(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 1903 to 2012)
|Month||Weather Conditions||Temps (deg C)||Rainfall (mm)||Cumulative Rainfall||Comments|
|JAN||Warmer by 0.7 C. 5 days >30 deg. Hottest 42.2 on 4th. Lowest max 20.1 on 13th, highest min 19.5 on 18th. 2 smoky days from Gippsland fires.||Av max 26.0. Jan av max. is 25.1. Av min 13.2. Av is 13.2||Breakwater 4.2 mm. Urban area averaged 4 mm.January normal is 34.6 mm.||Breakwater 4.2 mm.Urban area 4 mm.
Normal Geelong AP cumulative total (1 month) is 34.6mm.
|Driest period 21-12-12 to 26-1-13 (38 days) since 1891 (38 consec days).No very windy days, 2 small fires – no casualties, no storms, 1 thunder day (31st). Catchments 83%.|
|FEB||Warmer by 1.7 C. 10 days >30 deg. Hottest 38.4 C on 18th. Warmest February since 2001 and warmest summer overall since 1981.||Av max 27.2. Feb av max. is 25.1. Av min 15.0. Av is 13.8.||Breakwater 28.4 mm. Urban area averaged 30 mm. February normal is 38.8 mm.||Breakwater 32.6 mm.Urban area 34 mm.
Normal Geelong AP cumulative total (2 months) is 73.4 mm.
|Dry from southern Geelong to Otways. 8 rain days. Wet north of Lara but no severe storms in urban area. 3 thunder days, no strong wind gusts. Catchments 78%.|
|MAR||Warmer by 3.0 C. 11 days >30° (equal record). Hottest 38.3° on 12th. 4 new records: Consec >30° days in March (9), consec >30° days any month (9), Hottest March ever recorded.||Av max 27.1. Mar av max. is 23.3. Av min 14.7. Av is 12.5.||Breakwater 17.0 mm. Urban area averaged 18 mm. March normal is 37.3 mm.||Breakwater 49.6 mm.Urban area 52 mm.
Normal Geelong AP cumulative total (3 months) is 110.7 mm.
|Very dry throughout region. Generally between 10% to 80% of average. 3 thunder days but no severe storms. 4 very windy days >60 kph, incl 76 kph on 28th at Breakwater. Smoke from Dereel fires on 27th. Catchments 73%. 3- month outlooks varied.|
|APR||Warmer by 0.7 C. 1 day >30 C. (30.2 on 7th). Lowest min 4.0 C. No records set. 1 strong wind day (61 kph on 27th).||Av max 21.2. Apr av max. is 20.0. Av min 10.4. Av is 10.1.||Breakwater 9.6 mm. Urban area averaged 12 mm. April normal is 42.6 mm.||Breakwater 59.2 mm.Urban area 64 mm.
Normal Geelong AP cumulative total (4 months) is 153.3 mm.
|Continued dry throughout region. Most rain in lowest 10% although Otways received 60%. No storms, very settled. Several promising fronts failed to deliver rain. Catchments 69%.|
|MAY||Warmer by 0.5C. 7 days >20 C, incl 6 consec. Max 25.6 C on 11th. Min 3.3 C on 29th. No records. 1 strong wind day (63 kph on 15th). Autumn warmer.||Av max 18.1. May av max. is 16.8. Av min 7.7. Av is 8.1.||Breakwater 31.0 mm. Urban area averaged 35 mm. May normal is 47.5.||Breakwater 90.2 mm.Urban area 99 mm.
Normal Geelong AP cumulative total (5 months) is 200.8 mm.
|Generally below average rain, but above av in Otways. 2 thunder days but no severe storms. Autumn overall much drier (50%) than average. 1 earth tremor at Leopold (3.1) on 2nd.|
|JUNE||Warmer by 0.4 C. Nil days >20 C. Max 17.5 C on 28th. Min minus 0.2 C on 22nd. No records. No strong wind days, 5 frosts (av. 2.8)||Av max 14.9. June av max. is 14.2. Av min 6.1. Av is 6.0.||Breakwater 84.6 mm. Urban area averaged 95 mm. June normal is 45.7.||Breakwater 174.8 mm.Urban area 194 mm.
Normal Geelong AP cumulative total ( 6 months) is 246.5 mm.
|More than double average June rain; above av throughout region. No storms or thunder days. Catchments 70%. Generally a wet but mild to cool month.|
|JULY||Warmer by 1.8 C. Warmest July ever recorded.1 day <10 C. Max 21.8 C on 18th. Lowest min 0.2 C on 10th. 4 consecutive frosts 9th-12th.||Av max 15.2. July av max. is 13.7 . Av min 7.1. Av is 5.2.||Breakwater 49.6 mm. Urban area averaged 55 mm. July normal is 46.6.||Breakwater 224.4mm.Urban area 249.0mm.
