Weekend weather expected to plunge

ALL of the cold of the last couple of days, but without the joy of seeing snow.

One of Ballarat's swans takes a drink from a muddy puddle.

One of Ballarat's swans takes a drink from a muddy puddle.

That is how Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe sees the weather in Ballarat this weekend.

Overnight temperatures will plunge on Friday night and Saturday morning with the arrival of another cold front and initially more rain. 

Sunday and Monday are set to be even colder overnight with a minimum temperature of 1 degree, but it will be a drier cold.

“There may be ice but not snow,” Mr Sharpe said. 

“Sunday and Monday will be quite cold due to a high pressure system following a cold front.

“That produces light winds and clear skies, and that will allow the temperature to plummet at night.”

The rainfall and snow on Wednesday were caused by a strong cold front followed by a low pressure system. Low air pressure causes clouds to form and often brings rain.

On Thursday, 13 millimetres of rain fell to 5pm and the temperature never went above 8.5 degrees. 

The cold front which will arrive on Friday night will bring some rain but it will be followed by a very cold air mass with clear skies. 

The forecast for next week looks equally grim with light north-easterly winds up to 20km/h and maximum temperatures barely reaching 10 degrees right up until Wednesday.

Weatherzone is Australia’s largest private weather forecasting company.

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