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Record rain and storms target Melbourne

Rob Sharpe, Saturday June 1, 2013 - 10:02 EST

Melbourne had its heaviest June rain on record amid heavy rain and storms that targeted the capital overnight before easing this morning.

In autumn, Melbourne only had 65% of its average rainfall while Victoria as a whole had its driest September to May on record. These past nine months have left many farms and gardens in need of significant rain.

The first day of winter has dealt rain in abundance to the Melbourne area, as a band of rain spread over the city. Storms and the heaviest falls focussed on northern and eastern suburbs.

The city picked up 48mm, its heaviest June rainfall on record and 1mm short of the June average in one hit. Melbourne Airport bore even more of the rain with 78mm by 9am, its heaviest for any month since February 2005. This included a heavy burst of 15mm in only 10 minutes at 9:30 last night.

The Merri Creek was under a major flood warning at Bell Street (Coburg) and St Georges Road (Northcote) this morning. The river is likely to peak at 5 metres at 11:30am, touching the major flood level. The heavy rain in the catchment exceeded 100mm in some places including Somterton and Epping.

The heavy rain and storms have been due to a low pressure trough moving across the state. This afternoon and evening it will focus on the north and east of the state, with just a few showers left for the Melbourne area.

- Weatherzone

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