JUST days after the biggest snow falls in years, spring will make its first appearance later this week, but it looks set to be short lived.
While today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) are likely to remain grey, welcome sunshine will make its return on Thursday and Friday.
With strengthening northerly winds, temperature will climb, possibly as high as 20 degrees by Sunday in parts of the state, including Melbourne.
Ballarat meanwhile is expected to reach as high of 15 degrees, more than six degrees above our current monthly average on what is looming as the coldest August on record.
Bureau of Meteorology Senior forecaster Michael Efron said warm weather was not completely uncommon for August with Melbourne likely to experience a 20-degree day once every two years.
But he said current ocean temperatures will mean it won't last long.
"It does look quite mild on the weekend," he said.
"Saturday we could see a top of 18 degrees and then on Sunday with northerly winds continuing we could be potentially reaching 20.
READ MORE: Ballarat 'feels like' -8.9 degrees
"Unfortunately though, we're looking at a really strong front coming Sunday into Monday. We'll get extensive shower activity and low level snow as well."
Mr Efron said climate conditions were heading into the most volatile time of the year.
"Spring is the time we get quite changeable weather across south-east Australia but right now the oceans to the south are quite cold and that will drive strong fronts across the state over the coming days," he said.
"Across the state from Sunday into Monday we can expect most areas to get 5-10mm, the south-west could see as high as 20mm."
Have you signed up to The Courier's daily newsletter and breaking news emails? You can register below and make sure you are up to date with everything that's happening in Ballarat.