newsCO.com.au–Drivers urged to take care after intense rainfall in Melbourne

November 18, 2017

Drivers have been urged to take care on the roads after “intense rainfall” ahead of a severe thunderstorm in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Efron said there were a series of slow-moving storms over central Melbourne, extending over the inner-east and north-eastern suburbs and out towards Healesville and Lilydale.

“Because these storms are slow-moving, we have seen some pretty intense rainfall across inner suburbs of Melbourne,” he said.

“For instance, the Melbourne station (at Olympic Park) has recorded around 10 millimetres in about 20 minutes.

“Around Docklands, there’s been about seven millimetres in about 15 minutes.”

A severe thunderstorm warning for heavy rainfall and large hailstones has been issued for Melbourne, Frankston, Kerang, Bendigo, Echuca and Shepparton.

“People should take care on the roads,” Mr Efron said.

“There’s some pretty intense rainfall out there which is reducing visibility in parts of Melbourne.” 

SES spokesman Kelvin Jewell said several trees had been downed across the state, causing traffic hazards.

“As little as 15 centimetres of water, which is about the size of an average pen, can be all that it takes for a car to lose traction and start to float,” he said.

Sunday is expected to reach a maximum of 28 degrees after a low of 18, with a slight chance of a shower, or even a thunderstorm, in the afternoon.

Humid weather is set to continue for much of next week, reaching 29 degrees on Monday and 30 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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