After months of lockdown Melburnians can finally enjoy what is expected to be the warmest Cup Day public holiday in the past five years.
Melbourne is headed for a top of 29C on Tuesday, which would make it the warmest Melbourne Cup Day since 2014.
The weather bureau said areas of fog in the southeast suburbs and light 15 to 25km/h winds would clear during the morning and pave the way for a sunny day with zero chance of rain.
Unfortunately, due to current coronavirus restrictions, eager punters won’t be able to enjoy the day in person at Flemington with not even owners allowed on site for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
But with gatherings of up to 10 people permitted outdoors, Melburnians will still be able to bask in the sunshine and enjoy the day off after months of being cooped up indoors.
Weather bureau senior forecaster Tim Bolden said the hottest Melbourne Cup Day was way back in 1902 when the temperature reached 35C in the city.
He said a high pressure system moving over the Tasman Sea on Monday would bring a northerly air flow and push temperatures up.
And even though spring is usually a very variable weather period for Melbourne, Mr Bolden said it was “certainly looking dry”.
“We do have a cold front coming through on Wednesday, but it does look like that is later on Wednesday, so even if that does speed up, it doesn’t look likely to affect the running of the race,” he said.
Sky News meteorologist Rob Sharpe said it was noticeably warmer across Victoria ahead of the cold front, showers and a drop to below average temperatures late on Wednesday.
Melbourne is looking at a top of 24C for Wednesday with showers developing in the afternoon and evening.