Storms sweep through Ballarat | photos, video

Ballarat's dry spell has finally broken, with the gauge at the airport registering more than 34mm of rain since storms rolled in on Monday evening.

In response, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for the city on Tuesday, with heavy rain causing minor flash flooding over some roads in the afternoon.

Three SES units were detached to help clear floods, deal with building damage and attend to fallen trees.

Ballarat had not had a proper drenching since a 36.4mm downpour back on February 6.

March has been far drier than usual, down from an average of 42.3mm.

More showers are predicted on Wednesday morning before clearing on Thursday and Friday.

But there’s some bad news for rain lovers and farmers ahead in the coming season.

The Bureau of Meteorology has tipped autumn rainfall is likely to be below average over the southern two-thirds of Australia, taking in Ballarat.