Cold, wet week for Wellington

rain flows down from a roof down

Sarah Luke

IT’S been a cold, wet week across Wellington Shire, with weather warnings, winter warmers and wellie boots firmly on the radar for most residents.

The clear seven-day forecast predicted earlier this week buckled as the wet stuff settled in, with widespread light showers predicted for the remainder of the week.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, east Sale recorded 38.6mm of rainfall on Tuesday, with a 5.4mm chaser on Wednesday.

Formerly a drought-devastated moonscape, a considerably greener Giffard received 27.6mm on Tuesday, making Yarram’s 12.4mm further south look rather measly by comparison.

According to the bureau, Giffard has now received 206mm since the beginning of 2021 after receiving a good drink in March, meaning the small farming community is tracking along just ahead of its average rainfall for this time of year.

Further north, Stratford’s consecutive 18.6mm and 19.8mm totals across Tuesday and Wednesday were not to be sneezed at, while Briagolong upped its southern neighbour with 17.2mm and 26.2mm readings across the two days.

Glenmaggie Weir also recorded a solid 26mm on Wednesday.

Gippsland Times‘ readers reported healthy rain gauges locally via social media, with one Cobains resident commenting they had received an impressive 80mm in an isolated fall.

Readings poured in from Maffra (32mm), Longford (52mm), The Honeysuckles (45mm), Loch Sport (27mm) and Golden Beach (40mm “and still going, with tanks overflowing”).

Some commenters explained their hesitance to check their rain gauge without a snorkel, while others were unsure if they left their sprinklers on, as “it never rains in Dutson”.

On Tuesday, local falls between 30 and 60mm in central Gippsland prompted VicEmergency to issue flood watches for several catchments, including the Avon, Thomson and Macalister rivers, but those regarding local rivers were withdrawn by Wednesday.

On Saturday, a passing front could again boost the region’s rain gauges, as a high chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon, is expected to bring a smattering of hail and the chance of a thunderstorm, with a chilly top of 13 degrees Celsius.