Cold weather, wind and rain will continue in Victoria this week as the slopes prepare for more snow

It was as if a switch had been flipped.

After Melburnians endured a number of warmer than normal May days, the temperature dropped to below 12 degrees Celsius for three consecutive days.

And it started even before the Australian winter officially arrived.

Last year it took until July for the first high below 12 degrees. And it was a day in isolation.

The long-term average high for June is 14.1°C.

Puffer jackets and fluffy coats are back in full force across the state.(ABC News: Peter Drought)

While most people had to quickly build up a winter wardrobe and began to wonder what higher heating bills this year would mean for household budgets, ski resorts rejoiced when a heavy snowfall arrived after two disappointing seasons impacted by closures.

Earlier than usual snowfall – around 50 centimeters on the ground – prompted major resorts to open a week earlier than the traditional Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend.

“Everyone is excited to be able to get back to our mountain,” Falls Creek spokeswoman Jessie Neale said when the trails officially opened on Saturday.

Deep tire tracks can be seen in the deep snow on the roads to Craig's Hut and Mount Buller.
Victoria’s high country is welcoming skiers back after two years of pandemic restrictions.(Facebook: Shazlick Blair)

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jonathan How said skiers had a great start to the season this weekend, with even bigger snow forecast for this week.

“We’ve seen really healthy snowfall totals over the past seven days, and we’re expecting at least another half meter over the next few days.”

After a slight respite for Melbourne on Saturday, where the mercury hit a relatively balmy high of 14.6C, Sunday saw showers and a high of 13.7C.

Trees display their autumnal reds and yellows as mist covers the backdrop of the Dandenong Ranges Botanical Garden.
Freezing temperatures, rain and wind are expected this week as Victoria leaves autumn further behind.(Facebook: Nicole Bates)

Colder weather is ahead, with another deep polar low pressure system to move up from near Antarctica and cross Tasmania early this week, with a procession of cold fronts to cross the state.

“We expect temperatures to be around two to five degrees below average for this time of year until at least the rest of the week.”

Temperatures in southern Victoria will be stuck in the teenage lows all week, with Melbourne not expected to hit a freezing 11C until Tuesday.

There will also be small hail and a biting wind.

Threatening clouds behind a lighthouse.
Ominous storm clouds circled Cape Schanck on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula on Saturday.(Provided: Ainsley Morthorpe)

And in case your garden reservoir isn’t full yet, expect another 15 to 20 millimeters of rain.

The eastern suburbs could reach up to 30 millimeters.

As for the Queen’s birthday long weekend, Mr How said not to bank on a sunny start.

“We’ll start to see some blue skies coming back possibly Sunday, more likely Monday,” he said.

“Until then, we are definitely in for a cold week ahead. »

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