Normal Geelong AP cumulative total (7 months) is 293.1 mm.
|Above av rain across region. Geelong has already had normal winter total. No severe storms, 1 thunder day, 2 strong wind gusts (70 kph on 5th). Catchments 69%.|
|AUG||Second warmest August recorded. Highest August average minimum (7.9). Warmest winter ever recorded. No frosts, no storms. Lowest min 4.0° C on 20th.||Av max 15.8. Aug av max. is 14.9. Av min 7.9. Av is 5.7.||Breakwater 55.2 mm. Urban area averaged 56 mm. August normal is 49.2.||Breakwater 279.6 mm.Urban area 305 mm.
Normal Geelong AP cumulative total ( 8 months) is 342.3 mm.
|Widespread above average rainfall. Wyelangta 420 mm. Winter well above average through region. 6 strong wind gusts (80 kph on 12th). West Barwon Dam on 92%, catchments 82% capacity.|
|SEPT||Equal warmest Sept (with 1928) recorded. Highest Sept average minimum recorded. (Prev record 8.5 in 1928). Warmest day 25.1 on 1st.||Av max 18.8. Sept av max. is 16.9. Av min 9.0. Av is 6.8.||Breakwater 55.4 mm. Urban area averaged 55 mm. September normal is 52.2.||Breakwater 335.0 mm.Urban area 360.0 mm.
Normal Geelong AP cumulative total ( 9 months) is 394.5 mm.
|Widespread above av rain in most areas. Catchments 86 %. No frosts, no severe storms, 4 very windy days. (Avalon 102 kph on 26th).|
|OCT||Slightly warmer overall. Highest temp 31.7C on 20th. Several strong cold fronts and light hail on several days.||Av max 19.0. Oct av max. is 19.1 . Av min 9.0. Av is 8.3.||Breakwater 46.6mm. Urban area averaged 55 mm. October normal is 54.7.||Breakwater 381.6 mm.Urban area 415 mm.
Normal Geelong AP cumulative total (10 months) is 449.2 mm.
|Most of Geelong & Otways above av rain. Bellarine Pen below av. Catchments 91%. No severe storms, 6 very windy days (3 x 80 kph) some damage.|
|NOV||Slightly cooler. Highest 32.6 C on 27th. Spring 0.6 C warmer than average. 1 strong wind day, no storms, 1 thunder day. Weak funnel seen on 23rd.||Av max 20.3 . Nov av max. is 21.2. Av min 10.4. Av is 10.1.||Breakwater 42.4 mm. Urban area averaged 50 mm. November normal is 51.4.||Breakwater 424.0 mm.Urban area 465 mm.
Normal Geelong AP cumulative total ( 11 months) is 500.6 mm.
|Urban area had average rainfall. Otways up to 200%, Golden Plains <50%. Catchments 93%. Generally calm month with heavy rain to S & SW, lighter to W and NW. No records.|
|DEC||Slightly warmer by 0.2 C. Highest 40.3 C on 19th. 3 strong wind days, incl 67 kph on 28th. No severe storms. Full annual report on special sheet.||Av max 24.0 . Dec av max. is 23.4. Av min 11.6. Av is 11.8.||Breakwater 28.8 mm. Urban area averaged 25 mm. December normal is 42.9.||Breakwater 452.8 mm.Urban area 490 mm.
Normal Geelong AP cumulative total (12 months) is 543.5 mm.
|Below av rain in urban area, Bell Peninsula, Gold Plains. Above average falls in Otway Ranges. Catchments at 89.8% of capacity.|
OVERALL: New records and extremes set: 10 (See bold print above); Year warmer by 1.0 deg C at 15.4 C (1903-2012 mean 14.4C); Tornadoes: 0; Willy-willies: several small; Hottest Day: 42.2 C on 4th Jan; Warmest Night: 19.5 C on 18th Jan; Coldest Day: 9.4C on 20th July; Coldest Night: minus 0.2 C on 22 June & 10 July; Wettest Day: n/a ; Wettest Month: 84.6 mm in June : Driest Month: 4.2 mm in January; No of Days above 30°C: 37 (average 21); Number of “Thunder Days” in Urban area: 14 (16 in 2012); Number of severe storms: 0; Weather Fatalities: 0; Strongest Wind Gust: 102 kph on 26th Sept at Avalon; Number of frosts: 9 (av = 15); Number of windy days (gusts >60kph): 29 (26 in 2012).
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