VICTORIA'S balmy spell ended yesterday with the maximum temperature slipping below 20 degrees for the first time since December 8.
The temperature peaked at 17.7 degrees in Melbourne in the mid-afternoon with strong winds buffeting St Kilda about 10.30am.
Bureau of Meteorology duty officer Geoff Feren said the city had not had any cold air incursions for a long time and it was a cool day across the state with snow in the high country.
''We scored 123 days yesterday [Saturday] and we have to go back to December 8 for a temperature that went below 20 degrees,'' Mr Feren said. The previous record was 78 consecutive days above 20.