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State melts in hot month

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February 08, 2018

Victoria has recorded its fourth-warmest January on record, and the warmest since 2006.

Victoria has recorded its fourth-warmest January on record, and the warmest since 2006.

Averaged across Victoria, the mean maximum temperature was 3.17°C warmer than average, the highest January daytime temperature for the state since 2001, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Mean maximum temperatures were more than 4°C above average around Swan Hill in the Mallee.

The temperature reached 45°C or more at sites in Victoria on four separate days during January, the first month that has happened since January 2009, and the second-highest count of such hot days behind January 1939 (seven days).

Numerous sites across northern Victoria had record counts of days of 35°C or more for January, including Kyabram (17 days).

There were also many sites with new records for long runs of consecutive days of 35°C or more, including Bendigo Airport with a run of 12 consecutive days (previous record run was eight in 2014) and Mildura Airport with a run of 14 days (previous record run was 12 days in 1961).

Nights were warmer than average throughout Victoria in January, with the overall mean minimum temperature being Victoria’s sixth-warmest on record and highest since 2006.

Night-time temperatures were very much above average across eastern Victoria, including patches of the highest on record in Gippsland.

Temperatures didn’t drop below 30°C at Mildura Airport, Ouyen and Walpeup Research Station in the north-west on the morning of January 29.

Mildura Airport’s minimum temperature of 31.4°C on the 29th was a Victorian January record and the state’s second-highest for any month.

Many sites had either their highest January mean daily maximum temperature on record or their highest January mean daily maximum temperature since the 1980s.

Several sites had their warmest January night on record on the 28th or 29th.

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