - - - - - 8.2 - 1.6 0.2 - - 0.4 - 0.2 9.4 1.2 5.6 11.0 - 1.2 0.6 - - - - 0.8
Melbourne Airport 2.6 9.0 2.0 0.6 - - - - - 0.4 3.6 - 0.8 - - - 0.4 - - 5.6 0.6 1.6 1.6 0.2 - - - - - - -
Moorabbin Airport 1.8 10.2 0.8 0.4 0.2 - - - - 0.2 9.2 - 5.2 1.2 - - 0.6 - - 13.4 1.0 9.8 6.4 - 1.4 2.4 - - - - 4.4
Scoresby Research Institute 6.0 19.2 1.2 0.2 - - - - - 0.6 8.0 - 3.2 0.2 - - 0.6 0.6 - 9.2 1.6 6.4 10.4 0.2 5.0 5.4 - - - - 3.8
Viewbank 3.8 16.4 2.6 1.2 - 0.2 - - - 0.2 7.6 - 1.4 0.2 - - 1.0 0.4 - 8.6 2.6 1.8 3.6 - 1.2 1.4 - - - - 1.0
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 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. 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 9 am on Thursday 1 September 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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