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Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:39 pm

Goulburn Murray feels cold snap:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/goul ... snap/22040

Monday July 9, 2012

People in parts of the Goulburn Murray region have shivered through their longest consecutive period of sub-zero temperatures in five years.

For the first time since 2007, Albury has recorded five nights in a row when the mercury fell below zero, while Corryong, Rutherglen and Shepparton experienced temperatures down to minus four over the weekend.

A duty forecaster with the weather bureau, Andrea Peace, says the heavy frosts of the past few days will be replaced by substantial rain when a low-pressure system arrives tomorrow.

"As far as the outlook goes, we're not expecting to see any temperatures remotely [like] what we have experienced over the last couple of days but we are still in the middle of winter so we could still see some colder outbreaks for the coming weeks," she said.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:50 am

Victoria cold in strong winds:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/vict ... inds/22307

Rob Sharpe, Friday August 24, 2012

Damaging winds and cold temperatures are impacting Victoria today with the risk of blizzards in the Alps.

A severe weather warning was issued this morning for damaging winds affecting all southern districts and Alpine areas of the North East. Winds are expected to gust around 90km/h along the coastal fringe and about elevated areas. Gusts this strong are capable of bringing down trees and power lines.

Blizzards are also a risk for the Alpine areas as snow showers continue for much of the day. Even without snow showers these winds are capable of blowing snow from the ground into the air to create blizzard conditions.

Melbourne has been embraced by a cold morning with an overnight low of eight degrees feeling more like four in the fresh and gusty winds. By 11am, the temperature had only struggled to 11 degrees and felt closer to eight.

Melbourne will stay cold throughout the day, only warming a couple more degrees early in the afternoon. Showers are more likely during the afternoon, however they should remain light.

The damaging winds and showers are due to a low pressure system that is crossing Tasmania today, directing strong northwesterlies that will tend westerly later in the day.

Winds will ease during the night before increasing again tomorrow afternoon and evening ahead of a cold front. Tomorrow's winds are unlikely to reach the strength of today. From Sunday winds will be much lighter until the next front arrives around Wednesday night.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:52 am

Snow, gale force winds lash Alpine resorts:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/snow ... orts/22308

Mark DeBono, Friday August 24, 2012

Heavy snow and gale force winds are buffeting Victoria's Alpine resorts.

Police are sending traffic through in convoys on the Great Alpine Road, between Mt Hotham and Harrietville.

The temperature at Mt Hotham is about minus five Celsius and the wind speed meter at the summit has stopped recording.

Superintendent Peter DeSanto says motorists can expect long delays on their way to the snow resorts today.

"Your vehicle must be in good roadworthy condition and good tread on your tyres," he said.

"Diamond pattern chains will only be allowed on the mountain today under the severe conditions.

"Trailers will not be permitted and that you abide by the directions of the people doing the traffic management."

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:50 pm

Wet morning but sunshine ahead for Victoria:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/wet- ... oria/22341

Ben McBurney, Friday August 31, 2012

It has been a wet morning across southern parts of Victoria, with some locations recording their heaviest rain in a few months.

A trough moved through the state this morning in the wake of a cold front, bringing another burst of showers.
The most rain fell across the West and South Gippsland and eastern parts of the Central district, with widespread falls of between 15 and 30mm.

Traralgon in South Gippsland received the highest fall in the state, recording 57mm, with several locations recording their highest daily totals since June. Cerberus and Rhyll recorded 23mm and 30mm respectively, their heaviest rain since June. Phillip Island recorded 32mm, their highest since May.

While the state's capital also received some showers this morning, the city largely escaped with only 9mm. However, this would have made for a gloomy trip to work, with the umbrella undoubtedly coming in handy.

Showers will rapidly clear the state today as a high moves over southeastern Australia. This will mean a bright and sunny weekend for most Victorians. However, if you intend on heading out early in the morning bring a jumper, as mornings will be chilly.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:58 am

Wet morning but sunshine ahead for Victoria:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/wet- ... oria/22341

Ben McBurney, Friday August 31, 2012 - 11:55 EST

It has been a wet morning across southern parts of Victoria, with some locations recording their heaviest rain in a few months.

A trough moved through the state this morning in the wake of a cold front, bringing another burst of showers.
The most rain fell across the West and South Gippsland and eastern parts of the Central district, with widespread falls of between 15 and 30mm.

