Official BOM Victoria State Daily Observations

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Updated Notes on the Weather
Issued at 5:03 pm EDT on Saturday 23 March 2019.

Recent Events
In the 24 hours to 9am today there were scattered showers and a few
thunderstorms reported across the eastern two thirds of Victoria. Most activity
was concentrated in central Victoria and the far Northeast where a few
locations exceeded 10mm. The highest totals were 44mm at Avalon Station, 31mm
at Burwood, 30mm at Mitcham, 28mm at Mooroolbark and 27mm at Montrose.

High humidity and extensive cloud cover once again resulted in overnight
minimum temperatures between 3 and 8 degrees above the March average across
most of the State. The lowest recorded minimum was 8 degrees at Mt Hotham and
Mount Hotham Airport. In contrast, Mildura reported a minimum of 22 degrees
which was 8 degrees above the March average.

Areas of fog and low cloud were reported in Gippsland and along the southwest
coast this morning. Extensive mid level cloud covered much of the State with
scattered light showers and isolated thunderstorms, however this activity
contracted slowly eastward during the day. Although some cloud redeveloped near
a trough over western Victoria, by 5pm no rain had occurred with this system.
Highest rainfall in the 6 hours to 3pm was 2.8mm at Brooklyn, Sunshine North
and Mount Donna Buang which fell during the morning.

Maximum temperatures to 3pm were generally between 2 and 8 degrees above the
March average over western and central Victoria, though persistent cloud cover
in the east kept many in the east up to 5 degrees below average. Far East
Gippsland was clearer and as a result saw temperatures up to 3 degrees above
average. Most were in the mid 20s to low 30s, however in the east many were in
the high teens and low 20s. The highest recorded maximum was 35 degrees at Swan
Hill and Kerang. By contrast the coolest spot in the State was Mt Hotham with
just 13 degrees.

In Melbourne the temperature ranged from a minimum of 19.9 degrees at 3:45am to
a maximum of 31.3 degrees at 4:36pm. Showers produced 1.8mm of rainfall in the
city rain gauge in the 24 hours from 9am yesterday. Another 2mm fell in the 6
hours to 3pm today which means that almost half of this month's rain so far has
fallen in the 30 hours to 3pm.

Explanatory Notes
A low pressure trough crossing Victoria will weaken northeast Victoria tonight.
A stronger cold front associated with a deepening low over the Southern Ocean
is expected to enter western Victoria Sunday night and cross the remainder of
the State early on Monday, introducing a vigorous westerly airstream across
Victoria. Winds will then moderate on Tuesday as a high pressure system moves
over the Bight and extends a ridge across Victoria. The high will cross
Victoria on Wednesday, reaching the Tasman Sea Wednesday night.

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