The entire state of Victoria and large parts of South Australia and New South Wales are on flood watch as an unprecedented wet weather system looks to smash through the recent record-breaking heat.
Southern and eastern Australia is about to cop a lashing from Mother Nature, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) advises, with falls of up to 200mm predicted in parts of Victoria and western NSW.
Severe thunderstorms are expected in South Australia late on Thursday and into Friday, bringing with them damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall up to 100mm.
As the system moves into Victoria and NSW, that predicted rainfall only gets higher.
“The system will ramp up over Victoria and western NSW on Friday and into Saturday with rainfalls of 100-200mm expected in these areas, particularly those areas closer to the ranges,” BoM senior forecaster Scott Williams said.
“Peak falls in the northeast of Victoria could top 300mm over the 48 hours to Saturday night.
Initial Flood Watch issued for Victoria: From Friday to Sunday widespread totals of 60-120mm in the South and 100-200mm in the North are forecast. Widespread flooding is likely from Friday onwards. Check here for updates https://t.co/Ildo3KSAXKpic.twitter南京夜网/arHidYCYGu
— Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria (@BOM_Vic) November 29, 2017More than a months rain forecast in 36 hours in some areas to start our summer. Check the #forecast at https://t.co/SrkQxr8aaYpic.twitter南京夜网/gb9i8dBbYt
— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) November 29, 2017FLOOD WATCH updated 4:30pm. Very heavy rainfalls expected Friday and Saturday for Bell, Belubula, Murrumbidgee, Upper Murray and Snowy Rivers: https://t.co/xZcXIvFypN#NSWfloodspic.twitter南京夜网/QpKsnjiqt8
— Bureau of Meteorology Australian Capital Territory (@BOM_ACT) November 29, 2017The State Emergency Service advises that people should:Don’t walk, ride or drive through flood waterKeep clear of creeks and storm drainsBe aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocksBe alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roadsBOM Severe Weather Update – Warnings current at 10.30am Friday, November 30Source: Bureau of Meteorology
Flood watch for Bell, Belubula, Murrumbidgee, Upper Murray and Snowy Rivers:Local and minor to moderate riverine flooding may develop along the Murrumbidgee River from Friday onwards.Southern and central districts forecast to receive the most rain, with some areas likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall during Friday and Saturday.The Upper Murrumbidgee catchment is wet following rainfall in the last two weeks.Potential to cause minor to moderate riverine flooding as well as local flooding from Friday onwards.Victoria
Initial flood watch for Victoria:Heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms are likely to develop in the far west during Thursday night before extending across the remaining parts of the State during Friday. The heavy rain and thunderstorm activity will continue on Saturday.Three day totals of around 60-120mm are expected south of the Divide and over the far northwest with totals of between 100 and 200mm over remaining areas on and north of the Divide. However, totals over the northeast ranges may exceed 250mm.Catchments likely to be affected: Snowy River, Tambo River, Mitchell River, Avon River, Macalister River, Thomson River, Latrobe River, Traralgon Creek, South Gippsland Rivers, Bunyip River and Dandenong Creek, Yarra River, Maribyrnon River, Werribee River, Barwon, Leigh and Moorabool Rivers, Hopkins River, Lake Corangamite, Otway Coast, Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers, Kiewa River, Ovens and King Rivers, Broken River, Broken Creek, Seven and Castle Creeks, Goulburn River, Campaspe River, Loddon River, Avoca River, Wimmera RiverSevere weather warning for heavy rainfall:Heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms which may lead to flash flooding are likely to develop in the far west during Thursday night before extending across the remaining parts of the state during Friday. The heavy rain and thunderstorm activity will continue on Saturday.Three-day totals of around 60-120mm are expected south of the Divide and over the far northwest with totals of 100-200mm for remaining areas on and north of the Divide. However, totals over the northeast ranges may exceed 250mm. Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Horsham, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.