An unpleasant week set for a soggy record

What has already been a big few weeksof rainfall looks set to get a fair bit worse before themonth closes.
Nanjing Night Net

If the predictions are even close to correct, many central Victorian towns areheading for their wettest Septemberin history.

The Bureau of Meteorologymight have been accused of “crying wolf” last week after some of the follow up rainfalls tothe floods failed to eventuate, but it is not holding back on the predictions for later thisweek.

The bureau is predicting a complex low pressure system will cause heavy rain, severe thunderstorms anddestructive winds.

On Wednesday, rain and thunderstorms will develop, spreading over western parts of Victoria during the afternoon and evening.

The strong westerly change will also bring damaging winds and surge east on Thursday, causing a broad band of rain and thunderstorms to sweep across Victoriabut even behind this the rain will continue.

Weatherzone has gone so far as predicting the weather patterns coming up later this weekto be one of the biggest weather systems we have seen so far this year.

Given this has been a year of some pretty extreme weather, all this talk does not bode well.

For Bendigo this amounts to as much as 60mm of rain over the three-day period from Wednesday to Friday.

Some 520mm of rain has fallen in Bendigo this year.

To put this figure in context, last year 294mm had been recorded to this point, while the long-term average is 384mm.

Even if the predictions don’t quite hit this total, sodden ground is unlikely to absorb any more water and low lying areas where water has pooled will possibly flood all over again.

All in all what this means is be ready for the worst.

Forewarned is to be forearmed and clearing a blocked drain or guttering may make a huge difference when the heavy falls come.

All the other warnings hold more than ever, including resisting the temptation to drive through flood waters.

Far too often during the last big rains we witnessed people taking a chance in floodwaters and getting stuck.

And if all these predictions amount to little, then there is no great loss in the caution.

It may even end with some good news; withthe tail end of the school holidays promisinga patch of sun and even adry grand-final day.

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