Rain, wind, hail to cool race fans at Melbourne Cup
It’s part of a rapid return to wintry temperatures in the southeast of the country this week, following storms and damaging winds forecast for today.
Jonathan How from the Bureau of Meteorology said today that Melbourne will have “on” showers throughout the day tomorrow, with the possibility of hail and thunderstorms.
“Cold air is rising and there could be hail out there,” he said.
“Wear your jacket, make sure your fascinators are also attached, it will be very windy there.”
Elsewhere, November snow is forecast for alpine areas down to 800m in Victoria and New South Wales.
“We are at the end of spring, but for many people it will feel like winter,” How said.
Snow showers are also expected for the Blue Mountains and Flinders Ranges.
The coldest weather is expected Tuesday evening, after which temperatures will begin to warm again.
Thunderstorms moving inland
South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales are once again under fire, with South Australia recording nearly 100,000 lightning strikes overnight.
Western New South Wales and northern Victoria are expected to experience the worst weather this morning, before storms spread into Queensland.
There is potential for flash floods, large hail and damaging winds in excess of 90 km/h.
Local wildlife left stranded by rising flood waters
Gusts of more than 100 km/h were recorded yesterday, with winds of 102 km/h sweeping the town of Coober Pedy in the hinterland.
By Tuesday morning, the weather system causing the damage will cross the Queensland coast and out of New South Wales.