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Melbourne Weather: Rain, Strong Winds Lash Victoria, NSW, SA

Don't leave your umbrella on the tram.

09/05/2016 11:37 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:52 PM AEST
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Strong rains are lashing Victoria, NSW and SA

Wild weather is sweeping across Victoria, drenching the city of Melbourne and delivering a much-needed soaking to western districts of the state.

A severe weather warning was issued Monday morning for the entire state, with a flood watch for northeast Victoria.

The main weather front crossed Melbourne around midday, having swept through western districts earlier in the morning, dumping up to 50mm of rain in some areas. NSW has also enjoyed good rainfall in parched western, central western and southern districts of the state from Sunday into Monday.

Here's how things looked on the Melbourne weather radar just before midday Monday.

And here's a sense of what it was like on the ground as the main line of storms struck. Seven millimetres of rain fell in less than half an hour between 11:35 am and midday. Which is a lot in a short space of time.

Even more fell out west. Woohoo if you're a farmer!

The wet windy weather is being driven by the handsome swirling low pressure system you can see clearly in the image at the top of this story. The centre of the system was more or less parked off Adelaide, but the winds and cloud swirling around the system have impacted areas further afield.

Canberra had 28.2mm of rain overnight and more rain is still falling, making this the city's wettest 24 hour period so far for 2016. Again, this has been much-needed.

The worst of the weather has passed Melbourne for now. There are no reports of damage or severe flooding yet but we'll keep you updated.

Meanwhile this weather system should give Melbourne its first taste of winter on Tuesday, with maximum temperatures set to peak at 17 for a few days as winds turn southerly.

The Victorian Alps and NSW Snowy Mountains should see light snowfalls on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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