This year’s Melbourne Cup looks wet with gloomy forecasts.
Melbourne has experienced wintry conditions and Tuesday is set to be no exception for the 100,000 punters heading to Flemington.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts a shock: a 90% chance of 8 to 15 millimeters of rain for the Melbourne area.
That comes with the possibility of a thunderstorm, and even the possibility of hail in the afternoon.
And the maximum temperature? A cold of 14 degrees.
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Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said conditions could make it a soft, and even muddy track off the rails for bettors.
“It will be a very cold and at times wet week, with temperatures five to six degrees colder than average for the time of year, much more typical of August,” Dutschke said, according to the sun herald.
“There will be enough rain before the cold outbreak to make the track at least soft, if not heavy.
“Similarly, the grassy expanses of Flemington Lawn could tend to get covered in mud and swallow high heels.”
Horses in good shape on soft and heavy ground will appreciate the weather which was rated mild 6 last week and could be downgraded to heavy if the rain continues.
This includes Gold Trip, Stockman, Montefilia and Arapaho.
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