From sunglasses to scarves in a day
Melburnians woke to a doona-clutching chill on Monday morning. The low was 7.8 degrees recorded at 5.37am. At Ferny Creek in the Dandenong Ranges, it reached 2.9 degrees.
It makes way for a wet and wild week that will see steady showers and possibly snow down to 700 metres. Monday brings the chance of thunderstorms and hail in the city.
The outlook is good news for the ski resorts, which have already experienced decent dumps of snow two weeks until the official season opening.
But in the city, weather bureau senior forecaster Richard Carlyon says it’ll be just “cold, wet and windy”.
“It will feel like a large change,” he says.
Fellow forecaster Rod Dickson says last week’s mild weather will seem a distant memory as Melbourne returns to “normal programming”.
“Quite often when we have a mild May it tends to shut off abruptly and we switch to winter,” he said.
It’s been a rainy few days over Melbourne. The highest falls – 20 to 30 millimetres – have been recorded in the Yarra Ranges, and there’s been a 32-millimetre mixture of rain and snow at Donna Buang.
Most city suburbs received between five to 10 millimetres over the weekend. There’ll be more showers on Monday, particularly over the south-eastern suburbs.
The alpine areas have done well from the weekend’s cool change, with most resorts reporting good snow cover on Monday morning.
On Wednesday, when temperatures are forecast to drop to their lowest, we could see snow as low as Macedon and Kinglake, Mr Carlyon says.
Snow has already fallen down to 719 metres. A Channel Nine crew filmed a snow shower at Mount Buninyong near Ballarat on Monday morning.
In Ballarat, people are preparing for a dusting of snow as forecasts predict a top of six degrees for Wednesday.
The pre-winter cold snap follows the city’s wettest-ever month of May, which followed the driest four-month spell on record, The Courier reports.
At Mount Buller, the first major snowfall of the season arrived overnight, delivering 20 centimetres.
More light falls are expected throughout the day and a steady minus 4.5-degree forecast provides ideal snow-making conditions to add cover in the countdown to the opening of the season on June 8.
Snowfall was also reported at other resorts. Dinner Plain woke to cover 10-12 centimetres deep. At Mount Hotham, the snow was 25 centimetres deep “and counting” by 9am Monday.
At Falls Creek, a Facebook post showed a 28-centimetre dump marking the first ski patrol snow depth of the season.
Robyn Grace is a journalist at The Age.