The summer thunderstorm that has brought heavy rainfall and hail over central Victoria is forecast to follow its path towards the east of the state, easing its conditions as it reaches bushfire-affected areas.
Although light showers are expected to hold in East Gippsland until late Tuesday morning, the Bureau of Meteorology predicts the sky will be clear across the state by the evening.
The rain has brought some relief to the fire front, as the 14 active blazes in Victoria were all under advice levels that didn’t pose risks to lives and homes.
But the impact of flooding and debris running into waterways has also challenged the battle against the flames.
“There’s significant chance for run-off today, off the ground, and for those streams and creeks to run quite hard with debris, rocks, sticks and the like,” SES deputy chief officer Alistair Drayton said on Monday.
These weather challenges were strongly felt in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs on Monday afternoon, where thunderstorms closed roads and delayed public transport.
The State Emergency Service received 1824 calls for help since storms started hitting Victoria on Sunday.
About 1700 of them were in the Melbourne metropolitan area, mostly for building damage.