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Storms pelt Victoria before a hot Christmas day
December 25, 2011
HAIL storms and heavy rain have fallen in parts of the state, but there are no reports of major flooding or damage.
SES spokesman Lachlan Quick said they had reports of heavy rain in Waterford, Dargo, in the state's east early Saturday evening.
''They got up to 60mm,'' he said.
''That's going to cause a couple of tricky hours for them, that's a lot of water to come down in a short period of time.''
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There were also reports of heavy rain and hail in Warburton shortly before 6.30pm, hailstones in Ballarat after 7pm, and heavy rain near Euroa at about 9pm.
Lightning reportedly struck across Belmont, near Geelong, at about 9.30pm.
The Bureau of Meteorology earlier issued a severe thunderstorm weather warning for parts of central, eastern and northeastern Victoria.
Damaging winds, heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones were predicted to lash towns including Daylesford, Kyneton, Morwell, Traralgon, Moe, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller and Omeo.
Meanwhile, Melbourne temperatures were expected to rise to 30 degrees on Christmas Day.
"It's going to be quite a warm, sticky, night, remaining humid," duty meteorologist James Taylor told AAP.
Parts of the state will experience temperatures soaring up to 37 degrees, with with a severe fire danger warning issued for the Mallee, Wimmera and northern country.
Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected after a change in the afternoon, Mr Taylor said.