Climate of Victoria and Melbourne
Victoria’s land area measures 87,877 square miles (227600 square kilometres) and is the second smallest state of Australia. Victoria is roughly the same size as the United Kingdom. Even though Victoria is fairly small, its climate range is broad and includes dry and hot semi-arid Mallee deserts, and alpine snowfields, and pretty much everything in between.
Victoria is positioned further south than New South Wales and as such tends to experience a more cooler and wetter climate than the northern states.
Most of the Victorian coastal plains and along the coast generally experience mild and cool weather. The Great Dividing Range which extends through the centre of Victoria brings snow to the highlands and alpine plains. Here the temperature is usually the coldest in Victoria and in winter the temperature can drop below 0 degrees Celsius.
Conversely, the hottest Victoria weather is usually found in the semi-arid northwest where the average daily temperature is over 30 degrees Celsius. Generally speaking the weather is warmer in the northern part of Victoria.
Rainfall is more frequent during the winter months, and it’s worth noting that Victoria is the second wettest Australian State after Tasmania.
There’s a great saying about Melbourne that the rest of Australia is happy to recite.
It goes like this:
If you’re not happy with the weather in Melbourne, wait 15 minutes and the weather will change.
This is so true of Melbourne weather. It is very quick to change and so it pays to be prepared for anything when out and about in Melbourne. Summers in Melbourne are usually warm to hot, thanks to the moderate oceanic climate. Melbourne experiences mild springs and autumns, and cool to cold winters. Autumn and Spring are a lovely time to visit Melbourne, as these two seasons really bring out the beauty of Melbourne. Spring brings the most beautiful blossoms and bulb flowers and Autumn brings magnificent autumn colours to the mainly deciduous trees.
In the warmer months, the average daily maximum temperature is around 28 degrees Celsius, but it does get much hotter at times, and the average daily minimum temperature is around 13 to 14 degrees Celsius.
During the cooler months, the average daily maximum temperature is around 13 degrees Celsius, and the average daily minimum temperature is around 5.5 to 6.5 degrees Celsius.
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