Category: Observations

January 2018

TEMPERATURE Geelong was approximately 1.4 degrees C warmer than the latest 30-year average (1988-2017).  There were seven days over 30 degrees including three over 40 C.  The top temperature reached 41.7 C on the 6th. Warmest overnight minimum was 25.1 C on the 29th.  No temperature records were broken. On five times during the month, maximum and minimum figures were…

Summary of Geelong Weather 2017

Summary of Geelong Weather, 2017 (Current figures are from the Bureau of Meteorology station at Breakwater “Geelong Racecourse AWS”, with all temperature and rainfall averages from several official Geelong BoM sites from most recent 30-year averages, 1986-2015) JAN Warmer month by 0.85°. Highest 37.6° on 7th, coolest 20.6° on 3rd. Warmest night 25.0° on 8th, coolest 9.4° on 25th. 6…

December 2017

TEMPERATURE December was warmer than the latest 30-year average by 1.6 degrees C.  Daily maximums averaged 24.6 C and minimums 13.8 C, compared to 23.4 C and 11.8 C. There were 4 days over 30 degrees and the maximum was 38.6 C on the 16th.  Lowest overnight temperature was 8.6 C on the 5th and highest was 22.9 on the…

November 2017

TEMPERATURE It was Geelong’s warmest November since 1903 when accurate records began. The overall average November figures were 12.9 C for minimums and 24.6 C for maximums, well above the November means of 10.3 C for minimums and 21.3 C for maximums. Two distinct temperature phases occurred in November: from the first to the 12th the maximum and minimum daily…

October 2017

RAINFALL A month of below average rainfall was the result of October’s ten rain days. Breakwater had 27.6 mm and the urban area averaged around 28 mm compared to the 30-year mean of 52.3 mm. The Otways and the Bellarine Peninsula were both below average. This was Geelong’s first below-average rainfall month since July. With only two months to go…

September 2017

TEMPERATURE Geelong’s temperature was fractionally (0.05 degree C) below the latest 30-year average. Nights were 0.1 C cooler and the maximum daily temperatures were exactly equal to the average. Minimums averaged 7.1 C and maximums 17.1 C. The warmest day reached 23.2 C on the 21st, and 7 days exceeded 20 degrees C. Snow fell on Sept 5th in the…

August 2017

TEMPERATURE Fractionally warmer than the latest 30-year normals, Geelong had an average daily maximum of 14.8 degrees C and average daily minimum of 6.3 degrees c, or 0.1 degrees above normal in August. The lowest minimum was 0.7 degrees on the 2nd and the highest maximum was 20.4 C on the 14th. There were three minimums below 3 degrees and…

July 2017

TEMPERATURE Geelong had a very average July, with daily minimums around 0.5 degrees C cooler than normal and maximums 0.7 C warmer than normal.    There were six frosts when minimums fell to 2.0 degrees or lower and the lowest overnight minimum was minus 2.2 C on the 2nd.  This was Geelong’s equal third lowest minimum – the coldest since 1994. The…

June 2017

RAINFALL An almost Australia-wide dry spell during June has resulted in the whole region, from the Otways to the Bellarine Peninsula, receiving well below the average monthly rainfall.  This follows the below average falls during May.  The region’s water catchments are down to 60.5 % of capacity and the next few weeks may presage a very dry winter. Urban Geelong generally received 12…

May 2017

TEMPERATURE May 2017 had 3 distinct phases: a colder than normal first fortnight, a warmer than normal 3rd week and a colder final week.  All these variations averaged out into a fractionally cooler month overall.  Minimums averaged 8.0 C (mean 8.3 C) and maximums averaged 17.0 C (mean 17.1 C), giving a figure 0.2 C below the May 30-year mean temperature. The warmest day …

April 2017

RAINFALL Two extreme weather events occurred in Geelong in April.  Both were classed as severe storms and both involved high rainfalls, flash flooding, thunder, lightning and strong southwesterly winds. In fact, the month’s total rainfall of 151 mm resulted in Geelong having the second highest figure ever recorded in April (ie, since 1871). The first event occurred on the 8th and 9th, when…

March 2017

TEMPERATURE March was much warmer than normal with average minimums 2.6 C above the average 12.3 C and maximums 2.5 C above the average 23.3 C.  This was therefore 2.6 C above the mean and Geelong’s fourth hottest March on record. The much warmer-than-normal nights of this month’s Indian summer were probably the most noticeable players in this result. RAINFALL A massive severe rainstorm struck…

February 2017

TEMPERATURE February 2017 turned out to be just fractionally cooler than average.  Maximums averaged 25.8 degrees (30-year average is 25.2 C) and minumums averaged 13.5 C for the month (30-year average is 14.2 C). The top temperature reached 36.3 C on the 8th and there were 8 days over 30 deg.  On the coldest night (the 15th) the mercury fell to 8.3…