Greater Melbourne in March 2024

Rainfall

  • Throughout March there were only several days of light rainfall and rainfall totals were below average at all sites across Greater Melbourne.
  • Most sites across Greater Melbourne recieved less than 10 nmm of total monthly rainfall.

Temperature

  • Mean maximum temperatures were above average across Greater Melbourne, ranging from 1.0 °C above average at Melbourne (Olympic Park) to 2.4 °C above average at Wallan (Kilmore Gap).
  • Greater Melbourne experienced several days of low-to-severe intensity heatwave conditions on the 9th to 11th with all sites across Greater Melbourne observing above average daytime temperatures and many sites recorded maximum temperatures above 35 °C.
  • This month, Viewbank had the warmest days on average at 27.4 °C and Ferny Creek had the coldest days on average at 22.6 °C.
  • Mean minimum temperatures were above average across most suburbs in Greater Melbourne, ranging from 0.5 °C below average at Coldstream to 1.5 °C above average at Essendon Airport.
  • Essendon Airport and Melbourne Airport recorded their warmest March night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record on the 10th.
  • The warmest nights on average were at Melbourne (Olympic Park) at 14.9 °C and the coldest nights on average were at Coldstream at 9.4 °C.

Melbourne (Olympic Park)

  • Total rainfall for Melbourne (Olympic Park) was 2.8 mm, which is 8% of the long-term average of 33.9 mm.
  • The mean daily maximum temperature for Melbourne (Olympic Park) was 25.1 °C, which is 1.0 °C above the long-term average of 24.1 °C.
  • The warmest day was 37.6 °C on the 9th, and the coolest day was on the 20th when the temperature reached 18.4 °C.
  • The mean daily minimum temperature for Melbourne (Olympic Park) was 14.9 °C, which is 0.1 °C above the long-term average of 14.8 °C.
  • The coldest morning was 9.4 °C on the 21st, and the warmest morning was on the 12th when the minimum temperature was 22.8 °C.

Extremes in March 2024
Hottest day 39.6 °C at Laverton RAAF on the 9th
Warmest days on average 27.4 °C at Viewbank
Coolest days on average 22.6 °C at Ferny Creek
Coldest day 14.0 °C at Ferny Creek on the 20th
Coldest night 2.6 °C at Coldstream on the 22nd
Coolest nights on average 9.4 °C at Coldstream
Warmest nights on average 14.9 °C at Melbourne (Olympic Park)
Warmest night 26.2 °C at Melbourne Airport on the 10th
Warmest on average overall 20.2 °C at Essendon Airport
Coolest on average overall 17.8 °C at Ferny Creek
Wettest overall 21.6 mm at Ferny Creek
Wettest day 10.0 mm at Ferny Creek on the 20th
Strongest wind gust 80 km/h at Fawkner Beacon on the 19th

Record highest March daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
March
Essendon Airport 26.1 on the 10th 25.3 on the 13th in 2013 55 12.7
Melbourne Airport 26.2 on the 10th 25.4 on the 1st in 2019 54 12.8



Summary statistics for March 2024
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
March
2024
Diff
from
average
Highest for
March
2024
Mean for
March
2024
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
March
2024
Total for
March
2024
Average
for
March
Rank of
March
2024
Fraction of
March
average
Cerberus 24.5 +1.4 38.6 10th 12.4 -0.3 5.2 22nd 2.6 43.3 lowest 6%
Coldstream 27.1 +1.9 36.9 9th 9.4 -0.5 2.6 22nd 4.0 48.1 lowest 8%
Essendon Airport 26.2 +2.1 38.4 9th 14.2 +1.5 8.8 21st 4.2 39.1 v low 11%
Ferny Creek 22.6 +1.7 33.6 10th 12.9 +0.8 7.5 21st 21.6 81.5 v low 27%
Frankston (Ballam Park) 25.4   37.7 9th 13.6   8.1 22nd 4.0
Laverton RAAF 25.8 +2.1 39.6 9th 13.5 +0.8 7.9 22nd 4.0 34.2 lowest 12%
Melbourne (Olympic Park) 25.1 +1.0 37.6 9th 14.9 +0.1 9.4 21st 2.8 33.9 v low 8%
Melbourne Airport 26.3 +2.1 38.5 9th 13.2 +0.4 7.3 21st 2.0 37.1 lowest 5%
Moorabbin Airport 25.2 +1.4 38.1 9th 13.5 +0.4 8.0 22nd 6.4 43.7 v low 15%
Scoresby Research Institute 26.4 +2.2 37.1 9th 13.1 +0.6 7.8 22nd 10.2 52.9 v low 19%
Viewbank 27.4 +2.1 38.3 9th 12.8 -0.1 6.3 22nd 3.6 42.6 lowest 8%
Wallan (Kilmore Gap) 24.0 +2.4 33.9 9th 12.0 +0.9 6.2 21st 1.8 46.4 lowest 4%

