Chilly and showery conditions take over MelbourneKim Westcott, Wednesday February 17, 2016 - 11:38 EDT
Temperatures took a plunge on Tuesday throughout Melbourne and surrounds.
Melbourne city only reached 18 degrees yesterday, eight degrees below the average. At Viewbank, it reached 19 degrees, which is nine degrees below average and the coldest February day in five years.
Showers also accompanied the cooler weather, although they were very light and generally less than 5mm. Even with these small amounts, Melbourne doubled the total rain that fell previously this month. Throughout the Central district, rainfall so far this month has been sparse, with most places seeing between five and twenty percent of the average February falls.
The front which swept through yesterday has cold air, southerly winds and a few showers in its wake. In turn, Melbourne will remain in the low 20â??s for the next few days with cool onshore winds and a few showers around the suburbs.
The sun will finally come out on Sunday, with the mercury set to reach 28 degrees - allowing Melbournites to thaw out.
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