Winter blast coming to Ballarat

If you’re reading this from inside your lounge room next to your heater, don’t go anywhere!

If you’re out and about, you’d better have a scarf and beanie with you.

It might have taken more than a month, but winter has well and truly stuck Ballarat.

After a reasonably mild June where the temperature was 0.4 degrees above average, we are set for a frightfully chilly rest of the week.

The temperature is not forecast to go beyond 10 degrees for at least the next week, with the weekend not even expected to reach double figures.

The icy blast comes on the back of a bone-chilling day today, where the mercury reached a maximum of just 8.5 degrees at 3pm.

However it was the apparent temperature, or the “feels like” temperature, that made it feel exceptionally cold.

It took until after 2pm for that particular reading to exceed zero degrees, reaching a maximum of 0.6 degrees at 4.30pm.

Apparent temperature is calculated by taking into account the expected air temperature, relative humidity and the strength of the wind at around 5 feet (the typical height of an human face) combined with understanding of how heat is lost from the human body during cold and windy days.