Grand final weather: Rain clears in Melbourne but storm clouds gather near Brisbane
On Saturday, Melbourne was cold and Melbourne was wet.
It’s a blessing footy fans won’t be forced to face the elements at the MCG, but a shame and sign of the times that two great Victorian teams aren’t battling it out at the home of AFL football.
Melbourne received between 25 and 40 millimetres of rain before 9am, with Moorabbin receiving the heaviest fall of 43 millimetres. Saturday was the wettest day since April this year, and the wettest October day since October 31, 2010.
Paddy and Kath Harrington with their sons Callan (8) (front right) and Tommy (7) prepare for the big game on Saturday. Credit:Joe Armao
The State Emergency Service received 191 calls for help relating to minor flooding and downed trees as the heavy rain hit the city.
But the sun appeared through the clouds about 2.30pm, offering Tigers and Cats supporters hope of pulling out the deck chairs and watching the game with family on a big screen in the backyard, or with friends at the local park.
Melburnian’s should expect a high of just 15 degrees on Saturday, according to the bureau, but the mercury will fall to 12 degrees by the first bounce at 7.30pm AEDT.
Compare that to Brisbane, which is currently facing the threat of a possible thunderstorm, and can expect light showers throughout the day with a top of 27 degrees to make it a warm showdown.
The mercury will sit at around 24 degrees at the time of the first bounce in Brisbane.
The storm was lingering about 270 kilometres north-west of Brisbane at 2pm.
But Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Pieter Claassen said the likelihood the game could be postponed by thunder and lighting was still minimal, with the chain of storms expected to bypass the Gabba.