‘Unseasonal’ warm spell to hit Victoria

An unseasonal bout of warm weather is set to bring Melbourne its warmest May day in three years, but the heat is expected to be short-lived.

A welcome warm spell is set to snap Melbourne’s wintry streak with temperatures climbing into the mid-20s this weekend.

Forecasted tops of 23C and 24C on Saturday and Sunday will mark the first time Victoria has experienced such temperatures in the month of May since 2018.

Weather bureau forecaster Ilana Cherny said Victorians could expect the “pretty fine and mostly sunny” weather to stick around from Wednesday through to Sunday.

She said the “above average temperatures” and finer weather meant there could be chillier starts to the day, with a chance of fog on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Thursday will be the coolest morning over the next few days, with an overnight low of 8C, while Friday and Saturday will reach overnight lows of 9C and 11C.

After patchy early morning fog and an overnight low of 8C, it will be sunny and 18C on Wednesday.

The fine weather will continue on Thursday reaching a top of 19C, before a top of 23C on Friday and a summery 24C on Saturday.

Sunday is also expected to be mostly sunny with a top of 23C.

But the weather bureau warned temperatures would plummet at the start of next week when a cold system swept across the state.

It will bring showers on Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures back in the mid-teens.

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