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Cold fronts crossing Victoria bring mild May to chilly end

By ABC weather presenter Paul Higgins, Friday May 14, 2021 - 03:15 EST
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It's time to dig out the winter woollies with an icy blast on the way. - ABC

A series of cold fronts will bring Melbourne's unseasonably warm May to a chilly end.

The mean maximum temperature so far this month is 19.8 degrees Celsius. That's well above the long-term average of 16.7 degrees.

While each of the cold fronts will only bring a few showers to southern and mountain districts of Victoria, it'll be time to dig out the winter woollies with an icy blast on the way.

Speaking on ABC's Victorian Country Hour, the Bureau of Meteorology's [BOM] senior forecaster Tom Delamont said there would "definitely be a very cold airmass on the Saturday".

He said there would be "some small hail around as well".

"[The] snow level is going to drop to 700 metres or so over Gippsland during Saturday morning," he said.

"We could even see snow flurries to five or six hundred metres early in the morning."

A severe weather warning is in effect for the central coastal fringe, the Otways and the Strzelecki Ranges.

For skiers, the inevitable question when early snow falls is will it be a good ski season?

There's no real correlation between the two. In 2020, a big dump in April had the ski industry smiling, before the pandemic put and end to any skiing.

As it turned out, it would have been one of the worst years for snow in recent times.

Cool weekend on the cards

The BOM is telling Victorians to brace for a series of rolling fronts.

"A cold front clears eastern parts [Friday] morning, with more fronts to follow early on Saturday and then early on Monday," it says in its forecast.

"A high pressure system will become established over Bight waters on the weekend before moving towards Victoria on Monday."

It is tipping 0 to 3 millimetres of rain for Melbourne City on Friday, increasing to 2 to 5 mm on Saturday with a high of just 13 degrees.

That will easily make it our coldest day so far this year.

The forecast for the weekend is looking chilly and wet.

On Sunday, the showers will taper off with a top of 16C, and similar conditions are forecast for Monday and Tuesday next week.

Get ready for some frosty mornings.


© ABC 2021

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