Traralgon in South Gippsland received the highest fall in the state, recording 57mm, with several locations recording their highest daily totals since June. Cerberus and Rhyll recorded 23mm and 30mm respectively, their heaviest rain since June. Phillip Island recorded 32mm, their highest since May.

While the state's capital also received some showers this morning, the city largely escaped with only 9mm. However, this would have made for a gloomy trip to work, with the umbrella undoubtedly coming in handy.

Showers will rapidly clear the state today as a high moves over southeastern Australia. This will mean a bright and sunny weekend for most Victorians. However, if you intend on heading out early in the morning bring a jumper, as mornings will be chilly.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:17 pm

Damaging winds across Victoria:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/dama ... oria/22373

Ben Domensino, Wednesday September 5, 2012

All Victorian districts are under a severe weather warning as the strongest winds in a decade lash the state.

Warm and blustery northwesterly winds ploughed across Victoria this morning ahead of a powerful cold front, producing gusts over 130km/h.

The windiest place in the state was the Grampians, where Mount William withstood a gust of 131.5 km/h, the strongest in five years. Further east, Mt Hotham Airport recorded a gust of 119km/h, which was the strongest since 2002.

Northerly winds remained strong in Melbourne all morning, gusting as high as 87km/h just before midday. These winds were violent enough to uproot trees, making it a busy morning for emergency services. At Melbourne Airport, gusts reached 98km/h.

There will be a slight easing of winds this afternoon in the wake of the cold front, but don't be comforted just yet. An intense low pressure system will approach from the west, increasing winds once again. Parts of the state's west saw winds restrengthen from early in the afternoon. Melbourne will see its next wind peak in the late evening.

The low pressure system will maintain windy conditions across the entire state on Thursday and Friday. For most places, these two days wont be quite as windy as today. Fortunately the weekend will offer some respite after a turbulent week.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:02 pm

Wild winds wreak havoc across Victoria, NSW:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/wild ... -nsw/22374

Wednesday September 5, 2012

Gale-force winds are wreaking havoc across large parts of southern Australia, bringing down trees and power lines, damaging homes and fanning fires.

In Victoria, the SES has received more than 1,500 calls for help as winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour batter the state.

Do you have any photos of the wild weather and damage? .

Paramedics are trying to reach a 70-year-old woman with a broken hip who is stranded by fallen trees north of the Latrobe Valley.

Another woman was hurt when a tree came down on her car in Churchill, while a tree has come down on a car on the Princes Highway in Morwell.

About 16,000 properties are without power from Melbourne to Bairnsdale, while fallen trees have seen trains suspended on the Hurstbridge and Lilydale lines in the state capital.

The SES says the destruction has been widespread.

"We will see more severe winds coming again throughout the night, so it looks like being a busy period ahead," SES spokesman Trevor White said.

The Bureau of Meteorology says while the strength of the winds will decrease tonight, they are expected to pick up again about midnight.

SP AusNet spokesman Jonathan Geddes says the bad weather is hampering repair crews.

"Our crews have been busy removing trees and repairing damaged electricity assets to allow us to return electricity to our customers, however we're still dealing with strong winds and fallen trees as the winds move east, which are hindering our efforts," he said.

SES spokesman Chris Greenwood says motorists should stay with their cars if they are isolated on remote roads.

"Find a clearer spot that you can actually get to to get away from as many trees as possible," he said.

"Where practical, stay by your vehicle. If it's not safe to stay in the vehicle, stay by it or somewhere near it as well because you're easier to locate that way."


Fires flare

The wild weather is also fanning fires at the Yallourn mine, Nowa Nowa, Swifts Creek in East Gippsland and in the Strzelecki Ranges.

The Country Fire Authority says most of the fires were caused by burn-offs getting out of control.

In New South Wales, the strong winds have brought down trees in Jindabyne and damaged part of a roof at Snowy Mountain Grammar School.

Gusts of up to 100kph are fanning a fire at a cotton gin near Warren in the state's central-west.

The fire is being water-bombed and the local council is building containment lines.

NSW Fire and Rescue spokesman Tom Cooper says crews from Dubbo have been sent to the scene.

"At the moment it's very difficult conditions for firefighters up there," he said.

