Victoria

Wild weather, thunderstorms lash Victoria

Severe thunderstorms lashed much of Victoria on Sunday afternoon, with humid and stormy conditions forecast to last until Wednesday.

Wild weather including heavy rain, large hailstones and damaging winds was expected across a huge swathe of the state but was due to narrowly miss Melbourne.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for much of Victoria.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for much of Victoria. Photo: Glenn Campbell

The extensive storm activity prompted the Bureau of Metereology to issue a severe thunderstorm warning on Sunday for the Mallee, Wimmera and parts of the Northern Country. 

Severe thunderstorm warnings were cancelled for the Central, South West and North East districts on Sunday evening.

Heavy rainfall, large hailstones and damaging winds expected across much of Victoria.
Heavy rainfall, large hailstones and damaging winds expected across much of Victoria. 

Phil King, Senior Forecaster at the Bureau, warned the stormy weather would last for a few days.

"Storms are just missing Melbourne at the moment but we're quite likely to see some showers and storms come down over the Melbourne region overnight, tomorrow night or early afternoon," he said.

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"We'll see a fairly humid and stormy start to the week with storms around the state right through to Wednesday."

In Graytown, roughly 140km north of Melbourne, 60mm of rain fell during a thunderstorm on Sunday afternoon, while the township of Elmore, north-east of Bendigo, recorded 46mm. 

Mildura recorded a wind gust of 80 km/hr due to a thunderstorm, the Bureau advised.

Areas forecast to be hardest hit by Sunday's storms included Mildura, Horsham, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Echuca and Euroa.

The northern fringes of Melbourne may also be affected.

The State Emergency Service has also warned residents in fire-affected areas that rainfall run-off into waterways could contain soil, ash, trees or rocks.

In Melbourne, showers and possible storms are forecast for most of the week, while the temperature isn't expected to rise above 25 degrees.