Ballarat receives a month's rainfall in 12 hours

BALLARAT and surrounds recorded its highest rainfall since February last year after more than one month's rain fell in less than 12-hours overnight.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said the region had been soaked with 44.2mm of rain in the last 24-hours thanks to slow-moving thunderstorms. 

"This is the biggest rainfall since almost the exact same time last year," Mr Dutschke said.

"At present there is a lot of moisture in the atmosphere and with the very hot and humid conditions we've had it results in good rainfall.

"On top of that there has been unusually slow thunderstorm activity in the region which adds to rainfall."

He said thunderstorm activity in the last 24-hours had lasted more than three hours in places, while it generally only lasted one hour. 

Clarkes Hill farmer Dominic Prendergast said the rain couldn't have come at a better time.

"We were starting to wonder whether it still could rain," Mr Prendergast said.

"Its been a dry start to the year and it's great to see some rain that will relieve our bores."