Grand Final day has kicked off to a cold and windy start in Melbourne, with showers looming for the game.
Scarves and beanies are sure to come in handy today, no matter what colour they are. Cold southwesterly winds in the wake of a front were making nine degrees feel more like five this morning in Melbourne. These winds will remain fresh throughout the rest of the day, making it consistently feel colder than about 10 degrees.
Most of the showers this morning steered clear of Melbourne, targeting the state's south and southwest. Wilsons Promontory saw 8mm during the morning, bringing their total to 46mm in the 24 hours to 9am. This is the most rain recorded during September in 55 years. Port Fairy also registered 21mm, their heaviest for September since 2004.
Looking into this afternoon, there is a chance that showers, isolated thunderstorms and even small hail will develop during the game. However, any falls will be light and brief. The main feature that players and fans will have to contend with is the chilling wind, although the stadium will offer some protection.
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