–Wild weather lashes parts of state after heatwave

November 15, 2017

From sweltering heat to battening down the hatches as a wild storm rolls in.

Would you expect anything less from Melbourne’s weather?

Strong winds and thunderstorms lashed parts of Victoria on Wednesday evening, with emergency services responding to dozens of calls for help in the state’s west.

The State Emergency Service responded to almost 50 jobs by 8pm on Wednesday, with Swan Hill, Bendigo and Mildura among the areas worst hit.

The Bureau of Metrology predicted a low-pressure trough would enter western Victoria late Wednesday, producing widespread showers and thunderstorms.

Showers and thunderstorms could produce heavy rain which might lead to flash flooding over parts of the Mallee, Wimmera and Southwest districts Wednesday evening, extending into adjacent parts of the Northern Country, North Central and Central districts overnight into Thursday.

SES spokeswoman Ashleigh Davis said 30 of the callouts so far had been in Mildura, which has been lashed by heavy rainfall and flooding.

“There’s been a large amount of flooding in the area so we’ve had calls for building damage and trees down,” she said.

She said other areas worst hit by wild weather including Hastings and Echuca.  

Temperatures plummeted from a sticky 31 degrees to 23 degrees in just half an hour on Wednesday afternoon with the cooler conditions bringing heavy rainfall across the state. 

The city’s weather has been unpredictable in the past week and it’s not over yet.

After tossing and turning through a warm night, with temperatures falling to only 22 degrees on Tuesday, Melburnians could expect a slightly better night’s sleep on Wednesday with an overnight low of 18 degrees. 

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Keris Arndt said more than 45 millimetres of rain had fallen in Mildura by early Wednesday afternoon. More was expected overnight. 

By early Wednesday evening, smatterings of rain had also fallen across the city with 1.6 millimetres in the city’s CBD,  two millimetres measured in Essendon and another 3.2 millimetres in Scoresby. 

The rain fell in Carlton about 6pm, as hundreds gathered at Trades Hall to celebrate the same-sex marriage survey “yes” vote.

“We’ve seen a little rainfall in the metro area but not a huge amount,” Mr Arndt said.

“The rain will continue to fall slowly and steadily overnight and it will be a pretty rainy morning with a wet commute to work tomorrow but this will clear up as the day continues.”

Mr Arndt said Melburnians could expect much cooler conditions on Thursday, with an 80 per cent chance of rain the morning and grey clouds for much of the day. The forecast maximum is just 21 degrees. 

“There will be extensive cloud cover, so we won’t see much of the sun tomorrow and there is a slight chance of thunderstorms in the late afternoon,” he said.

But never fear, the sunny skies are just around the corner.  

By the weekend, temperatures will starts to climb a little with a top 23 and 26 for Saturday and Sunday. – #1 News in a FLASH

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