Victoria in February 2015: dry and hot

The average minimum temperature was 14.78C, 1.35C above the 1961-90 average. The state's average maximum temperature for February was 29.67C, which was 1.98C above the 1961-90 average (the 8th warmest on record).  

  • Daytime and night time temperatures were above average to very much above average across most of the state.
  • Mildura recorded its highest ever mean daily maximum temperature for February with 35.6C.
  • Rainfall average to below average across the state.
  • The month ended with a change sweeping across the state accompanied by severe thunderstorms

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Extremes in February 2015
Hottest day 44.1 C at Mildura Airport on the 15th
Warmest days on average 35.6 C at Mildura Airport
Coolest days on average 17.2 C at Mount Hotham
Coldest day 10.4 C at Mount Hotham on the 14th
Coldest night 1.9 C at Mount Hotham on the 4th
Coolest nights on average 9.3 C at Mount Baw Baw
Warmest nights on average 18.1 C at Mildura Airport
Warmest night 27.0 C at Ouyen (Post Office) on the 23rd
Warmest on average overall 26.8 C at Mildura Airport
Coolest on average overall 13.3 C at Mount Hotham
Wettest overall 216.8 mm at McKillop's Bridge (Snowy River at McKill
Driest overall 0 mm at Glenmaggie Weir
0 mm at Mount Delegate
Wettest day 149.2 mm at McKillop's Bridge on the 18th
Strongest wind gust 128 km/h at St Kilda Harbour - RMYS on the 28th

Maps
ObservedAnomalyDecile rank
Total
rainfall
Map of Rainfall totals Map of Percentage of normal rainfall Map of Rainfall deciles
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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Lowest February total rainfall for at least 20 years
Observed
(mm)
Most recent
lower
Years since
lower
Average for
February
Club Terrace 10.8 9.2 in 1986* 27 69.1
Kaniva 0.4 0.0 in 1991 24 21.2

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




Record highest February mean daily maximum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Mildura Airport 35.6 35.2 in 1997 68 31.6



Record highest February mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
February
Dartmouth Reservoir 15.7 = 15.7 in 1997 35 13.7



