Gusty and damp: A wet weekend on the way

Gusty and damp: A wet weekend on the way

Thunderstorms that swept through Melbourne and southern Victoria on Thursday afternoon delivered little rain but the State Emergency Service still received about 20 calls statewide.

There is a chance of more thunderstorms later on Friday, however.

Only about five millimetres fell in Melbourne and surrounding areas, said Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Rod Dickson, between 4.30pm and 6pm. The main gust of wind was a 87 km/h burst at Laverton at 3.50pm, he said.

SES spokeswoman Dimity York said there were 20 calls for assistance throughout the state, mostly for fallen trees. She described the impact of the storms as "minor".

The current forecast for Melbourne is for a top of 24 on Friday, with a possibility of more thunderstorms. Falls between six and 15 millimetres could occur.


"There's a small chance of thunderstorms this afternoon, but more likely they'll be overnight or early tomorrow morning," said Mr Dickson.

More rain is expected at the weekend. Saturday will have showers and possible thunderstorms with a top of 26; Sunday, showers with a top of 21.

Melbourne's water storages don't need the rain, though. They are currently 81.2 per cent full – the highest they've been at this time of year since 1996.

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