Official BOM Victoria State Daily Observations

IDV10300
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Victoria

Notes on the Weather
Issued at 4:30 pm EST on Wednesday 14 April 2021.

Recent Events
A mostly dry day yesterday, with raised dust observed in the northwest of the
State during the afternoon. A band of showers moved across the State overnight
with the passage of a strong cold front which also brought strong and gusty
winds to coastal and alpine areas overnight. In the 24 hours to 9am this
morning rainfall totals were generally in the range of 1-5 mm, increasing to
5-8 mm about southwest coast and over the Grampians. The highest rainfall total
recorded in the 24 hours to 9am was 9.2 mm at Portland followed by 7.8 mm at
Mount William.



Minimum temperatures overnight were generally 10 to 15 degrees, decreasing to 3
to 8 degrees about elevated areas. Minimums were generally 0 to 3 degrees above
April average for much of the state, increasing to 4 to 6 degrees above average
in the northwest, however were around 2 to 3 degrees below average about the
elevated areas. The coldest temperature overnight was 1 degree at Mount Hotham
Airport and the highest minimum temperature overnight was 15 degrees, observed
at Hopetoun airport, Mildura, Walpeup, Kerang, Wilsons Promontory and Gabo
Island.



Significant winds were observed in the early hours of this morning with the
passage of the front, with the highest recorded wind gusts of 106 km/h at Mount
Hotham and 98 km/h at Mount Buller. Winds today were initially fresh to strong
and gusty northerlies shifting to a moderate to fresh west to northwesterly
behind the front which was located just east of Melbourne around sunrise and
cleared the eastern parts of the State during the late morning. A band of
showers moved through with the front this morning, with further isolated
showers behind the front over southern parts of the State through much of the
day (particularly in the west). Most of the rainfall with the front fell before
9am. Rainfall totals in the period from 9am to 4pm were less than 1 mm, but
falls of 1 to 3 mm were observed at isolated locations. The highest rainfall
totals during this period were 3 mm at Benwerrin followed by 2.4 mm at Wilson's
Promontory.



Maximum temperatures to 4pm today mostly ranged between 17 and 25 degrees.
Maximums ranged from 5 degrees below to 4 degrees above average, with most
locations within 2 degrees of their average April value. The highest recorded
maximum was 25 degrees at Mildura and Orbost. The lowest recorded maximum was 5
degree at Mount Hotham.



Melbourne's temperature ranged from a minimum of 16.7 degrees at 08:22am to a
maximum of 20.8 degrees at 2:11pm. In the 24 hours to 9 am this morning the
Melbourne city gauge recorded no rainfall. There has also been no rainfall
recorded in the Melbourne city gauge since 9 am this morning.

Explanatory Notes
A cold front over the Southern Ocean is forecast to cross Victoria during
Thursday afternoon and evening, while a high near WA is expected to extend a
ridge across the State on Friday. A weak cold front is forecast to cross Bass
Strait during Saturday before a high pressure ridge extends across southern
Victoria on Sunday.

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