Notes on the Weather for Victoria

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Notes on the Weather
Issued at 4:46 pm EST on Wednesday 23 April 2014.

Recent Events
Rainfall in the 24 hours to 9am consisted of scattered showers associated with
a front crossing the State during Tuesday, with shower activity persisting
about the northeast into early this morning. Western Victoria only saw isolated
coastal showers in the wake of the front during this period.

The highest totals occurred in a belt stretching from Melbourne's eastern
suburbs into western Gippsland, with falls of 7-15mm through this area.
Remaining parts of Gippsland as well as the Northeast had lighter totals of 5mm
or less, while rainfall in the northwest was light and patchy. The highest
24-hour total recorded was 22mm at Labertouche in west Gippsland, followed by
20mm at Moe South. In suburban Melbourne, 12mm fell at Oakleigh.

Overnight temperatures showed a marked contrast between west and east. Clear
skies and light winds over western Victoria caused minimum temperatures to fall
to as much as 5-7C below the April average: widespread areas had minimum
temperatures in the range 3-7C. By contrast, the east of the State had residual
cloud in the wake of yesterday's front to help moderate conditions, with
minimum temperatures slightly above normal for this time of year and generally
falling in the range 10-12C.

The lowest minimum recorded was 1 degree at Ararat, Ballarat and Westmere in
the State's west.

Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the extreme northeast of the
State cleared by mid-morning, while there were morning fog patches in the
southwest, otherwise the State was fine, dry and partly cloudy. Light to
moderate west to northwest winds prevailed during the day, tending somewhat
fresher in the Alps. The only rainfall of significance between 9am-4pm today
was 1mm recorded at Geehi in the Upper Murray catchment.

Daytime temperatures tended to be a degree or two below April averages, mainly
ranging between 18-21C. The highest recorded was 23 degrees at Mildura and
Albury-Wodonga, while Mount Hotham lay at the other extreme with a maximum of 5

In Melbourne the ranged from an overnight minimum of 11.9 degrees at 7:09am to
a maximum of 19.4 degrees at 1:29pm. The City gauge recorded 6.0mm in the 24
hours to 9am this morning. No further rain fell between 9am-4pm today.

Explanatory Notes
A cold front approaching southwest Victoria will cross the State Thursday
morning and early afternoon, affecting mainly southern Victoria. A high
pressure system will rapidly follow - crossing the State Thursday night and
reaching the Tasman Sea on Friday. Another cold front will cross the State on
Saturday, then the next high pressure system will pass just to the south of
Victoria late Sunday, reaching the Tasman Sea on Monday.