Thunderstorms were rumbling through Melbourne during the Friday morning commute and school run.
The storms started to spark up around 6am near Ballarat and tracked
eastwards reaching Bacchus Marsh by 8am. The Melbourne CBD was affected by these showers and storms from 9am. At 10am there were still some lingering rumbles in the city's west, around Point Cook, but the storms then quickly fizzled out.
A weak trough provided the instability required for thunderstorms to form before westerly steering winds carried the storms into the city.
Rainfall only amounted to less than 2mm from these storm cells as the storms quickly moved along. Melbourne Airport recorded 1.8mm of rain between 7am and 9am. The city gauge only picked up 0.8mm so far.
The storms cleared Melbourne soon after 11am making way for a mostly sunny afternoon.
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