Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central, Northern Country, North Central, North East, West and South Gippsland and parts of East Gippsland, Mallee, South West and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 1:06 pm Sunday, 19 December 2021.
Squally thunderstorms across Victoria today

Weather Situation: A cold front over the southwest of the State will continue to move rapidly east today . A strong upper atmospheric system will further support thunderstorms near and east of the cold front.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.
In southern and central parts of the State, storms with damaging wind gusts are most likely to be associated with a squally wind change cross the State.

The change is due to move up the Surf Coast from 1:00pm, reaching Geelong and Ballarat at approximately 2:00pm, Melbourne at 3:00pm, and the eastern suburbs around 3:30pm.
Peak gusts are likely to reach 110km/h with the wind change, although higher gusts are also possible.

Yarrawonga recorded a wind gust of 100 km/h at 12:40pm

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.
* Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees.
* Be aware - heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it's windy or wet.
* Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Stay indoors and away from windows.
* If outdoors, move to a safe place indoors. Stay away from trees, drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines - always assume they are live.
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
* Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.