The weather isn’t looking good for the Cox Plate race on Saturday.
A Victorian spring invariably means unpredictable weather. As a result, this means it’ll be a wintry Cox Plate on Saturday. This is because a strong cold front is settling over Melbourne.
It’s been brewing all week, with wild winds along the Great Ocean Road and rain making itself at home in the city on Friday. In fact, it is set to snow in alps over the weekend!
“The weekend is looking really cold,” said Michael Efron, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster. “It’s a real return to winter.”
What’s more, the bureau predicts it will be the coldest running of the Cox Plate in history. The forecast is expected to go from 15C down to 13C. The rain has made the mercury plunge five degrees. So far, the forecast looks like a number of showers and possibly hail and thunderstorms for Saturday.
However, despite the bleak forecast, racegoers are still preparing themselves to make their way to Moonee Valley racecourse. The $3 million Cox Plate horse race will still go ahead at this stage. Looks like fashions on the field will be adding a stylish rain coat and umbrella. Stilettos and heels should be avoided so that you don’t sink into the wet ground!