Notes on the Weather for Victoria

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Notes on the Weather
Issued at 4:30 pm EDT on Wednesday 22 February 2017.

Recent Events
No significant rainfall was recorded in the 30 hours to 3pm this afternoon.

Overnight minimum temperatures were generally 1 to 6 degrees below the February
average, mostly ranging from 9 to 13 degrees. The lowest minimum was 4 degrees
at Ararat and Strathbogie, followed by 5 degrees at Mt Hotham Airport and Omeo.
In contrast the temperature only dropped to 17 degrees at Edenhope.

Today was mostly sunny with fresh and gusty northerly winds in most parts and
afternoon seabreezes near the Gippsland coast. The strongest wind gusts
recorded were 84km/hr at Mt William, 82km/hr at Mt Gellibrand and 72km/hr at
Gabo Island and Hamilton.

Maximum temperatures to 4pm today were mostly between 4 and 10 degrees above
average. Maxima generally ranged from 32 to 36 degrees, although the seabreezes
near the Gippsland coast kept temperatures close to 30 degrees. The highest
maximum was 37 degrees at Mildura, Hopetoun, Swan Hill and Walpeup. By contrast
Mount Hotham and Falls Creek reached just 16 degrees.

Melbourne's temperature ranged from a minimum of 12.8 degrees at 5:07am to a
maximum of 32.2 degrees at 3:55pm. No rainfall was recorded in the city gauge
in the 30 hours to 3pm this afternoon.

Explanatory Notes
A weakening cold front over southwestern Victoria will continue to move
eastwards across Victoria overnight, before clearing away to the far east of
the State Thursday morning. A new high pressure system will develop over the
Bight on Thursday and will extend a ridge eastwards over southern Victoria. A
weak cold front will cross Tasmania late Friday and then the high will pass to
the south of Victoria Saturday night before reaching the Tasman Sea on Sunday.