Weather Situation

A cold and unstable west to southwesterly airstream will clear to the east
tonight as a weak high pressure ridge develops over Victoria. A cold front will
reach western Victoria on Friday afternoon and central districts at night. This
front will move away to the east on Saturday as a high pressure system develops
over the Bight, with the high slowly moving towards Victoria on Sunday and

Forecast for the rest of Thursday 17 October
Showers over southern and eastern parts, becoming isolated and contracting to
Gippsland tonight. Isolated thunderstorms and small hail over the east until
early evening. Snow level lifting to 1500 metres tonight. Dry and over the
northwest with areas of raised dust until early evening. Cloud clearing over
the north but remaining partly cloudy in the south. Fresh to strong and gusty
west to southwesterly winds easing tonight.

Forecast for Friday 18 October
Scattered showers developing in the southwest in the middle of the day,
extending across remaining southern parts during the afternoon then becoming
isolated at night. Remaining dry across east Gippsland. Morning fog and frost
patches in the northeast, otherwise dry and mostly sunny in the north. Areas of
raised dust across the northwest in the afternoon. A mild to warm day with
strengthening northwesterly winds ahead of a cooler westerly change extending
from the west during the afternoon and evening.

Fire Danger:
Generally high, very high over the northwest.

Forecast for Saturday 19 October
Scattered showers over southern and mountain areas, becoming isolated in the
evening. Isolated thunderstorms and small hail across the south, clearing to
the east at night. Snow level lowering to 1000 metres during the morning. Dry
and mostly cloudy across the north. A cool to cold day with moderate to fresh
westerly winds, strong at times about the coast.

Forecast for Sunday 20 October
Partly cloudy with isolated showers over southern and mountain areas. Dry and
sunny across the north. A cool day with moderate west to southwesterly winds,
fresh at times about the coast.

Forecast for Monday 21 October
Partly cloudy across the south with isolated morning showers over west
Gippsland. Dry and sunny across the north. A mild day, warm across the
northwest, with light to moderate south to southwesterly winds.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:00 am EDT Friday.