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‘I hope you’re wrong’: Cold start to Melbourne’s winter not a sign of things to come

Photo: The sun rising on winter from Williamstown

Winter has started with the coldest Melbourne morning in nearly a year.

But weather forecasters say we can expect an unusually warm and — more worryingly — dry three months ahead.

“I say this in the nicest possible spirit … I hope you’re wrong.”
– Ross Stevenson to forecaster Michael Efron

The mercury dropped to 4.3° in the city about 7am, the coldest morning since September last year.

It was even cooler elsewhere around the state, including -1° in the Yarra Valley and 1° at Charlton in the state’s west.

Bureau forecaster Michael Efron said it’s not indicative of things to come this winter.

“It’s looking like it will be drier and warmer this winter,” he said.

“We are likely to see fewer cold fronts crossing south-eastern Australia and slightly milder conditions as well.

“So not great news given the dry autumn we’ve had across Victoria.”

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