Ballarat's driest August in eight years

The coldest Victorian city has experienced its driest August in eight years.

With just 35.2mm of rain falling on Ballarat during the last month of a blistering winter, it was the driest August since 2006 when just 26.6 mm fell.

The dry month contributed to the driest winter since 2011 after just 177.6 mm fell, making it 13 per cent down on the long term winter average.

Year-to-date there has been 330mm shower the city, 26 per cent down on the long term average.

Little rain is likely to fall before 9am Sunday.

Over spring, warmer than average days and nights are expected.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts a strong chance of drier spring conditions across most central regions of Victoria, including Ballarat. 

"We've got a 60 to 65 per cent chance of it being drier than normal in parts of central NSW and down into central Victoria as well," BoM climate prediction service manager Dr Andrew Watkins said.

Dr Watkins said fewer chilly days and nights are expected in southern Australia in spring.

"It's looking pretty warm for daytimes and night-times in southern Australia, particularly in the southeast."

Some parts of Victoria and Tasmania will also be affected by this, he said.



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