After a warm and muggy night, Melbourne Cup Day 2012 started on a damp note. Showers reached the race course just before the first race and it will continue to be a wet affair until the showers clear around 3pm.
Thunderstorms are also a risk during the morning, however if they hit Flemington they should be brief with only a few lightning strikes.
The night stayed warmer than 23 degrees all night up to 7:30am when a cool change dropped temperatures to 20 degrees, which is still the warmest Cup morning in at least a decade.
Total rainfall amounts are expected to be in the region of 2-5mm today. If more than 2mm falls it will be the wettest Melbourne Cup day in the past 10 years.
With light southerly winds of around 15-20km/h you won't need to hold onto your hats and dresses. A few sunny breaks should also help the temperature reach into the mid-twenties around the middle of the day.
Keep an eye on the showers with the radar http://www.weatherzone.com.au/radar/vic/melbourne/64km
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00:30 EDT Locals on the Cocos Islands have spent Christmas Day hunkered down in their homes, as Tropical Cyclone Kate passed just north of the tiny community more than 2,000 kilometres off the West Australian coast.