Summary statistics for February 2015
Maximum temperatures
(C)
Minimum temperatures
(C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
February
2015
Diff
from
average
Highest for
February
2015
Mean for
February
2015
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
February
2015
Total for
February
2015
Average
for
February
Rank of
February
2015
Fraction of
February
average
North Mallee (district 76)
Mildura Airport 35.6 +4.0 44.1 15th 18.1 +1.6 12.2 5th 0.6 22.7 low 3%
Ouyen (Post Office) 35.0 +3.4 43.4 15th 16.6 +1.3 10.6 1st 5.6 24.2 average 23%
Walpeup Research 34.7 +3.4 43.4 15th 16.7 +1.3 10.3 4th 11.6 23.7 average 49%
South Mallee (district 77)
Hopetoun Airport 34.2 +2.3 43.2 15th 16.2 +1.4 10.8 4th 23.6 15.0 high 157%
Swan Hill Aerodrome 35.0 +2.8 41.9 15th 17.0 +1.0 11.0 5th 0.2 22.3 low 1%
North Wimmera (district 78)
Nhill Aerodrome 32.7 +2.2 42.1 15th 14.5 +1.1 8.0 3rd 11.2 11.6 average 97%
Warracknabeal Museum 33.0 +2.3 41.5 15th 15.4 +1.2 9.6 25th 5.3 21.1 low 25%
South Wimmera (district 79)
Edenhope Airport 30.9   39.5 15th 14.0   7.8 10th 2.0 19.3 low 10%
Grampians (Mount William) 22.3   30.5 22nd 10.4   3.9 1st 12.0 34.2 low 35%
Horsham Aerodrome 32.5 +2.1 41.3 15th 13.7 +1.2 6.2 5th 7.2 23.7 average 30%
Kanagulk 30.5 +1.9 39.1 22nd 13.9 +1.1 9.0 10th 19.8 17.2 high 115%
Longerenong 32.7 +2.7 41.0 15th 14.4 +1.2 8.1 3rd 9.0 23.3 average 39%
Pyrenees (Ben Nevis) 25.7   34.1 22nd 12.6   6.4 1st 8.6
Stawell Aerodrome 30.0 +1.4 37.7 22nd 14.6 +0.8 10.9 9th 10.8 30.6 low 35%
Lower North (district 80)
Charlton 33.8 +2.5 39.9 15th 16.5 +1.5 10.5 25th 25.6 15.6 high 164%
Echuca Aerodrome 33.4 +2.8 39.1 11th 16.4 +1.2 11.1 25th 1.7 26.6 low 6%
Kerang 34.3 +3.1 39.8 15th 17.0 +1.8 11.5 25th 2.2 23.7 low 9%
Kyabram 33.2 +3.3 39.0 11th 16.4 +1.6 11.5 25th 6.4 28.9 low 22%
Upper North (district 81)
Bendigo Airport 31.8 +2.3 37.7 11th 15.6 +1.2 10.7 1st 9.6 33.9 average 28%
Shepparton Airport 32.5 +1.5 37.7 11th 16.2 +1.2 12.3 5th 34.6 42.1 average 82%
Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag 31.2 +1.7 36.5 11th 15.9 +1.4 12.5 25th 30.8 33.9 average 91%
Yarrawonga 33.1 +1.6 39.6 8th 17.1 +1.3 11.9 2nd 51.4 49.4 average 104%
Lower Northeast (district 82)
Benalla Airport 32.3   38.0 8th 16.5   13.3 27th 38.5
Corryong Airport 31.6   35.6 8th 14.4   6.9 3rd 56.4
Dartmouth Reservoir 29.7 +0.6 35.2 8th 15.7 +2.0 13.1 27th 53.8 57.5 average 94%
Hunters Hill 25.9 +0.8 31.8 8th 14.6 +0.6 9.9 3rd 75.0 79.2 average 95%
Rutherglen Research 32.7 +1.9 39.3 8th 14.5 +0.6 9.0 3rd 43.6 38.6 high 113%
Strathbogie 29.0 +1.7 34.1 11th 12.5 +0.8 8.0 27th 57.0 44.7 high 128%
Wangaratta Aero 32.8 +1.9 38.7 8th 14.9 +1.1 9.5 3rd 23.0 46.9 average 49%
Upper Northeast (district 83)
Falls Creek 18.3 +1.1 23.0 22nd 9.4 +0.8 2.7 4th 102.6 99.3 average 103%
Mount Buller 18.8 +1.7 23.8 8th 10.3 +1.4 4.5 2nd 114.8 78.6 high 146%
Mount Hotham 17.2 +1.4 21.6 8th 9.4 +1.4 1.9 4th 81.4 106.4 average 77%
Omeo 26.8 +1.7 33.1 11th 11.9 +1.4 6.0 6th 51.4 67.9 average 76%
East Gippsland (district 84)
Combienbar AWS 24.1 -0.4 32.2 23rd 14.4 +1.0 10.0 1st 65.8 87.9 average 75%
Gabo Island Lighthouse 22.6 +1.0 28.5 8th 16.9 +0.7 13.1 1st 48.4 68.1 average 71%
Gelantipy 22.9 -0.2 29.7 23rd 12.7 +1.2 7.5 2nd 93.0 72.5 average 128%
Lakes Entrance (Eastern Beach Road) 23.8   30.8 8th 15.9   10.7 6th 42.4
Mallacoota 24.3 +0.4 31.5 8th 16.6 +0.9 11.1 6th 50.2 64.2 average 78%
Mount Nowa Nowa 24.8 +0.3 35.8 23rd 15.1 +0.8 11.3 4th 37.6 67.2 low 56%
Orbost 26.1 +0.6 35.0 23rd 15.6 +1.1 10.3 6th 39.6 61.3 average 65%
Point Hicks (Lighthouse) 24.4 +0.7 33.1 11th 16.4 +0.3 13.1 5th 92.4 58.3 high 158%
West Gippsland (district 85)
Bairnsdale Airport 26.3 +0.8 36.4 23rd 14.4 +1.6 8.0 6th 38.0 49.2 average 77%
Corner Inlet (Yanakie) 24.8   34.8 22nd 14.6   5.6 9th 30.4
East Sale Airport 26.1 +0.8 35.7 7th 14.4 +1.2 9.4 6th 57.8 43.1 high 134%
