Storms, cool change on the way after Melburnians sweat through sticky morning
1st January 2023

Melburnians have sweltered through a scorching night and even a midnight thunderstorm to greet the second day of the new year. But a cool change is on the way.

The temperature was sitting at 27 degrees shortly before 7am. Monday is expected to reach a top of 31, according to senior Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Efron.

Beachgoers at St Kilda on the last day of 2022.Credit:Scott McNaughton

The temperature was still at a scorching 29 degrees shortly before a thunderstorm hit parts of the city around midnight.

“Following the thunderstorm we saw the temperature fall to about 22 in a city and, at the moment [7am], we’re at 27 degrees. So very humid conditions,” Efron said.

The city’s rain gauge recorded 6.4 mm and 5.2 mm at Moorabbin overnight while the storms saw gusty winds of up to 65 kilometres per hour at Moorabbin airport, the senior meteorologist said.

The stormy weather also saw Victoria’s State Emergency Service receive 51 requests for assistance from 7pm on Sunday night.

Of those, 30 were for trees down and 10 were for building damage, an SES spokeswoman said.

Victorians should prepare for a hot and humid end to the year and start of 2023.Credit:The Age

The steamy and stormy conditions will continue for much of the day, but there will be some relief in the afternoon.

“We’re looking at around 31 degrees in Melbourne. But there’s a chance that could go a little bit higher. I wouldn’t be surprised if we got up to 33 or 34 degrees in Melbourne today,” Efron said.

Storm conditions and a cool change will hit the city from about 3pm, he said.

“So within a couple of hours we’re going to see our temperatures dropping about 10 degrees by 5pm.”

Thunderstorms will be forming in the early afternoon. But it will be “hit and miss” with not every suburb set to experience those conditions.

“If you are under one of those storms, you could see quite heavy rainfall – potentially large hail as well as damage. The combination of high temperatures and that humid air mass means that conditions are ripe for some quite big thunderstorms across today.”

There is a moderate risk of thunderstorm asthma for parts of the state according to the state government.

People in the Wimmera, North Central and West and South Gippsland should be prepared but not alarmed with a moderate thunderstorm asthma warning in place.

Meanwhile, a total fire ban has been declared for the Mallee district in northwest Victoria.

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