Parts of Melbourne are set to receive a drenching today as heavy rainfall moves across southern Victoria, bringing with it the potential for strong thunderstorms, hail and damaging winds.
Ballarat and Geelong both received early downpours this morning, however the strongest of the deluge is expected to hit south-east of the Melbourne CBD from 5pm, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
“Geelong has had some rain that hasn’t been particularly heavy but there is the risk particularly towards the latter part of the afternoon and evening of getting some storm activity developing,” BoM senior forecaster Dean Stewart said.
“The atmosphere is unstable and there is a potential we could see some storms, and if storms do develop, there is potential for some very heavy rainfall and some squally winds and large hail.”
Mr Stewart also told 9NEWS a late wind change could usher in afternoon thunderstorms to parts of Melbourne.
Up to 15mm of rain is expected to fall across the city, paired with strong north to north-easterly winds increasing in speed from 15km/h up to 40km/h.
While temperatures in the city also soared throughout the day, reaching up to a top of 31 degrees, the BoM expects the wind change to bring a cooler shift heading into the evening.