A STORM warning has been issued for parts of Victoria Wednesday afternoon including areas in the Wimmera and Mallee.
Vic Emergency issued a warning stating that heavy rain and damaging winds would hit the Central and North Central regions, parts of the Mallee, South West, Northern Country and Wimmera districts.
However, the Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Rod Dickson said the worst of the weather will hit the central and metropolitan regions.
"We're expecting ... widespread showers and thunderstorms across the metropolitan area, probably as that trough moves through between around four and six o'clock this afternoon," he said.
"There is the possibility of some heavy rainfall and possibly some hail associated with the thunderstorm activity this afternoon."
Mr Dickson said the storms will ease off during the evening, and on Thursday the risk of severe thunderstorms will contract to the north-east of the state.
He also said storms won't make a significant impact on the smoke haze across much of Victoria.
"We're going to get a southerly change around four o'clock this afternoon and that may improve the smoke situation later today," he said.
However, Mr Dickson said the smoke will continue to be a "persistent feature of the weather" as long as the fires are still going.
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