WINDS gusting up to 56km/h have ripped through the Ballarat region ahead of a cold front which will see temperatures plummet throughout the week.
The SES was called out to 30 cases across the state, including 15 calls for trees down and nine for building damage overnight Saturday into Sunday. Among those call outs were for trees which fell at Invermay on Saturday night and Mount Egerton on Sunday morning.
It was an unusual weather weekend with the top temperature of 19.9 degrees coming on Sunday morning at 6.17am.
Unusually the temperature actually climbed on Saturday night with the maximum for the day of 18.8 degrees coming at 11pm.
But the strange weather pattern is set to have a sting in its tail this week as winter will make an unwanted return from today.
A cold front blew through the region overnight, and although we should reach a top of around 14 degrees today, it will get colder as the week progresses.
Tuesday and Wednesday Ballarat is heading for a top on both days of just 11 degrees, then only 12 degrees on Thursday.
Hopefully by next weekend it should be picking up slightly and into the high teens.
But while the antarctic winds are continuing to fight the warmer air from the north, causing the typical spring pattern, rainfall remains at a minimum.
After a dry September where barely two thirds of the monthly rainfall fell, October has seen just 2mm so far in the gauge and only brief showers are expected in the coming days, with no more than up to 5mm predicted on any day.
So far this month Ballarat's average temperature is more than two degrees higher than the usual October average.
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