Melbourne’s recent unseasonably warm and dry weather is coming to a dramatic end with a series of cold fronts bringing rain and gusty winds. 

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Tom Delamotte said Melbourne could expect showers of between 1-3 millimetres through Friday and a possible thunderstorm bringing isolated gusts of up to 80km/h.

The colder air is expected to move in from Sunday. 

Winds as strong as 74km/h hit Melbourne’s north on Thursday night, with State Emergency Crews called to 13 jobs, nine of them for fallen trees.

A severe weather warning is in place for parts of Gippsland and alpine areas.