Giant sinkhole appears after heavy rain and hail smash Melbourne

An enormous sinkhole has appeared in Melbourne after heavy rain and hail pelted Australia’s south.

Some parts of Melbourne recorded more than 30mm since 9am Wednesday.

Ferny Creek and Scoresby recorded 30.2 and 38mm respectively. In the Alpine region, Mount Buller received 111mm.

In Kew, east of the CBD, the rainfall has led to sinkhole being formed.

The hole is 12 metres wide and 5m deep, according to the ABC.

A sinkhole is pictured in parkland in Melbourne's suburb of Kew.
A sinkhole has formed in Melbourne's suburb of Kew. Source: SES Whitehorse Unit

The hole’s been taped off by the SES but there are fears with more rainfall it might only get deeper.

The SES told the ABC a broken pipe for stormwater access is what caused the hole to form.

Kew resident Carol Beary told The Herald Sun the hole was “like something you seen on television”.

“It was pretty nerve-wracking,” she told the paper.

“It’s fortunate no one was injured. On a nice day kids will run around and play over there and all that sort of stuff.”

A sinkhole is pictured in Melbourne's suburb of Kew.
The sinkhole formed due to a burst pipe. Source: Whitehorse SES

An early winter blast is expected to deliver the state’s coldest May day in two decades, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Thursday shapes as the coldest April day in Victoria since 1996.

The cold front is expected to move north to Canberra and Sydney on Friday.

Temperatures set to get 'incredibly cold' in NSW

NSW is set for an "incredibly cold" end to the working week after rain, thunderstorms and damaging winds hit parts of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects maximum temperatures to generally drop into the single digits and mid-teens on Friday, with gusty westerly winds exacerbating the chill.

Senior forecaster Gabrielle Woodhouse said a rain band stretching from the northwest to the southeast of NSW would move further east over the rest of Wednesday and Thursday.

People walk in isolation as heavy rain begins to fall in Melbourne on Wednesday. Source: AAP
People walk in isolation as heavy rain begins to fall in Melbourne on Wednesday. Source: AAP

"Behind that we're seeing more showers and more thunderstorm activity as the cold front moves through," Ms Woodhouse said in a video shared by the weather bureau on Wednesday.

A severe weather warning has been issued for heavy rain and damaging winds around the alpine peaks, the southwest slopes and parts of the ACT.

Another warning for damaging winds has also been issued for the Riverina region and parts of western NSW, and flood watch advisories are in place for a number of catchments along the western slopes.

with AAP

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