Victoria has been battered by strong winds and heavy rain with more forecast for the remainder of the week.
Southern parts of Victoria received heavy rainfall over the last 24 hours. In the South West, Aireys Inlet received 53mm, its heaviest rainfall since January 2011. Nearby, Sheoaks had 28mm of rain, the heaviest June rainfall in 16 years.
In South and West Gippsland, Latrobe Valley Airport had its heaviest June rain in 27 years with 43mm. In East Gippsland, Point Hicks recorded 106mm of rain, its largest 24 hour total in at least 8 years.
The heavy rainfall was caused by a complex low pressure system and trough crossing over the state. Today, heavy falls are expected in eastern parts of the state as the system sits just offshore. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a Severe Weather Warning this morning for heavy rain in South and West Gippsland and East Gippsland. A Floodwatch was also issued for this region as well as the North East and the Greater Melbourne Catchment.
Early this morning winds gusted to 98km/h just off the East Gippsland Coast and 69km/h at Wilsons Promontory. These winds should stick around for the remainder of the day with a Gale Warning issued for central and eastern parts of the Victorian coast.
The rain and wind should remain in eastern parts of the state into the weekend as the complex low lingers just off the east coast. A high pressure ridge will gradually strengthen on Saturday allowing the wind and rain to ease in the west of the state but the wet and windy conditions won't clear until Wednesday for East Gippsland.
© Weatherzone 2013
16:28 EDT Hail is caused when raindrops are lifted up into the atmosphere during a thunderstorm and then supercooled by temperatures below freezing, turning them into ice balls.