Melbourne - Extreme Daily Rainfall for Each Year





This page lists the heaviest rainfalls and wettest days of each year in Melbourne, Victoria Australia. The information answers questions like: When was the last time Melbourne got more than 75 millimetres of rain in a single day? What was the heaviest rainfall of 2018 or 150 years ago?

The list gives the highest daily precipitation for each year in Melbourne and the date that it happened. A date with a plus sign beside it means the same amount of rain also fell on at least one other day earlier that year.

These records go back to 1856. During that time the heaviest downpour measured for a single day was 113.3 millimetres (4.5 inches) on February 3, 2005.

Since 2010 the rainfall extremes were observed at Melbourne Airport. Before then, the weather station was in downtown Melbourne.

Most rain in one day for recent years in Melbourne
Inches Date Milli­metres
2.7 March 05, 2020   69.1
0.7 June 04, 2019 18.5
1.7 January 30, 2018 43.7
1.6 April 10, 2017 40.9
2.5 December 30, 2016 62.7
1.5 December 26, 2015 37.1
1.5 November 16, 2014 36.8
3.0 June 01, 2013 75.7
1.1 February 28, 2012 27.7
2.1 February 05, 2011 53.8
2.1 October 31, 2010 54.4
Highest daily rainfall recorded at Melbourne each year
Inches Date Milli­metres
1.8 November 22, 2009 45.7
1.4 December 13, 2008 36.3
1.1 November 04, 2007 27.4
1.9 February 26, 2006 47.0
4.5 February 03, 2005 113.3
1.8 January 30, 2004 45.5
1.5 December 03, 2003 37.8
0.8 February 02, 2002 19.6
1.8 March 23, 2001 46.0
1.5 October 25, 2000 38.4
1.7 June 11, 1999 42.7
1.5 January 25, 1998 37.8
0.9 November 11, 1997 23.6
2.1 January 02, 1996 53.8
1.8 May 01, 1995 44.7
2.2 February 11, 1994 55.4
3.5 December 28, 1993 89.2
1.1 December 21, 1992 28.4
1.9 January 23, 1991 49.3
1.6 July 18, 1990 40.6
2.7 December 14, 1989 69.1
2.6 November 22, 1988 66.5
1.8 December 02, 1987 46.0
0.9 December 08, 1986 23.4
1.5 December 10, 1985 37.6
1.8 September 19, 1984 44.5
2.3 October 16, 1983 58.7
1.4 December 08, 1982 35.3
1.7 May 26, 1981 43.9
1.4 May 20, 1980 35.8
1.7 May 03, 1979 42.4
2.4 November 19, 1978 61.7
2.1 April 08, 1977 53.3
1.1 September 21, 1976 27.7
1.2 December 30, 1975 30.0
2.0 May 15, 1974 51.3
3.2 February 06, 1973 81.3
3.3 February 18, 1972 82.6
2.6 November 07, 1971 66.3
2.1 January 02, 1970 53.8
1.8 May 30, 1969 44.5
1.3 January 21, 1968 32.5
0.8 May 19, 1967 20.1
1.5 April 22, 1966 39.1
1.0 August 07, 1965 + 26.2
1.0 December 09, 1964 24.9
4.3 January 29, 1963 108.0
1.5 October 20, 1962 39.1
1.5 April 24, 1961 37.6
3.2 April 23, 1960 80.0
1.2 September 20, 1959 31.2
2.8 February 20, 1958 71.4
1.5 July 11, 1957 38.4
1.9 March 17, 1956 49.0
1.9 September 23, 1955 48.0
3.9 December 04, 1954 99.6
2.4 October 21, 1953 61.0
1.9 July 14, 1952 48.3
2.4 February 18, 1951 62.0
1.8 February 02, 1950 44.5
1.9 March 08, 1949 48.0
1.1 February 16, 1948 26.9
1.7 July 29, 1947 43.9
3.4 February 26, 1946 87.4
1.5 January 31, 1945 37.8
1.1 March 10, 1944 26.7
1.5 January 23, 1943 37.3
1.8 November 22, 1942 46.5
2.1 December 05, 1941 54.1
1.4 April 14, 1940 35.3
3.4 February 26, 1939 86.9
1.5 February 05, 1938 38.4
1.9 October 18, 1937 49.0
1.8 April 08, 1936 45.0
1.4 January 06, 1935 35.6
3.2 December 01, 1934 81.3
1.7 December 15, 1933 43.4
2.0 October 13, 1932 51.8
2.1 March 21, 1931 52.6
1.8 February 21, 1930 44.7
2.2 March 25, 1929 56.1
1.8 February 13, 1928 45.2
0.8 October 01, 1927 21.1
1.5 January 08, 1926 37.3
1.2 January 22, 1925 + 29.5
2.7 March 27, 1924 69.6
1.1 December 26, 1923 26.9
2.0 February 22, 1922 50.0
2.0 January 02, 1921 51.8
1.4 November 15, 1920 35.6
3.6 March 05, 1919 90.2
1.9 March 06, 1918 48.3
2.1 December 31, 1917 52.8
2.3 September 23, 1916 58.7
0.9 January 07, 1915 21.8
1.1 January 26, 1914 26.7
1.2 May 05, 1913 31.0
1.0 December 06, 1912 25.9
2.0 March 07, 1911 50.0
1.6 September 28, 1910 40.1
1.5 December 01, 1909 38.6
1.2 March 09, 1908 29.5
2.6 December 28, 1907 66.5
2.0 September 10, 1906 51.1
1.6 February 12, 1905 41.7
2.1 February 07, 1904 54.4
1.4 June 08, 1903 36.3
2.6 March 27, 1902 65.0
2.3 April 22, 1901 57.9
1.8 May 18, 1900 46.0
1.4 August 08, 1899 36.3
0.8 May 18, 1898 21.3
3.0 January 09, 1897 75.4
1.5 February 20, 1896 37.3
1.7 January 05, 1895 43.7
1.0 December 29, 1894 24.4
1.5 November 20, 1893 38.1
1.6 April 10, 1892 39.9
2.9 July 12, 1891 74.4
1.7 November 25, 1890 43.4
2.8 April 08, 1889 70.1
1.3 May 04, 1888 34.0
2.3 December 01, 1887 57.4
2.0 November 25, 1886 51.3
1.5 March 27, 1885 37.1
2.0 March 29, 1884 51.8
1.9 November 10, 1883 48.0
2.2 December 06, 1882 56.9
2.1 August 17, 1881 54.4
1.8 March 24, 1880 45.2
0.9 December 28, 1879 22.6
2.9 March 16, 1878 73.4
2.0 March 01, 1877 50.5
2.0 November 16, 1876 50.0
1.6 February 04, 1875 41.1
1.2 November 14, 1874 29.2
1.3 October 31, 1873 32.3
1.7 December 21, 1872 41.9
1.3 August 08, 1871 34.0
1.7 January 26, 1870 43.7
2.4 October 17, 1869 59.9
1.3 November 02, 1868 31.8
1.5 December 13, 1867 38.6
1.4 May 18, 1866 34.5
0.7 September 04, 1865 + 18.5
1.4 December 02, 1864 36.3
1.8 December 15, 1863 46.5
1.5 April 17, 1862 37.6
2.7 February 01, 1861 69.1
2.3 December 10, 1860 58.7
1.2 January 27, 1859 30.0
1.8 February 03, 1858 44.5
2.2 March 23, 1857 56.6
2.9 April 18, 1856 73.2
Reference

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology. Climate Data Online.

Jay Lawrimore. 2016. Global Summary of the Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 

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