Thick cloud spreading across southwest VIC near a trough and front is causing areas of rain to develop. Very warm northerly winds are filtering down ahead of the trough. Cloud is patchier over the state's east near a ridge of high pressure.
In December 2014 we upgraded our lightning network to the latest in sensor technology as used by the world's leading meteorological agencies. This has resulted in changes and improvements to the lightning data you will now see. The main changes are:
15:56 EDT Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) staff are so fed-up with stalled pay negotiations they will consider reading protest messages during live radio weather forecasts, their union says.