A bout of June Gloom has struck parts of Victoria and southern New South Wales, leading to chilly days.
On Wednesday low cloud lingering under an area of high pressure led to the coldest day since last winter for a large area, including Melbourne, Ballarat, Charlton, Rutherglen, Albury and Narrandera.
For some inland areas the low cloud held temperatures below 10 degrees all day, as five-to-seven degrees below the June average.
As of 3pm Wangaratta had only reached 7.9 degrees, seven degrees below average and its coldest day since 2010. Wagga Wagga was having its coldest day since 2011, staying six degrees below average, only reaching 8.6 degrees.
Ironically, it was warmer on the Alps due to there being plenty of sunshine. The sunshine allowed Mt Buller to get to 10 degrees, seven degrees above average.
On Thursday the high will have shifted a bit to the east, allowing low cloud to clear. However, mid-and-high-level cloud will move in from the west, putting a lid on temperatures again. So, after a cold start to the day under clearing skies, increasing cloud will keep temperatures below 10 degrees for much of the day across Victoria and southern NSW.
But that is when the short run of gloomy days will end for northern Victoria and southern NSW. Friday is looking mostly sunny and warmer with daytime temperatures reaching the mid-to-high teens.
However, for southern Victoria the run of gloom will last a few more days due to a succession of fronts. One front will lead to a cloudy and showery Friday and Saturday and a cloudy Sunday and another stronger front will make the first few days of next week cloudy and showery.
Melbourne is unlikely to have a mostly sunny day for at least a week and should stay below 15 degrees on most days.
© Weatherzone 2014
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