Melburnians will swell through the hottest day in seven months on Tuesday as a tropical mass of air moving across eastern Australia brings a taste of summer to parts of Victoria.
Sunny skies and mild east to northeast winds will help people make the most of the holiday, the first since the Melburnians came out of the lockdown on October 22nd.
However, the warm period will be short-lived, with heavy rain and thunderstorms expected to hit Victoria on Wednesday, bringing 10-25 millimeters of rain to parts of the state.
Thousands of spectators at the Flemington Racecourse will enjoy the hottest Melbourne Cup in 16 years with temperatures tipped to reach a maximum of 30 degrees in the early afternoon.
Temperatures will steadily warm up during the morning, reaching the peak at lunchtime and cooling to a comfortable 25 degrees at 20 o’clock.
Spectators have not enjoyed a 30-degree Melbourne Cup at the Flemington Racecourse since 2005.
Temperatures rose to 30.4 degrees on Cup Day last year, but COVID-19 restrictions meant no spectators were allowed in the stands.
Those who have not been lucky enough to score a ticket will be able to gather in groups of up to 30 people outdoors to celebrate it, but the Bureau of Meteorology predicts a ‘very high’ UV index that will require sun protection between kl. 9.20. and 16.40.