Victoria's weekend soakingMellissa Mackellar, Monday October 8, 2012 - 16:09 EDT
Much of Victoria is drying out today after a wet weekend that brought some places nearly a month's worth of rainfall in the space of two days.
A low pressure trough moved across southeastern Australia on Saturday before developing into a low, dumping heavy rain over eastern and northern Victoria.
Most of the rain fell on Saturday night and Sunday morning, with Hunters Hill in the North East District recording over 40 millimetres in the 24 hours to 9am on Sunday. In East Gippsland, Omeo recorded their wettest day since June with 29mm.
For many farmers in the Northern Country the downpour would have been warmly welcomed, after below average rainfall during September. Yarrawonga had less than half of their normal rainfall last month but have now already reached their October average, thanks to Saturday's 33.6mm. This was Yarrawonga's highest daily rainfall for October in at least 20 years.
Ferny Creek recorded the highest rainfall total around Melbourne, at 15.2mm. Elsewhere in the state's capital it wasn't as wet, with 3.2mm in the city gauge, 2.6mm at Essendon and 8.4mm at Coldstream.
Strong, moisture-laden southerlies behind this system continued to deliver showers to Victoria on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, with light falls recorded in all districts. Further showers are also expected this week, thanks to a cold front that is due to approach late on Tuesday.
© Weatherzone 2012
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