Melbourne in winter 2016: wet with warm nights

Melbourne during winter was generally much wetter than average, with nights much warmer than average

Wet winter

  • Winter in Melbourne was wetter than average
  • July was Melbourne's wettest month of the season, particuarly in the western suburbs

Mild days with nights much warmer than average

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Extremes in winter 2016
Hottest day 22.3 °C at Avalon Airport on 18 Aug
Warmest days on average 14.9 °C at Melbourne (Olympic Park)
Coolest days on average 10.5 °C at Ferny Creek
Coldest day 4.3 °C at Ferny Creek on 24 Jun
Coldest night -3.6 °C at Coldstream on 17 Jul
Coolest nights on average 4.8 °C at Coldstream
Warmest nights on average 8.2 °C at Melbourne (Olympic Park)
Warmest night 15.9 °C at Moorabbin Airport on 19 Aug
Warmest on average overall 11.6 °C at Melbourne (Olympic Park)
Coolest on average overall 8.1 °C at Ferny Creek
Wettest overall 472.6 mm at Ferny Creek
Driest overall 149.0 mm at Laverton RAAF
Wettest day 30.8 mm at Ferny Creek on 2 Aug
Strongest wind gust 96 km/h at St Kilda Harbour - RMYS on 12 Jul

Record highest winter daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Avalon Airport 14.0 on 19 Aug 13.8 on 30 Aug 2005 22 5.5



Record highest winter mean daily minimum temperature
New record
(°C)
Old
record
Years of
record
Average for
winter
Essendon Airport 7.2 = 7.2 in 2014 45 5.6
Cerberus 7.4 7.3 in 2014 24 6.6



Summary statistics for winter 2016
Maximum temperatures
(°C)
Minimum temperatures
(°C)
Rainfall
(millimetres)
Mean for
winter
2016
Diff
from
average
Highest for
winter
2016
Mean for
winter
2016
Diff
from
average
Lowest for
winter
2016
Total for
winter
2016
Average
for
winter
Rank of
winter
2016
Fraction of
winter
average
Avalon Airport 14.7 -0.1 22.3 18 Aug 6.1 +0.6 -0.3 17 Jul 156.6 121.3 high 129%
Bundoora (Latrobe University) 14.4 +0.3 21.2 18 Aug 6.5 +0.5 0.0 26 Jun 198.9 163.9 high 121%
Cerberus 14.5 +0.4 22.0 18 Aug 7.4 +0.8 0.7 17 Jul 191.0 222.7 average 86%
Coldstream 14.1 +0.1 20.6 18 Aug 4.8 +0.7 -3.6 17 Jul 222.8 198.4 average 112%
Essendon Airport 14.3 +0.6 20.3 18 Aug 7.2 +1.6 1.1 26 Jun 175.6 132.4 high 133%
Ferny Creek 10.5   17.3 18 Aug 5.7   0.5 13 Jul 472.6
Laverton RAAF 14.6 +0.3 20.4 18 Aug 6.8 +1.3 0.5 17 Jul 149.0 122.1 high 122%
Melbourne (Olympic Park) 14.9   21.6 18 Aug 8.2   3.0 26 Jun 179.8
Melbourne Airport 14.2 +0.5 20.1 18 Aug 6.6 +0.7 1.6 24 Aug 158.8 121.6 high 131%
Moorabbin Airport 14.7 +0.4 22.0 18 Aug 7.6 +1.0 0.8 17 Jul 223.2 184.5 high 121%
Scoresby Research Institute 14.3 +0.7 21.6 18 Aug 6.9 +0.8 0.6 24 Aug 253.2 224.7 high 113%
Viewbank 14.4 -0.1 21.5 18 Aug 6.8 +0.6 0.0 17 Jul 190.6 161.5 high 118%

Notes

The Seasonal climate summary 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. Later information, including data that has had greater opportunity for quality control, will be presented in the Monthly Weather Review.

A climate summary is generally published on the first working day of each month.

This statement has been prepared based on information available at 9 am on Thursday 1 September 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.

The ACORN-SAT dataset is used for temperature area averages.

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