Melbourne area in winter 2014: A very mild and dry winter

Despite some cold nights, both maximum and minimum temperatures were generally well above average across the season. Rainfall was below average across the city:

 

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Extremes in winter 2014
Hottest day 23.4 C at Avalon Airport on 31 Aug
Warmest days on average 15.6 C at Melbourne Regional Office
Coolest days on average 10.6 C at Ferny Creek
Coldest day 4.1 C at Ferny Creek on 1 Aug
Coldest night -3.7 C at Coldstream on 3 Aug
Coolest nights on average 5.1 C at Coldstream
Warmest nights on average 8.7 C at Melbourne Regional Office
Warmest night 13.7 C at Melbourne (Olympic Park) on 31 Jul
13.7 C at Melbourne Regional Office on 31 Jul
Warmest on average overall 12.1 C at Melbourne Regional Office
Coolest on average overall 8.3 C at Ferny Creek
Wettest overall 375.6 mm at Ferny Creek
277.9 mm at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens
Driest overall 94.6 mm at Melbourne Airport
Wettest day 40.6 mm at Cerberus on 29 Jun
Highest wind gust 104 km/h at Avalon Airport on 24 Jun

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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Record lowest winter daily maximum temperature
Lowest daily maximum
temperature
in winter 2014 (C)
Previous coolest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Coldstream 6.6 on 22 Jul 7.2 on 9 Jul 1998 20 14.1



Record highest winter mean daily minimum temperature
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for winter 2014 (C)
Previous warmest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Laverton RAAF 6.9 6.6 in 2013 70 5.4
Essendon Airport 7.2 6.9 in 2013 43 5.6
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 7.0 = 7.0 in 1991 30 5.9
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 7.7 7.4 in 1993 23 6.4
Cerberus 7.3 = 7.3 in 2001 22 6.6

Highest winter mean daily minimum temperature for at least 20 years
Mean daily minimum
temperature
for winter 2014 (C)
Most recent winter
at least this warm
Years since
warmer
Average for
winter
Moorabbin Airport 7.7 7.9 in 1991* 22 6.5

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




Record highest winter mean temperature
Mean daily
temperature
for winter 2014 (C)
Previous warmest
for winter
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 11.0 = 11.0 in 2005 23 10.2



Summary statistics for winter 2014
Maximum temperatures
for winter
(C)
Minimum temperatures
for winter
(C)
Rainfall
for winter
(millimetres)
Mean for
winter
2014
Diff
from
average
Highest for
winter
2014
Mean for
winter
2014
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
winter
2014
Total for
winter
2014
Average
for
winter
Rank of
winter
2014
Fraction of
winter
average
East Central (district 86)
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 14.5 +0.4 22.0 30 Aug 7.0 +1.1 -1.8 3 Aug 105.1 162.9 low 65%
Cerberus 14.5 +0.3 21.0 31 Aug 7.3 +0.7 -0.8 3 Aug 248.4 225.8 average 110%
Coldstream 14.4 +0.3 20.8 28 Aug 5.1 +1.0 -3.7 3 Aug 199.4 196.4 average 102%
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens 14.4 +0.5 22.5 31 Aug 7.7 +1.3 1.5 3 Aug 277.9 232.8 average 119%
Essendon Airport 14.7 +1.0 20.8 31 Aug 7.2 +1.6 -1.7 3 Aug 95.2 131.8 low 72%
Ferny Creek 10.6   17.4 28 Aug 6.0   1.3 2 Aug 375.6
Melbourne (Olympic Park) 15.1   21.8 31 Aug 8.5   1.2 3 Aug 100.4
Melbourne Airport 14.4 +0.7 20.9 31 Aug 6.7 +0.9 -0.4 23 Jul 94.6 121.0 low 78%
Melbourne Regional Office 15.6 +1.4 21.6 31 Aug 8.7 +2.2 1.4 3 Aug 110.4 147.0 low 75%
Moorabbin Airport 14.7 +0.4 21.0 31 Aug 7.7 +1.2 1.4 3 Aug 149.0 184.3 low 81%
Scoresby Research Institute 14.5 +0.9 20.8 30 Aug 7.1 +1.0 0.1 4 Aug 199.4 224.7 average 89%
Viewbank 14.7 +0.2 20.6 31 Aug 6.9 +0.7 -1.2 3 Aug 113.6 160.3 v low 71%
West Central (district 87)
Avalon Airport 14.9 +0.1 23.4 31 Aug 6.1 +0.6 -3.2 3 Aug 110.6 121.1 average 91%
Laverton RAAF 14.7 +0.4 22.7 31 Aug 6.9 +1.5 -0.8 3 Aug 97.0 122.3 low 79%

Notes

A Seasonal Climate Summary is prepared to list the main features of the weather in Melbourne area 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 2 pm on Monday 1 September 2014. Some checks have been made on the data, but it is possible that results will change as new information becomes available.

Averages 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.

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