Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Thursday 2 July 2015.
A cold front crossing the State will clear far eastern Victoria this morning. south of the Bight will reach southwestern Victoria later this evening and then move rapidly cross the State overnight, clearing the far northeast Thursday morning. A high pressure system over South Australia will follow the front, moving slowly eastwards across northern Victoria on Friday and over the weekend, to reach the Tasman Sea on Monday. Meanwhile, a cold front will cross Tasmania on Saturday just clipping the Victorian coast, then a stronger front will enter the State from the south on Monday.
Forecast for the rest of Thursday
Scattered showers over southern and mountain districts, falling as snow above 800 metres. Local hail in the south and east, and the chance of thunderstorms over Gippsland during the morning or early afternoon. Isolated showers north of the divide, but fine over the far northwest. A cold day with fresh and gusty southwesterly winds extending throughout, strong at times about the Gippsland coast and about the eastern ranges.
Friday 3 July
Widespread morning frost inland. Fine and cool to cold and partly cloudy day with light winds tending northwesterly in the west.
Saturday 4 July
Early frost patches inland, widespread over the northeast. Isolated showers over the southwest, extending to Central and West and South Gippsland districts during the morning and mostly clearing by evening. Fine in the north and over East Gippsland. Cool to cold with moderate west to northwest winds, fresh at times over the ranges and near the coast.
Sunday 5 July
Early morning frost patches in the northeast. Isolated showers developing about the southwest during the afternoon, fine over the remainder. Cool with moderate northwesterly winds, freshening in the west and about the ranges.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 pm EST Thursday.