Forecast issued at 5:49 am EDT on Tuesday 23 December 2014.
A low pressure trough over western Victoria will move eastwards over central parts of the State during the day and the east tonight. The trough will move slowly inland to sit over northeastern Victoria on Wednesday while a narrow high pressure ridge extends across Tasmania. The low pressure trough will deepen over eastern Victoria on Thursday, Christmas Day, as a cold front approaches from the west, reaching western Bass Strait by the afternoon. The cold front will dive southeastwards towards New Zealand on Friday, Boxing Day, as a ridge of high pressure develops over southern Victoria.
Forecast for the rest of Tuesday
Partly cloudy. Winds southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures 31 to 36.
Fire Danger - Very High
UV Alert from 9:20 am to 5:40 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 12 [Extreme]
Wednesday 24 December
Sunny. Winds southerly 25 to 40 km/h becoming light in the middle of the day then becoming southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 12 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.
Thursday 25 December
Sunny. Winds south to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h tending west to southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to around 12 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.
Friday 26 December
Sunny. Winds southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h turning southerly 15 to 25 km/h during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to around 10 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EDT Tuesday.