Mr Cooper says it could take more than a day to extinguish the blaze and residents at Warren are being warned the town will be impacted by thick smoke.

A second fire at the town's golf course has been contained.

Meanwhile, emergency crews have contained a grassfire burning in a town near the Snowy Mountains that claimed one property.

The blaze, which was south-east of Berridale, burnt out more than 100 hectares and at one point was threatening up to 12 homes.

Rural Fire Service spokesman Anthony Clarke says people had to evacuate their homes.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:50 am

More wild winds batter Victoria:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/more ... oria/22385

Friday September 7, 2012

Victoria has been battered by more wild winds, with gusts of around 100 kilometres per hour recorded in Melbourne.

The city's bayside suburbs recorded the strongest gusts, while the Latrobe Valley and parts of the state's north were hit by winds of more than 90 kilometres per hour.

The weather bureau's Dean Stewart says the windy conditions will continue today, with possible thunderstorms and hail around Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs and the Mornington Peninsula.

"[It's] still going to be quite gusty today, particularly this afternoon," he said.

"Once again the bayside areas probably will get the brunt of those winds this afternoon, with the potential for some more gusts close to 100 kilometres an hour, but after today there'll be a gradual easing, overnight tonight into tomorrow morning."

About 1,500 homes and businesses are still without power in Gippsland.

SP AusNet spokesman Jonathan Geddes says crews are finding it hard to find faults in remote areas.

"Our network is exposed to heavily tree-lined areas and we have dense populations living in those areas, unlike our other power companies in the west," he said.

"We have nearly 300 crew out there through shifts trying to deal with the strong winds and rain to get it back up and running."

The State Emergency Service (SES) spokesman Lachlan Quick says it has dealt with 3,600 calls for help since early on Wednesday morning.

"We have had 150 since last night, but most of those have been low-level," he said.

"It looks as though we're going to be busy again this afternoon if those winds start coming in at lunchtime. Our concern is obviously for trees down over traffic again.

"The Friday peak is a bit of a worry for us, we would urge people anywhere over a 60-zone to probably drop [their speed], just because there is going to be a lot of debris and trees around."

Mr Quick says more than 1,000 trees came down in a 36-hour period.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Sat Sep 08, 2012 2:00 pm

Winds finally easing over southeast Australia:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/wind ... alia/22394

Ben McBurney, Saturday September 8, 2012

After copping a battering over the last few days from wind gusts as strong as 159km/h, conditions are finally set to ease across southeastern Australia.

Winds are significantly lighter across South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria today after a week that saw strong winds bring down trees and powerlines. Tasmania is the only state still under a severe weather warning today. The warnings that were in place for New South Wales and Victoria were cancelled this morning as a high pressure system strengthens over the region.

Strong winds continued last night, with Mount Boyce in the Blue Mountains recording a wind gust of 117km/h. Hogan Island, off the Victoria mainland managed to register a gust of 159 km/h on Friday afternoon. These were the strongest winds in over a year for both locations.

Wind wasn't the only feature for the southeast, with heavy rain and snow falling in parts of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Western parts of Tasmania saw the heaviest falls. Roseberry picked up 37mm which was their highest September fall since 2009. South Queenstown and Strathgordon both recorded 35mm.

In Victoria, the West and South Gippsland and North East were the wettest places. Balook had one of the highest falls with 34mm, the heaviest for September in three years. Elsewhere, Traralgon South and Upper Lang Lang both had 32mm.

The heavy rain may have dampened the moods of some, although it was sure to lift spirits for skiiers and snowboarders heading to the resorts this weekend.

After a warm week, the Alps were lucky enough to pick up some solid snowfalls. Overnight the New South Wales resorts reported 30-35cm and the Victorian resorts up to 20cm. This was on top of the 10-20cm from the previous day. Fresh snowfalls coupled with clearing conditions should make for a great spring weekend on the slopes.

A high will bring clearer skies and lighter winds across most of the nation's southeast by Sunday, with Tasmania looking forward to calmer conditions on Monday.

After some morning showers, both Melbourne and Hobart can expect a mostly sunny day on Sunday, with top temperatures of 18 and 17 degrees respectively. Sydney will be sunny all day, reaching a pleasant high of 21 degrees.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:50 pm

A colder end to Melbourne's week:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/a-co ... week/22406

Mellissa Mackellar, Wednesday September 12, 2012

Melbourne has been treated to t-shirt weather over the last few days, however a cold and gusty change will ensure a cold end to the week.

