Over 100,000 Places Lose Power As Scorching VIC Day Turns Into Gnarly Storm

It wouldn’t be summer in Australia without weather that bafflingly oscillated from scorching heat to torrential downpour, and Victoria has not been left wanting after being pummelled by a ridiculous storm this evening.

According to The Australian, the SES has recorded over 100,000 properties losing power and has responded to over 1,000 callouts. The storms were preceded by a ridiculously abrupt cold change, with Melbourne CBD experiencing a 12-degree drop in temperature in the space of just 10 minutes.

Various parts of the state were hit by hail, flash flooding, and strong winds, with Laverton recording gusts of up to 98km/h and Bendigo, Kilmore Gap, and Wangaratta all recording gusts over 110km/h.

Melbourne residents found themselves battered by hail and torrential rain and photos quickly began popping up on Twitter of a very damp looking city:




This particularly striking video puts you instantly into the viewpoint of someone who very clearly did not expect lightning to strike so bloody close to where they are standing:

The storms have largely cleared the Melbourne area but, as always, check your local BOM listings and don’t drive in adverse weather conditions unless you really, really have to.