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Melbourne's dry spell finally broken

Tuesday February 26, 2013 - 16:36 EDT
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Victoria gets a soaking as parts of the state deal with flash flooding. - ABC

Melbourne's long dry spell has finally come to an end with torrential rain causing some flash flooding in Melbourne and the city's outskirts.

Melbourne received 23 millimetres of rain overnight but the suburbs of Glen Waverley and Ringwood were hardest hit with 45 millimetres of rain.

Trentham, near Ballarat, received 55 millimetres of rain.

A severe thunderstorm warning remains in place for heavy rain and hail in many districts, including the North-East, parts of East Gippsland, the North Country and West and South Gippsland forecast districts.

Locations that may be affected include Shepparton, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Corryong, Bright and Falls Creek.

Weather bureau senior meteorologist, Kevin Parkyn, says ahas been issued for parts of central Victoria and the north-east.

"There's an expectation for river rises to result in minor flooding. But also with thunderstorm activity, there's likely to be heavy rain leading to localised flash flooding," he said.

"After several weeks with not much rain, it's all coming down in bucket loads in the next 24 hours."

Mr Parkyn says the risk of flash flooding will remain in place ahead of some cooler weather later in the week.

"That risk [of flash flooding] will present itself again tomorrow when we see a cold front heralding the onset of some colder air from the southern ocean," he said.

"I know many people are looking forward to a cooler night. Hopefully they won't have to wait too much longer."

Flood watches are current for the greater Melbourne area, north-eastern Victoria and for the Goulburn and Broken Rivers and a severe weather warning is in place for the Northern Country, North Central, North East, Central and West and South Gippsland forecast districts.


© ABC 2013

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