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Despite its small size, Victoria has a varied climate that ranges from semi-arid and hot in the northwest to temperate and cool along the coast. The Great Dividing Range in the southern part of the state produces a cooler, alpine climate, and the coastal plain south of those mountains experience Victoria's mildest climate.

Average temperatures range from 86°F (30°C) in the summer months and 59°F (15°C) during winter. However, certain portions of the state can reach extreme high and lows; the highest ever recorded temperature was 119°F (48°C) in Hopetoun on February 7, 2009.

Annual rainfall amounts for Victoria exceed 71 inches (1,800 mm) in the east, but in the Mallee region (northwest) less than 10 inches (250 mm) is common. Victoria is considered to be the wettest Australian state after Tasmania.

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