IDV10300 Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Victoria Notes on the Weather Issued at 4:37 pm EST on Friday 1 August 2014. Recent Events A band of rain associated with a cold front crossed Victoria on Thursday. The rain cleared eastern Victoria overnight. In the 24 hours to 9am today, most rainfall totals in the north were less than 8mm, although slightly higher towards the ranges. In the south, falls of 10 to 20mm were common over Western, Central and West Gippsland districts. In East Gippsland falls of under 10mm were recorded. The highest rainfall total recorded in this period was 27mm at Bunyip River, 26mm at Donna Buang and Mt Sabine. Minimum temperatures throughout Victoria were below the July average by 1 to 4 degrees with the lowest minimum being minus 7 degrees at Mt Hotham and Falls Creek. Away from the alps, the lowest minimum was 1 degree at Eildon, Gelantipy and Combienbar. Today was a very cold day with fresh westerly winds shifting squally southwest to southerly over western and central areas of the State as another cold front move through the area. Some of the strongest wind gusts for Thursday were Hogan Island 144 km/h (78 kts), Mt Hotham 139 km/h (75 kts) and Wilsons Promontory 135km/h (73 kts). Winds gusts for Friday were less than Thursday with the highest gusts being Wilsons Promontory 124 km/h (67 kts), Hogan Island 118 km/h (64 kts) and Cape Nelson 94 km/h (51 kts). Today was mostly cloudy with scattered showers, mainly in the south. Some thunderstorms were recorded over western and central Victoris during the day. Snow showers and small hail was reported at many locations in southern Victoria, mainly above 350 metres. Some of these locations were Ballarat, Mt Dandenong, Mt Macedon, Kyneton, Woodend, Creswick, Lavers Hill, Beech Forest (Otways) and Avoca. The highest rainfall totals recorded in the 7 hours to 4pm were 16mm at Wilsons Promontory, 12mm at Donna Buang, 10mm at Harris Lane, 8mm at Hogan Island, Archerton and Bright. Maximum temperatures were generally 4 to 9 degrees below the average and mostly ranged between 7 and 12 degrees. The highest maximum was 16 degrees at Gabo Island. In contrast the maximum was only minus 6 degrees at Mt Hotham. Also Ballarat only recorded a maximum of 4 degrees, Eildon only 3 degrees and Hunters Hill zero. Melbourne's temperature ranged from 6.9 degrees at 4:42am to a maximum of 10.3 degrees at 10:52am. This was the coldest day in Melbourne for the year and the coldest since 20th July 2013 when the maximum was 9.7 degrees. Rainfall recorded in the 24 hours to 9am Friday was 6.6mm in the city gauge. In the subsequent 7 hours, a further 2mm was reported. Strongest wind gusts in the metro area today included 87km/h (47 kts)at Avalon and Airey's Inlet and 85km/h (46 kts) at St Kilda. Explanatory Notes An intense low pressure system just southeast of Tasmania will move rapidly east tonight and a cold trough over Victoria will also move out over the Tasman Sea. A high pressure system moving over Bight waters will move east to reach northern Victoria later on Saturday then it will remain almost stationary over the State until Tuesday.