Melbourne hit by severe hail stormThursday November 27, 2008 - 19:02 EDT
The weather bureau says there have been reports of hail stones more than two centimetres in diameter falling in Melbourne this afternoon.
The bureau says the city has been one of the worst hit by a band of severe thunderstorms moving across central and eastern Victoria.
Senior forecaster Richard Carlyon says the hail has been the biggest problem.
"We've had many reports of what we term large hail this afternoon, that is hail above two centimetres in diameter," he said.
"We've had many reports from Melbourne and also around eastern Victoria."
© ABC 2008
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Following a nice Sunday to end the weekend, the mercury is set to plunge on Monday as a cold front welcomes the working week.
Melbourne is on target for its coldest pair of days this late in the year since 1983, staying below a footy-season-like 14 degrees.
Hail storms, heavy rain and gusty winds have lashed Victoria and hundreds of people have called for help from emergency services as a cold front moved across the state.