Melbourne's warmth ahead of a burst of wet and chilly windsWillemien Phelan, Monday October 15, 2012 - 14:15 EDT
Melbourne's cloudy Monday morning came in contrast to the glorious sunshine on Sunday. The cloud is the tell-tale sign of a cold change to hit the city on Tuesday afternoon but not before the temperature will reach in the summer-like domain.
Interior warmth will reach Melbourne with gusty northerly winds with a toasty top in the high twenties expected on Monday afternoon. These summer-like temperatures will entice office workers to an outdoor lunch. This will be the warmest day in about a fortnight and a welcome relief to last week's long cold spell.
Nights are also getting milder with last night staying above 14 degrees all night, which is five degrees warmer than average. However, the official 24-hour minimum was at 9am Sunday, 12 degrees. Cloud will again be a feature this evening and through the night acting as a blanket and the doona can be replaced by the spring variety.
Rain and chilling winds will hit the city on Tuesday afternoon with also some thundery downpours possible. This week's cold front is of much smaller proportion than last week and spring sunshine will peak through the clouds as early as Wednesday afternoon.
Thursday and Friday will be mostly sunny with pleasant seasonal tops in the low-twenties.
© Weatherzone 2012
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