It certainly feels like we are copping the full brunt of a winter chill, but exactly how cold does it actually feel?
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, it feels a long way below freezing in Ballarat.
The apparent (or feels like) temperature dropped as low as -8.9 degrees at 5.40am today, even though the actual temperature didn't drop below three degrees.
A severe weather warning remains in place for severe winds, although the worst of them should move to the east of Victoria today.
The strongest wind gust recorded was 80km/h at 4am, although wind speeds generally hovered around 40-50km/h.
So what is the "feels-like" temperature and how is it calculated?
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, wind chill can make conditions feel far frostier than their instruments can read, particularly in Alpine areas.
The bureau measures temperatures across the country using thermometers sheltered from the sun and wind.
Gone are the days of the dutiful forecaster bending to check the reading at 9am and 3pm. In 2019, the bureau is fed rolling updates from 700 weather stations across Australia.
An equation then estimates what that temperature feels like relative to wind speed and humidity.
It's a mathematical model designed to measure the comfort of an "appropriately dressed" adult walking outside in the shade - based off how people gain or lose heat.
Meteorologist Shuang Wang warns results may vary if your clothes are wet or you're in the sun but urged people to check the apparent temperature before heading outside - either to consider heat stress or how many (dozen) puffer jackets to cram on.
What's waiting for Ballarat?
Three consecutive days of maximum seven degree temperatures, that's what.
It's going to be a wet and miserable weekend in Ballarat.
Snow fall is possible down to 500m, which is just above Ballarat's altitude, but that doesn't mean it's not possible.
Either way, it would be best to throw on an extra coat and bunker down when you can.
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