Chilly temperatures are taking over Melbourne for just a few more days ahead of spring warmth.
It has been a fairly lacklustre winter for Melbourne with only three days staying below 12 degrees all season. This is but a few compared to the average of eight times per year over the last 30 years.
Yesterday was cold with a maximum of just 14 degrees right across the greater Melbourne area. The coldest part of Melbourne was at Ferny Creek where the mercury only made it to a 'fridge-like' eight degrees.
Today started off even colder than yesterday morning, with the city's temperature plummeting to five degrees, its coldest morning in almost three weeks. Ferny Creek had its coldest morning in two years, falling to one degree.
The rest of today will turn out quite similar to yesterday with gusty winds, a few showers and temperatures staying in the low teens for most of the city.
Tomorrow will be a touch warmer as a high pressure ridge briefly pushes in from the north, before a cold front arrives in the evening.
Thursday will then be similar to today and yesterday, although with a bit of extra cloud and more showers. The temperature and wind chill factor should be almost the same. Friday will be the final day in the cold event for Melbourne, with just a few showers left in it.
On the weekend people can probably celebrate the end of the coldest and windiest weather for Melbourne as a high pressure system looks to dominate conditions for a week. The high should only allow a stray weak front or two to cool Melbourne slightly. The dominating high will allow warmth to gradually filter south from mainland Australia, leading to milder temperatures.
As spring takes hold in Melbourne, there will still be the occasional cold day, but the city is unlikely to see an event of the magnitude of this week again until next winter.
© Weatherzone 2013
17:37 EDT Much of western New South Wales has begun a heat wave, reaching at least five degrees above average for at least five days, averaging a maximum of 35 degrees or more.