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Wild weather misses Shepparton

The predicted severe thunderstorm for Shepparton did not eventuate on Saturday.

DARREN LINTON December 17, 2012 4:17am

Shepparton recorded 11.8mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am on Saturday.

A severe thunderstorm warning for strong winds and large hail stones fizzled on Saturday evening with not a drop of rain falling in the Shepparton region.

The forecast storms formed to the south-east of Shepparton and the region, but there were wind gusts of about 50km/h recorded. Shepparton recorded 11.8mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am on Saturday, which caused water to build up in trouble spots, such as the corner of Knight and Wyndham Sts.

Lake Eildon received the highest rainfall in the region with 27mm while Strathbogie recorded 19mm. Most other centres had less than 10mm and some, such as Kyabram, had only 5mm.

Shepparton has recorded only 12.2mm so far in December and looks like ending the year with another month of below-average rainfall.

The daytime temperature plummeted with the change, dropping to the low 20s, but more warm weather is on the way in the lead-up to Christmas. It is still at the outer limits of forecasting, but the Weather Channel is predicting a scorcher.

While the rest of this week will be mild in summer terms, the temperature will climb above 30°C by Saturday and will keep rising, reaching 39°C on Christmas Eve and 40°C on Christmas Day.

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