PEAK hour commuters heading to tonight’s qualifying final are expected to feel the full brunt a storm cell which will pass through the state this afternoon.
Storms are expected to develop from the west in the coming hours, with the worst conditions expected to be between 4pm and 7pm tonight
While blue sky is currently the dominant feature in Ballarat, a strengthening wind is a forerunner of changing conditions this afternoon.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Richard Carlyon said today would be the first of the “unsettled spring days” which can be a feature in Victoria.
“By mid-afternoon we should see the thunderstorms moving in from the west,” Mr Carylon said.
“We will be issuing warnings where appropriate. There is a low pressure trough moving through the state which will cause conditions to become very unsettled throughout the mid to late afternoon period.”
For those headed to Melbourne this evening, expect conditions to fine up throughout the match with a dry trip home.
Mr Carlyon said to keep an eye on the radar and weather conditions throughout today for changing weather patterns.
Localised storm cells could dump anywhere from 10mm to 30mm in a short period of time.
But the conditions will rapidly improve over the next few days with tomorrow’s forecast for 13 degrees and light winds in Ballarat.
The mercury will gradually warm up over the weekend before a windy top of 20 degrees on Tuesday before the next cold front rolls through.
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