THOSE who suspect October was cold were right, but only just.
October was no warmer than September in Ballarat, but temperatures were only slightly below average for the month, according to Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe.
However, spring weather will arrive soon, with milder conditions to arrive in early November.
“Maximum temperatures for Ballarat in October have averaged 16.5 degrees while minimum temperatures were up until yesterday morning and averaged 5.6 degrees, which is a touch cooler than in September,” Mr Sharpe said.
“It has to be remembered, though, September was well above average both in terms of maximum and minimum, while October was slightly below average.
“In September there was a hot air mass over central Australia and the nation, as a whole, had its hottest September on record.
“But in October we saw a number of strong cold fronts come through from the south west, bringing the polar air up over Victoria.
“These were the type of cold fronts Ballarat only saw a few over winter.”
Mr Sharpe said rainfall in Ballarat during October rainfall was almost right on average at 71 millimetres compared with a long term average of 67 millimetres.
He said there was likely to be below average rainfall in November due to the dominance of high pressure systems.
As for the long, drawn-out cold, Mr Sharpe said Ballarat was through the worst of it.
“The pressure patterns are becoming more stable with less windy days and more sunny days in November, and temperatures will be average to above average for the month,” he said.
“There will only be the occasional gusty cold front but even these are unlikely to be as strong as those that moved through in October.
“For Melbourne Cup day I would be thinking the ladies will need to factor in the sunshine, perhaps with a nice big hat. The day should be about 21 degrees and sunny.”
All weather readings are based on the Bureau of Meteorology’s Ballarat aerodrome weather station.