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Melbourne weather: Cold front crossing Victoria bringing rain and possible hail to city and regions

Tuesday April 20, 2021 - 07:15 EST

Temperatures around Melbourne have dropped more than 5 degrees Celsius in 90 minutes as a gusty cold front moves across the state.

The cool change is expected to bring heavy rain and possibly hail to the city this afternoon, and the weather bureau has issued a road warning for drivers.

ABC weather presenter and meteorologist Nate Byrne said the cold front was going to a "big one".

"It's going to bring a bit of a drink, we're looking at between 8 and 15 millimetres [of rain] for the city," he said, adding that rain had already started falling in some parts of Melbourne.

The system brought a stark temperature change as it moved across the state.

At Melbourne Airport the temperature dropped from 19.1C at 10:00am to 13.4C by 11:30am, then down to 10.8C by 1:00pm.

"Winter is certainly approaching with a good bit of force this morning," Byrne said.

In Geelong the mercury fell from 16.8C to 13.1C between 9:00am and 9:30am, and had dropped all the way down to 11.6C by 12:00pm.

"There's been a dramatic plunge in temperatures right across the Melbourne metro area," BoM meteorologist Jonathan How said.

"Before the change we did have fairly mild conditions of high teens up to 20C, but as that cool change moved through, temperatures between 6 to 10C, for the most part."

By 5:00pm there had been 6 millimetres of rain in Melbourne and 11mm at Coldstream, east of Melbourne.

The coldest air is only expected to move through overnight, when temperatures could fall to as low as 9 or 10C.

Cold south-westerly winds are also expected to kick in later this evening, and could make the temperature feel as low as 4 or 5C, Mr How said.

Tomorrow, Melbourne is likely to remain partly cloudy and cold, but the bulk of rain and showers should clear up during the day.

Wind and sheep grazier warnings

Cold temperatures, rain and strong winds are also expected outside Melbourne as the cool change crosses the state.

The chilly change is expected to bring snow to the alpine region in south-east NSW and north-east Victoria, as well as parts of Tasmania.

Alpine areas could be hit by damaging winds until later this afternoon, with Mount Buller recording a wind gust of 85 kilometres per hour this morning.

BoM has issued a sheep grazier warning for the Wimmera, North Central, North East, South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts.

Strong marine wind warnings have also been issued for Port Phillip, Western Port, Gippsland Lakes, West Coast, Central Coast, Central Gippsland Coast and the East Gippsland Coast.

To see up-to-date weather warnings visit the BoM's website.


© ABC 2021

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