Wild storms have brought hundred of thousands of lightning strikes over Victoria as the state braces for another heatwave this weekend.
The weather bureau said more than 350,000 lightning strikes had hit the state from late Tuesday night as a “quite active” trough crossed the state on Wednesday.
Duty forecaster Jun Chen told NCA NewsWire the strikes started in western Victoria, the Wimmera and the Mallee on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning before extending across central regions during the afternoon.
She said further lightning strikes were recorded in northeast Victoria on Thursday morning, while more storms were possible in the alpine regions and Gippsland during the afternoon.
“We’re not expecting them to be a severe as Wednesday,” Ms Chen said.
“The storms were quite active with the trough crossing the state and it was very windy.”
Victoria’s weather is expected to be calmer over the next few days before another heatwave arrives on Sunday.
Ms Chen said temperatures in most of the state would top 30C on Sunday.
Melbourne is heading for a top of 34C, while Mildura in the far northwest is expected to reach 42C.
“The weather should start to settle down for the next few days with some showers expected in eastern and southern parts,” Ms Chen said.
She said there would only be 1-2mm of rain in the south on Friday, while Saturday would be mostly dry.