Monday, 3 March 2008 - Seasonal Climate Summary for Victoria - Product code IDCKGC26R0

Victoria in summer 2007−08

Summary

Temperatures across Victoria have been slightly above average during the past summer. Rainfall has been near average across most of the state, with above average rainfall in the northeast.

 

Rainfall

Victoria experienced near average rainfall during the summer, with parts of northeastern Victoria receiving above average falls.

The wettest overall was 512.4 mm at Mt Baw Baw. The driest overall was 38.6 mm at Mildura Airport. The wettest single day 90.4 mm at Mangalore Airport on 20 Jan 2008.

There is a map of rainfall deciles below.

Temperature

Temperatures were generally within 1°C of average across the state during the summer. Warm conditions during December and January, combined with cool conditions during February, resulted in a seasonal average which was only slightly warmer than normal across the state.

The hottest day was 44.6°C at Hopetoun Airport on 31 Dec 2007. The warmest days on average were 31.7°C at Mildura Airport. The coolest days on average were 14.6°C at Mt Hotham. The coldest day was 3.2°C at Mount Buller on 28 Feb 2008.

There is a map of maximum temperature anomalies below.

The coldest night was −3.8°C at Mt Hotham on 29 Feb 2008. The coolest nights on average were 6.9°C at Mt Hotham. The warmest nights on average were 16.6°C at Mildura Airport. The warmest night was 30.6°C at Hopetoun Airport on 11 Jan 2008.

Some sites had their warmest summer night (highest daily minimum temperature) on record.

Some sites had their highest summer mean daily minimum temperature on record.

Some sites had their highest summer mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years.

There is a map of minimum temperature anomalies below.

Wind

The strongest wind gust was 135 km/h at Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse on 22 Dec 2007.

Further information

Victoria Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (03) 9669 4956
Email climate.vic@bom.gov.au

Extremes

Hottest day
Highest temperature
44.6°C at Hopetoun Airport on 31 Dec 2007
Warmest days on average
Highest mean daily maximum temperature
31.7°C at Mildura Airport
Coolest days on average
Lowest mean daily maximum temperature
14.6°C at Mt Hotham
Coldest day
Lowest daily maximum temperature
3.2°C at Mount Buller on 28 Feb 2008
Coldest night
Lowest temperature
−3.8°C at Mt Hotham on 29 Feb 2008
Coolest nights on average
Lowest mean daily minimum temperature
6.9°C at Mt Hotham
Warmest nights on average
Highest mean daily minimum temperature
16.6°C at Mildura Airport
Warmest night
Highest daily minimum temperature
30.6°C at Hopetoun Airport on 11 Jan 2008
Wettest overall
Highest total rainfall
512.4 mm at Mt Baw Baw
Driest overall
Lowest total rainfall
38.6 mm at Mildura Airport
Wettest day
Highest daily rainfall
90.4 mm at Mangalore Airport on 20 Jan 2008
Highest wind gust
135 km/h at Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse on 22 Dec 2007

Maps

Anomaly in mean maximum temperature

Map of Anomaly in mean maximum temperature

Anomaly in mean minimum temperature

Map of Anomaly in mean minimum temperature

Rainfall deciles

Map of Rainfall deciles


Records

Record highest summer daily minimum temperature
Highest daily minimum
temperature
in summer 2007−08 (°C)
Previous highest
for summer
Years of
record
Normal for
summer
Horsham Polkemmet Rd 29.2 on 1 Jan 2008 28.2 on 12 Dec 1998 50 12.9
Melbourne Airport 27.3 on 1 Jan 2008 27.3 on 21 Jan 1997 38 13.0
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 28.5 on 1 Jan 2008 28.1 on 21 Jan 1997 25



Record highest summer mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for summer 2007−08 (°C)
Previous highest
for summer
Years of
record
Normal for
summer
Essendon Airport 14.7 14.6 in 2006 38

Highest summer mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for summer 2007−08 (°C)
Most recent higher
for summer
Years since
higher
Normal for
summer
Mangalore Airport 14.9 15.6 in 1980 27 13.2



Summaries

In this table, key sites have been highlighted to make them easier to find. This table is very wide and may not fit if printed.

