Racegoers in Melbourne are being urged to keep their umbrellas and gumboots at the ready, with rain and possible storms forecast for the region today.
The Bureau of Meteorology said Melbourne can expect a maximum temperature of 20 degrees on Tuesday, with consistent showers likely throughout the day.
Heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail are also possible as storms make their way to the north east of Victoria by night.
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“Severe storms possible over much of Victoria on Melbourne Cup day! Storms contracting to E Vic by late afternoon and to the NE at night. Heavy rain, damaging winds & large hail are all possible,” BOM warned.
A rainy morning for the #MelbourneCup, easing to a few showers by race time. Morning temp 17°C rising to a max of 20°C. Possible storms could bring significant rainfall, but we're unlikely to beat Cup Day 1942, when 46.5mm was recorded! https://t.co/2UaRTIERzm #MelbWeather pic.twitter.com/WmzddzQxex
— Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria (@BOM_Vic) November 5, 2018
It’s a much different story for people in Queensland however, with racegoers in the sunshine state being warned to brace for scorching hot temperatures.
On Monday, the Bureau of Meteorology updated its heatwave warning for SE Qld from severe to extreme.
Temperatures are tipped to soar above 30 degrees on the Gold Coast today, with 34C predicted for Nerang, 33C for Coomera, and 33C for Robina.
Queensland Ambulance paramedics are urging people to take extra care if out celebrating Cup Day in the sun.
Heatwave forecast has been upgraded to Extreme for #SEQld over the next 3 days #QldHeat. Expecting a cool change on Thursday. Keep up to date with our heatwave forecasts at https://t.co/A7A2cJ8g4r pic.twitter.com/A9hTKje9he
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) November 5, 2018