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October brings more rain for Victoria

Scott Morris, Saturday October 24, 2020 - 12:25 EDT

Victoria has not escaped the unsettled weather that has impacted the southeast recently, as rainfall, strong winds and the odd storm have all featured in the past 24 hours. A low and associated troughs are responsible for this spell of weather.

Some of the heaviest 24 hour rain totals from 9am on Friday were recorded at Mt Hotham (63mm), Tonga Bridge (53mm) and Falls Creek (45mm). Not only have a large swathe of locations in Victoria exceeded their October average rainfall totals already, but more rain is expected for the weekend. By the end of Saturday, many places in central and eastern VIC should have amassed 15-30mm of rainfall, with isolated falls reaching above this.

Wind gusts have also been strong with this system. A 95km/h gust was recorded at Yarrawonga in the afternoon on Friday, while Mount Hotham had a 78km/h gust just before midday.

Thunderstorms reached only to the far northwest of the Mallee district just after midnight and were very isolated. However, a few storms have developed over northern parts of North East this morning and could spread further in the east by the afternoon, possibly becoming severe.

Behind the low pressure system a cold front is crossing Victoria. In its wake, a spell of cold daytime temperatures should occur. Melbourne's forecast should mean that the mercury will remain below 15 degrees until Monday. Temperatures will be particularly cold in the southwest of the state, with maximums forecast to be in the low teens and even into the single digits on Sunday.

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