Thanks to a warm air mass and large high pressure system, maximum temperatures have been sitting a couple of degrees above the September average of 17 since Sunday in Melbourne. It was warm again this morning as northwesterly winds strengthened ahead of an approaching cold front, drawing down heat from the nation's interior. The mercury reached 20 degrees around 1:00pm, three above the normal spring maximum.

This afternoon cloud will build over the city, causing temperatures to gradually decline. A southwesterly wind change and the onset of rain tonight will then bring the day to a rather bleak close. This evening Melbourne residents can expect around 10-20 mm of rain. Temperatures will drop to below 15 degrees in the early evening and fresh southwesterly winds will also bring a wind chill, so residents should equip themselves with coats and umbrellas for their evening journeys home.

Cloud, showers and brisk southwesterly winds will hang around on Thursday and Friday, and the mercury will struggle to reach the mid teens. Fortunately, a building high will bring warmer days with light winds over the weekend. This will allow temperatures to warm back up to near 20, permitting locals to crack out the t-shirts once again.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:00 pm

Victoria's weekend soaking:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/vict ... king/22625

Mellissa Mackellar, Monday October 8, 2012

Much of Victoria is drying out today after a wet weekend that brought some places nearly a month's worth of rainfall in the space of two days.

A low pressure trough moved across southeastern Australia on Saturday before developing into a low, dumping heavy rain over eastern and northern Victoria.

Most of the rain fell on Saturday night and Sunday morning, with Hunters Hill in the North East District recording over 40 millimetres in the 24 hours to 9am on Sunday. In East Gippsland, Omeo recorded their wettest day since June with 29mm.

For many farmers in the Northern Country the downpour would have been warmly welcomed, after below average rainfall during September. Yarrawonga had less than half of their normal rainfall last month but have now already reached their October average, thanks to Saturday's 33.6mm. This was Yarrawonga's highest daily rainfall for October in at least 20 years.

Ferny Creek recorded the highest rainfall total around Melbourne, at 15.2mm. Elsewhere in the state's capital it wasn't as wet, with 3.2mm in the city gauge, 2.6mm at Essendon and 8.4mm at Coldstream.

Strong, moisture-laden southerlies behind this system continued to deliver showers to Victoria on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, with light falls recorded in all districts. Further showers are also expected this week, thanks to a cold front that is due to approach late on Tuesday.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:15 pm

Park visitors get rare snow show:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/park ... show/22649

Friday October 12, 2012

Yesterday's wintry blast brought snow to western Victoria.

Visitors to the Grampians National Park were greeted with a light dusting of snow at Mount William.

Grampians Tourism's Will Flamstead says it is a rare sight for this time of year.

"You don't often see snow this late or this far into spring but it doesn't surprise us ... it's a really cool day up here and it's a great novelty to have that on the Grampians," he said.

"It looks fantastic."

He says the snow attracted a fair amount of interest from both residents and tourists.

"Look, I think it's a bit of excitement and we are getting a lot of inquiries from people in western Victoria wanting to come and have a look, so yes from a day visitor perspective, yes absolutely," he said.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:25 pm

Damaging wind and rain cross southeastern Australia:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/dama ... alia/22705

Rob Sharpe, Thursday October 25, 2012

Cold and strong winds with rain are impacting Victoria and Tasmania as a low pressure system moves through Bass Strait.

A severe weather warning for damaging winds was issued for elevated areas in the ACT, Snowy Mountains. Northwesterly winds are expected to gust to 100km/h in this region.

Strong winds are expected to impact the Victorian coastline as the low moves east through Bass Strait.

Melbourne is likely to experience a cool day after its warmest night since March, dropping to only 19 degrees. Northwesterly winds will shift southwesterly this afternoon bringing a cold and wet change. Mostly light showers will then be a feature until at least Friday with strong southerly winds making conditions even colder than the mercury would suggest.

