Notes on the Weather for Victoria

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Updated Notes on the Weather
Issued at 4:57 pm EDT on Wednesday 7 December 2016.

Recent Events

Isolated drizzle patches over southern Victoria and the northeastern ranges saw
minimal amounts of rainfall recorded overnight, mostly in the east. In the 24
hours to 9am today, the highest rainfall amounts recorded were 0.6mm at Beeac
and 0.4mm at Mt Sunday. Other locations recorded only trace amounts.

Minimum temperatures were generally 2 to 5 degrees below the monthly average
overnight, excepting the far east of the State, which was only 1 to 2 degrees
below the average. Minima fell largely between 5 and 11 degrees, with the
lowest minimum of 2 degrees recorded at Mt Hotham Airport, followed by 3
degrees at Westmere, Mortlake, and Mt Baw Baw. The highest overnight minimum
was 13 degrees at Gabo Island.

Fine conditions prevailed across the State today, apart from patches of middle
to low level cloud and drizzle on and south of the eastern ranges, which
largely cleared by 9am. Winds were light and variable across most of the State
this morning, with katabatic northerlies along the coast. Winds inland settled
into northwesterly flow at 10-20 km/h throughout the day, reaching as much as
30 km/h during the afternoon, with a light southerly seabreeze along the coast
from late morning. The strongest wind gust today was 50 km/h, recorded at both
Essendon Airport and Latrobe Valley.

Maximum temperatures, which today ranged largely between 19 and 30 degrees,
were within 2 degrees of the December average. The lowest maximum of 13 degrees
was recorded at Mt Hotham, followed by 14 degrees at Mt Buller and Falls Creek.
The Mallee was the warmest district today, with the State's highest maximum of
32 degrees recorded at Mildura, Swan Hill, and Walpeup, and with Charlton and
Hopetoun Airport following close behind with 31 degrees.

Melbourne recorded a overnight minimum of 10.5 degrees at 04:27am and reached a
maximum today of 27.5 degrees at 4:20pm. No rainfall was recorded in the 24
hours to 9am, or in the 7 hours between 9am and 4pm today.

Explanatory Notes
A high pressure ridge over the Tasman Sea will move away to the east. On
Thursday morning a strong cold front will move eastwards across Victoria,
reaching the State's far east in the afternoon before continuing east. During
Friday a high will cross the Bight, with a ridge extending eastward over
Victoria during Saturday and Sunday.