Parts of Victoria have had their wettest start to winter in almost a century after rain drenched the north and west overnight.
A band of rain associated with a low pressure system delivered widespread totals of 10-20mm across the northern half of the state overnight.
Nhill Airport recorded 66mm from the rain band during the 24 hours to 9am. This is heavier than any June monthly total in the past decade.
As the rain pushed east it soaked Kerang with 23mm, bringing their monthly total to 66.6mm so far. This is now their wettest June since 1991 and the wettest start to winter in 90 years.
Rain has not been as heavy as this since March last year at Swan Hill and Walpeup, which recorded 33mm and 16mm respectively. For Swan Hill, this was also the highest daily June total in at least 16 years.
The rain will progress south and east today as the low moves further inland. By tonight, most northern and central parts of the state including Melbourne will have seen 10-20mm of rain, with isolated falls over 30mm.
On Thursday, the heaviest rain will contract into the south, where central and eastern coastal locations could see more than 100mm in 24 hours.
Numerous flood watches have been issued in Victoria, including the Greater Melbourne Catchments. For details on these and for the latest weather warnings, check http://www.weatherzone.com.au/warnings.jsp
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17:27 EST Wallsend businesses have welcomed the introduction of a Flash Flood Early Warning system, but say it will not protect their properties from water inundation.