Wet and woolly with more on the horizon

WOOLLY WEATHER: The chilly temperature didn't phase these playful lambs on Wednesday. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

WOOLLY WEATHER: The chilly temperature didn't phase these playful lambs on Wednesday. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

BENDIGONIANS shivered their way through one of the coldest days of the year on Wednesday.

The temperature topped 9.1 degrees Celcius just after 2pm after an overnight low of 3, making it the second coldest day of the year.

Bureau of Meteorology regional duty forecaster Rod Dickson said Bendigo could expect temperatures near 10 degrees Celcius into the weekend.

"We'll see another cold front come in from the south west on Friday which will bring cold temperatures and a shower or two in the afternoon," he said.

"Saturday in particular is looking like the wettest of the week and could be a pretty ordinary day.

"After that, though, Sunday should be fine in central Victoria."

Bendigo recorded almost six millimetres of rain to Wednesday afternoon. 

The Bureau of Meteorology also reported a light dusting of snowfall at Mount Macedon and Trentham during the morning.

Mr Dickson said the region shouldn't expect much wind in the coming days, keeping sheep graziers in the clear.

Despite the chilly weather, graziers have reported a solid season for rain.

Roland McKinnon, who runs more than 2000 sheep at his Marong property, said 2014 was proving to be "one of the best years for rainfall".

"The stock are in great shape for this time of the year and the regular rainfall has kept things moist in the fields," he said.

"Today has been pretty good as well - if they're in full wool, they'll handle the cold alright.

"Most of the lambing should be finished by now and later on will be shearing time."

Mr McKinnon said graziers were hoping for continued wet weather into spring.

"We still have the main part of the year to come and we'll all be hoping the rainfall continues," he said.

Bendigo could expect a maximum of 12 with an overnight low of 3 on Thursday, with isolated showers easing into the evening.

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