Warrnambool's wet weather is here to stay, forecasters warn

RAINY DAYS: The wet weather is expected to continue into the coming weekend. Picture: Morgan Hancock
RAINY DAYS: The wet weather is expected to continue into the coming weekend. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Wet weather has landed in the south-west and it’s here to stay, with overnight rainfall expected to continue into the coming weekend. 

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Efron said Warrnambool received 17 millimetres of rain in the 24 hours to 9am Friday morning, bringing the city’s total to 29mm over the last four days. 

“There is a risk of hail and thunder, with another 10 to 15mm of rainfall expected in Warrnambool today,” he said.

“We are likely to see further shower activity for the rest of the weekend with fresh to strong south-westerly winds, which means very cold conditions in terms of maximum temperatures.

“Friday will see a top of 13 degrees and 12 degrees by Saturday and Sunday, with that wind making it feel a lot colder.”

Thunderstorms have seen Cape Otway (23mm), Merino (21mm), Port Fairy (20mm) and Coleraine (19mm) on the end of massive helpings of rain the past 24-hours.

Mr Efron said Cape Otway saw peak wind gusts of 90km/h overnight, while the south-west coast averaged 60 to 70km/h gusts during the early hours of Friday morning. 

“It’s pretty typical to see these sort of systems coming through at this time of year, but we aren’t seeing an easing trend until late Sunday into Monday,” he said.