Stawell escapes wild weather despite frightening forecast

As the worst rain event since the 2011 floods loomed residents scrambled to secure homes while farmers made a mad dash to harvest whatever they could.

But fortunately Stawell was sparred, receiving just 31mm instead of the forecasted 50-100mm.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Efron said Stawell and surrounding areas all collected rainfall totals of less than 50mm. 

“A lot of the storm activity was hit and miss,” he said.

Stawell State Emergency Services braced for a busy weekend of call-outs, but was only paged for two minor incidents.

SES members cleared a tree from a town footpath and helped remove a tree which had fallen onto a car. 

Stawell SES unit controller Alan Blight said despite the tree-down incidents, the uneventful weekend was a “big relief”.

Forecaster Michael Efron said Western Victoria could look forward to “reasonably settled” weather until the next cold front.

“Temperatures will be below average this week and then a cold front will hit on Thursday afternoon, there will be a burst of showers; no more than 5mm,” he said. 

“It will be a lot cooler heading into Friday following that cold front and then we can expect it to start warming up again on Sunday and Monday.”