Official BOM Victoria State Daily Observations

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Notes on the Weather
Issued at 4:30 pm EDT on Thursday 23 January 2020.

Recent Events
Widespread rain occurred in Victoria overnight although falls were more
isolated in the far northwest and over East Gippsland. In the 24 hours to 9am
many areas reported falls in excess of 10mm with the Central district and West
and South Gippsland reporting many totals between 20 and 30 mm. Falls in the
northwest were mostly below 5mm. The highest reported fall was 41mm at
O'Shannassy in the East Central District and Rhyll on Phillip Island.

Overnight temperatures were mostly close to or just below the January average
with most minima ranging between 10 and 16 degrees. The exception was the
northeast of the State where most minima were a few degrees above average. The
lowest minimum reported was 5 degrees at Mt William.

Rain across central areas this morning moved to the east during the day but the
rain became more sparse over East Gippsland. Scattered showers followed the
rain band. Isolated thunderstorms were reported in the northeast and along the
west coast today. In the 7 hours to 4pm rain totals were mostly below 10mm but
a number of centres in the northeast recorded higher falls. The highest
reported was 27mm at Falls Creek. Conditions were generally cloudy.
Northwesterly winds were fresh to strong in many areas. Mt Hotham reported a
wind gust of 137km/h overnight.

Maximum temperatures were well below the January average except for far East
Gippsland. Maxima ranged mainly between 19 and 24 degrees. The highest maximum
reported was 29 degrees at Mallacoota.

In Melbourne the temperature ranged from an overnight minimum of 12.9 degrees
at 4:20am, to a maximum of 21.7 degrees at 3:35pm. The city recorded 22.8mm in
the 24 hours to 9am with a further 1.2mm today after 9am. Suburban areas
reported rain totals between 20 and 35 mm overnight with further light falls
today. So far this month Melbourne has recorded 115.2mm the highest total for
January since 1996 when 116.2 was recorded.

Explanatory Notes
A cold front to enter western Victoria this morning before moving
southeastwards during the day. A high pressure ridge will extend across
Victoria on Friday and will remain over the State during the weekend whilst
further cold fronts pass south of Tasmania.

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