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Melbourne weather: Four-season kind of day as city basks in hot spell

There were warnings for thunderstorm asthma and flash floods.

And while Melbourne sweltered at a peak of 33 degrees on Monday afternoon, just 60 kilometres away in Macedon, there was hail.

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Victoria dished up a four-season kind of day on Monday as Melburnians reacquainted themselves with the heat and other Victorians copped something much colder.

And there's more to come.

Spring has sprung. Melbourne basked in the sunshine on Monday and there's more to come.
Spring has sprung. Melbourne basked in the sunshine on Monday and there's more to come. Photo: Justin McManus

The mercury will linger around 19 degrees in Melbourne overnight before skyrocketing again to a forecast 34 on Tuesday.

There's a total fire ban in the Mallee on Tuesday and a chance thunderstorms will edge closer to Melbourne on Tuesday afternoon.

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It will be hot again on Wednesday, but just when it looks like the warm weather is here to stay, the forecast plummets again to 19 on Thursday.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, this is typical spring.

Thunderstorm activity is at its peak across south-east Australia at this time of year, bringing with it hotter weather, heavy rainfall, hail and strong wind squalls.

While Monday felt hot to some, the peak of 33 degrees at 4pm was far below the November record of 40.7, set on November 27 in 1894.

By 2pm, however, it was the warmest it had been in Melbourne since March 19.

The bureau received reports of hail at Macedon, north of Melbourne. In Bullengarook, in the Werribee river basin, 25.6 millimetres of rain fell.

Awesome video of hail from thunderstorms over Macedon right now – a stark contrast to blue #Melbourne skies! 📹@kynbelmont. Check out the storm movement on radar: https://t.co/uiXR9WfQhP pic.twitter.com/MNBzhnV YHl

— Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria (@BOM_Vic) November 13, 2017

It's now the warmest it's been in #Melbourne since 33.5°C was recorded on 19th March this year. The 16.1°C maximum last Monday seems like a distant memory. #HotintheCity https://t.co/eLHKCJTOmu pic.twitter.com/gHLQ39g xAc

— Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria (@BOM_Vic) November 13, 2017

A moderate thunderstorm asthma warning was issued for Melbourne and large parts of Victoria on Monday, as the city basked in sunshine after what was the coldest start to November for two decades.

Grass pollen levels were said to be "extreme" on Monday, with Melbourne Pollen reporting 172 grass grains for each cubic metre of air.

A severe thunderstorm warning for heavy rainfall was also issued at 3pm and was cancelled just after 8pm.

Melbourne's average maximum temperature in November is 21 degrees. But the month is normally characterised by its variable temperatures.

With Joe Hinchliffe, Ebony Bowden

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