Notes on the Weather for Victoria

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Notes on the Weather
Issued at 4:55 pm EDT on Monday 22 December 2014.

Recent Events
There was no rainfall recorded in Victoria in the 24 hours to 9am this morning.

Overnight minimum temperatures were 1 to 5 degrees above average across much of
the State and 7 to 11 degrees above average in the northwest. Most minima
ranged from 13 and 19 degrees while the lowest was 9 degrees at Omeo,
Strathbogie and Mt Hotham Airport. In contrast the temperature at Walpeup and
Mildura only dropped to 24 degrees overnight.

There was low cloud over parts of southern Victoria this morning, while higher
cloud extended from the west during the day. Winds varied markedly across the
State, ranging from light to moderate southwest to southeasterly in the south,
to northeasterly in the northeast and northwesterly in the northwest.

Isolated showers developed from the west during the morning and afternoon,
while scattered showers and thunderstorms developed over the northeast and far
east this afternoon. Rainfall totals in the 7 hours to 4pm this afternoon were
quite isolated - 6mm was the highest at McLaughlin River, followed by 2mm at
Hunters Hill and Geehi Airstrip and 1mm at Rosewhite and Corryong.

Maxima to 4pm were generally 5 to 10 degrees above average inland and in the
east and ranged from around 30 degrees in Gippsland to the mid to high 30's in
the north. Maxima were closer to average near the central and west coasts and
were mostly in the low to mid 20's. The highest maximum of 39 degrees was
recorded at Swan Hill, Echuca, Kerang and Kyabram. In contrast it only reached
18 degrees at Cape Otway.

In Melbourne, the temperature ranged from 17.2 degrees at 5:07am to a maximum
of 23.3 degrees at 2:32pm. There was no rainfall recorded in the city rain
gauge in the 31 hours to 4pm this afternoon.

Explanatory Notes
A high pressure system over the central Tasman Sea will drift further eastwards
on Monday. A low pressure trough over western Victoria will remain slow moving
on Monday before moving slowly eastwards on Tuesday crossing central districts
by the afternoon the stalling over the northeast Tuesday night. The low
pressure trough will persist over eastern Victoria on Wednesday while a narrow
high pressure ridge extends across Tasmania. The low pressure trough will
deepen over eastern Victoria on Thursday as a cold front approaches from the