Heavy rain, damaging winds and large hailstones could be on the way for parts of northern and central Victoria on Friday evening.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Central, East Gippsland, Northern Country, North Central, North East and West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts.
They said very humid and unstable airmass east of a trough through western Victoria will continue to see thunderstorm development throughout the evening.
Brookville recorded 26mm of rainfall in 50 minutes to 1.10pm and Mount Moornapa recorded 31.8mm of rainfall in the 42 minutes to 3.46pm on Friday.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.
- Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees.
- Be aware - heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it's windy or wet.
- Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
- Stay indoors and away from windows.
- If outdoors, move to a safe place indoors. Stay away from trees, drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
- Stay away from fallen powerlines - always assume they are live.
- Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
- Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.
The next warning is due to be issued by 7.35pm.
THUNDERSTORMS continued to lash parts of central Victoria and the Wimmera yesterday, with more expected today.
Bendigo is expected to reach a high of 31°C today, with a high chance of showers, becoming less likely later today.
There is a chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe with heavy falls. Winds north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the early afternoon.
Saturday is predicted to be sunny with some clouds and a high of 29°C and a low of 18°C. There will be a slight chance of a shower, most likely in the early morning.
It will be a mostly sunny afternoon. Light winds becoming southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then tending southerly in the late evening.
Sunday will be sunny with a high of 33°C and low of 16°C.
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