It was pretty much an "average January" at Longy with rainfall of 24.0mm being very close to the long term average of 23.7mm and maximum temperatures sitting right on the average of 29.9 degrees up until the final two days of the month. It was actually shaping up to be the first January without a 40 degree day since 2004, but the last two days of scorching heat put paid to that statistic as well as bumping the average maximum up to 30.9 degrees in the process.
Horsham did a lot better than Longerenong in the rainfall department; particularly on January 20th when thunderstorms dumped 31.4mm on the Horsham weather station (a big part of their monthly total of 51.8mm) while barely 10km away as the crow flies, the Longy station only received 4.8mm.
The first day of February has already seen even better rainfall totals with a whopping 41.8mm to 9am at Longerenong; already well and truly above the monthly average of 23.8mm and the best daily rainfall since 51.6mm on 21st April 2017. In fact it's already the highest February total since 2011 after just one day and with the promise of a bit more to come yet before the monsoon rain system clears away.