Autumn soaking for Victoria and TasmaniaDrew Casper-Richardson, Sunday March 17, 2013 - 11:10 EDT
A cold front and trough have brought the heaviest March rain in 12 years to parts of Victoria with Tasmania also getting a good soak.
On Saturday night a trough and cold front swept through Victoria and Tasmania bringing widespread showers and the odd storm. Showers continued through Sunday morning in the wake in the front in brisk southerly winds.
Victoria's Central district had some of the highest totals, including some suburbs of Melbourne. Epping picked up 37mm making it their highest March fall in 12 years. Essendon had their highest fall since May with 31mm reaching the gauge. Melbourne city itself dodged the heaviest rain but still recorded 15mm. Although not has heavy as other areas it was the heaviest fall so far this month. The city has now recorded 16mm for March, making it the driest start to Autumn in five years. Further north, parts of Kinglake had 46mm.
Across Bass Strait, Tasmania also had some solid rainfall. St Helens had 38mm, their highest since September. Hobart recorded 14mm which was also the highest since September. Just outside of the city, Mt Nelson had their highest total since May with 26mm.
For the rest of Sunday, showers will generally become more isolated throughout Tasmania and central Victoria. Showers and storms mostly will contract to eastern parts of Victoria with falls being heaviest along the East Gippsland coast. Widespread falls of 20mm can be expected with isolated falls of 30mm possible.
© Weatherzone 2013
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