Official BOM Victoria State Daily Observations

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Notes on the Weather
Issued at 4:34 pm EDT on Sunday 18 March 2018.

Recent Events
Light showers affected mainly southern and mountain areas of Victoria in the 24
hours to 9am Sunday. Most recorded totals were less than 2mm, except in the
South West district where falls of 3 to 8mm were common. The highest reported
was 13mm at Portland and 9mm at Cape Nelson.

Minimum temperatures were 6 to 12 degrees above the March average over most of
the State. The exception was the South West district where the change arrived
early and minima were close to average. Most minima ranged between 12 and 22
degrees with the lowest temperature recorded being 6 degrees at Mt William. In
contrast, the temperature only dropped to 25 degrees at Coldstream, Essendon,
Viewbank and Yarrawonga.

A strong cold front crossed Victoria from the west during the morning with
isolated showers and thunderstorms contracted to the southwest during the
afternoon and then over Bass Strait. Gusty north to northwesterly winds shifted
strong to gale force and gusty westerly with the front. The day became partly
cloudy following the change. Some raised dust was reported in the northwest of
the State with the gusty winds. Some of the highest gusts were Hogan Island 137
km/h, Wilsons Promontory 122 km/h, Mt Hotham 119 km/h, South Channel 115 km/h
and Point Wilson 113 km/h. In the 7 hours to 4pm Sunday, rainfall was confined
to south of the ranges. Most reported falls were less than 7mm with the highest
being 16mm at Wilsons Promontory, 14mm at Balook and 12mm at Yanakie.

Maximum temperatures to 3pm were below the March average in the western
districts by 3 to 6 degrees, within 3 degrees of the average in central
districts, 3 to 7 above average in eastern districts and 10 to 15 degrees above
in the far southeast. Most maxima ranged between 20 and 28 degrees with the
highest recorded being 37 degrees at Mallacoota and 36 degrees at Orbost. Mt
William only recorded a maximum of 11 degrees.

Melbourne's lowest overnight temperature was 22.6 degrees at 8:59am. The
maximum temperature of 28.0 degrees occurred at 6:08am, but most of the day was
below 22 degrees after this time. The strongest gusts in the Melbourne area
were South Channel 115 km/h, Point Wilson 113 km/h, Avalon 98 km/h and Fawkner
Beacon Beacon 96 km/h. A few light showers were reported around the Melbourne
area but no rainfall was recorded in the city gauge in the 31 hours to 4pm

Explanatory Notes
A low pressure trough is crossing the State and will be followed by a strong
cold front this morning and early afternoon. Another cold front will cross
southern Victoria later on Monday as a new high develops south of the Bight.
This high will move steadily eastwards to be positioned just to the west of
Tasmania by Tuesday night and will move over the southern Tasman Sea on

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