• Fri. May 20th, 2022

Thunderstorms and rain en route to parts of Victoria

Victoria was warned not to turn a blind eye to the wild weather in the north with severe thunderstorms heading for parts of the state over the weekend.

Thousands of people in Sydney’s west, north-west and south-west have been ordered to evacuate overnight with extreme weather and heavy rain expected to hit Thursday.

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As the huge weather system cascades down Australia’s east coast, Victoria’s emergency service is preparing for heavy rains to roll into the state, with Gippsland likely to face the worst.

However, the weather bureau says the outlook for Victoria is very different from the dire situation that has gripped Queensland and New South Wales.

Parts of western Victoria and north-west and north-east Melbourne will have rain from the west as remnants of an ex-tropical cyclone La Niña may collide with storms from the north.

Forecaster Miriam Bradbury warns Victoria for a few wet weeks ahead.

“As it follows the Great Australian Bite, it draws in some moisture from that former Tropical Cyclone Anika…but it kind of disconnects from it by the time it hits Victoria,” she says, “So it will be a very humid system. It will bring a lot of humidity with it.”

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology’s fall outlook predicts wetter-than-average weeks ahead.

“Autumn days are likely to be wetter and warmer than normal for much of Australia,” said a spokesperson.

“While La Niña has brought increased rainfall to eastern and northern Australia, observations and climate models suggest it is likely at or beyond its peak and should end by mid- fall 2022.”

A minor flood warning has been issued for the Snowy River, while a flood watch has been posted for the Bemm, Cann and Genoa catchments

Residents of East Gippsland have been urged to avoid travel if possible and, if driving, to stay away from trees, sewers, low areas and flood waters.

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