Spring, that wily minx, is well and truly here. After sunny days and mild temperatures, the cool and wet weather is back.
After heavy overnight showers in some areas, Melbourne woke to flash flooding, causing trouble on the road and rail systems.
The State Emergency Service had 133 requests for help; more than half of those were from the greater metropolitan area for trees blown onto roads and minor building damage.
At the Domain Interchange one inbound lane of St Kilda Road was submerged, while at Essendon station, commuters struggled get to platforms through a water-filled subway. In Middle Park, minor flash flooding hit Beach Road and in Narre Warren, two southbound lanes and one northbound lane of Cranbourne Road, near Lancaster Avenue, were closed because of water across the road.
After a signal fault at Flinders Street earlier on Thursday morning, Metro cancelled several Flinders Street-bound services on the Belgrave, Frankston, Lilydale and Pakenham lines.
Passengers on the Craigieburn line also had difficulties, with delays of up to 30 minutes for several hours after the early morning signal failure.
Splash ... Drivers try to get through flooding at the Domain Interchange. Photo: Simon Love/3AW via Twitter
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that damaging winds of up to 60km/h are expected across much of the state on Thursday, with peak gusts of between 90km/h and 100km/h.
A metal sheet blown off a building was found near the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
In several suburbs, roads were blocked and some buildings had minor damage from fallen trees.
The city's 28.4mm of rain fell between 10pm on Wednesday and 6am on Thursday, with 8mm between 2am and 2.30am.
At Moorabbin Airport, 27.2mm was recorded to 7am, while there was 22mm at Laverton, 21.4mm at Essendon Airport, 21.2mm in Scoresby, 19.4mm at Melbourne Airport and 18.6mm at Coldstream.
In the regions, the heaviest falls were in West and South Gippsland, with 44mm at Upper Lang Lang and 35mm at Wilsons Promontory.
Wet weather fans are in for a treat, with the rain to continue in Melbourne until Sunday – and then return on Tuesday.
Scattered showers across Melbourne are expected to clear by afternoon, with the chance of a thunderstorm, and even hail, until early afternoon.
Grand final day is expected to be a repeat of Thursday's conditions, with the added bonus of a possible morning storm. A cool day of just 16 degrees is expected.
Sunday should be sunny, with a top of 21, and a mostly sunny day is tipped for Monday, with a top of 24. But cloud is predicted to increase by the afternoon, with some showers. A top of just 18 degrees is expected for Tuesday, the first day of October, with showers to continue until at leat Wednesday.