Tasmania can also expect strong southerlies along its west and south coasts. All of Tasmania is likely to see rain with some heavy. As the low moves east of Tasmania tonight rain will tend to showers and become isolated.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:17 pm

Chilly start to weekend in Victoria and Tasmania:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/chil ... ania/22715

Brett Dutschke, Friday October 26, 2012

Cold, showery winds moved into Tasmania and southern Victoria on Friday, heralding a chilly start to the weekend, but sunshine will prevail.

Showers helped drop temperatures five-to-eight degrees below average as a cold front crossed the far southeast of Australia.

The temperature in Hobart has been hovering at about 10 degrees on Friday afternoon and the wind chill has made it feel more like seven or eight. It only briefly peaked at 13 degrees after Thursday's maximum of just 11. The last time the Tasmanian capital had two colder pair of days this late in the year was in 2007. In that year, Hobart had three consecutive days colder than 13 degrees early in November.

In Melbourne on Friday afternoon it was colder than 15 degrees most of the time, five below average. During showers it cooled to 13 degrees briefly and the wind made it feel more like 11 degrees.

It will come as no surprise that showers have been falling as snow on parts of the mountains, including Mt Wellington and Mt Baw Baw.

Those who are planning a picnic or a day at the races will be comforted by this showery burst only being short-lived.

After a chilly start to Saturday with light frost patches over inland areas, light showers will clear in the morning and the skies will turn from grey to blue.

For Cox Plate goers, sunglasses and a jacket or cardigan will be the order of the day. There will be plenty of sunshine but the temperature will only reach 17 degrees in the afternoon. No need for a brolly, unless you are leaving from eastern and southern suburbs of Melbourne in the morning. Any showers will be brief and light and will disappear by about 11am.

Come Sunday, both Tasmania and Victoria will be mostly sunny and a few degrees warmer. Melbourne should reach 22 degrees and Hobart 20, about two degrees above average.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:07 pm

Regions soak up rain:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/regi ... rain/22771

Wednesday November 7, 2012

An extensive cloud band is expected to bring up to 75 millimetres of rain to parts of north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales today.

The most significant falls are forecast for river catchments, east of Albury.

Overnight, 52mm was recorded at Walwa, 47mm at Falls Creek, 36mm at Mount Hotham, 27mm at Tawonga and 18mm in the Tallangatta Valley.

Weather bureau forecaster Stephen King says the rain should clear before the weekend and is not likely to cause serious flooding.

"It does take a little while to go through," he said.

"It will probably be around for most of Wednesday and even Thursday morning but should clear at some point on Thursday."

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:57 pm

Storms bring hail to VIC and NSW:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/stor ... -nsw/22831

Rob Sharpe, Sunday November 18, 2012

Thunderstorms are striking southeastern New South Wales and eastern Victoria, bringing hail and the risk of damaging winds.

With many people focussing on the thunderstorms in northeastern NSW and southeastern QLD, the formation of these thunderstorms have gone under many people's radar.

Rain has been heavy at Gelantipy in East Gippsland with 6mm falling only 10 minutes at 2pm. Large hail has been reported in Bega and small hail at Merimbula on the NSW South Coast. Montague Island also experienced winds gusting to 89km/h.

These thunderstorms are due to a low pressure system off Australia's east coast which is delivering strong winds to the coast and providing instability for thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms are likely to come and go through the day, bringing the risk of further large hail, as well as the risk of damaging wind gusts.

The low is likely to move gradually move north while bringing a gusty southerly change with showers and storms.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:07 pm

Fire crews on alert as temperatures soar:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/fire ... soar/22892

Thursday November 29, 2012

Authorities are preparing for what should be the warmest day so far this fire season.

Temperatures are expected to top 40 degrees across north central Victoria.

The Country Fire Authority's Justin Dally says local crews are on alert.

"The wind is the main concern at the moment," he said.

"If the winds do get up a bit and start blowing, that creates a big problem with how fast fires can develop and then threaten our communities."

Meanwhile, officials say the closure of a fire spotting tower in central Victoria will not upset their operations today.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) has confirmed the One Tree Hill tower near Bendigo will not be operational until tomorrow because of renovations.

However, the DSE says other towers in the region will be in use and aircraft are available.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:07 pm

Farmers get help to keep cows cool:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/farm ... cool/22894

Thursday November 29, 2012

Victorian dairy farmers are being urged to do all they can to keep their cattle cool as hot humid conditions cross the state.

Temperatures are forecast to hit over 40C, at Mildura, in the north-east, to 38C in Melbourne.

