March so far - will the record be broken?

23 days in, and we've had only five days below the average, and just one night colder than average. 

The persistent weather pattern has helped this warmth, with a high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea (making it wet in parts of New South Wales and Queensland, then the winds dry out and warm up as they go over the ranges and come down to Victoria).

This has left us with an average so far of 17.2C overnight and 27.5C during the day. Well above average, and our night's are currently higher than the hottest March in records that go back to the 1850s.

Lets see what happens over the next week.

Jane Bunn 7 News Melbourne 6pm - a look at March so far and how it compares to previous years - March 23 2017.