Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Rain and storms drench VIC's Mallee

Jamie-Louise Morrison, Wednesday December 4, 2013 - 13:32 EDT

Rain and thunderstorms swept through the Mallee last night and this morning, with some places seeing their heaviest rain in a year and a half.

The region got off to a warm start to December, with temperatures over the first three days running up to eight degrees above average. On the second day of the month, it reached 40.1 degrees at Mildura and 40.9 degrees at Walpeup, the town's hottest day since January. For both places, this was the warmest first three days of the month on record.

However, the extreme heat will only be short lived, as rain and thunderstorms ahead of a cool change swept over the district last night.

Walpeup saw 13.8mm in the 24 hours to 9am, triple the amount of rainfall experienced for the whole of December last year, and its heaviest rain since June. Swan Hill also saw rainfall equalling half of its current December average, with 11mm recorded to 9am.

Mildura picked up some of the region's most significant falls, with 24.2mm falling to 9am, the heaviest daily total in 21 months, and almost matching its entire December average. A further 10mm has fallen since 9am, now making it the town's wettest month since June.

The rain will see an end to the hot weather, as the Mallee struggles to reach above the low 20's today. By tomorrow, it will struggle to even reach 20 degrees. A few showers will continue to linger in the wake of the front tomorrow.

A high will begin to build over the nation later this week, bringing back the warm and dry conditions to the Mallee by this weekend.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cyclone Kelvin makes landfall with 'direct hit' at Anna Plains station south of Broome

18:23 EDT

Lives and homes are under threat along part of northern Western Australian's coast after Tropical Cyclone Kelvin made landfall.

Cyclone Gita: Big surf thrills locals on Queensland's Gold Coast

17:20 EDT

Thrillseekers have braved large surf on Queensland's Gold Coast brought on by Cyclone Gita, which is sitting about 1,000 kilometres east near New Caledonia.

Man missing as dangerous swell from cyclone causes havoc along NSW coast

15:53 EDT

One man is missing after being caught in a rip, and dozens of others have been rescued, as the Bureau of Meteorology issues a hazardous surf warning for the New South Wales coast.