Melbourne has more rain so far this year than the whole of 2019
Australia's southern states are forecast to experience the coldest April day in 60 years as a wintery blast bears down.
Melbourne has had more rain fall in the first four months of this year than the entirety of 2019.
And the Victorian capital could see the wettest start to the year on record if a forecasted drenching hits in the last two days of April.
Melbourne has already seen 377.2mm of rain as of 9am this morning, "eclipsing" last year's total of 374.4mm, according to Weatherzone.
But according to meteorologists, "this feat is not as surprising as it first appears".
"In 2019, below average sea surface temperatures to the northwest of Australia restricted the amount of atmospheric moisture that was available for rainfall in south-eastern Australia, particularly towards the end of the year," a Weatherzone meteorologist said.
"This rain-depleting pattern broke down at the beginning of 2020, with warmer-than-usual waters developing to Australia's northwest and rainfall increasing in the country's southeast."
Statistics show the dreary start to the year has been the wettest since 1924 and the third wettest start in 164 years of record.
"By contrast, 2019 was Melbourne's third driest year in records dating back to 1856, beaten only by 1997 (359.8mm) and 1967 (332.3mm)," Weatherzone said.
The soggy start comes as a wintery blast is set to deliver the coldest April day in 60 years.
Rain, wind, snow and thunderstorms are forecast to sweep across the south-east, with rain set to intensify tonight.
Tomorrow will bring the biggest chill with peak falls of over 10cms are expected for north east Victoria and the southern ranges and slopes of NSW.
Victorians have been told to rug up and stay indoors over coming days with wind, heavy rain and cold temperatures forecast to hit the state.https://twitter.com/weatherzone/status/1255035000396767233?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
Melbourne is on track for one of its wettest four-month periods since records began with and heavy rainfall expected to drench the state on Wednesday and remain until Monday for some areas.
Victorians should prepare for a heavy downpour beginning in the north-west in the morning and travelling across the state into the evening.https://twitter.com/BOM_Vic/status/1255044674588413952
Western parts of the state including Horsham can expect rainfall totals between 5mm and 15mm. Gippsland and central districts including Melbourne can expect between 15mm and 35mm.
But the heaviest rain is expected in the north-east including Bright, Falls Creek and Wangaratta with between 5mm and 60mm expected, and up to 120mm in elevated areas.https://twitter.com/weatherzone/status/1255034325222821888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
Melbourne is forecast to see a top temperature of just 13C and a minimum of 7C tomorrow.
The majority of the state will experience even colder temperatures with Bendigo, Seymour, Ballarat and Horsham expected to drop to just 5C on Thursday.
NSW and ACT
A strong cold front will reach western NSW later today, then move through central and eastern areas during Thursday, preceded by vigorous winds and widespread rainfall. The focus for the strongest winds and heaviest rain is expected to be across the Southwest Slopes and Alpine areas.
Damaging winds and heavy rainfall have resulted in severe weather warnings for the South West Slopes and Snowy Mountains.
Sydney is forecast to receive up to 10mm of rain in the coming days with a minimum of 19C forecast tomorrow.
Areas further inland including Orange, Griffith, Dubbo and Carbofuran will see some of the coldest temperatures with lows of between 3C to 7C.
Canberra is on track for a minimum of just 7C on Friday, which would be the coldest day before winter since 1952.
Heavy rain is forecast around South Australia today with the biggest falls predicted in Adelaide, Clare and Ceduna.
Adelaide has a minimum temperature of 12C today, dropping to 9C tomorrow.
Keith, Renmark, Whyalla and Leigh Creek are expected to experience temperatures below 10C while Clare is expected fall to just 4C tomorrow.
Showers and gusty thunderstorms are forecast for the south and southeast of Queensland in coming days.
Temperatures are expected to become cooler for inland communities tomorrow and into the weekend.
Brisbane will remain warm with a top of 28C today, but temperatures could drop to 9C and zero in parts of the Darling Downs on Saturday.
Showers are forecast around the state today with temperatures gradually dropping over coming days.
Hobart is expected to experience a minimum of 7C tomorrow and into the weekend.
Other areas including St Helens, Swansea and Launceston will be particularly cold with lows of 4C in coming days.
WA will largely escape the cold front however low temperatures are forecasted in a number of areas including Perth with a minimum of 6C today.
Despite cold morning and evenings, daytime temperatures are expected to remain warm with sunshine around the state today and tomorrow.
Geraldton is expected to reach 27C while some communities could see temperatures above 30C including Carnarvon and Broome, which is forecast to hit a maximum of 38C.
The NT will remain dry and warm in coming days with a top of 34 forecast in Darwin today and remaining warm as the week continues.
Katherine, Borroloola and Tennant Creek are expected to reach a maximum of 35C and above in coming days and over the weekend.