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Weather Forecast

The Dive Victoria Group

Weather Forecast

It is well known that Melbourne can have “4 seasons in one day” but these small changes in weather generally do not effect diving. If it’s forecast rain, it doesn’t matter you’re already planning to get wet! When it’s raining you will often find that the wind dies down and surface conditions improve.

To gain the best idea for the weather forecast we use a variety of resources which area available online. These include:

http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/portphillip.shtml

This gives a local inside the bay forecast from Port Phillip Heads up to the city. It’s a good gauge for wind speed inside the bay.

http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/centralcoast.shtml

This is the Central Coastal Forecast for outside Port Phillip Heads. This ranges from Cape Otway across to Wilsons Prom, then Port Phillip Heads down to King Island.

http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/

Meteye is a fantastic new interactive map and can be used to zoom in on your location. You can select wind and swell on the left hand side and then zoom into Port Phillip Heads. You can also look 4-7 days in advance.

http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/vic.asp

Seabreeze is a windsurfing website which gives the wind, swell and temperature for Melbourne. Its swell prediction is usually more than the actual and is only good to look a maximum 4 days ahead.

http://www.portofmelbourne.com/port-operations/waves-wind-and-weather

This site gives you a look at the current conditions of the heads. Select Point Nepean for swell or Point Lonsdale for wind.

Its always important to note the period of the swell and direction of the wind as a 40k/hr Northerly wind is great for diving outside the heads but maybe too lumpy for Portsea Hole.

To transit Port Phillip Heads the significant swell must be less than 2 metres and wind less than 20kts from the Southerly half. All these sites are usually updated around 5am and 5pm each day. If we think the weather will cancel your trip we will either call or email following the update the day before so it is essential that you have given us all your details.

Forecast for Port Phillip and Western Port

Thursday, 24th August

A high pressure system over the Bight extends a ridge over northern Victoria. The ridge will strengthen and persist over the State on Friday. Another cold front will approach from the southwest during Saturday and cross southern Victoria early on Sunday.

Forecast for Port Phillip

Thursday, 24th August

Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning westerly below 10 knots in the evening.

Friday, 25th August

West to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots.

Saturday, 26th August

West to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots.

Sunday, 27th August

Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning southerly during the morning.

Monday, 28th August

Variable about 10 knots.

Last Updated: 24/08/2017 04:49pm