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Chilly day for Melbourne

A cold front has brought chilly temperatures to Melbourne but summery weather is on the way later in the week

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After a cold blast on Sunday saw the temperature drop 10 degrees in seven minutes, Melburnians have cause to question: where is our summer?

Still on its way, says the Bureau of Meteorology's senior forecaster Rod Dickson.

About 4pm on Sunday, the pleasant temperature dropped with a cold blast and wind gusts of up to 100 km/h through the metropolitan area.

Beaches, such as here in Port Melbourne, should soon get busier as the mercury increases.

Beaches, such as here in Port Melbourne, should soon get busier as the mercury increases. Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones

"We were sitting on 25 or 26 degrees at 4pm, then it dropped to 15 degrees and that was accompanied by squally winds," Mr Dickson said.

"It came in with a thud ... It was a pattern we would normally see in spring time."

The temperature on Monday will hardly improve, with just 19 degrees forecast.

There has been no day with a temperature over 30 so far in January, and although not unique, it was unusual, Mr Dickson said.

The average temperature in the first five days was 23 degrees – three degrees lower than the January average.

Traditionally, the hottest part of Melbourne's summer is at the end of January and early February, he said.

Mr Dickson said temperatures were expected to remain in the low 20s until Friday, when it was predicted to break through to 31 degrees with a weak change on Saturday, with 28 degrees, that would see Sunday's top temperature drop to 25 degrees.

So where is that summer? By next week, when mid-January arrives, the temperatures should be up in the low 30s for a spell, Mr Dickson said.

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