Wimmera, Mallee Could Get Entire Summer Rainfall in just 2 Days
A severe weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for Victoria, particularly affecting people in the Mallee and Wimmera, with heavy falls on their way.
Anita spoke to BOM Victoria Senior Forecaster Richard Carlyon for more.
Mr Carlyon told Flow FM a low pressure system is set to develop over the Mallee on Saturday, which will be "very slow moving as it drifts south-eastwards over the weekend."
"We've got the combination of ample moisture, strong weather system and slow movement...likely to lead to heavier rain and thunderstorm activity across the state through Friday and Saturday for Northern Victoria.
"That heavier rain will start to contract to the south on Sunday."
Total rainfalls are expected to be around 60-120mm for the Mallee and Wimmera, with Mr Carlyon saying "some locations in the Mallee and Wimmera could pick up their whole Summer's rainfall in the first two days of the month."
Other Victorian forecast districts to be hit by heavy rainfalls include the Central, East Gippsland, South West, Northern Country, North Central, North East, West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts.
With the weather warning also comes flash flooding warnings, likely to develop in the far west tonight before extending across the remaining parts of the state tomorrow.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
Not walk, ride or drive through flood water;
Keep clear of creeks and storm drains;
Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks;
Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
South Australia is also currently experiencing thunderstorms in some regions, including around Ceduna on the Eyre Peninsula.
Anita spoke to Paul Bierman from BOM SA for an update on the forecast.
The next Severe Weather Warning for Victoria will be issued by 5pm today, for the latest warnings in your local region, visit bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 217.
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