Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central, North Central and parts of Mallee, South West, Northern Country, North East, West and South Gippsland and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 3:14 pm Saturday, 1 February 2020.

Heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding continues for parts of western and central Victoria today.

A warm and very humid airmass extends across much of Victoria today with rain and thunderstorms with locally heavy falls. A cool change currently in the south will slowly move across the state today easing conditions.

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is possible over the warning area this afternoon and into this evening.

Localised INTENSE RAINFALL in association with thunderstorms may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding over the warning area during this afternoon and evening.

At 3pm ESDT a separate severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall is current for parts of the Mallee and Northern Country.

Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Bendigo, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Melbourne and Traralgon.

Since 9am this morning

Trentham 27mm

Charlton 24mm (15mm in 15 minutes)

Berwick 21mm

To 9am this morning

61mm has fallen at Nhill (50mm falling in 6 hours)

52mm at McNeils Bridge

51mm at Dimboola

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* Be alert that in areas recently affected by fires, heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
* Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured and move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Stay indoors and away from windows.
* If outdoors, move to a safe place indoors. Stay away from trees, drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
* If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.
* Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines always assume they are live.
* Stay informed monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency.