In Pictures: Melbourne's Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc During Melbourne Cup

The punters might be splashing cash on the Melbourne Cup, but the the heavens are quite literally making it rain.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for parts of Victoria, with Melbourne lashed with 35mm of rain since 9am.

"This is more than was seen in September and October put together!" it said in a tweet.

Over at Flemington Racecourse, wooden platforms were laid out to help racegoers cross the flooded walkways, and umbrellas became standard fare amongst the suits, bright dresses and fascinators.

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Racegoers traverse the flooded walkway on wooden boards. Photo: AAP.
Racegoers shiver as the rain felts down. Photo : AAP.
Racegoers attempts to shield themselves from the heavy rain. Photo: AAP.
A racegoer in a bright red suit uses a smart raincoat and umbrella to keep herself dry. Photo: AAP.

Races two and three were delayed a few minutes to deal with the downpour, but the afternoon was quickly back on schedule.

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It doesn't look like it will be quite so easy for racegoers to get home, however; parts of the city are underwater, and trains are experiencing major delays.

Metro Trains advised people travelling to allow more travel time than usual, while pumps worked to clear the tracks of rainwater.

Perhaps the best way to travel on Tuesday afternoon will quite literally be on horse back -- or not at all.

Contact the author: abrucesmith@networkten.com.au

Photo: AAP