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Last Updated 12 April 2018
May-July: Wet in Gippsland, warm across the State
The first look May-July outlook , issued 12 April, shows Gippsland is likely to have a wetter than average three months. For the rest of Victoria, the rainfall outlook is mostly neutral—meaning no strong indication either way as to whether it will be a particularly wet or dry season ahead.
Nights are likely to be warmer than average across the State, with chances above 80% in Gippsland. Days are also likely to be warmer than average, with the highest chances in the south.
Currently the Tasman Sea is warmer than normal. The Bureau's climate model predicts this unusual warmth will continue in the coming months. When the ocean is warmer than normal, there is often more rising air above this warmth and hence lower pressure. When pressure is lower than average over the Tasman Sea, eastern Victoria can experience more onshore flow, and more rainfall than usual as the air lifts over the Great Dividing Range.
Dry, warm start to 2018 continues
Much of Victoria, and especially the northwest, has had a dry start to 2018. The bureau's latest drought statement , also shows that parts of East Gippsland are reporting serious to severe rainfall deficiencies for the previous 12 months.
It has also been a very warm few months, with higher than average temperatures exacerbating the effects of dry conditions by increasing evaporation and thus drying of the landscape. Lower-layer soil moisture was very much below average (decile range 1) for much of northern Victoria and parts of the south in March. Mid-March saw the worst fires of the season in western Victoria.
The unusual heat has lasted well into autumn. Mildura set a new April daily maximum temperature record for Victoria with 39.3 °C on the 10th, smashing the previous record of 37.8 °C set in 1986. The following day Hopetoun equalled the new Victorian record with its own 39.3 °C. New April daily maximum temperature records were set at Walpeup and Swan Hill on the 10th (38.8 °C and 37.8 °C respectively) and broken the very next day (38.9 °C and 39.0 °C respectively).
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Laverton radar upgrade
The Bureau of Meteorology is refurbishing key components of the Laverton Radar in early April, to complete a mid-life upgrade that will extend the life of the radar by another 10 years. For current weather and three-hour forecasts go to MetEye . The nearby Broadmeadows Radar will be available and should be used in combination with the Bureau's Satellite Viewer cloud and lightning images. We expect to have the radar back on line mid-April.