Notes on the Weather for Victoria

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Notes on the Weather
Issued at 4:48 pm EST on Saturday 23 July 2016.

Recent Events
Rain fell across all of Victoria in the 24 hours to 9am this morning. Recorded
totals were mainly in the range 5-15mm, rising to 15-30mm in the northeast,
throughout west and central Gippsland and about the Otway coast. Falls in the
Mallee were patchier and less than 5mm. The Alps and adjacent northern slopes
saw the highest totals of all, in the range 40-70mm.

The highest 24-hour total to 9am this morning was 100mm at Rocky Valley in the
eastern Alps, followed by Whitfields in the Ovens River catchment with 81mm.
Other notable falls included Mount Buller (64mm), Mount Hotham (60mm),
Harrietville (43mm), Corryong and Mount Sabine in the Otway Ranges (both 40mm).

Overnight temperatures with mainly close to July averages in the State's south,
but were 3-4 degrees above normal in the north due to wind and overcast skies.
Minimum temperatures tended to range between 5-7 degrees. The State's lowest
overnight minimum of -5 degrees was at Mount Baw Baw. Point Hicks in the far
southeast had the highest overnight minimum of 9 degrees.

Scattered showers continued through southern and mountain areas during today,
tending to snow about the Alpine peaks as conditions turned colder in the wake
of the cold front that crossed Victoria on Friday afternoon. There were also
reports of some small hail in the south, with isolated thunderstorms in the
north overnight and also near coastal Victoria during the early morning.

Fresh to strong west to southwesterly winds slowly moderated during the day.
The highest gust in the State was 144 km/h at Wilsons Promontory during the
morning, while there was a gust of 107 km/h at Mount Buller. Closer to
Melbourne, Avalon Airport recorded a gust of 85 km/h early this morning. The
highest rain totals between 9am-4pm was 8mm at Tanjil South in central
Gippsland, while Mount Gellibrand in the southwest and Lang Lang to the
southeast of Melbourne both recorded 7mm during this period.

Daytime temperatures were generally 2-3 degrees below July averages and were as
low as 6 degrees below average in parts of Gippsland. Most maximum temperatures
ranged from 9 to 11 degrees. The highest recorded was 14 degrees at Mildura,
while the lowest was -3 degrees at Mount Hotham.

In Melbourne today the temperature ranged from a low of 7.5 degrees at 7:55am
this morning, to a maximum of 11.6 degrees at 1:07pm. There was 2.8mm of
rainfall in the City gauge for the 24 hours to 9am, with a further 0.4mm
between 9am-4pm today.

Explanatory Notes
A vigorous west to southwesterly airflow over southern Victoria will moderate
Saturday night as a weak ridge of high pressure crosses Victoria. A cold front
will cross the Bight to reach western Victoria on Sunday afternoon and should
weaken as it crosses eastern districts Sunday night. A stronger front is
expected to rapidly cross the State on Monday night then the final front in the
sequence should move across Victoria early on Wednesday. On Wednesday a large
high pressure system will be located to the north of Adelaide and this high
should drift across southern NSW on Thursday.