26 Feb 2013

Dry summer over in Victoria

1:00 pm on 26 February 2013

Victoria's dry summer is over, with downpours across the state.

AAP reports steady rain fell in Melbourne on Tuesday, with 18mm in the city and up to 36mm in the outer eastern suburbs.

In Ballarat, west of Melbourne, had 44mm overnight while central north Bendigo had 21mm.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Phil King said up to 100mm is expected in some parts of the north east of the state later on Tuesday.

"This is the first time we've had some good rainfall in the two months of January and February," he told AAP.

"We've been seeing a few storms along the ranges but they've been fairly isolated. This is the first time that the storms have been more widespread, giving a large area of the state really good falls."

AAP reports the only areas likely to miss the rain are in the southwest, including the Grampians, where bushfires continue to burn, and the southeast Gippsland coastal areas.

But rain should fall in the northeast Alpine bushfire areas.