In the last month rainfall has been below the January average for most of the immediate Geelong region. Geelong received around 85% of normal January totals, and the Moorabool catchment area was similar. Geelong suburbs received around 35 mm (average 41mm). Further afield, to the south and west, the situation was different. The Otways catchment received generally well above average rainfall with West Barwon Dam totalling 88mm, double its average. Despite the good Otways rainfall water levels stand at only 20.4% owing to low runoff after a long dry spell. The heavy rains received around the 21st largely soaked into the dry topsoil and consequently resulted in little improvement to our water supplies.
Geelong’s mean monthly temperature has been approximately 0.8 degree warmer than average. Average minimum was 14.4C compared to 13.6C and average maximum was 25.9C compared to 25.2. Top temperature was 41.6C on the 16th and there were 6 days over 30 degrees. The coldest overnight temperature was 9.0C on the 10th and the warmest was 21.0C on the 11th.
Geelong had six days of smoke haze. These occurred on the 9th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th of January. There were five windy days with gusts over 60 kilometers per hour with a maximum of 72kph on both 20th and 21st of January.