Melbourne chills out after hottest night
After an uncomfortably warm evening in Melbourne saw temperatures hang at their highest since 1997, a cold change brings strong winds of up to 90 kilometres per hour.PT0M0S 620 349
Melbourne's tricky weather took a Christmas Day holiday this year when the sunshine arrived just in time for lunches and church services.
Torrential storms lashed Victoria on Christmas Day last year with strong winds, flash flooding, and hail the size of golf balls triggering 3000 distress calls.
But in 2012 there was no repeat of the terrible weather. The weather bureau is forecasting mostly sunny conditions with a south-westerly breeze to continue across the state until after Boxing Day.
It was just what those heading to beaches, family get-togethers, or charitable events had been wishing for.Claudia Kaster was one of the many self-proclaimed Christmas orphans at Federation Square on Tuesday afternoon for a community picnic.
''I love to be outside,'' said Ms Kaster, who lost her partner two years ago and didn't want to stay home alone. ''It's really great for people to come together."
Co-organiser Joe Norster said the annual ''Orphans and Exiles'' picnic, which saw the square adorned with 250 plastic pines, was designed to ensure everyone had somewhere to spend Christmas, providing ''a sense of community''.
Thousands also attended church services. Both Anglican and Catholic church leaders in Melbourne used their Christmas Day sermons to preach messages of peace and love and urge people to remember the less fortunate.
Sick children were greeted by Santa Claus who gave them presents at the Royal Children's Hospital first thing on Tuesday morning.
The jolly man was joined by firefighters as he visited patients and their families before heading to Monash Children's Hospital.
John Hutson, a professor of surgery at the hospital, said he was thrilled to be at the annual event for the 32nd time.
''It's for the children. Kids are stuck in hospital and it's cruel to be in hospital on Christmas Day,'' he said.
Many others, however, were still at work on the public holiday, including paramedics, police officers and veterinarians.
Emergency services reported no major incidents across the state on Tuesday, until a distress call came in late in the afternoon.
Police responded to a report of a capsized boat near Venus Bay, southeast of Melbourne but further details were not immediately available.