The rain that inundated Birchip on December 14th of last year was the most the town has ever received in one day since record keeping began.
The Bureau of Meterology released its summary of weather nationwide in 2018 today, and it showed the northern Wimmera town received 130.2 millimetres across the 24 hours.
This broke the rainfall record set exactly 57 years earlier, on December 14, 1961, by nearly 11 millimetres.
The December deluge also helped the region record annual rainfalls close to the long-term average.
Only Horsham and Stawell Aerodromes received significantly less, with the Bureau reporting the rain gauges received 256.4 and 378.6 millimetres, just 70 per cent and 80 per cent of a normal year’s fall in each of those areas.
When it came to temperature, Longerenong recorded the the hottest and coldest temperatures of anywhere in the region, reaching a searing top of 45.9 degrees celsius on January 19 and dipping to -3.8 on September 16.
The Agricultural college town also equalled its highest ever average daily maximum temperature. The agricultural college town usually had days that reached 23.2 degrees celsius across the year, as was the case in 2014.
Longerenong, Horsham and Warracknabeal also recorded their hottest ever April days on the 11th, when the mercury reached 37.0, 37.0 and 37.2 respectively.