Morwell (Latrobe Valley Airport) 27.4 +0.8 36.6 22nd 14.3 +1.4 7.0 9th 63.6 45.8 high 139%
Mount Baw Baw 18.2 +1.5 23.6 11th 9.3 +1.0 2.7 4th 85.2 102.6 average 83%
Mount Moornapa 24.8 +0.2 34.4 11th 14.2 +0.7 10.4 1st 33.6 70.4 average 48%
Pound Creek 25.9   37.4 22nd 14.0   4.9 9th 24.4
Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse 21.4 +0.8 32.1 7th 16.4 +1.6 14.3 9th 48.4 46.6 average 104%
Yarram Airport 25.7   35.9 7th 13.8   5.9 9th 57.4
East Central (district 86)
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 28.0 +1.2 37.1 22nd 15.5 +1.3 9.5 5th 55.4 44.5 high 124%
Cerberus 25.7 +0.7 36.5 21st 14.9 +0.6 9.6 6th 24.2 39.4 average 61%
Coldstream 29.2 +1.5 36.7 21st 13.2 +1.2 5.1 5th 51.8 56.2 average 92%
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 26.7 +1.0 36.8 21st 14.9 +0.9 8.4 9th 23.6 51.1 low 46%
Essendon Airport 27.9 +2.2 37.6 21st 15.7 +1.8 11.7 5th 34.8 46.5 average 75%
Ferny Creek 24.4   32.4 21st 13.7   9.1 9th 66.0
Frankston AWS 25.6 +0.8 36.2 21st 16.6 +0.6 12.9 9th
Melbourne (Olympic Park) 26.4   36.1 21st 16.7   13.2 1st 37.8
Melbourne Airport 28.0 +1.4 37.7 21st 15.5 +1.4 10.1 5th 38.0 43.6 average 87%
Moorabbin Airport 27.5 +1.4 37.2 21st 15.9 +1.6 11.2 9th 25.0 46.0 average 54%
Rhyll 25.2 +0.9 33.6 22nd 16.7 +0.8 13.8 4th 23.0 41.6 average 55%
Scoresby Research Institute 28.1 +1.6 36.4 21st 15.1 +1.3 9.5 9th 51.8 53.7 average 96%
Viewbank 28.6 +1.0 37.7 21st 15.5 +0.9 9.9 5th 43.8 51.0 average 86%
Wonthaggi 25.6 +1.0 37.0 22nd 15.5 +2.1 8.8 9th 28.8 46.2 average 62%
West Central (district 87)
Avalon Airport 26.8 +0.6 37.2 22nd 15.5 +1.1 11.4 6th 44.2 34.8 high 127%
Breakwater (Geelong Racecourse) 25.8   36.6 7th 15.8   12.2 6th 37.8
Laverton RAAF 26.6 +1.1 37.6 21st 15.9 +1.7 12.6 1st 30.4 46.7 average 65%
Sheoaks 26.9 +1.5 36.7 21st 13.6 +0.9 8.1 24th 33.8 41.1 average 82%
North Central (district 88)
Castlemaine Prison 29.7 +1.4 35.8 11th 14.8 +1.3 8.9 2nd 27.7 37.9 average 73%
Eildon Fire Tower 28.3 +1.5 34.3 11th 14.2 +0.4 8.8 4th 31.6 44.4 average 71%
Lake Eildon 31.0 +2.0 35.6 11th 14.1 +1.3 8.9 1st 54.4 42.9 high 127%
Mangalore Airport 31.2 +1.9 37.5 11th 15.3 +1.0 12.3 5th 34.0 35.3 average 96%
Maryborough 30.9 +2.2 37.7 11th 15.0 +1.8 11.5 9th 19.2 32.7 average 59%
Redesdale 31.3 +2.5 37.9 11th 14.0 +0.6 10.1 3rd 23.0 37.5 average 61%
Wallan (Kilmore Gap) 26.6 +2.0 34.3 21st 13.8 +1.1 9.0 9th 29.2 52.7 average 55%
Western Plains (district 89)
Ararat Prison 29.1 +2.0 37.5 22nd 13.0 +1.7 8.1 9th 8.6 31.9 average 27%
Ballarat Aerodrome 27.2 +2.1 34.5 11th 13.2 +1.7 8.9 27th 53.0 44.3 average 120%
Westmere 28.3   38.6 22nd 13.0   7.2 24th 11.6 16.3 average 71%
West Coast (district 90)
Aireys Inlet 23.3 +0.3 35.3 7th 15.4 +0.7 12.7 1st 35.4 35.4 average 100%
Cape Nelson Lighthouse 21.5 +0.2 30.7 7th 15.5 +0.3 12.9 2nd 10.0 23.6 average 42%
Cape Otway Lighthouse 21.6 0.0 33.7 22nd 15.4 +1.5 13.2 1st 14.8 41.8 low 35%
Casterton 28.5   38.9 22nd 13.2   8.6 10th 8.4 30.9 low 27%
Colac (Mount Gellibrand) 26.0 +0.8 36.2 21st 13.7 +0.8 9.8 24th 50.6 30.3 high 167%
Dartmoor 27.4   40.2 21st 13.1   7.0 24th 6.2
Hamilton Airport 28.3 +1.5 38.5 21st 12.7 +1.4 7.0 24th 13.0 23.8 low 55%
Mortlake Racecourse 27.4 +1.0 38.5 21st 13.0 +1.4 5.3 24th 36.2 32.9 average 110%
Port Fairy AWS 22.8 -0.1 32.6 15th 15.2 +0.6 10.7 10th 13.6 28.9 low 47%
Portland (Cashmore Airport) 24.0 +1.5 36.6 21st 14.2 +1.5 9.2 27th 5.0 25.9 low 19%
Warrnambool Airport NDB 25.5 +0.7 38.0 21st 13.6 +1.2 8.1 10th 9.0 29.7 low 30%

Notes

A Monthly Climate Summary is prepared to list 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, usually published in the fourth week of the month.

A Climate Summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 10 am on Monday 2 March 2015. 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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