Victoria has a temperate four-seasons climate, although the distinctions between the seasons are often blurred by the unpredictability of the weather. There are three climatic regions: the southern and coastal areas, the alpine areas, and the areas north and west of the Great Dividing Range. Winter is from June to August; summer December to February.
Daily summer temperatures in coastal areas average 25°C, in alpine areas 20°C, and in the northwest 35°C. Daily winter temperatures average 14°C along the coast, a chillier 10°C in alpine areas, and 17°C in the northwest.
Rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, although mid-January to mid-March tends to be the driest period. Victoria’s wettest areas are the Otway Ranges and the High Country. Because of exposure to frequent cold fronts and southerly winds, the coastal areas are subject to the most changeable weather patterns.
The weather is generally more stable north of the Great Dividing Range. The Wimmera and Mallee regions have the lowest rainfall and the highest temperatures.
It snows during the alpine high country winter; the closest snow to Melbourne is on Mt Donna Buang.