Umbrellas the fashion statement as Melbourne Cup carnival kicks off

Fashionistas headed for Derby Day have been advised to bring an extra layer, with fresh winds expected across Melbourne on Saturday afternoon.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Chris Godfred said there was a chance of showers, although only passing, as crowds of more than 90,000 flock to the race at Flemington.

“I wouldn’t call it a winter’s day given the expected maximum is 17 degrees,” he said.

“But the wind is going to be a factor so if you are outdoors for an extended period of time it might just be an idea to take that extra wrap with you – an extra layer just in case.”

Melbourne had seven millimeters of rain on Saturday morning, with fresh winds expected in the afternoon.

“We’re looking at a fairly fresh west to southwesterly wind so I wouldn’t describe the conditions outside as being very pleasant,” Mr Godfred said.

“There might just be a couple of follow-up showers and even the possibility of a bit of hail during the afternoon.

“I think the main thing that people outdoors will probably experience is the fresh wind and the fact it will be quite a bit colder than it was yesterday.”

Sunday will stay cool and cloudy at 18 degrees with a few showers in the afternoon.

But there is good news – the weather should start to clear later in the day and those taking the day off work on Monday should enjoy a sunny day with a top of 23.

While Melbourne Cup Day is predicted to be fine and warm at 29 degrees, Bureau duty forecaster Richard Carlyon said it was unlikely to last.

“We’re not forecasting any rain but there will be a cool change later in the day,” he said.

This article originally appeared on The Age website on 31 October 2014. Written with Goya Dmytryshchak.

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