HEATHCOTE is likely to receive its entire December rainfall average tomorrow.
And possibly its entire summer rainfall average in the next two days.
The deluge is expected to start early tomorrow, with between 100mm-200mm of rainfall predicted for the area today and tomorrow as widespread thunderstorms cover the state this weekend.
Heathcote’s average rainfall for the month is 36mm, while the summer average is 106mm.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the state, flood watch as well a brown rot advice.
Catchments likely to be affected by flooding include the Loddon and Campaspe river catchments.
‘‘The rain will be persistent Friday and Saturday and is expected to ease off Saturday night,’’ the bureau’s duty forecaster Gina Lawrie said.
‘‘This is very unusual and is shaping up to be a significant rain event that even some of our staff haven’t seen in their career,’’ Ms Lawrie said.
The Victorian SES has urged all residents to listen to the bureau’s advice and not to drive or walk through flood waters.
Also, campers should not set up alongside rivers and farmers should remove pumps away from rivers and stock away to higher ground if possible.