Winter not hitting Ballarat just yet

Another gloomy Sunday might have you believe Ballarat is in the thick of winter but so far the city has been warmer than usual.

Sunday reached a high of 10.7 degrees about pm and with an overnight low  of 5.9 degrees.

This followed a wet Saturday with a top temperature of just under 12 degrees.

For the week to come there is a string of days where the mercury will not climb above 12 degrees but there is some sun expected to break through in the middle of the week.

While it may seem like the depths of chilly season, figures for the first half of June show Ballarat still isn't seeing the kind of winter weather it is used to.

The average minimum temperature has only been 5.2 degrees which is 1.3 degrees above the chillier average of 3.9.

Similarly the maximum average temperature is 12.5 degrees, 1.3 degrees above the long term average.

Put in terms of a "shiver" factor, last year the temperature in June dropped to freezing or below a total of nine times. It has not been below zero degrees once so far this month.

Similarly there were four days in June 2013 in Ballarat where the temperature did not climb above 10 degrees but so far there has been none in 2014.

The above average June temperatures also follow on from one of the warmest Mays on record.

Rainfall is on track for an average  with about half the normal June rainfall of 62.8 mm having fallen. The year to date total for 2014 however at 184 mm is a long way behind the average of 304 mm.

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