IS IT spring or winter in Ballarat? Maybe we should call it “sprinter”.
Ballarat has been hit by a cold snap that would make even the most hard-bitten locals yearn for warmer climes.
The temperature hovered around a chilling 7 degrees for most of yesterday morning, before climbing to a much more sultry 10 degrees in the afternoon.
There were even reports of snow falling in the Ballarat CBD. However, Weatherzone meteorologist Ben McBurney said the mercury hadn’t dipped low enough for that to happen.
He said the conditions were much more conducive to small hail, which fell on regular occasions throughout the day.
“We’ve got a very cold and unstable air mass overhead right now. It’s cold enough to snow in the alps, but not in Ballarat,” he said.
Mr McBurney predicted the cold weather would abate over the next few days, to make way for a warm weekend.
Saturday is expected to be sunny and warm with a top temperature of 23 degrees, while Sunday will have a maximum of 24.
However, Mr McBurney warned another cold change was on its way next week.
Strong winds were also a factor yesterday, with wind speeds around 50km/h gusting up to 70km/h.
The winds caused one tree to fall over cars parked on Doveton Crescent near the Ballarat Railway Station.
State Emergency Service regional officer Tony Grimm said Ballarat SES units had been to three calls where trees had fallen down, with more likely to come.
“We will probably get more reports when people get home and see any damage,” he said.