Cold front coming: Victorians told to brace for chilly change

Temperatures are expected to plummet by about 10 degrees by the end of the week as the first wintry cold front of the year sweeps across the state.

With the official start of winter still weeks away, Victorians have been urged to enjoy the last of the warm weather on Tuesday, with a forecast maximum of 11 degrees in parts of the state by Thursday and Friday.

There’s a cold change coming for Melbourne.Credit:Paul Jeffers

In Melbourne, there is a high chance of rain and a predicted maximum of between 14 and 16 degrees until Sunday.

The Bureau of Meteorology said a cold front approaching the south-west of Victoria on Tuesday was forecast to cross the state on Wednesday.

“This is expected to be a really significant cold outbreak,” duty forecaster Phoebe de Wilt said.

“Get out there and enjoy the weather on Tuesday because from Wednesday the temperatures are expected to drop in Melbourne.”

Melbourne is in for a “really significant cold outbreak”.Credit:Darrian Traynor

The bureau is predicting five to 15 millimetres of rain to fall in parts of the state on Thursday and Friday, but de Wilt said the cold change would be more noticeable.

The timing of this cold front is on par with previous years, but Melbourne has not seen maximum temperatures drop below 13 degrees at the start of May since 1962.

While this is still unlikely, Thursday and Friday’s predicted high of 14 degrees brings it close.

Across the state, the bureau is expecting some areas to get even colder.

The cold front is expected to be followed by flurries of snow down to 900 metres this week.Credit: Supplied

Ballarat is forecast to go from a maximum of 17 degrees on Tuesday to a high of 11 on Thursday.

The cold front is expected to be followed by flurries of snow on Thursday and Friday. The bureau has predicted snow above the 900-metre level in areas such as the Grampians and alpine regions.

The early falls will be good news for ski resorts after heavy losses due to COVID-19 restrictions for the past two seasons.

“I think this does bring some excitement to the ski resorts,” de Wilt said. “Hopefully, it’s an indicator [of a good season] for the ski resorts because they’ve really suffered over the last two years.”

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