Victorians to ‘return to winter’ in Grand Final week with icy storms forecast

Catie McLeodNCA NewsWire
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Victorians have been told to brace themselves for a return to winter weather, with umbrellas recommended for any picnic-goers on the AFL Grand Final long weekend.

A cold front that moved across the state at the weekend has largely cleared off, but icy winds, showers and hail are all expected on Monday night in parts of the state.

The weather is expected to clear up by the middle of the week, before more rain and wind arrive on Friday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds on Monday for parts of western and central Victoria including Melbourne.

Camera IconParts of Victoria, including Melbourne, are expecting a blast of wintry weather on Monday. NCA NewsWire/Daniel Pockett Credit: News Corp Australia

Showers and cold air will continue across southern and eastern parts of the state on Monday night, with the snow level set to drop to about 500.

Unusually for this time of year, Mount Dandenong and Ballarat are both likely to see snow flurries.

Melbourne is expecting more showers on Tuesday with a chance of thunder and hail which will gradually ease in the afternoon before another burst of showers on Tuesday night.

BOM Victorian forecaster Jonathan How said Victorians were on a “spring rollercoaster” this week, with Thursday looking like the warmest day for Melbourne with a top of 21 degrees.

Another cold front is anticipated to roll in from lunchtime on the Friday public holiday, bringing wind and showers before Saturday’s Grand Final.

“If you’re going for a picnic, prepare for some wet weather and maybe bring some tent pegs,” Mr How said.

Mr How said bone chilling winds had brought the “feels like” temperature right down across Victoria in the past few days.

“Even though the temperature has been in single digits, the really cold wind and cloud weather means if you step outside it feels much colder,” he said.

“In Melbourne today, the temperature was sitting about 9C but the feels like temperature had been sitting about 4C.”

The feels like temperature plunged on Monday morning to a teeth-chattering -4 degrees at Melbourne Airport and -1 degree in Geelong.

The cold snap follows an unseasonably warm start to spring, with much higher than average temperatures recorded on much of Australia’s east coast in early September.

Originally published as Victorians to ‘return to winter’ in Grand Final week with icy storms forecast

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