Daily maximum temperatures for March 2024
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Cerberus23.720.420.420.130.524.121.628.838.238.636.220.520.723.025.627.128.229.530.717.919.920.319.821.121.622.020.320.126.521.721.5
Coldstream31.522.421.723.331.633.125.133.636.936.334.929.119.224.728.029.130.730.728.818.622.625.621.422.224.122.222.723.030.628.328.4
Essendon Airport31.022.122.221.332.928.723.228.338.437.835.824.019.524.027.830.130.531.528.620.121.223.520.523.824.222.021.620.830.324.822.6
Ferny Creek27.017.316.619.328.228.720.229.433.233.631.624.915.720.623.126.226.825.314.017.820.716.018.820.318.616.618.523.7
Frankston (Ballam Park)27.920.920.421.030.927.622.230.137.737.235.422.021.123.726.028.629.030.230.118.521.122.120.220.821.921.521.421.529.225.323.0
Laverton RAAF28.121.622.421.031.326.922.128.339.639.137.022.020.222.926.330.830.432.229.419.320.821.419.723.925.322.722.120.926.623.621.7
Melbourne (Olympic Park)28.120.720.920.732.125.121.926.037.636.935.123.119.922.727.829.630.231.928.618.420.520.819.822.322.621.820.520.428.022.420.9
Melbourne Airport31.821.622.021.332.930.422.328.538.537.835.724.119.323.627.229.930.631.629.019.821.223.819.923.724.922.721.720.630.825.323.7
Moorabbin Airport26.021.520.722.430.724.923.525.838.138.035.923.620.323.826.829.629.431.230.418.321.821.719.921.522.421.021.020.225.822.321.5
Scoresby Research Institute30.222.521.223.531.630.324.532.037.136.434.425.419.425.027.329.530.531.429.118.421.923.920.222.423.121.921.622.230.326.526.1
Viewbank32.223.022.725.033.130.925.331.838.338.035.625.020.125.230.031.531.732.529.919.223.523.921.623.624.522.922.522.931.327.325.8
Wallan (Kilmore Gap)29.119.618.419.428.332.121.330.733.933.231.726.415.921.024.325.326.428.223.216.119.323.618.119.522.519.918.918.727.225.125.8
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 March 2024
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Cerberus9.513.710.213.112.710.615.013.716.720.918.616.616.112.415.914.211.110.916.311.17.85.29.312.113.811.39.414.75.77.69.4
Coldstream8.612.45.56.44.78.615.67.812.422.315.715.616.215.810.18.59.99.913.010.52.92.64.74.19.97.16.67.64.66.96.3
Essendon Airport13.913.910.512.610.814.416.514.616.526.120.423.516.814.913.413.617.315.318.112.08.89.411.910.310.811.612.413.511.911.613.3
Ferny Creek12.311.88.57.710.617.911.310.413.424.523.822.913.112.612.413.516.417.419.99.07.58.410.07.89.810.310.710.19.4
Frankston (Ballam Park)11.713.611.711.810.214.314.111.815.722.719.019.415.515.515.613.114.115.318.812.38.110.910.414.112.311.612.99.211.512.0
Laverton RAAF12.712.810.014.19.513.216.313.015.022.218.320.816.115.417.112.414.314.719.912.38.17.912.78.612.811.910.614.310.39.612.6
Melbourne (Olympic Park)14.415.912.813.211.814.316.914.216.921.220.522.817.216.415.714.417.116.319.713.29.49.711.912.214.313.114.815.710.612.913.5
Melbourne Airport12.512.38.712.68.814.116.212.915.526.219.321.715.815.112.211.716.614.319.611.27.38.211.28.88.510.110.213.111.010.612.4
Moorabbin Airport12.812.510.59.213.915.211.115.721.819.420.716.314.715.411.814.114.016.614.19.08.09.711.714.813.113.114.78.311.610.8
Scoresby Research Institute11.814.110.68.413.315.310.415.125.520.119.915.914.814.111.314.313.419.212.97.88.08.011.511.311.412.29.210.29.4
Viewbank12.314.310.611.29.013.315.511.615.420.618.818.916.314.812.512.015.013.517.112.26.86.38.010.310.811.613.313.97.810.712.7
Wallan (Kilmore Gap)12.410.97.97.610.215.412.411.013.821.421.521.012.912.012.112.413.915.217.38.16.28.38.97.48.59.79.910.29.811.511.4
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 March 2024
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Bonbeach (Carrum (Patterson River Countr - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0
Cape Schanck - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5.6 - - 1.2







