A taste of the tropics as Melbourne swelters through a muggy Australia Day
As Melburnians woke to another sticky mid-summer day, they could be forgiven for thinking they were in Far North Queensland.
The Victorian capital is sweltering through an unusually muggy Australia Day, but it will fall short of breaking the record for the longest streak of 30-degree days, with a welcome cool change expected to arrive on Saturday.
A tropical spell has brought unusually muggy weather to Melbourne.Credit:Paul Jeffers
Temperatures are expected to hit 35 degrees early on Wednesday afternoon and hover above 30-degrees for most of the evening, offering little reprieve to those wanting to celebrate Australia Day outdoors.
Authorities have issued a “heat health alert” for the central and north-central districts on Wednesday, warning Victorians in the area to look out for one another, keep cool, and drink plenty of water.
Those planning to head outdoors should dress in light and loose clothing, plan their activities for the coolest part of the day and slap on a hat.
The scorching summer weather follows a week of high humidity levels and warm summer nights, which forced many Melburnians to retreat indoors to the comfort of air conditioners and fans.
The unsavory weather has been caused by a monsoon in parts of northern Australia that pushed tropical air to the south and created weather conditions more akin to those in Far North Queensland than Victoria.
Bureau duty forecaster Gina Lawrie said thunderstorms and heavy rain forecast for large parts of Victoria on Wednesday and Thursday would offer no relief from the hot and humid weather conditions, which would extend until Saturday.
Forecasters predict the storm front, a result of the high levels of moisture in the air created by the tropical air mass, will develop near the South Australian-Victorian border on Wednesday and travel east towards the coast on Thursday, drenching Melbourne on Friday.
Ms Lawrie said Melbourne was on track to record seven days in a row of 30-degree weather but would fall short of breaking the current record of nine consecutive days recorded in March 2013.
“We get a brief respite on Saturday, with some milder, drier weather. Humidity will increase again on Sunday and Monday ahead of a cold front that will cross during Tuesday,” she said.
Dry air coming through south-eastern Australia will ease the humidity from Tuesday, bringing mild weather conditions on Wednesday, she said.
Temperatures in the city are predicted to reach 34 degrees on Thursday before dropping to 30 degrees on Friday and a pleasant 25 degrees on Saturday. They will rise again from Sunday, reaching 32 degrees on Monday.
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