This year's September rainfall was 84.8mm, which was 29.7mm over the monthly average of 55.1mm.By Barbara Sungaila
The district received more much-needed rain during the past month.
September rainfall was 84.8mm, which was 29.7mm over the monthly average of 55.1mm.
The wettest September on record in Heathcote was in 1916, when the district experienced a soggy 158.6mm over the month.
The driest August was in 1863, when no rainfall was recorded.
This year, September 17 was the wettest day with 47.6mm recorded, while the warmest day was September 3 with 23.4°C.
There were seven days that were 20°C or higher, while the coldest day was September 13 when the top temperature was a brisk 11.4°C.
The monthly average maximum temperature was 17.6°C, which was slightly above the 16.1°C average for the past 20 years.
The warmest night was on September 4 when the temperature only dropped to 13.4°C, while the coldest night came on September 26 when the mercury plummeted to -0.2°C.
This year’s September average minimum temperature of 5.9°C was slightly above the September average of 4.2°C over the past 20 years.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the chance of higher than average rainfall during the next three months in central Victoria is roughly equal.
There is a 60 to 65 per cent chance of warmer than normal days and the chance of cooler days is 35 to 40 per cent.
Warmer nights are also likely; with a 60 to 70 per cent chance the minimum temperature will exceed the long-term average.
Rainfall figures are from the Heathcote weather station and temperatures are from Redesdale, which is the nearest weather station measuring temperature.
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