Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Two-day deluge in southern VIC and SA

Guy Dixon, Wednesday October 23, 2013 - 18:19 EDT

Parts of southern Australia have seen their heaviest two day October rainfall in over a century.

A slow moving low pressure system brought persistent and copious amounts of rainfall to southern parts of South Australia and Victoria on Monday and Tuesday this week.

In Victoria, Wilsons Promontory recorded 80.2mm of rain in the 48 hours to 9am Wednesday. This is the heaviest two day total for October in 127 years. Elsewhere in the state, Portland saw 74mm during the same period, the heaviest for the month since 1982.

Over the border, Mt Gambier picked up 62.4mm, the heaviest two-day total in October since 1946. This was also the heaviest rainfall there for any month since January 2011.

The low has moved into the Tasman Sea and cool southwesterly winds have been left over the sodden region in its wake.

Further showers will bring another 10-20mm to southern Victoria over coming days, although a repeat of this two-day deluge is unlikely.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Dry season in Western Australia forces Wheatbelt farmers to sell off sheep

18:30 EST

The lack of winter rain over much of Western Australia has left many crops to wither and pasture to dry out, with Wheatbelt farmers in particular being forced to sell their sheep.

Late start to winter in Tasmania

12:06 EST

Winter has finally arrived in Tasmania this week after dry and record-breaking warm start to June in Hobart.

Rain drenches Perth but fails to bring many desperate WA farmers relief

16:51 EST

A cold front over the southern half of Western Australia has dumped more than 60 millimetres of rain on Perth, and has given some struggling farmers a boost, but has failed to reach all agricultural areas desperate for a drenching.