IDV10300 Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Victoria Notes on the Weather Issued at 4:48 pm EST on Saturday 19 April 2014. Recent Events There were scattered showers across the southern half of the State in the wake of a cold front during yesterday, tending isolated and patchy in the southwest, with some lighter falls extending into the Northeast during Friday. Totals in the 24 hours to 9am this morning tended to be 5mm or less, though the ranges east of Melbourne saw falls in the range 10-20mm, while inland parts of east Gippsland had 5-10mm falls. The highest recorded 24-hour total was 29mm at Mount Donna Buang, followed by Mount Baw Baw with 19mm. In the far east, Point Hicks had 12mm. Overnight temperatures were close to April averages near the coast, as cloud and onshore winds helped to moderate conditions. Clearer skies further inland and across the northern plains saw minimum temperatures in these areas drop to as much as 4-6C colder than normal. The coldest recorded minimum was -3 degrees at Mount Hotham. Away from the Alps, Castlemaine and Redesdale recorded a minimum of 1 degree. Gradually easing SW'ly winds saw cloudy conditions persist over the southern half of the State today, while north of the Divide was dry and mostly sunny after isolated morning fog patches. Daytime temperatures were significantly cooler than normal for this time of year, mainly ranging between 14-18C and tending to be 3-5 degrees below April averages for most areas. There were scattered showers over parts of the south, easing in the afternoon. Rainfall totals between 9am-4pm were less than 5mm with the highest falls about western Gippsland and the ranges east of Melbourne. The highest total recorded was 4mm at Ferny Creek in the Dandenongs, as well as Mount St Leonard. In Melbourne the temperature ranged from an overnight minimum of 11.7 degrees at 1:25am to a maximum of 18.1 degrees at 3:18pm. There was 2.6mm recorded in the City gauge in the 24 hours to 9am this morning. No rain was recorded between 9am-4pm today, though the eastern suburbs received scattered showers and isolated falls up to 2mm. Explanatory Notes A high pressure system centred over northwestern Victoria will continue to drift eastwards during Sunday and Monday to reach the central Tasman Sea by Tuesday. A cold front will move across Bass Strait later on Sunday followed by another front which will reach far western Victoria late on Monday. This front will cross the remainder of the State on Tuesday as the next high pressure system develops over the Bight. A high pressure ridge will move over northern Victoria on Thursday.