BALLARAT recorded its highest rainfall for the year in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday.
A much-needed 15mm of rain fell on the city as a low pressure system wrapped in clouds passed over the region.
Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Dean Stewart said Ballarat had fared quite well from the weather change, compared to Melbourne which received just 3.8mm of rain.
The south-west of Victoria benefited most, however, with Casterton recording the state's highest rainfall at 83mm, and Dunkeld receiving 70mm, followed by Warrnambool with 62mm and Merino, south of Casterton, with 60mm.
Ballarat's 15mm brings the city's total rainfall for the year to 67.4mm.
The most rainfall Ballarat had received in a single day before yesterday's downpour was 13.8mm on February 21 and just under 10mm on January 1.
The bureau said while there would be further shower activity today and into the weekend, it would not be anything like the weather Ballarat had just experienced.
"There will only be a millimetre or two in passing showers," Mr Stewart said.
Ballarat's top temperature for today is forecast at 17C.
Conditions are expected to be similar at the weekend, with 18C on both days.
The mercury should climb slightly on Monday to 21C.