· ·

Melbourne’s wettest January day since 2004 after 95 000 homes lose power during heatwave

melbourne-s-wettest-january-day-since-2004-after-95-000-homes-lose-power-during-heatwave

More than 95 000 homes in and around Melbourne, Australia lost power late Sunday afternoon, January 28, 2018, as the state of Victoria endured one of its hottest days of the summer so far. The heat soon turned into biggest January deluge the city has seen since 2004.

Temperatures in Melbourne remained above 30 °C (86 °F) until 16:00 local time Sunday, in some places reaching 40 °C (104 °F), causing a huge spike in power demand. The electrical grid soon failed, apparently after the spike blew fuses, leaving more than 95 000 customers without power. Tens of thousands were still in darkness Monday afternoon.

Andrew Dillon from Energy Networks Australia told ABC Radio Melbourne the statewide system held up under the strain of demand, but local networks were overwhelmed. He said all five energy distributors across Victoria experienced outages after about 500 distribution fuses were overloaded.

Victorian Minister for Energy Lilly D'Ambrosio said the state had plenty of energy in reserves. "What went wrong was a massive failure across the energy infrastructure."

On Monday afternoon, January 29, the temperature dropped from 32 °C (89.6 °F) to 24 °C (75.2 °F) in 30 minutes as clouds engulfed the state, giving way to much-needed rain.

The cool change brought plenty of rainfall overnight Tuesday, between 20 and 50 mm (0.78 – 1.96 inches) at most locations and most of it over north-central and central districts.

24 hour rainfall over Victoria, AU - by 09:00 local time, January 30, 2018

24-hour rainfall over Victoria, AU by 09:00 local time, January 30, 2018. Credit: BOM

24 hour rainfall over Melbourne, Victoria, AU - by 09:00 local time, January 30, 2018

24-hour rainfall over Melbourne, Victoria, AU – by 09:00 local time, January 30, 2018. Credit: BOM

Sunbury topped the state with 73 mm (2.87 inches), followed by 64 mm (2.51 inches) at Toolern Vale and Bullengarook, 61 mm (2.40 inches) at Diggers Rest and 57 mm (2.24 inches) at Kelior.

Melbourne recorded 38.8 mm (1.52 inches) within 24 hours, making it the city's biggest January deluge since 2004.

While this is nowhere near to what fell over Sunbury, it was 80% of Melbourne's total rainfall for the month of January.

Featured image: Melbourne on January 27, 2018. Credit: BOM Victoria

If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.

Share:

Related articles

Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. If you value what we do here, select the level of your support and register your account.

Your support makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share.

All our supporters can browse the website without ads, allowing much faster speeds and a clean interface. Your comments will be instantly approved and you’ll have a direct line of communication with us from within your account dashboard. You can suggest new features and apps and you’ll be able to use them before they go live.

You can choose the level of your support.

Stay kind, vigilant and ready!

$5 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$50 /year

$10 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$100 /year

$25 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$200 /year

You can also support us by sending us a one-off payment using PayPal:

Leave a reply