Thunderstorms cool Victoria and bring flooding

THUNDERSTORMS rolled across central and southern Victoria in the middle of the night, bringing brief heavy downpours and a welcome drop in temperature.
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Before the storms arrived many residents across the state had been struggling to sleep in high humidity and temperatures in the low 20 degrees.

Melbourne was sitting on 23 degrees at 3am before storms cooled it to a more bearable 18. The storms ended up bringing eight millimetres to the city.

Much heavier falls occurred in eastern and southeastern suburbs, where minor flooding occurred. About 30mm was recorded in the Dandenongs and Frankston area.

The main area of storms has moved to eastern Victoria, where they are still bringing heavy falls.

Central and eastern parts of the state are under flood watch due to the likelihood of further heavy falls from storms later today and again on Wednesday.

Some storms have potential to bring 30-to-50mm in a short time, most likely in the northeast. Some places are a chance for 50-to-100mm between now and Thursday, more than the monthly average. Parts of the northeast could get its biggest rain since February.

Along with flash flooding, storms may bring damaging winds and large hail.

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