Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts Melbourne as rain lashes state

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Melbourne as heavy rainfall lashes the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the warning just after 6pm on Sunday night, advising that severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar in the area west of Daylesford and east of Ballarat.

Ballarat copped a drenching on Sunday evening, with 22 millimetres of rain falling in the half hour to 5.45pm.

"These thunderstorms are moving towards the east," the warning reads.

"They are forecast to affect Gisborne and the area north of Bacchus Marsh by 6.25 pm and Craigieburn, Sunbury and the area west of Whittlesea by 6.55 pm."

"Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely."

The State Emergency Service is advising those in affected areas to check any loose outdoor items are secured and vehicles are under cover or away from trees.

They are also advising residents to stay indoors and away from windows, and to avoid travelling if possible.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Central, Mallee, South West and North Central districts in Victoria.

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