CENTRAL Victoria has had an above-average amount of rain over winter.
Although spring has brought on warmer weather for the past few days, the Bureau of Meteorology’s statistics show Bendigo had significantly more rainfall over winter than the average for the past 22 years.
Mean maximum and minimum temperatures were also slightly higher. About 229.2 millimetres of rain fell on Bendigo over June, July and August, above the average of 156.9 millimetres.
It is good news for central Victorian farmers, who were in desperate need of rain after a dry summer and autumn.
January only produced 0.6 millimetres of rain.
Elmore grain farmer Mike Mullane, said the winter had treated farmers very well. “It has been good. We’ve had a lot of wet days. It’s pretty much made up for the really dry summer.”
Mr Mullane said all farmers were hoping the wet weather continued.
“The crops are looking really good at the moment. We just need spring rain to finish them off. That would be ideal.”
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Gary Missen said there was not much rain in sight, with warm weather set to continue.
Tuesday and Wednesday are predicted to reach 24 degrees, although a change will come through on Thursday.
“There looks to be about one or two millimetres on Thursday, one millimetre on Friday, and a drop of two on Sunday. But unfortunately its not that much.”