Flooding, road chaos as rain lashes Melbourne

Rain has lashed Melbourne’s west overnight, causing floods and road chaos. And one coastal town saw record amounts of rainfall.

Parts of Victoria have been battered with heavy rain after a cold snap passed over southeast Australia on Monday evening.

Aireys Inlet on the Surf Coast recorded 116mm of rainfall — its wettest 24-hour period since its weather station opened three decades ago.

That’s more rain than Swan Hill in Victoria’s northwest, which has seen only 67.2mm recorded there since the start of November.

Meanwhile, Melbourne saw totals between 10mm and 50mm, with 31mm recorded in the CBD.

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The western suburbs were hit hardest with Laverton and Avalon recording 42mm and 38mm respectively.

It was a cold and drizzly morning for workers making their way in to the city, after the CBD saw 31mm overnight and an expected top of 15C.

SES Victoria said there had been 80 call-outs in the past 24 hours, including 31 calls for building damage, 19 for downed trees and 18 for flooding.

“It’s a timely reminder that people need to be prepared for wet weather,” an SES spokesperson said.

“We urge drivers to take care in these wet conditions.”

Showers were expected across Melbourne for the remainder of the day but the heaviest falls had already passed.

Weather bureau senior forecaster Matthew Thomas said southern and eastern Victoria would receive between 20-40mm of rain on Tuesday, with isolated falls of 60mm in some areas across an 18-hour period.

“It’s possible that we could see flash flooding, we will be monitoring the situation and if necessary we will put out a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall,” Mr Thomas said.

The rain is expected to ease in Melbourne by Wednesday as the cold front pushes further north towards NSW.

Gippsland is expected to receive about 20mm on Wednesday, while the eastern ranges could see between 60-90mm.

On Thursday, the wet weather will return to Victoria, especially around the border region of Gippsland.

But wet conditions are expected to clear throughout the week, with mostly fine weather forecast including a balmy 21C on Friday.

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