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.PT1M46S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2bumd 620 349 December 24, 2012
Christmas Day will get off to a cloudy start with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting isolated showers for Melbourne.
But those showers should clear by about 10am with the day headed for a top of 22 degrees and a sunny afternoon.
Melburnians enjoyed a much cooler night with the overnight temperatures dropping to about 15 degrees.
This is a stark contrast to Sunday night, when the temperature hovered near 30 for most of the night, dipping to the overnight low of 27.4 at 9am.
Today’s temperature is expected to peak at 22 degrees, with expectations of isolated showers clearing by the afternoon.
It is likely the Boxing Day test will have a warm and sunny start, with an expected top temperature of 26 degrees.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Michael Efron said it wasn’t unusual to have several hot nights at this time of year. He said it was not an indicator that the rest of summer would be warmer-than-usual.
‘‘You have to look at them in isolation. (Sunday) was also one of the warmest December days since 2010, but it’s nothing too unusual so far.’’
On Sunday, Melbourne had its hottest day since New Year’s Eve 2010, with temperatures reaching 39.2 in some parts of the city.
Temperatures in the Melbourne CBD reached 38.3 shortly before 5pm, and remained above 34 at 7.25pm.
The state’s top temperature of 41.9 degrees was recorded at Walpeup in state’s north-west at 3.18pm.