After a massive storm swept through Victoria last night, and a lightening show to rival ones seen for decades here, we thought we would find out just how rare a storm like the one we witnessed last night was, and where you should be cautious due to Melbourne's crazy weather.
Unfortunately for Melbournians, inclement weather is nothing new. Research shows that, within every couple of years there is a 'Freak Storm' reported throughout the city. Within the last few years, Melbourne has experienced:
- A 10 day heatwave in 2013
- 31 May 2013 Melbourne faced heavy rain and thunderstorms; Melbourne Airport had 10mm of rain in 10 minutes just after 9pm
- 18 July 2013 Melbourne recorded the highest July temperature ever reaching 23.3
- 14-17 January 2014 Melbourne records 4 consecutive days of temperatures exceeding 41 degrees, 2 of which the temperature exceeded 43 degrees
So which inner-suburbs in Melbourne are at danger in Melbourne's crazy weather?
Southbank is at risk due to the rising waters off the Yarra river. The state Government predicted that the investment to keep flooding under control in the area could cost the city up to as much as $20 million by 2100 as flood waters topple out from Southbank, along the Yarra River.
Due to Port Melbourne being located on the water, it is at serious risk during storms due to sea-level rising as much as 0.8 metres with rainfall intensity also spiking 32 per cent by 2100. Severe flood waters due to climate change will impact sea levels around Port Philip Bay and other coastal areas in the future, and because of this, Port Melbourne is prone to serious flooding.
However, if you look further outside of the CBD and go beyond the close proximity to Melbourne's center, it shows some very clear places you don't want to be during a storm. These key areas are:
Surprisingly all of the suburbs prone to flooding have incredible ranking scores by the locals. Did you get affected by the storm last night? And does it effect your living decisions? Let us know!