Heavy rain has lashed Melbourne's east as a storm travels towards bushfire-affected areas, but it will be little help to temper the blazes, with fire danger set to spike on Wednesday.
While the storms brought 81mm of rainfall to Stratford in West Gippsland, the rain was generally lighter across East Gippsland where the fires are burning.
The rain also delayed the planned opening of the Princes Highway in the bushfire-affected areas and forced its brief closure in Pakenham in Melbourne's outer southeast.
The State Emergency Service received 1824 calls for help since storms started hitting Victoria on Sunday, with about 1700 of them in the Melbourne metropolitan area, mostly for building damage.
Emergency Management Victoria Commissioner Andrew Crisp says the weather has helped calm some bushfires in the state's east.
There were still 14 blazes burning by Monday evening, all of them at advice level in the northeast and East Gippsland.
But it's too soon to say what impact that will have on firefighting efforts.
"It's difficult for our firefighters to get onto the firegrounds to better assess what that actually means for us," he told reporters in Melbourne on Monday.
The state control centre said firefighters were adjusting to local conditions as the thunderstorms reaches the areas where they are working to control the blazes.
Hot and windy weather is expected to return on Wednesday, pushing fire danger into the severe and extreme ranges again in some parts of the state.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecast a cold front coming on Wednesday morning, bringing very strong winds that might cause the blazes to flare-up.
Despite showers remaining on Wednesday, temperatures will rise to the high 30s across central and eastern Victoria, and dust will pick up on the Mallee, where severe fire danger is expected.
Victoria's bushfires have so far burnt more than 1.5 million hectares and killed five since November.
Across the state, 396 homes have been destroyed and more than 600 outbuildings including sheds have also been razed.
Australian Associated Press