Summary statistics for summer 2007−08
Maximum temperatures
for summer
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
for summer
(°C)
Rainfall
for summer
(millimetres)
Mean for
summer
2007−08
Diff
from
normal
Highest for
summer
2007−08
Mean for
summer
2007−08
Diff
from
normal
Lowest for
summer
2007−08
Total for
summer
2007−08
Normal
for
summer
Rank of
summer
2007−08
Fraction of
summer
normal
North Mallee (district 76)
Mildura Airport 31.7 +0.5 42.8 31 Dec 2007 16.6 +0.7 8.9 29 Feb 2008 38.6 62.5 normal 62%
Ouyen 31.5 +0.1 43.3 30 Dec 2007 15.5 +0.7 7.7 29 Feb 2008 67.7 71.6 normal 95%
Walpeup Research 31.2 +0.1 42.9 31 Dec 2007 15.4 +0.6 6.6 10 Dec 2007 71.0 66.0 normal 108%
South Mallee (district 77)
Hopetoun Airport 31.3 44.6 31 Dec 2007 14.5 5.5 10 Dec 2007 57.6
Swan Hill Aerodrome 31.1 42.1 11 Jan 2008 15.6 8.7 29 Feb 2008 64.8
North Wimmera (district 78)
Nhill 29.4 +0.4 43.0 31 Dec 2007 12.3 −0.1 4.2 29 Feb 2008 79.6 69.3 normal 115%
Nhill Aerodrome 29.9 43.7 31 Dec 2007 12.9 4.6 29 Feb 2008 58.4
Warracknabeal Museum 30.1 42.8 1 Jan 2008 14.2 6.2 29 Feb 2008 66.8 70.6 normal 95%
South Wimmera (district 79)
Edenhope Airport 28.0 43.6 31 Dec 2007 11.9 4.9 29 Feb 2008 55.8
Grampians 18.8 33.2 1 Jan 2008 8.7 1.4 10 Dec 2007 181.2
Horsham Aerodrome 29.6 44.0 1 Jan 2008 11.9 4.0 25 Dec 2007 72.6
Horsham Polkemmet Rd 29.5 +0.6 43.7 31 Dec 2007 12.2 −0.8 4.5 29 Feb 2008 86.0 71.7 high 120%
Kanagulk 28.1 42.7 31 Dec 2007 12.2 5.0 25 Dec 2007 96.8
Longerenong 29.8 +0.9 44.3 31 Dec 2007 12.3 −0.2 3.6 25 Dec 2007 71.4 74.3 normal 96%
Stawell Aerodrome 27.4 41.9 1 Jan 2008 12.9 4.8 10 Dec 2007 78.4
Lower North (district 80)
Charlton 30.3 42.1 31 Dec 2007 15.1 7.0 29 Feb 2008 70.0
Echuca Aerodrome 30.7 +0.8 42.1 30 Dec 2007 15.0 +0.7 8.1 25 Dec 2007 152.4 88.3 very high 173%
Kerang 31.6 +1.0 42.3 30 Dec 2007 15.9 +1.2 8.3 10 Dec 2007 83.1 79.0 normal 105%
Kyabram DPI 29.8 +0.7 41.2 30 Dec 2007 15.4 +1.8 6.5 29 Feb 2008 169.5 89.2 very high 190%
Upper North (district 81)
Bendigo Airport 28.7 40.7 1 Jan 2008 14.2 6.0 29 Feb 2008 115.6
Shepparton Airport 30.1 41.1 30 Dec 2007 15.1 5.5 29 Feb 2008 119.6
Tatura Inst Sustainable Ag 29.2 +0.6 39.9 1 Jan 2008 14.7 +1.2 6.9 29 Feb 2008 130.8 95.5 high 137%
Yarrawonga 31.1 40.7 30 Dec 2007 16.4 6.2 29 Feb 2008 109.2
Lower Northeast (district 82)
Beechworth Woolshed 29.5 39.0 30 Dec 2007 13.0 0.5 29 Feb 2008 159.1
Benalla Airport 30.0 39.5 30 Dec 2007 15.3 7.7 29 Feb 2008 158.9
Corryong Airport 29.8 37.7 2 Jan 2008 13.1 5.6 29 Feb 2008 212.8
Dartmouth Reservoir 28.2 37.7 2 Jan 2008 13.9 8.6 23 Feb 2008 244.6
Hunters Hill 23.9 33.0 2 Jan 2008 13.5 3.7 29 Feb 2008 301.8
Rutherglen Research 30.7 +0.2 40.1 2 Jan 2008 14.6 +1.8 3.2 29 Feb 2008 125.4 116.7 normal 107%
Strathbogie 26.2 36.4 30 Dec 2007 11.9 5.9 11 Dec 2007 176.2 160.3 normal 110%
Wangaratta Aero 30.5 39.9 30 Dec 2007 14.0 5.5 29 Feb 2008 166.0
