Notes on the Weather for Victoria

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Notes on the Weather
Issued at 4:48 pm EST on Saturday 19 April 2014.

Recent Events
There were scattered showers across the southern half of the State in the wake
of a cold front during yesterday, tending isolated and patchy in the southwest,
with some lighter falls extending into the Northeast during Friday. Totals in
the 24 hours to 9am this morning tended to be 5mm or less, though the ranges
east of Melbourne saw falls in the range 10-20mm, while inland parts of east
Gippsland had 5-10mm falls. The highest recorded 24-hour total was 29mm at
Mount Donna Buang, followed by Mount Baw Baw with 19mm. In the far east, Point
Hicks had 12mm.

Overnight temperatures were close to April averages near the coast, as cloud
and onshore winds helped to moderate conditions. Clearer skies further inland
and across the northern plains saw minimum temperatures in these areas drop to
as much as 4-6C colder than normal. The coldest recorded minimum was -3 degrees
at Mount Hotham. Away from the Alps, Castlemaine and Redesdale recorded a
minimum of 1 degree.

Gradually easing SW'ly winds saw cloudy conditions persist over the southern
half of the State today, while north of the Divide was dry and mostly sunny
after isolated morning fog patches. Daytime temperatures were significantly
cooler than normal for this time of year, mainly ranging between 14-18C and
tending to be 3-5 degrees below April averages for most areas.

There were scattered showers over parts of the south, easing in the afternoon.
Rainfall totals between 9am-4pm were less than 5mm with the highest falls about
western Gippsland and the ranges east of Melbourne. The highest total recorded
was 4mm at Ferny Creek in the Dandenongs, as well as Mount St Leonard.

In Melbourne the temperature ranged from an overnight minimum of 11.7 degrees
at 1:25am to a maximum of 18.1 degrees at 3:18pm. There was 2.6mm recorded in
the City gauge in the 24 hours to 9am this morning. No rain was recorded
between 9am-4pm today, though the eastern suburbs received scattered showers
and isolated falls up to 2mm.

Explanatory Notes
A high pressure system centred over northwestern Victoria will continue to
drift eastwards during Sunday and Monday to reach the central Tasman Sea by
Tuesday. A cold front will move across Bass Strait later on Sunday followed by
another front which will reach far western Victoria late on Monday. This front
will cross the remainder of the State on Tuesday as the next high pressure
system develops over the Bight. A high pressure ridge will move over northern
Victoria on Thursday.