Official BOM Victoria State Daily Observations

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Notes on the Weather
Issued at 4:32 pm EST on Wednesday 18 July 2018.

Recent Events
A vigorous cold front swept across Victoria yesterday with strong winds, as
well as showers and thunderstorms which affected all districts. As a result
rainfall was recorded statewide in the 24 hours to 9am except for the northern
Mallee which missed out. The Southwest coast recorded the highest falls with
generally 5 to 10mm recorded and the highest which was 19mm at Cape Otway. Most
rain totals for the remainder of the State were up to 5mm and generally less
than 1 or 2mm in the north.

Overnight temperatures were generally at, or only a degree or two below average
overnight. Most minima ranged from 4 to 6 degrees in the south, zero to 4
degrees in the north and colder on Alpine peaks. The lowest temperature
recorded overnight was minus 5 degrees at Mount Hotham, and away from Alpine
peaks the lowest was minus 2 degrees at Rutherglen.

Isolated light showers over the eastern highlands and the southwest coast
resulted in a small number of locations recording rainfall in the 7 hours to
4pm, the highest being 4.6mm at Mount Wellington. Winds were moderate to fresh
northwesterly over most of the State, the strongest wind gust recorded today
was 91 km/h at Wilsons Promontory, followed by 81km/h at Mount Gellibrand.

Maximum temperatures to 4pm were generally within 2 degrees of their respective
July average, mostly ranging from 14 to 18 degrees although cooler over the
highlands. The highest temperature recorded today was 19 degrees at Mildura.

Melbourne's temperature ranged from a minimum of 6.2 degrees at 7:37am to a
maximum of 15.2 degrees at 12:51pm. There was 1.2mm of rainfall recorded in the
city gauge in the 24 hours to 9am this morning, with no further rain recorded
to 4:30pm this afternoon.

Explanatory Notes
A cold front will cross waters south of the Bight today, reaching western
Victoria Thursday afternoon and crossing remaining districts late afternoon and
evening. A cold westerly airstream will affect the State on Friday. The next
high pressure system will drift across South Australia on Friday and extend a
ridge over northern Victoria Friday night. The high will drift across southern
New South Wales on Saturday then move over the Tasman Sea on Sunday as a
weakening cold front crosses the Bight.

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