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Warmer weather to welcome spring, but skiers needn't be alarmed

If you're sick of seeing black puffer jackets clog up the city, you're in luck. Warmer temperatures are set to welcome in spring this weekend, with tops of 19 degrees in Melbourne and 24 in the state's north-west.

But don't ditch your warmer layers too quickly as Friday will start off with a chill.

"The working week to end winter will be quite chilly then it will be sunny on Friday afternoon," senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology Matthew Michael said.

It will be only five degrees on Friday morning in Melbourne's CBD, but the mercury will steadily climb through the day to reach 19 degrees in the afternoon. Cue rooftop bars and post-work picnics.

Melburnians can expect warmer weather to welcome in Spring this weekend.

Melburnians can expect warmer weather to welcome in Spring this weekend.Credit:Leigh Henningham

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Demons supporters, notorious for heading to the snow in September, should not be alarmed. Mr Michael said the September ski season will not be affected by the warmer weekend weather.

"Certainly over the last month there's been really great snow fall that will help the ski season extend into the start of spring."

There is even a forecast of a snow dump this week, with Mount Buller seeing as much as 10 extra centimetres over Wednesday and Thursday.

"A few warmer days isn't going to have that much of an impact [on the snow]," Mr Michael said. "The alpine resorts have a really solid base for the end of the season."

And photographs on Instagram are confirming the snow season remains in full swing. Blue skies and healthy looking runs make for an ideal time to reap the benefits of the cheaper shoulder season prices.

But the warmer temperatures combined with fresh snow that is typical of this time of year present new dangers for skiers.

Avalanche expert Tony Harrington said skiers should beware of exposed rocks, ice patches and slippery powder.

"We had a low snow pack for many weeks, then when you get fresh snow there is a weak layer. When the temperatures warm up, there is always the risk that it will slide.

"I wouldn’t like to see anyone sensationalise but the key message is that you always need to be aware and understand mother nature."

Charlotte is a reporter for The Age.

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