MELBURNIANS have shivered through the coldest October day in six years.
Melbourne is so chilly at the moment due to a large mass of cold air which has travelled up from the Southern Ocean.
“Days below 14C are relatively rare particularly in the second half of October,” bureau senior forecaster Rod Dickson told AAP.
“These sort of temperatures are more normal in June and July. They are winter-time temperatures more than late Spring.”
Race goers had to scrap their fashion and instead donned raincoats, umbrellas and closed toe shoes to keep warm at the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley today, with the temperature only reaching a maximum of 13C.
Centimetres of snow even fell in the hills around Healesville, leaving residents in awe.
Although there were no major reports of damage, hail fell in various suburbs around Melbourne including Bentleigh, Mentone and Collingwood.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Stephen King said the sun would start to shine again this week and that showers would clear by Sunday afternoon.
“By Tuesday we might get one day of spring,” he said.
Derby Day race goers can look forward to a partly cloudy day with a top of 22C, for the start of the Spring Racing Carnival next Saturday.