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The Weather in Melbourne is actually fairly predictable throughout the year, however, the Melbourne climate is well known for its changeable weather conditions.

There is an excellent explanation for this. Melbourne is situated on the boundary of 2 unique areas.  One is the hot inland areas of the dry deserts.  The other is the cold southern ocean.

One of the best reasons why Melbourne is the best city in Australia, is that you actually get to see and feel the seasons change. There is a definite division between the seasons, usually heralded by the time of the setting sun, the color of the tree leaves and the temperature in the air.

Anyone who has lived here in Melbourne and has moved away, misses these changes terribly. 

Fog in Melbourne compliments of David Dusink from Australia (Amazing Fog) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsFog flowing into the Melbourne CBD compliments of David Dusink from Australia (Amazing Fog) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Where is the best place to experience Melbourne's changeable weather conditions?

The city of Melbourne is situated at the top end of Port Phillip Bay. Both sun rises and sunsets can be enjoyed from plenty of vantage points. One such vantage point is down on the foreshore beaches close to the city. From here, you can see the storms coming in from the south west or dust storms crawling in from the northern open plains.

Storm on Port Phillip Bay compliments of https://flic.kr/p/8XQ58yStorm approaching Portarlington on Port Phillip Bay compliments of https://flic.kr/p/8XQ58y

Note: When visiting Melbourne, be prepared for any sort of Melbourne weather conditions.  Wear layers of clothing that you can remove as the day warms up and don't forget to take your umbrella.

Melbourne weather in the Spring and Summer months can be interesting, when strong cold fronts form. These can cause all sorts of severe storms. Sometimes these storms are accompanied with gale force winds, loud thunder and wild electric displays.

When the temperature drops, heavy rain can be expected. Sometimes large hail can hit the city and surrounding suburbs. Flash flooding is quite a common occurrence, however, these waters soon find their way back out into Port Phillip Bay.

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Be Prepared for 4 Seasons in One Day

Melbourne Summers are noted for their occasional extreme heat. Bush fires are a constant danger. Most days in Summer, there is a need for fire bans to protect the state. With severe winds and high temperatures, the grasslands and trees dry out quite quickly. The danger is real and Melburnians are always on the lookout for warning signals.

Melbourne weather in Summer time is the best time to experience our changeable weather. Summer is definately the season for 4 seasons in one day!

Cold winds can sometimes cross the state of Victoria. If the day has been a typical dry hot one, then this climatic mix can create heavy showers. Watch for hail storms and dramatic thunder when this happens. The air becomes quite thick and the humidity soars. Suddenly the temperature will drop dramatically. It can become quite cold. Once the storm has passed, the temperature soon starts to rise back up to where it was before. Quite a unique experience!

Melbourne's Winters are full of frosts and fog.  Sleet rather than snow can fall now and again and sometimes quite close to the CBD. This can occur more into the Dandenong and Otway Ranges that surround the city giving the locals and tourists a fun opportunity to play in the white wonderland.

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What are the best Seasons for you to enjoy Melbourne?

Spring and Autumn would have to be the most pleasant and attractive seasons when wandering through Melbourne.

Autumn in Melbourne is excellent with the delicious crisp air and clear blue skies. The magic colours of the autumn leaves, as the trees ready themselves for the coming winter months, makes a great photo opportunity. You can often find children frolicking through the piles of fallen leaves in the city's parks.

Melbourne city street in Autumn compliments of https://flic.kr/p/6nNc7yMelbourne city street in Autumn compliments of https://flic.kr/p/6nNc7y

Spring in Melbourne is excellent with delicious crisp air and clear blue skies. The magic of cherry blossoms and the color of the new vibrant fluro green leaves as the trees ready themselves for the coming Summer months, is wonderful to view throughout the streets and city's parks.

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If you would like to investigate Melbourne weather statistics more thoroughly, these links will go into these more in depth.

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Summary statistics Melbourne regional Office for the Bureau of Meteorology




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Adapting to a Changing Climate - Melbourne's Story | City of Melbourne

The city of Melbourne is putting systems into place to help adapt to the changing climate. This video explains the measures that the city is going to, to ensure that Melbourne remains one of Australia's best and most comfortable city's that you will continue to enjoy.

Melbourne Weather - Month by Month

This section of the website discusses what you can expect every month of the year, how to cope with the temperature changes and also the fact that, even though Melbourne's weather is quite stable, there are months when it can become quite unpredictable.

   Just click the onto the month below that interests you for more information  

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