Upper Northeast (district 83)
Dinner Plain 20.2 29.1 1 Jan 2008 7.5 −0.9 25 Feb 2008 230.0
Falls Creek 16.3 25.1 2 Jan 2008 7.8 −3.0 29 Feb 2008 427.8
Mount Buller 15.9 25.0 30 Dec 2007 8.4 −2.6 29 Feb 2008 296.2
Mt Hotham 14.6 23.2 2 Jan 2008 6.9 −3.8 29 Feb 2008 433.6
Omeo 24.4 35.6 31 Dec 2007 10.2 2.0 29 Feb 2008 191.2
Omeo Comparison 24.2 −0.6 35.3 31 Dec 2007 10.1 +1.0 2.8 29 Feb 2008 194.0 156.9 high 124%
East Gippsland (district 84)
Combienbar AWS 24.3 37.5 11 Jan 2008 12.6 4.8 29 Feb 2008
Gabo Island Lighthouse 21.5 +0.7 27.9 6 Jan 2008 15.9 +0.2 10.5 29 Feb 2008 246.0 212.3 normal 116%
Gelantipy 22.4 35.0 31 Dec 2007 10.8 4.0 29 Feb 2008 223.2
Lakes Entrance 23.2 40.9 11 Jan 2008 14.2 8.0 11 Dec 2007 187.3
Mallacoota 23.2 34.2 11 Jan 2008 14.9 8.6 12 Dec 2007 251.8
Mt Nowa Nowa 23.7 39.4 1 Jan 2008 13.8 6.3 29 Feb 2008 260.8
Orbost 24.9 41.0 11 Jan 2008 14.0 7.5 26 Dec 2007 231.0
Orbost 25.1 +0.1 40.2 11 Jan 2008 13.4 +0.3 6.3 26 Dec 2007 229.0 198.5 high 115%
Point Hicks 23.8 +1.0 33.2 29 Dec 2007 15.5 +0.4 10.7 29 Feb 2008 204.5 196.9 normal 104%
West Gippsland (district 85)
Bairnsdale Airport 24.4 40.2 11 Jan 2008 12.8 5.8 29 Feb 2008 220.2
East Sale Airport 24.7 0 41.0 1 Jan 2008 13.0 +0.6 5.9 11 Dec 2007 168.4 138.3 high 122%
Morwell 26.2 39.3 10 Jan 2008 12.5 4.1 11 Dec 2007
Mt Baw Baw 15.6 27.5 31 Dec 2007 7.7 −0.7 10 Dec 2007 512.4
Mt Moornapa 23.4 39.2 1 Jan 2008 12.9 6.9 29 Feb 2008 314.0
Noojee 24.8 37.4 10 Jan 2008 11.2 3.9 11 Dec 2007 247.2
Pound Creek 24.4 38.6 31 Dec 2007 12.0 4.4 1 Feb 2008 119.4
Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse 20.5 +0.6 35.0 11 Jan 2008 15.3 +1.2 11.3 23 Dec 2007 101.4 157.3 low 64%
Yarram Airport 24.2 40.3 1 Jan 2008 12.6 4.4 11 Dec 2007 123.4
East Central (district 86)
Bundoora 26.4 41.2 1 Jan 2008 14.6 8.6 26 Dec 2007 145.3
Cerberus 24.5 39.7 31 Dec 2007 13.6 6.4 11 Dec 2007 115.0
Coldstream 27.0 39.4 10 Jan 2008 11.8 2.8 29 Feb 2008 171.2
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 25.1 39.5 10 Jan 2008 13.2 7.5 26 Dec 2007 125.8
Essendon Airport 26.4 41.2 1 Jan 2008 14.7 8.3 26 Dec 2007 127.0 139.1 normal 91%
Ferny Creek 21.8 35.2 1 Jan 2008 12.0 6.4 23 Dec 2007 305.2
Frankston AWS 24.5 38.9 10 Jan 2008 15.6 11.0 26 Dec 2007
Melbourne Airport 26.1 +0.4 40.4 1 Jan 2008 14.1 +1.2 7.1 10 Dec 2007 151.8 134.1 normal 113%
Melbourne Regional Office 26.5 +1.2 41.2 10 Jan 2008 16.4 +1.7 10.2 23 Dec 2007 128.4 152.8 normal 84%
Moorabbin Airport 25.8 +0.6 40.5 10 Jan 2008 14.7 +1.2 8.7 26 Dec 2007 168.2 148.9 normal 113%
Phillip Island Penguin Reserve 23.6 38.7 31 Dec 2007 13.7 6.4 8 Dec 2007 96.6
Rhyll 24.2 37.2 10 Jan 2008 15.9 11.1 10 Dec 2007 102.2
Scoresby Research Institute 26.2 +0.9 39.4 10 Jan 2008 13.6 +0.4 5.7 25 Dec 2007 202.8 172.4 high 118%
Viewbank 27.1 41.1 1 Jan 2008 14.6 7.8 26 Dec 2007 149.4
Wallan 23.8 37.1 1 Jan 2008 12.0 5.4 29 Feb 2008 214.8
