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Melbourne weather: Winter chill steals into one of warmest autumns on record

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Patrick Hatch

Melbourne has been about 1.5 degrees warmer than average throughout autumn.

Melbourne has been about 1.5 degrees warmer than average throughout autumn. Photo: Paul Harris

Melbourne woke to a cold shock on the second-last day of one of the warmest autumns on record.

Gloves were pulled on across the city, with Coldstream recording the lowest temperature in the Melbourne area when it hit 0.9 degrees at 6.55am on Friday.

For Victoria, it'll come in as one of the top three autumns and one of the top three Mays. 

Scoresby reached 3 degrees at 7.30am, Laverton dropped to 2.7 degrees at 6am and the city recorded a low of 6.2 degrees at 8am.

The winter preview comes at the end of one of the warmest autumns on record.

Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Blair Trewin said Melbourne had been about 1.5 degrees warmer than average throughout autumn and about 2 degrees warmer than average in May.

“For Victoria, it'll come in as one of the top three autumns and one of the top three Mays,” Dr Trewin said.

The hottest autumn and May on record were in 2007.

With one day remaining in the season, it will go down to the wire if this year's autumn and May are warmer than in 1988, which is the second warmest on record.

Dr Trewin said Melbourne temperatures broke two records for May, with a run of 13 days over 20 degrees and a run of 14 days when the temperature didn't drop below 10 degrees.

“We had no significant cold fronts in May, apart from right at the start of the month,” Dr Trewin said.

“You sometimes see in autumn it go for a week with settled conditions, but to go for three weeks is pretty unusual for this time of year.”

Melbourne is expected to hit a top of 19 degrees on Friday, but patchy rain is expected over the weekend and showers are forecast for the first half of next week.

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