The weather and climate in Victoria

Are you thinking of exploring Victoria? Do you know when the seasons are or when to come? Come discover the climate and best time to tour Victoria now!

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Unlike the northern tropical parts of Australia that has a monsoonal climate, Victoria experiences that standard four seasons that most of us are used to: summer, autumn, winter, and spring.

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However, the temperatures in the capital city Melbourne, which is located in the south of the state right next to the ocean, can differ greatly from other parts of the state. If you are interested in knowing more about the weather in the south / south west of the state just follow the link to the climate and weather in Melbourne page.

On this page I will study the climate around the Mildura area, which is located in the north west of the state, and is a popular fruit picking and holiday making area for many back packers and Australians.

And under that there is a section about Lakes Entrance, a very popular holidaying area in the Gippsland area, in the east of the state.




Average Temperatures in north western VIC (Mildura):

 
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec

Avg. Max Temp:
33
33
29
24
20
16
15
18
21
25
29
32

Avg. Min Temp:
16
16
14
10
7
5
4
6
8
10
13
15

Avg. Rain (mm):
18
18
18
16
26
30
23
27
23
27
21
19


These are the average yearly temperatures from 1889 - 2012 and are sourced from www.weatherzone.com.au.
For more details please visit  www.weatherzone.com.au (Mildura)

Map of where Mildura, Melbourne and Lakes Entrance are located



Hottest 3 months:
December, January, February
Coldest 3 months:
June, July, August
Wettest 3 months:
June, August, October
Hottest ever:
46.9°C in January (1990).
Coldest ever:
-4.0°C in July (1982).


Average Temperatures in eastern VIC (Lakes Entrance):

 
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec

Avg. Max Temp:
26
25
24
21
18
15
15
16
18
20
22
24

Avg. Min Temp:
13
13
11
9
7
5
4
4
5
8
10
11

Avg. Rain (mm):
49
51
45
57
47
59
50
37
53
61
82
60


These are the average yearly temperatures from 1943 - 2012 and are sourced from www.weatherzone.com.au.
For more details please visit  www.weatherzone.com.au (Bairnsdale)



Hottest 3 months:
January, February, March
Coldest 3 months:
June, July, August
Wettest 3 months:
October, November, December
Hottest ever:
46.2°C in February (2009).
Coldest ever:
-4.5°C in August (1997).

As you can see there is a very big difference between the weather of Mildura and Lakes Entrance. Take the month of February for instance. In Mildura it averages a very hot 33°C, while Lakes Entrance averages a very pleasant 25°C. And don't forget to take rain fall into account. Lakes Entrance gets about 2.5 times as much rain in February!

These two cities give you a pretty good guide on what you can expect around the state. Up north it is very hot and dry, while the southern parts of generally cooler and much wetter (although don't be fooled, it is not unusual for Melbourne and other southern parts of the state to reach over 40°C a few days each summer).

Conclusion:

This is what I recommend:

  • - If you like it really hot come during the summer months of November - February.
  • - If you don't like it really hot, come during spring (September - October), or autumn (March - April), or keep to the southern parts. But be warned, even in spring or autumn it is not unusual to have some really hot days.
  • - If at all possible, avoid the winter months (May - August) as they can get very cold and wet, it is best to head up to the tropics during this part of the year, it is beautiful up there!


Note: Victoria is a big place. While this page gives a quick guide of what to expect, it is always a good idea to check the local weather forecast before heading somewhere new. Australia is a land of extremes with anything ranging from bushfires to flooding. While the chances of these are minimal, it pays to be safe!

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