A cold front has swept through the southern states bringing damaging winds and the heaviest August rain in over a decade for some places.
Both Victoria and Tasmania have had widespread falls of over 20mm to 9am on Sunday. Tasmania had the highest falls with Butler Gorge picking up 40mm which is their highest rainfall total of any month in over two years. Devonport had 27mm reach the gauge making it the wettest August day since 2005. Elsewhere Lake St Clair and Scottsdale had handy totals of 35mm and 27mm respectively. Hobart largely missed out on the rain with less than 1mm falling.
Across Bass Strait, Bundoora in northern Melbourne had the highest total for Victoria with 30mm. This is the highest August total since 1999. Melbourne had their highest rainfall in 3 years with 13mm. Warrnambool in the South West had 28mm, the highest in over a year.
The cold front didn't just bring rain but also strong and blustery winds. In exposed areas the winds exceeded 100km/h. Cape Grim in Tasmania recorded a gust of 104km/h whilst Hogan Island in Victoria had 113km/h.
Showers will continue today with the heaviest falls in Victoria likely to be along the coast of West & South Gippsland where 20-30mm are likely. Similar falls are expected along the west coast of Tasmania.
© Weatherzone 2013
14:54 EDT New South Wales farmers are welcoming news that autumn rain could start to fall soon.