Central Victorian farmers welcome rain

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Bendigo region.

Damaging wind and large hailstones are expected to hit in the coming hours. Residents are being warned to secure loose items around homes and for those in bushfire affected areas, to be aware of a higher risk of trees falling in the predicted conditions. 

An early morning thunderstorm dumped more than seven millimetres of rain in some parts of the Bendigo region.

Lake Eppalock recorded 7.4 millimetres last night, while 5.8 millimetres fell on Bendigo.

The cooler weather is welcome relief for central Victorian farmers, who are in need of rain after one of the hottest summers on record.

Rochester farmer Geoff Elliott said he was happy with the hot summer so far, but would welcome rain from now on.

“It’s been a dry, more traditional summer and that’s what I like," he said.

“I don’t order any rain until the middle of March.

“We don’t like it when it’s bucketing down but we’d love a nice steady rain all day and night.”

While central Victoria received moderate rain, some areas in the north east recorded over 20 millilitres of rain last night.

Black Range Trout Farm, south of Wangaratta, received the most, with 25 millimetres.

Duty forecaster Stuart Coombs said the region can expect more heavy rainfall today.

“There are a number of storms in that area, with a severe weather warning and a chance of damaging winds gusts and large hail stones.

“Places can very quickly pick up five or ten millimetres of rain in a very short amount of time.”

Rochester farmer Geoff Elliott. Picture: Jim Aldersey

Rochester farmer Geoff Elliott. Picture: Jim Aldersey

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