After running hot for the the final week of last year, a new year brought cooler temperatures across the city.
Much like the final day of 2016 and first three days of 2017, Melbourne has been sitting on the cooler side of the fence. On January 2nd, the mercury only rose to 18 degrees, which is the coldest January day in over two decades.
By mid-week the days became warmer, peaking at 35 degrees on Friday and 37 degrees on Saturday.
Overnight, temperatures were oppressive due to increasing cloud cover and hot winds blowing over the city all evening. It was 29 degrees at midnight and the mercury only dipped to 28 degrees through the night. This makes last night the warmest Melbourne night since 1997.
Looking ahead to the final day of the weekend, clouds will begin to clear in the morning, allowing the day to quickly warm into the mid-30's. By the early afternoon, winds will swing around from a cooler southwesterly direction, bringing some relief.
The start of the working week will be much more comfortable, with mornings returning to near-average, and days ranging from low-to-high 20's.
© Weatherzone 2017
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