A sunny Saturday morning is set to give way to showers later today, signalling the start of almost a week of rain.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast rain for Sunday and Monday, with a shower or two predicted each day between Tuesday and Thursday.
A gale warning is also in place for the Eden coast on Sunday, while damaging surf conditions including waves as high as five metres are expected across the South Coast, making coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing hazardous.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
- Keep clear of fallen power lines.
Just over the border, East Gippsland catchments are on flood watch during Sunday night and throughout Monday.
Up to 80-100mm of rain may fall over the period, and based on current catchment conditions and the forecast rainfall, minor flooding is possible in the East Gippsland catchments, including Genoa River, from Monday.
This flood watch means that people living or working along rivers and streams must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.
Flood warnings will be issued if Minor Flood Level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main rivers for which the Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service.
In the interests of community safety, the SES suggests the following precautions:
- Don't walk, ride or drive through floodwater;
- Don't allow children to play in floodwater;
- Stay away from waterways and stormwater drains; and
- Keep well clear of fallen power lines.
For emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500.
The SES also advises that rainfall run-off into waterways in recent fire affected areas may contain debris such as soil, ash, trees and rocks.
People in fire-affected areas should also be alert to the potential for landslide and debris on roads.