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Mercury plunges as rain pummels state, roads

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Mercury plunges as rain pummels state

The rollercoaster that is Melbourne's weather will continue today, with steady rain expected to drench the city for most of the morning.

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The rollercoaster that is Melbourne's weather will continue today, with steady rain expected to drench the city for most of the morning and the top temperature expected to hit only half of yesterday's maximum.

A cold front moving through Bass Strait has delivered a large band of rain across the metropolitan area, with up to 15 millimetres of rain expected to fall by this afternoon.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Richard Carlyon said a top of 17 degrees was forecast in Melbourne, about half of the 30.2 degree warmth the city experienced yesterday.

Weatherzone: Melbourne storm tracker

Central Victoria and West Gippsland are expected to be the wettest areas in the state.

"The rain will contract eastwards, with just a few showers to follow this afternoon," Mr Carlyon said.

"They will become isolated tonight, so it will be an easing trend through the afternoon but it looks like steady rain persisting for the bulk of the morning."

The next high-pressure system will move south of Victoria late on Thursday and will extend a ridge towards Victoria on Friday, delivering sunny conditions and a top of 21 degrees for Melbourne on Derby Day.

Police warned motorists to be careful on the roads during today's rain, particularly on the Hume Freeway where emergency services were cleaning up a three-kilometre diesel spill that caused a B-double truck to jackknife.

The crash occurred on the south-bound lanes of the freeway at Beveridge about 6am. A car is also believed to have slid off the road on the diesel.

One south-bound lane of the Hume Freeway has been closed, and police may have to close all south-bound lanes while the truck is removed.

The Western Highway at Beaufort has also been closed after two semi-trailers crashed head-on just before 3.30am.

One truck burst into flames and both drivers were taken to Ballarat Hospital, one with serious injuries.

The Western Highway is expected to remain closed until mid-morning.

31 comments

  • It may not be hot and sunny today, but at least we're not in a hurricane :-)
    Be grateful for small mercies

    Commenter
    Weather chick
    Date and time
    November 01, 2012, 8:51AM
    • I hate Melbourne's weather. It's like a yo-yo and tell me, does it ever warm up in this God forsaken place?

      Commenter
      nina
      Date and time
      November 01, 2012, 9:32AM
    • Indeed. Doesn't hurt to have life's problems put in perspective from time to time.

      Commenter
      bornagirl
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      November 01, 2012, 9:34AM
    • The wind is pretty fierce here at the moment nevertheless..."blowing a gale" is the term I believe. No, not a hurricane thankfully. Feel for all those people who have lost their homes, livelihoods and even worse, their lives. Very sad. Condolences to those suffering in the US.

      Commenter
      JJ
      Location
      Langwarrin
      Date and time
      November 01, 2012, 10:55AM
    • @nina. dry those tears, we have seasons in Melbourne.

      You could always go home to the Gold Coast.

      Commenter
      Nin-Waaaah?
      Location
      Seasons!
      Date and time
      November 01, 2012, 11:29AM
    • @nina - I don't know, I'm only 29!

      Commenter
      Gill
      Date and time
      November 01, 2012, 1:01PM
    • Nina in 2009 the mercury topped 47 celsius, take the changes in our weather as a mercy sometimes.

      Commenter
      Pickled Herring
      Location
      Frankston
      Date and time
      November 01, 2012, 1:30PM
  • "Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Richard Carlyon said a top of 17 degrees was forecast in Melbourne, about half of the 30.2 degree warmth the city experienced yesterday."

    About half? Celcius is not a scale in which it is sensible to measure temperatures as fractions of each other. If you want to do that, you need to use the Kelvin scale, where 0 is absolute. In that scale, yesterday was 306.2 and today will be 293. Today will therefore be 95.69 percent of yesterday's temperature.

    Commenter
    Greg Platt
    Location
    Brunswick
    Date and time
    November 01, 2012, 9:06AM
    • Heh heh! Beat me to it Greg. If today were half yesterday's temp we'd need more than a light coat to stay warm at -121 deg C.

      Commenter
      Mawashi
      Date and time
      November 01, 2012, 9:24AM
    • We photographers use the Kelvin scale to reference the colour 'temperature' of light, not radiant heat! How is Kelvin degrees applied to heat?? I don't know where that tidbit of info came that degrees celcius is not reliable. It's based on science after all, not populist opinion...

      Commenter
      5500°K here and now
      Location
      Highton
      Date and time
      November 01, 2012, 9:31AM

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