Forecast issued at 5:00 am EDT on Wednesday 22 February 2017.
A high pressure system lies over the Tasman Sea. A weakening cold front is expected to reach western Victoria on Wednesday afternoon, central districts during the evening, then will clear the far east of the State early Thursday morning. A new high pressure system will develop over the Bight on Thursday and will extend a ridge eastwards over southern Victoria. The tail end of a cold front will cross Tasmania and Bass Strait late Friday then the high will pass to the south of Victoria Saturday night.
Forecast for the rest of Wednesday
Early fog patches over Gippsland. A warm to hot and mostly sunny day with freshening northerly wind ahead of a milder, fresh southwesterly change extending from the west during the afternoon, reaching central districts during the evening.
Fire Danger - Generally severe.
Thursday 23 February
Dry, warm and mostly sunny over the north. Generally mild and partly cloudy over the south with isolated morning drizzle, clearing during the afternoon then redeveloping during the evening. Light to moderate southwest to southerly winds.
Friday 24 February
Dry, warm and sunny over the north. Mild and partly cloudy in the south with morning drizzle patches, tending to clear during the afternoon, then redeveloping at night. Generally light to moderate southerly winds.
Saturday 25 February
Dry, warm and sunny over the north. Mild and partly cloudy in the south with morning drizzle patches, tending to contract to Gippsland during the afternoon. Moderate to locally fresh south to southeasterly winds.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 pm EDT Wednesday.