Victoria braces for extreme fire danger
Fires continue to burn in Gippsland as soaring temperatures over the weekend heighten fire threats across the state. Nine News.PT0M52S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3286o 620 349 February 8, 2014
Melbourne remains on target to suffer through a night of near-record high temperatures that will rival two of the hottest spots on the planet.
The temperature is expected to hover around 30 degrees overnight, which would put it on a par with some of the warmest overnight temperatures in one of the world’s hottest cities, Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
On an average hot night in Dubai in its hottest month, the temperature gauge sits at about 29.3 degrees, according to the World Meteorology Organization.
Melburnians are in for a restless night with the temperature not expected to dip below 30 degrees.
In Death Valley, California, it is hottest at night in July, where the minimum average is 30.6 degrees.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Richard Carlyon said the overnight temperature will either match or just narrowly avoid Melbourne’s record of 30.6 held on two days – February 1, 1902, and January 12, 2010.
The temperature has steadily increased throughout the day, with Melbourne hitting 39 just before 4pm on Saturday.
The day’s maximum of maximum of 40 is expected to hit between 5pm and 6pm.
Melbourne Airport and Viewbank, in Melbourne’s north-east, were the hottest areas in the capital, having already reached 41.8 and 41.9, respectively.
The Bureau has forecast the cool change to hit Melbourne about 11am on Sunday but temperatures will still reach up to 34.