Cerberus - 0.4 - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - - - - - 1.0 0.8 - - - - - - - - - -
Cheltenham Kingston Centre - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 2.0 - - - - - 4.0 - - - - - - - - - - -
Coldstream - - - - - - - - - - - -
2.8 - - - - - 0.8 0.4 - - - - - - - - - -
Eltham - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 2.6
















Essendon Airport - - 0.4 - - - - - - - - - 0.8 2.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - -
Ferny Creek - 0.4 0.2 - - - 1.4 - - - - - 2.4 4.8 0.2 - - - - 10.0 1.8 - - - - - 0.2 - 0.2 - -
Frankston (Ballam Park) - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.8 1.2 - - -
- 0.8 1.2 - - - - - - - - - -
Greenvale Reservoir - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 1.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Kinglake West - - - - - - 1.4 - - - - - 1.0 0.8 - - - - - 4.0










Kinglake West (Wallaby Creek) - - 0.2 - - - 0.6 0.2 - - - - 0.2 1.6 - - - - - 5.8 - - 0.2 - - - - - - - 0.2
Lancefield - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 - - - 2.0 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Laverton RAAF - - - - - - - - - - - -
1.6 - - - - - - - - 0.2 2.2 - - - - - - -
Melbourne (Olympic Park) - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.2 0.4 - - - - - 0.2 0.2 - - - - - 0.6 0.2 - - -
Melbourne Airport - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 0.8 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 -
Melbourne Botanical Gardens - - - - -

























Mitcham - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3.2 0.2 - - - - 2.6 0.6 - - - - - - - - - -
Monbulk (Spring Road) - - - 1.0 - - - - - - - - - 7.2 - - - - - 6.2 - - - - - - 1.8



Moorabbin Airport - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.0 2.2 - - - - - 2.0 0.2 - - - - - - - - - -
Mornington - - - 0.2 - - - - - - - - 1.6 - - - - - - 0.9 0.8 - - - - - - -


Mount Waverley (Riversdale Golf Club) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6.6 - - - 4.0 - - - 0.4







Newham (Cobaw) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2.6
















Oakleigh (Metropolitan Golf Club) - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5.0
















Preston Reservoir - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 2.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.6 0.2 - - -
Romsey - - - - - - 0.8 - - - - - - 2.8
















Rosebud (Country Club) - 0.8 - - - - - - - - - - 1.0 - 1.2 - - - - - 2.0 - - - - - 1.2



Scoresby Research Institute
- - - - - - - - - - - 1.4 4.4 - - - - - 4.4 - - - - - - - - - - -
Toorourrong Reservoir (Toorourrong) - - 0.2 - - - 0.2 - - - - - - 1.8 - - - - - 1.0 - - - - - - - - - - -
Upper Plenty - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 1.2 - - - - - 1.8










Viewbank - - - - - - - - - -
-
3.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Wallan - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.8
















Wallan (Kilmore Gap) -
- - - - - - - - - - - 1.2 - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - 0.4 -
Willowmavin (Avalon Station) - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 3.6 - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 - - - - -
Woodend - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.2 1.8
















Yan Yean - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.4 2.6 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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, usually published in the first week of the following month, lists the main features of the weather in Greater Melbourne using the most timely and accurate information available on the date of publication; it will generally not be updated.

This summary includes data from observing sites in or near the Greater Melbourne “Greater Capital City Statistical Area” (GCCSA). The Australian Bureau of Statistics designed the GCCSAs to represent a socio-economic definition of each capital city. This means the greater capital city boundary includes people who regularly socialise, shop or work within the capital city, but live in the small towns and rural areas surrounding the capital city. It does not define the built up edge of the capital city.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 4 pm on Monday 1 April 2024. 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.

Information about Australian Indigenous seasonal calendars is available at the Indigenous Weather Knowledge website.


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