Notes on the Weather for Victoria

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Notes on the Weather
Issued at 4:38 pm EDT on Monday 8 February 2016.

Recent Events
There was very little significant rainfall recorded in the 24 hours to 9am
today. 1mm was recorded at Edi Upper with 0.2mm recorded in Portland and
Warrnambool and several locations in Gippsland. In the 7 hours to 4pm no
significant rainfall was recorded in any official rain gauge.

Minimum temperatures were generally near or up to 3 degrees above the February
average, and mostly ranged between 14 and 19 degrees. The lowest minimum
reported was 10 degrees at Omeo, while in contrast the temperature at Mildura
only dropped to 21 degrees overnight.

There was some mist in some parts of Gippsland and low cloud in southern
Victoria this morning, which cleared to a mostly sunny day throughout the
State. There was some cloud development during the afternoon, mainly about the
ranges and north east of the State. Winds were generally light and south to
southeasterly in the western parts of the State and south to southwesterly
elsewhere. Some fresh, gusty winds developed in the Goulburn region and parts
of the coast during the afternoon period.

Maximum temperatures to were up to 3 degrees above the February average inland
but up to 2 degrees cooler than average near the coast. In the north the maxima
generally ranged from 30 to 36 degrees. Elsewhere the maxima generally ranged
between 23 and 27 degrees. The highest recorded maximum was 37 degrees at
Mildura. The lowest maximum temperature was 19 degrees at Mt Baw Baw.

In Melbourne the temperature ranged from a minimum of 19.2 degrees at 4:35am to
a maximum of 22.9 degrees at 1:51pm. No rain was recorded in the city rain
gauge in the 31 hours to 4pm today.

Explanatory Notes
A ridge of high pressure extends from south of the Bight across Bass Strait to
the Tasman Sea and this pattern is expected to be maintained until Friday. This
will bring warm weather and light, generally southerly flow across the State. A
trough of low pressure will extend from NSW to eastern Victoria on Tuesday and
will also persist until Friday. This will bring a slight chance of
thunderstorms and showers on Wednesday and Thursday and a chance of showers on
Friday over the eastern parts of the State. A cold front will approach western
Victoria later on Saturday. The front will strengthen the winds and shift them
milder west to south westerly. There will be associated showers in the southern
parts of the State.