Heavy rain along the way as COVID restrictions on golf, tennis and outdoor cricket activities ease

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Heavy rain along the way as COVID restrictions on golf, tennis and outdoor cricket activities ease

It is called the spring swing. At this time of year when you wear your winter woolies one day and a t-shirt the next.

Important points:

  • On Wednesday there was heavy rain with 20 to 35mm over two days
  • There is even the possibility of thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon
  • Between 20 and 50 mm of rain is announced over the northern country and the northeastern districts

And this September, Melbourne’s daily highs ranged from a chattering 13 (and much colder in the wind) to a mild 27 degrees.

But there’s another kind of swing that many Melburnians have missed.

The joys of swinging a golf club, cricket bat, or tennis racket.

And from this Wednesday, this will be possible again with a modest relaxation of the COVID restrictions.

That is, if the weather allows it. In a cruel twist, rain is on its way on Wednesday.

Heavy rainfall could lead to local flash floods. (

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And not just one or two showers, but 20 to 35 millimeters over two days.

There is even a risk of thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon. And lightning and umbrellas on golf courses can be a lethal mix.

Chris Arvier, a meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology, said, “It looks like a pretty wet day on Wednesday, practically from midnight”.

“We see rainy and thunderstorm areas across the state. Most of the activity will be in the northern and central parts of the state.”

An elevated view of the footpath along the Yarra River where only two or three people walk in the winter sunlight. The instability of the weather is being driven by a deepening depression that is expected to move across south NSW. (

ABC News: Peter Healy

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At this point, 20 to 50 mm of rain is expected over the northern country and northeastern districts, with higher isolated totals of hit-and-miss thunderstorms.

This could lead to local flash floods. And there is a chance that some minor river flooding will occur if the rain falls on already wet ground.

All of the instability of our weather is being driven by a deepening low that is expected to move across south NSW. But its track is still uncertain. When it moves.

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Further south, rainfall will increase across Victoria. At this stage, Mallee and Gippsland have between 5 and 20 mm.

So should you schedule a game for Thursday?

Not that fast, according to Mr Arvier.

“Although conditions are easing a bit, Thursday is still looking pretty active,” he said.

Even on Saturday and Sunday we will likely have a shower or two.

Melbourne’s parks, gardens and golf courses look lush and green so far thanks to above-average rainfall of 65mm this month. But it may take a while before the muddy ground beneath your feet has a chance to dry out again.

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