Dairy Australia has a that gives farmers advice on how to prevent heat stress and a loss of milk production in their herd.

Dairy Australia consultant, Steve Little, says the website also provides a new tool that factors in the effects of wind speed and the amount of direct solar radiation on cattle.

He says it will help farmers make those day-to-day decisions about how to care for the cows.

"How do I change my paddock rotation? Should I have the sprinklers on in the dairy in the morning as well as the afternoon milking," he said.

"How hot it is and what the relative humidity is, the amount of wind, the amount of air movement because that really helps with evaporation."

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:08 pm

Near record heat forecast for Victoria:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/near ... oria/22885

Thursday November 29, 2012

Firefighters have contained a number of small grass fires, as Victoria swelters in the first heatwave of the summer season.

Temperatures have already topped 40 in parts of the state's north, where total fire bans have been declared for the Mallee and the Wimmera.

All southbound lanes on the Hume Freeway have been closed south of Euroa due to a grass fire.

The fire near Locksley has been controlled and 13 fire trucks are on site.

The says hot northerly winds and humidity of around ten per cent will create severe fire conditions in the west of the state.

Mildura is expecting a top temperature of 44C, which is close to the record high of 45C. Swan Hill is expecting a top of 43C and the temperature in Melbourne is expected to hit 38C.

Phil King from weather bureau says the conditions are unusual.

"The temperatures we're forecasting today are very close to record hot November temperatures," he said.

He says the heat will only last one day.

"We will see a trough move across the west of the state later this afternoon or evening and then increasing moisture with some rain and thunderstorms developing by Friday morning."

Paramedic Brett Drummond is urging people drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine and be aware of signs of dehydration.

"Symptoms sometimes can be fairly mild dizziness to feeling faint," he said.

"Then they can progress to being more severe. That might include cramps, feeling dizzy and confused it can even lead to unconsciousness."

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has placed extra aircraft in the north-west of the state today as a precaution.

CFA spokesman Brett Boatman is asking farmers in the west and the north-west to delay harvesting until the danger passes.

"We're saying to harvesters and contractors if they can delay their works until the fire danger passes, that reduces the ignition and the chance of fires," he said.

The hot weather is also expected to cause delays on V/Line train services. Speed restrictions will be introduced between noon and 8:00pm (AEDT).

V/line says services this afternoon could be up to 30 minutes slower and may be replaced by buses.

Pool party

As temperatures rose to 35C in Melbourne, the elephants at Melbourne Zoo took to the water.

All three elephant paddocks have pools, one of which is four metres deep.

The zoo's two calves, Mali and Ongard, are good swimmers and enjoyed a dip in the deep pool today, chasing after floating frozen fruit.

Swimming lessons are part of the exercise program designed to keep the elephants happy and healthy.

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Re: Victoria Weather

Postby @weather_wa » Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:10 pm

Victoria scorched by record breaking heat:

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/vict ... heat/22890

Mellissa Mackellar, Thursday November 29, 2012

It has been a day of record breaking heat in Victoria, with some places having their hottest November day in over a century.

A strong low pressure trough approaching the state has been sweeping heat from central Australia over the nation's southeast, leading to an extremely hot day.

The Mallee was the hottest part of the state. Ouyen's rounded maximum of 46 degrees means it reached at least 45.6 degrees, which jumped past Mildura's 45.5 degrees at 3:40pm to set a new Victorian November heat record. It was the hottest day since Black Saturday for both towns.

The previous state record was 45.0 degrees, set way back in 1905 at Mildura Post Office. Hopetoun Airport equalled this record at 3pm.

Walpeup and Longerenong haven't had a hotter November day in at least 45 years, while Kyabram in the Northern Country had its hottest November night on record.

Melbourne reached 39.1 degrees at 3:40pm, the city's sixth hottest November day in 165 years of records. Essendon and Moorabbin haven't had a hotter November day in 42 years of records, after hitting 39 degrees.

The low pressure trough will reach western parts of the state this evening, arriving in Melbourne early on Friday morning. The system will bring rain, thunderstorms and a cooler day, although temperatures are likely to remain above average as the warm air mass lingers over the state. A cooler airmass will then arrive on Saturday, bringing temperatures closer to average.

- Weatherzone

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