Melbourne shivers through one of its coldest days of the year

Aerial view of Melbourne. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

MELBOURNE, Aug 4, 2020, SMH. Stage four restrictions forced most Melburnians inside on Tuesday but they didn’t miss much as the city shivered through one of its coldest days of the year, The Sydney Morning Herald.

Working from home never sounded better as the temperature struggled to get into the double digits. The city finally managed to reach a top of 10.5 degrees just after 3pm, only just eclipsing the maximum of 10.3 degrees on July 3, the coldest day of the year so far.

There was snow in the Dandenong Ranges, which only managed to tap a maximum 3.1 degrees at Ferny Creek, and in other parts of the state, including Colac and Ballarat. Sunbury, north-west of Melbourne, was hit with hail.

Tom Delamotte, duty forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, said the freezing weather was the result of a very cold air mass moving up from Antarctica over the past few days.

“We have had the showers moving through, but, generally, when the air is this cold it doesn’t hold a lot of moisture, the rainfall doesn’t tend to be too high,” he said.

Mr Delamotte said there wasn’t much relief on the way from the wintry blast, with below-average temperatures and wet days on the way for the rest of the working week.

“Even though the coldest air has moved through we are looking at maximums around the 11 or 12 [degrees] mark,” he said.

Rain will develop on Friday, with up to 10 millimetres forecast for the city, before some milder conditions return for the weekend.

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