VICTORIA experienced a very dry spring with "lower than usual" rainfall averages across the state.Parts of western Victoria experienced rainfall averages significantly below average, with similar patterns observed across the state.
The North Mallee district recorded very low rainfall averages with Mildura receiving a total of 22.8mm of rain during spring.
This accounts for only 27 per cent of the long-term average rainfall.
South Mallee recorded slightly higher averages with Swan Hill receiving 53 per cent of its long-term average rainfall.
Wimmera regions in northwestern Victoria saw more rain than the Mallee, with figures about 50 per cent of long-term averages across the district.
Horsham recorded a total of 102.9mm during the three months and highest percentage in the district.
Kerang in Victoria's Upper North district received "average'' rain in spring, receiving 68 per cent of the long term rainfall average (70.6mm).
It also saw it's hottest spring day in five years.
Victoria's West Coast and Gippsland districts saw brighter numbers overall with spring rainfall averages ranging between 60 and 90 per cent of the long term season averages.
Bureau of Meteorology Victorian climate meteorologist Dr Harvey Stern said that "only one in 10 springs is this dry''.
"We had rainfall much drier than usual, very much below average rainfall in central and western parts,'' Dr Stern said.
"It was dry almost everywhere in Victoria.''
Dr Stern also said wind pressure patterns affected the dry spring.
"We started off in September with the flow from the west or northwest, so that was going to encourage dryness, and warmness,'' he said.
Anticipated rainfall figures are expected to remain average.
"The main message is (summer will be) hotter than usual. The rainfall, not much different to average, and overnight temperatures might even be a bit cooler than normal,'' Dr Stern said.
Warracknabeal farmer Dr Tony Gregson said although Victoria experienced little rainfall in spring, the crops yielded "surprisingly well''.
"I'm pleasantly surprised at how good the yields have been which suggests there is more stored moisture in the soil than we thought,'' Dr Gregson said.
"Quality has been a bit patchy, but still surprisingly good.''