Heavy rain for Victoria as Melbourne’s COVID restrictions ease for outdoor activities

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This is called the spring swing. That time of year when you wear your winter woolens one day and a t-shirt the next.

And in September, Melbourne’s daytime highs ranged from a teeth-chattering 13 (and feeling much colder in the wind) to a balmy 27 degrees.

But there is another type of swing that many Melburnians have missed.

The joys of swinging a golf club, cricket bat or tennis racket.

And from this Wednesday, under a slight easing of COVID restrictions, it will be possible again.

That is, if time permits. In a cruel twist, rain is on the way Wednesday.

Heavy rains could lead to localized flash flooding. (Provided: Andrew B Watkins)

And not just a shower or two, but 20 to 35 millimeters over two days.

There is even a risk of thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. And lightning and umbrellas on golf courses can be a deadly mix.

Chris Arvier, meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, said: “It’s looking like a pretty wet day on Wednesday, until almost midnight.”

“We are seeing areas of rain and thunderstorms across the state. The most activity will be in the northern and central parts of the state.”

An elevated view of the trail along the Yarra River, where only two or three people are walking in the winter sun.
The unstable weather is due to a deepening low which is expected to move over southern New South Wales. (ABC News: Peter Healy)

At this point, 20-50mm of rain is forecast over the northern parts of the country and northeastern districts, with isolated higher totals from random thunderstorms.

This could lead to localized flash floods. And there is a risk of minor river flooding when rain falls on already wet ground.

All of the instability in our weather is due to a deepening low that is expected to move over southern New South Wales. But his trail is still uncertain. If it moves.

Further south, rainfall totals will increase in Victoria. At this stage Mallee and Gippsland will have between 5 and 20mm.

So should you write a game for Thursday?

Not so fast, according to Mr. Arvier.

Even on Saturday and Sunday we are likely to take a shower or two.

Melbourne’s parks, gardens and golf courses look lush and green thanks to 65mm of above average rain so far this month. But it may take some time before the soggy ground underfoot has a chance to dry out again.

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