UPDATE, 3.30pm: A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of the state, with Kyneton mentioned as a location likely to be affected.
The Bureau of Meteorology believes heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding is likely in the Central, North Central, East Gippsland, North East and West and South Gippsland forecast districts.
The State Emergency Service advises people should:
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
- Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
- Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
- Stay indoors if possible.
- Avoid using the phone during the storm.
- If you are outside, avoid sheltering under trees
- Listen to the radio for storm updates
- Switch off your computer and electrical appliances
EARLIER: TEMPERATURES are set to heat up, but not without the risk of thunderstorms.
The Bureau of Meteorology believes there’s a 30 per cent chance of rain during the afternoon and early evening in Bendigo today, possibly accompanied by a thunderstorm.
A thunderstorm is also forecast for the city tomorrow, despite a predicted top temperature of 35 degrees.
The bureau has warned of a chance of a storm in the afternoon and early evening, with easterly winds of speeds from 15 – 25km/h becoming north to northeasterly and ranging from 15 – 20km/h in the late morning and early afternoon.
Temperatures on Wednesday are predicted to range from 19 – 32 degrees, with a 60 per cent change of rain in the afternoon and evening.