Jane Bunn’s Melbourne weather warning for AFL finals: ‘Don’t be fooled’

AFL finals fever is sweeping through Melbourne but the city’s infamous up-and-down weather is treating footy fans with contempt.

Over 90,000 passionate supporters are expected to descend upon the MCG tonight for the blockbuster qualifying final between Collingwood and Melbourne.

It was pleasant 22C day on Thursday but 7NEWS meteorologist Jane Bunn has a grim warning.

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“Now Melbourne loves rollercoaster weather … but the timing couldn’t be more terrible for footy,” Bunn told 7NEWS.

“Don’t be fooled by the warmth and sunshine during the day …. by Thursday night it is cold, wet and it is windy.”

So the question is, will that advantage anyone?

Collingwood will start the game as favourites, and wet weather could help. Credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Speaking on Talking Finals, Richmond great Trent Cotchin believed the rain could work in Collingwood’s advantage.

“I think if it’s wet, Collingwood win, but if it’s not, the Dees get ‘em,” Cotchin said.

Essendon legend and Channel 7 commentator Tim Watson said: “I’m with him.”

And former Geelong captain Joel Selwood also thought the Magpies could get get it done.

The game is predicted to be close, however, with bookmakers having the Pies marginally ahead in sports betting.

On Friday night, Carlton and the Sydney Swans will battle it out in an elimination final, also at the MCG.

But if fans were expecting the bleak weather to improve, Bunn says think again. In fact, it is going to get worse.

Tom Papley and Patrick Cripps face off in Round 11 this year. Credit: Matt King/AFL Photos/via Getty Images

“That (rain) will continue for Friday night as well,” Bunn says.

“However, we add some wintry hail into that too.”

The expected top on Friday is a chilly 12C, with a 95 per cent chance of rain, and 45km/h winds.

In an action-packed weekend for Australia’s sporting capital, the MCG is hosting a third game in as many days on Saturday.

In this one, St Kilda will go head to head with the GWS Giants in another cut-throat battle.

In this game, bookmakers have the Giants as favourites, despite the fact they are on the road.

The elimination final begins at 3.20pm, and the sun is expected to poke out a little bit, but it will be only a top 15C.

Bunn said: “(Rain) should all ease a bit on Saturday so the Saints game is looking a bit better.”

But nowhere near as good as the forecast for Brisbane, where the Lions will take on Port Adelaide.

That game at the Gabba starts at 7.25pm and the day will be full of sunshine and a peachy 24C.

How to watch the AFL finals


AFL qualifying final: Collingwood v Melbourne

Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane 7pm live on Channel 7

Adelaide 6.30pm live on 7mate, 6.50pm live on Channel 7

Perth 5pm live on 7mate

Melbourne are gunning for a second premiership in three years. Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images


AFL elimination final: Carlton v Sydney

Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane 7pm live on 7mate, 7.30pm live on Channel 7

Adelaide 6.30pm live on 7mate, 7pm live on Channel 7

Perth 5pm live on 7mate

Armchair Experts

Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane 11pm live on 7mate and 7plus

Adelaide 10.30pm live on Channel 7 and 7plus

Perth 11pm on 7mate and 7plus

Brownlow medallist Patrick Cripps (second from left) will finally play his first finals game. Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos/Getty Images


AFL elimination final: St Kilda v GWS Giants


Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane 2.30pm live on Channel 7

Adelaide 2pm live on Channel 7

Perth 12.30pm live on Channel 7

The Saints are back in the finals for the first time since 2020. Credit: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

AFL qualifying final: Brisbane v Port Adelaide

Pre-game show

Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane 6pm live on 7mate, 7pm live on Channel 7

Adelaide 5.30pm live on 7mate, 6.30pm live on Channel 7

Perth 4pm live on Channel 7, 5pm live on 7mate

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