UPDATED 7pm:The Bureau of Meteorology continues with a Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds for people in elevated parts of Central, East Gippsland, North Central, North East and West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts..
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) advises a strong cold front is currently moving through Victoria with damaging winds averaging 40 to 60 km/h with gusts to 100 km/h forecast for Central and parts of East Gippsland, South West, North Central, North East and West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts.
Severe thunderstorms throughout Victoria are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours.
A strong cold front associated with a deepening low over the Southern Ocean is expected to enter western Victoria tonight and cross the remainder of Victoria overnight and early on Monday, introducing a vigorous westerly airstream across Victoria.
UPDATED 7.25pm: Severe thunderstorms are now happening in the North Central and parts of Central, Northern Country, North East and West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts.
The Bureau Of Meteorolgy (BoM) predicts a gusty south-westerly change will hit Melbourne (CBD) around 3.30pm this afternoon. The change may make fires difficult to control and they may break containment lines.
Victoria has recorded its warmest January on record for mean, maximum, and minimum temperatures.
5:30pm UPDATE: The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:20 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Belgrave, Camberwell, Caulfield, Frankston, Lang Lang, Melton and waters off Brighton beach. These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast. They are forecast to affect Dandenong, Glen Waverley and Williamstown by 5:50 pm and KooWeeRup, Pakenham and South Pakenham by 6:20 pm.
Last year was a time of exceptional weather and record-breaking heat according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement.
2:45am UPDATE:The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) continues to issue a Severe Weather Warning for people in Central, North Central and parts of South West, North East and West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts including Healesville, Yarra Glen and the area south of Kinglake.