Rain brightens outlook, and there's more to come

Rain brightens outlook, and there's more to come


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WEATHER: Welcome rain was experienced across much of the state in the past seven days, with more falls forecast for later this week. Source: Bureau of Meteorology.

WEATHER: Welcome rain was experienced across much of the state in the past seven days, with more falls forecast for later this week. Source: Bureau of Meteorology.

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Welcome rain has fallen across most areas of the state during the past week.

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Welcome rain has fallen across most areas of the state during the past week, giving farmers a much-needed boost in confidence for the season ahead.

Some of the highest falls recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) for the seven days until 9am Tuesday morning included Stawell in the southern Wimmera with 70 millimetres, Dunolly received 43mm, Murchison 46mm, and in the north-east Barnawatha recorded 67mm and Osbornes Flat, south of Wodonga, received a massive 112mm.

In the Gippsland region, Bairnsdale received 34mm, while high country producers will benefit from recordings of 72mm for Omeo, 63mm at Hinnomunjie and 52mm at Gelantipy.

BoM senior forecaster Dean Stewart said while the rainfall was widespread, there were areas of the state, including along the western border with SA and in the south-west, which missed out.

Minimal falls were recorded in the north of the state with Mildura and Sea Lake both receiving 29mm, while in the northern Wimmera, Warracknabeal recorded 25mm.

In western Victoria, the highest falls included 53mm at Westmere and 34mm at Cobden.

"The falls were mainly recorded late last week on the Thursday evening and into Friday," Mr Stewart said.

"There was some thunderstorm activity which produced local higher rainfall areas across different parts of the state and caused some issues with flash flooding.

"The storms developed across western Victoria and tracked eastwards but it was a bit hit and miss resulting in some erratic rainfall totals."

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He said follow-up rain was forecast for later this week with a frontal system coming through on Thursday expected to bring 10-20mm in parts of the south-west and isolated highs of up to 30mm.

"In the northern Wimmera we should see totals of between 5-10mm while the north-east ranges of Victoria is also forecast to receive some good falls," he said.

"The weather pattern has changed as previously persistent high pressure systems keeping the fronts to the south of us, but since last week the fronts are moving across Victoria and producing rain as they come.

"This is a positive change when compared to the first three months of the year, where we saw very little rainfall."

But he said the overall outlook issued by the National Climate Centre suggested the chances of exceeding the average rainfall for May was still less than 40 per cent.

"There are no strong indications that it will be wetter or drier than average from the period May to July," he said.

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