A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall has been issued for the Mallee and parts of the Wimmera for Friday and Saturday.
A low pressure system that will hit northwestern Victoria later today and extend eastward on Saturday is expected to link up with a cold front sweeping across Tasmania.
The Wimmera can expect rain to be heavy at times in the northwest with the chance of a thunderstorm Friday afternoon and evening.
The Bureau of Meteorology expects Horsham would receive up to 14 millimetres across Friday and Saturday, Stawell up to 23, Warracknbeal up to 15 and Ararat up to 23 millimetres. Most of the rain in the Wimmera is expected on Friday.
The BoM has issued a warning that isolated showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain may lead to flash flooding across northern Victoria from late Friday morning.
Between 10mm and 35mm of rain is likely to fall over six hours in the warning area with up to 60mm over six hours possible.
Rain should contract eastward during Saturday morning before leaving the state on Saturday evening.
Stone fruit growers in the Northern Country, North Central, North East, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts and parts of the Mallee, Wimmera and Central forecast districts have been advised that rainfall and accompanying high humidity during Friday and Saturday are conducive to a heavy outbreak of brown rot.
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Sheep graziers have been warned that cold temperatures, heavy rain and showers and southerly winds are expected during Saturday. There was a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to the conditions.
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