Bureau of Meteorology issues severe warning for heavy rainfall

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall in the Maryborough area.

According to the Bureau, a low pressure trough will move eastwards across Victoria today.

Widespread rain and isolated thunderstorms are expected across most districts today, including periods of heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding  across the warning area.

Rainfall totals of 20 to 50mm are expected in the warning area today, with totals exceeding 70mm possible, especially with thunderstorms.

Maryborough is listed on locations which may be affected along with Horsham, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta and Traralgon.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Don’t walk, ride or drive through flood water;
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains;
* 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;

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEDT Tuesday.

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