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Victorian weather warning cancelled as risk of flash flooding and damaging winds eases

Monday May 3, 2021 - 22:31 EST
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The heaviest rainfall is expected during the busy morning commute. - ABC

A severe weather warning associated with a cold front sweeping Victoria has been cancelled, as the risk of damaging wind and flash flooding has eased.

The Bureau of Meteorology updated its advice shortly before 5:00am, as rainfall and winds fell below the warning threshold.

Meteorologists had previously forecast wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour in elevated areas and heavy rainfall in some parts of Melbourne as the cold front moved east.

Laverton, in Melbourne's west, had received 42.2mm by 8:00am, while Essendon had received 31mm.

The Great Ocean Road town of Aireys Inlet had received 115.8mm.

On Monday, Victorian BOM manager Diana Eadie said some local falls could be much heavier, and Melbourne's western and northern suburbs were likely to bear the brunt of wind gusts from about 3:00am.

"This is particularly of concern given that we could see this heavy rainfall occur when people are trying to get into the city or commuting on their way to work," Ms Eadie said.

"There is the potential for flash flooding and the roads could be quite slippery."

A road weather alert which was put in place on Monday has also been cancelled.

Rainfall is expected to ease over Melbourne this afternoon as the cold front moves to Gippsland.

Decent rainfall is expected there, with up to 45 millimetres forecast for Bairnsdale.

On Monday, BOM meteorologist Matthew Thomas said there could be isolated falls of 60-90mm about the southern slopes of the eastern ranges.

He said after a "fairly dry" April, the deluge could leave the roads slippery and extra caution may be needed.


© ABC 2021

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