Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Melbourne's stormy morning

Willemien Phelan, Tuesday November 27, 2012 - 11:00 EDT

Thunderstorms disrupted the Melbourne commute on Tuesday morning, with the heaviest rain in five months for the city.

A low pressure trough, laden with moisture, was slowly crossing Victoria sparking thunderstorms and dumping the heavy rain. In the past 24 hours more than 16,000 lightning strikes have been recorded state-wide.

Rain and storms brought 18mm of rain to Melbourne between 1am and 9am, which is its heaviest rain since June and brings the November total to 32mm, which still only half of the monthly average. Other high totals around the region include Laverton, which recorded 28mm and Clayton South with 27mm.

The storms were also accompanied by strong winds, St Kilda recorded wind gusts up to 80km/h.

Thunderstorm activity will continue for much of today with further falls of 10-15mm expected, possibly up to 20-30mm.

After today temperatures will steadily rise to a scorcher on Thursday when an extremely hot airmass is expected to bring a top in the mid-thirties.

Make sure to check www.weatherzone.com.au for the latest updates.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2012

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Drought worries grow in Victoria, South Australia with some areas having lowest rainfall on record

17:22 EST

Rainfall totals are the lowest on record over the past year for parts of western Victoria and south-eastern South Australia, weather forecasters are warning.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce 'takes on board' concern that farmers are struggling to access drought loans

15:53 EST

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has indicated he might be prepared to consider changes to improve the Federal Government's concessional loans scheme for drought-hit farmers.

Labor, Greens slam Agriculture White Paper for lack of strategic vision or climate change consideration

14:44 EST

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his government "wants to back people who are prepared to back themselves", and that a newly released vision for Australian agriculture will do just that.