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Freezing day in Melbourne only going to get worse

Anthony Sharwood, Tuesday July 20, 2021 - 11:02 EST

While nobody enjoys a Covid lockdown, it's one of those days in Melbourne when you'd rather not leave home unless you absolutely have to.

Illustrating just how miserable this Tuesday is, Melbourne was cooler around mid-morning than it was at midnight:

  • The temperature in the city at 12 am (midnight) was 11.6°C.
  • At 11 am on Tuesday, it was just 10.5°C.

Image: Definitely a two coffee kinda day. Source: @doctor-a on Pixabay.

So what's happening with the weather?

Cloud and showers ahead of a cold front are the culprits for the chilly Tuesday temps, and things will only get worse around lunchtime, as gusty northerly winds give way to southwesterlies with further showers, which should knock another degree or two off temps.

Small hail is possible with the change, and there's even the slight chance of a snowflake or two up on Mt Dandenong later this evening.

Incoming! The Melbourne radar at 11:40 am Tuesday. Our live Melbourne radar is here.

And after today...

  • It's a bleak week ahead for Melbourne, as you'd expect for mid-July, with top temps set to fall short of 15°C all the way through until the end of the week.
  • Melbourne's warmest day this July was the first day of the month, when the maximum reached 17.2°C.
  • The coldest max so far was 10.6°C on July 3.
  • Friday and Sunday look to be the coldest two days in the coming week, with early forecasts suggesting tops of just 11°C.

Meanwhile Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Monday that the statewide lockdown - which was due to end Tuesday - will be extended. We'll know later today how long it has been extended for.

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