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Melbourne records its hottest July on record

Wednesday July 31, 2013 - 16:40 EST
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Melbourne looks set to break a record for the maximum July average temperature. - ABC

After an exceptionally cold start to the day, Melbourne has recorded its warmest July since records began 160 years ago.

The average maximum temperature for this month was 15.9C.

Temperatures overnight dipped to below zero at Coldstream and 3.6C in Melbourne.

In Essendon and Moorabbin, the temperature hovered just above 1C and there was widespread frost in the outer suburbs.

The previous record was set in 1975 when the maximum average temperature was 15.7C.

The Weather Bureau expects many other places around Victoria will also have recorded their warmest July on record, but it will take a few days for the data to be processed.

Weather bureau senior forecaster James Taylor says quite a few records have been broken this month, including for the highest maximum temperature in July, when the mercury hit 23.3C on July 18.


© ABC 2013

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