IDV10300 Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Victoria Notes on the Weather Issued at 4:44 pm EDT on Wednesday 12 March 2014. Recent Events Rainfall was reported throughout most of Victoria in the 24 hours to 9am today, with the heaviest falls generally associated with thunderstorms in the east. The highest recorded rainfall totals were 28mm at Cann River and Basin Creek, 26mm at Mount Elizabeth and 24mm at Chandlers Creek all in East Gippsland. Overnight minimum temperatures were between 2 and 7 degrees above the March average in the east, but close to normal elsewhere. Most recordings ranged between 9 and 17 degrees. The lowest recorded minimum was 5 degrees at Mount William, while the temperature only dipped to 19 degrees at Albury, Benalla and Wangaratta. Showers and an associated cloud band cleared the east of the State during the morning. Areas of lower cloud persisted in the south following this with very isolated light showers continuing near the coast. The highest rainfall total in the 6 hours to 3pm was only 2mm at Donna Buang and Basin Creek. Light to moderate southwest to southerly winds became general after early northwesterlies in the northeast of the State and about the alps. Maximum temperatures to 3pm were mostly 1 to 5 degrees below average, apart from Gippsland where cloud kept some up to 8 degrees below normal. Most generally ranged between 18 and 25 degrees. The highest reported maximum was 30 degrees at Albury followed by Corryong with 29 degrees. In Melbourne the temperature ranged from a minimum of 16.7 degrees at 7:30am to a maximum of 22.2 degrees at 2:04pm. In the city 1.8mm of rain was recorded in the 24 hours to 9am today, and only a further 0.2mm in the 7 hours to 4pm. Explanatory Notes A ridge of high pressure will persist through Bass Strait tonight and Thursday before a high pressure centre consolidates in the Tasman Sea Friday. This should result in generally fine weather apart from the chance of afternoon and evening showers in the far east Friday. A low pressure trough will amplify west of Victoria early Saturday, moving into the State in the morning and then moving east to cross central parts late in the day. Showers and isolated thunderstorms should develop in the warm to hot northerlies ahead of the trough before tending to rain areas in its wake. Rain areas and will clear eastward Sunday morning, with showers to follow - mostly in the south. Cooler, fresh southwest winds will extend throughout. The remainder of the forecast period through to midweek should see temperatures near to or below normal with outbreaks of showers across the south, mainly Monday and Wednesday. Mainly fine conditions will prevail in the north.