Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Chilly start to weekend in Victoria and Tasmania

Brett Dutschke, Friday October 26, 2012 - 15:51 EDT

Cold, showery winds moved into Tasmania and southern Victoria on Friday, heralding a chilly start to the weekend, but sunshine will prevail.

Showers helped drop temperatures five-to-eight degrees below average as a cold front crossed the far southeast of Australia.

The temperature in Hobart has been hovering at about 10 degrees on Friday afternoon and the wind chill has made it feel more like seven or eight. It only briefly peaked at 13 degrees after Thursday's maximum of just 11. The last time the Tasmanian capital had two colder pair of days this late in the year was in 2007. In that year, Hobart had three consecutive days colder than 13 degrees early in November.

In Melbourne on Friday afternoon it was colder than 15 degrees most of the time, five below average. During showers it cooled to 13 degrees briefly and the wind made it feel more like 11 degrees.

It will come as no surprise that showers have been falling as snow on parts of the mountains, including Mt Wellington and Mt Baw Baw.

Those who are planning a picnic or a day at the races will be comforted by this showery burst only being short-lived.

After a chilly start to Saturday with light frost patches over inland areas, light showers will clear in the morning and the skies will turn from grey to blue.

For Cox Plate goers, sunglasses and a jacket or cardigan will be the order of the day. There will be plenty of sunshine but the temperature will only reach 17 degrees in the afternoon. No need for a brolly, unless you are leaving from eastern and southern suburbs of Melbourne in the morning. Any showers will be brief and light and will disappear by about 11am.

Come Sunday, both Tasmania and Victoria will be mostly sunny and a few degrees warmer. Melbourne should reach 22 degrees and Hobart 20, about two degrees above average.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2012

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Perth storm: Severe cold front hits WA's South West, bringing heavy rain, winds and flooding

12:16 EST

The full force of mother nature is being felt in Western Australia as emergency services deal with damaging wind gusts from a severe cold front that is also dumping heavy rain in Perth and the state's South West.

Damaging winds lash WA

11:00 EST

Severe weather continues to threaten parts of WA today after a powerful front crossed the state's west coast overnight.

Severe weather warning issued as destructive cold front hits southern WA

23:06 EST

Heavy rain has soaked Perth and surrounds as the first strong cold front of the season batters the southern half of the state, with damaging winds of up to 125 kilometres per hour predicted overnight.