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. Slight (30%) chance of a shower during the morning and afternoon. Winds southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h increasing to 20 to 30 km/h in the early afternoon. Daytime maximum temperatures 21 to 27.
Fire Danger - High
UV Alert from 9:20 am to 5:50 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 12 [Extreme]
Wednesday 24 December
Partly cloudy. Winds southerly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 8 and 11 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s.
Thursday 25 December
Mostly sunny morning. Medium (50%) chance of showers in the evening. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the morning then becoming west to southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to around 8 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s.
Friday 26 December
Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers in the southeast, slight (30%) chance elsewhere. Winds southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 6 and 9 with daytime temperatures reaching between 19 and 22.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EDT Tuesday.