Severe weather could bring flash flooding to country Victoria over the next two days, with Premier Daniel Andrews urging residents to download the state's emergency alert app.
The warm, spring weather that graced Victoria last weekend will abruptly shift to severe downpours with residents across much of the state's north facing the prospect of flash flooding.
Between 30 and 50 millimetres of rain could be dumped over some areas in just six hours on Thursday, the weather bureau has warned.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued severe weather warnings for much of northern Victoria.
Melbourne will miss the worst of the wild weather, but the city is set to get enough rain this week to pass its yearly average rainfall of 648 millimetres, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Christie Johnson said.
It will be the first time in 24 years that Melbourne has exceeded its annual average rainfall as early as October.
"There is the potential for storms [Wednesday night] in Melbourne so we could see some locally higher rains with storms," Ms Johnson said.
A severe weather warning has been issued for towns from Mildura to Falls Creek, as a low pressure system deepens over the state's northwest.
The warning area also covers Horsham, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour and Maryborough.
A severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on Wednesday.Credit:Bureau of Meteorology
Ms Johnson said the heaviest rain could fall anywhere in the warning area, but is more likely to hit the eastern ranges.
Damaging wind gusts could peak at 100km/h in the eastern alpine area from early on Thursday morning, before easing in the afternoon.
Premier Daniel Andrews has urged Victorians to check the Vic Emergency app or visit the State Emergency Service website.
"There are some severe weather warnings, particularly in relation to what are expected to be significant rain events in some part of the state," Mr Andrews said on Wednesday.
"[The State Emergency Service] do a fantastic job, but if we can all just be aware of our circumstances, be aware of what's coming later on today and perhaps the next few days, that helps them do their work. They are amazing and we've seen them tested, but equal to that test."
The Premier asked Melburnians to hold off trying to check on their regional properties, saying he would have more information soon about how people can deal with floodwaters and also prepare for bushfire season.
"We'll have more to say quite soon. We'd ask people to hold off, particularly in relation to bushfire prep. We're still a little bit ahead of where we'd normally be on Fire Action Week and the time we'd be doing that work," he said.
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