Wonthaggi 24.6 +1.2 39.4 31 Dec 2007 13.3 +1.0 7.0 26 Dec 2007 116.2 146.7 normal 79%
West Central (district 87)
Avalon Airport 25.9 43.2 31 Dec 2007 13.7 7.0 11 Dec 2007 79.0
Geelong Airport 24.8 43.1 31 Dec 2007 13.1 5.8 11 Dec 2007 92.6
Laverton RAAF 25.9 +0.8 41.4 10 Jan 2008 14.6 +1.3 7.2 10 Dec 2007 92.8 138.8 low 67%
Point Wilson 22.6 40.3 31 Dec 2007 15.8 10.6 23 Dec 2007
Sheoaks 25.4 41.2 31 Dec 2007 11.9 4.4 26 Dec 2007 103.0
North Central (district 88)
Castlemaine Prison 27.3 −0.5 40.1 1 Jan 2008 13.2 +1.0 3.4 29 Feb 2008 85.2 112.8 low 76%
Eildon Fire Tower 26.0 36.6 1 Jan 2008 13.1 5.5 25 Dec 2007
Lake Eildon 28.7 +1.1 39.1 1 Jan 2008 13.2 +1.3 4.0 29 Feb 2008 133.4 148.5 normal 90%
Mangalore Airport 29.2 +0.8 41.0 1 Jan 2008 14.9 +1.7 7.2 29 Feb 2008 189.4 118.1 very high 160%
Maryborough 28.5 +0.6 41.0 1 Jan 2008 13.2 +0.6 5.5 25 Dec 2007 84.0 107.4 normal 78%
Redesdale 28.3 40.8 1 Jan 2008 13.1 3.6 10 Dec 2007 131.4 117.0 normal 112%
Western Plains (district 89)
Ararat Prison 26.4 +0.6 41.0 31 Dec 2007 11.4 +1.2 3.8 10 Dec 2007 91.4 107.7 normal 85%
Ballarat Aerodrome 25.1 +1.0 38.2 31 Dec 2007 11.3 +0.5 3.1 11 Dec 2007 103.2 128.1 normal 81%
Westmere 26.5 42.4 31 Dec 2007 10.5 3.5 14 Jan 2008 141.8
West Coast (district 90)
Aireys Inlet 22.6 42.1 31 Dec 2007 13.8 8.3 23 Dec 2007 127.6
Cape Nelson Lighthouse 20.9 41.8 31 Dec 2007 14.3 8.2 8 Dec 2007 63.0
Cape Otway Lighthouse 20.7 +0.3 39.6 31 Dec 2007 13.9 +0.8 8.7 10 Dec 2007 122.8 142.5 normal 86%
Casterton 26.4 42.2 31 Dec 2007 11.1 3.8 25 Dec 2007 75.2
Casterton Showgrounds 26.4 +0.2 41.8 31 Dec 2007 11.6 +0.2 4.3 25 Dec 2007 72.8 89.7 normal 81%
Colac 25.1 41.3 31 Dec 2007 12.1 6.1 10 Dec 2007 115.6
Hamilton Airport 26.0 41.6 31 Dec 2007 10.6 3.8 10 Dec 2007 91.6
Mortlake Racecourse 25.3 40.9 31 Dec 2007 10.5 3.3 10 Dec 2007 127.6
Port Fairy AWS 22.5 42.3 31 Dec 2007 13.8 6.8 26 Dec 2007 103.0
Portland 21.6 40.9 31 Dec 2007 11.7 3.6 12 Jan 2008 77.6
Warrnambool Airport Ndb 23.5 40.8 31 Dec 2007 11.1 4.4 26 Dec 2007 107.8
Weeaproinah 20.0 36.5 31 Dec 2007 10.8 5.3 25 Dec 2007 285.0 289.7 normal 98%

Notes

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 1 pm on Monday 3 March 2008. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Normals are long-term means based on observations from the years 1961 to 1990. They are not shown for sites with less than 20 years of record in that time, as they cannot then be calculated reliably.
The median is sometimes more representative than the mean of "normal" 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, normal in decile 4 to 7, high in decile 8 or 9 and very high is in decile 10).
The Fraction of normal shows how much rain has fallen this time as a percentage of the long-term mean.

Further information

Victoria Climate Services Centre
Bureau of Meteorology
Phone (03) 9669 4956
Email climate.vic@bom.gov.au