Another cold, wet week in store for Victoria
After the frostiest morning in weeks, a cold front is expected to bring rain in the days to come, with winds further adding to Victoria's big chill.PT1M29S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2s86g 620 349 August 20, 2013
As commuters make their way into work this morning, they would be forgiven for thinking they had been temporarily transported to more southern climes - like Antarctica.
Though the mercury pointed towards 5.5 degrees at 7am in the CBD on Tuesday, cold strong winds and patches of rain will deliver a freezing day for the much of the state.
Melbourne is expected to reach, for the second day in a row, a miserly maximum of 13 degrees with scattered showers and the possibility of hail. Snow showers are also expected on the Dandenong ranges above 500 metres.
Melbourne's winter chill has hit hard. Photo: Angela Wylie
Victoria's volunteer emergency crews are still on alert for fallen trees, felled power lines and flooded homes with the state facing more wild weather as forecasters predict heavy rain and high winds for the day or so.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued an almost blanket severe warning for damaging winds across Victoria, with strong gusts expected in alpine areas, parts of the west, south-west, north-central, north-east, central, and the South and East Gippsland districts.
An intense low pressure system moving towards Tasmania is mainly responsible for the strong winds and soaking rains.
Wind gusts up to 115km were recorded in alpine areas.
Although forecast as gusty, winds will not be as strong on Tuesday as on the weekend, turning from north-westerly to south-westerly, courtesy of a robust front bringing a cold blast from Antarctica.
Monday was the coldest day in about a month in most areas of Victoria with the wind chill factor making sure most people registered the milestone fact.
Geelong cooled to eight degrees in the afternoon, seven degrees below the average maximum for this time of year.
Hamilton and Mt Baw Baw experienced their coldest day this winter with maximum temperatures of seven and minus three degrees respectively, both six degrees below average.
Another cold front is due to cross the region on Wednesday night and Thursday, bringing with it moderately strong winds, heavy showers, small hail pellets and alpine snow will be there.
Thankfully for most, sunshine will return for the weekend as a high pressure system takes over. However, nights and mornings will be chilly.
It is bright times, too, for skiers and those heading to the snow resorts, where 30-to-60 centimetres of fresh powder has been added already this week.
The high pressure system will bring an end to the windiest week for the year and coldest week since mid winter.
The SES advises during wild weather that people:
Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
Secure or put away loose items around homes, yards and balconies
Keep clear of fallen power lines.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.