Moment lightning sets tree on fire during footy match as wild weather lashed Victoria

The moment lightning struck a tree and set it on fire was captured on camera during a major football match in Victoria, amid wild weather across the state.

The photo, which was captured by a spectator during a GFL clash between Lara and St Joseph’s at Bisinella Oval north of Geelong, showed a tree as it was struck by a bolt of lightning.

It caught alight next to multiple cars parked next to the football oval.

Camera IconA bolt of lightning struck . Supplied. Credit: NCA NewsWire

The lightning was coming so close to the game, the clash had to be called off in the third quarter.

Victoria has been rocked by wild weather over the past few days, with parts of Melbourne battered by a freak hailstorm, heavy downpours and lightning.

The storm hit suburbs in Melbourne’s north including Thornbury, Northcote, Preston, Coburg and Reservoir around 4pm on Saturday.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the hail was triggered by a low pressure system from “several cell storms”.

The hail, which was circulating in videos on social media, covered pavements and entire sports fields across the region.

But the weather chaos is not over in the state, with rain expected over the next seven days in Melbourne.

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