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 2012
17:34 EST The weather bureau's long-term forecast is predicting a drier than normal October to December for much of eastern Australia and north-west Western Australia.