Melbourne in spring 2016: wetter than average with cooler than average days

Spring in Melbourne was slightly wetter than average. Daytime temperatures were cooler than average during spring, while night time temperatures were generally slightly warmer than average. Overall, it was Melbourne's coolest spring since 2003.

Wetter than average

  • Spring in Melbourne was wetter than average in most suburbs
  • Moorabbin and Scoresby were slightly drier than average, but all other areas in Greater Melbourne recorded average to above average rainfall for the season
  • After a few drier than average springs around Melbourne, it was the wettest spring since 2011 in northern and western suburbs, and the wettest since 2013 in eastern and southern suburbs
  • Rainfall totals ranged from 96% of average at Scoresby to 186% of average north of the city at Wallan (Kilmore Gap)
  • Melbourne's water storages are now slightly above the levels at this time last year

Cooler than average days

  • Spring daytime temperatures were cooler than average in all suburbs
  • Night time temperatures were generally close to average or warmer than average. Nights were cooler than average north of the city at Wallan (Kilmore Gap)
  • After several years of warmer than average springs (for example 2015 and 2014), it was Melbourne's coolest spring since 2003
  • Melbourne (Olympic Park) recorded its first 30 °C of the season on 17 November, which was about a fortnight later than usual for the Melbourne city site
  • Mean maximum temperatures for spring ranged from 1.6 °C below average at Viewbank to 0.1 °C below average at Scoresby Research Institute
  • Mean minimum temperatures ranged from 0.6 °C below average at Wallan (Kilmore Gap) to 1.0 °C above average at Essendon Airport
  • Laverton RAAF recorded its lowest spring mean daily maximum temperature since 1995

Strong and gusty winds at times

  • Sites around Melbourne recorded several days over 100 km/h during October
  • Strong, gusty and damaging winds occurred several times during the season, particularly during September and October
  • The strongest wind gust recorded on Port Philip Bay during spring was 119 km/h at Fawkner Beacon on 9 October. The strongest recorded gust in Melbourne's suburbs was 107 km/h at Melbourne Airport, also on 9 October.

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Extremes in spring 2016
Hottest day 35.9 °C at Laverton RAAF on 21 Nov
Warmest days on average 19.0 °C at Bundoora (Latrobe University)
19.0 °C at Viewbank
Coolest days on average 15.0 °C at Wallan (Kilmore Gap)
Coldest day 7.2 °C at Ferny Creek on 18 Sep
Coldest night 0.3 °C at Coldstream on 14 Oct
Coolest nights on average 6.5 °C at Wallan (Kilmore Gap)
Warmest nights on average 10.6 °C at Frankston AWS
10.6 °C at Melbourne (Olympic Park)
Warmest night 21.0 °C at Ferny Creek on 21 Nov
Warmest on average overall 14.8 °C at Melbourne (Olympic Park)
Coolest on average overall 10.8 °C at Wallan (Kilmore Gap)
Wettest overall 420.0 mm at Ferny Creek
Wettest day 57.0 mm at Kinglake West on 14 Nov
Strongest wind gust 119 km/h at Fawkner Beacon on 9 Oct

Lowest spring mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years
Observed
(°C)
Most recent
lower
Average for
spring
Laverton RAAF 18.8 18.2 in 1995 19.3



Summary statistics for spring 2016
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
spring
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
spring
2016
Mean for
spring
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
spring
2016
Total for
spring
2016
Average
for
spring
Rank of
spring
2016
Fraction of
spring
average
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 19.0 -0.8 33.8 21 Nov 9.2 +0.3 3.6 28 Oct 256.8 195.0 high 132%
Cerberus 17.9 -0.6 34.9 21 Nov 9.0 0.0 1.8 14 Oct 204.0 188.5 average 108%
Coldstream 18.7 -1.2 33.2 21 Nov 7.7 +0.7 0.3 14 Oct 265.6 208.3 high 128%
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens     34.2 21 Nov 8.9 -0.1 3.1 14 Oct 239.1 238.4 average 100%
Essendon Airport 18.9 -0.4 34.8 21 Nov 9.3 +1.0 2.2 14 Oct 214.0 169.9 high 126%
Ferny Creek 15.1   30.0 21 Nov 7.2   2.1 19 Oct 420.0
Frankston AWS     33.5 21 Nov 10.6 -0.1 5.6 14 Oct
Laverton RAAF 18.8 -0.5 35.9 21 Nov 8.9 +0.5 1.3 14 Oct 166.8 157.5 average 106%
Melbourne (Olympic Park) 18.9   35.0 21 Nov 10.6   5.2 14 Oct 182.0
Melbourne Airport 18.6 -0.8 34.3 21 Nov 8.6 -0.1 2.2 14 Oct 205.2 164.2 average 125%
Moorabbin Airport 18.7 -0.6 35.7 21 Nov 10.1 +0.6 2.8 14 Oct 191.6 196.9 average 97%
Scoresby Research Institute 18.9 -0.1 34.7 21 Nov 9.1 +0.2 1.3 14 Oct 237.2 247.7 average 96%
Viewbank 19.0 -1.6 34.2 21 Nov 9.3 -0.1 2.4 14 Oct 247.2 192.4 average 128%
Wallan (Kilmore Gap) 15.0 -1.3 29.5 21 Nov 6.5 -0.6 1.8 31 Oct 342.6 183.7 v high 186%

Notes

The Seasonal 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 10 am on Thursday 1 December 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.

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

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