Grand final weather: Rain clears in Melbourne but storms bear down on Brisbane

On Saturday, Melbourne was cold and Melbourne was wet.

And by some strange turn of events, Brisbane was a little wet too. A little of the southern state's famously temperamental weather had made its way up north, with the Gabba's ground saturated only hours before the first siren was set to roar.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued on Saturday afternoon for heavy rainfall and damaging winds over the Queensland capital, but the rains are expected to ease in time for the big dance.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Tom Delamotte said Brisbane had already received 30 milimetres of rain today, with more showers still on the way.

"They've had thunderstorms move through in the last hour or so. There's still a little bit more wet weather to come," he said.

"It is clear well out to the west of Brisbane, but we can expect some showers to come through for a few hours, but not as heavy as the storm that just moved across. The main area of thunderstorms have gone through for now."

The AFL's extreme weather policy states that if there is lightening within 10km of a ground, it's recommended the game be postponed for at least 30 minutes to allow the storm to move further way.

It’s a blessing Melbourne's 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.

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 overnight.

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.

Melbourne hit a high of 14.9 degrees at around 3pm Saturday, according to the bureau, but the mercury will fall to at least 12 degrees by the first bounce at 7.30pm AEDT.

"It's around 13 degrees outside, and it will be getting down to a minimum of nine overnight," Mr Delamotte said at around 5pm Saturday.


"Tomorrow it will only hit a maximum of 13 degrees tomorrow, and we'll have fairly fresh southerly to south-westerly winds as well, so the 'feels-like' temperature will potentially be sitting in single digits.

"It will be mostly cloudly day with a brief shower, but definitely won't be as wet as we saw today in Melbourne."

Compare that to Brisbane, where the mercury will sit at around 24 degrees at the time of the first bounce.

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