How to beat the heatwave
As the temperatures soar towards 40 degrees in Melbourne today here are some things to keep in mind.PT0M0S 620 349
It's going to be a long, hard night, but in the preceding hours, it's going to be even worse.
And if you thought it was hot last night — you'd be right.
In Melbourne, the mercury touched a low of 18.6 degrees at 4am. At 1.30am, it was 19.8 degrees, and early risers found the temperature similarly warm — at 7.30am, it was 20.6 degrees. Within the hour, however, it had risen to 23.8. And that's just the beginning.
Temperatures across the state are soaring today, with a humid 38 degrees expected in Melbourne and temperatures of 40 degrees or higher in the state's centre, west and north.
In Mildura, the temperature is expected to hit 44 degrees today, with 43 expected in Swan Hill and Nhill, 42 in Horsham, 41 in Echuca and 40 in many other cities and towns, including Bendigo, Shepparton, Warrnambool and Rutherglen.
Even the often chilly Ballarat is expecting a top of 37 degrees.
If the heat is your thing, but the temperature is just too high, Frankston looks the place to be, with a forecast top of just 33. Mallacoota is expecting a much milder 26 degrees today.
V/Line trains across the state will be running at a slower speed, as required when the temperature hits 36 degrees. The speed restrictions occur between noon and 8pm.
It is also a day of total fire ban in the Mallee and Wimmera districts.
A cool change, courtesy of a thunderstorm, is expected after midnight, and tomorrow in Melbourne is likely to be a much-less-sweaty 26 degrees, with patchy rain.
But the overnight mercury will drop to 23 degrees — higher than Saturday's expected maximum of 22.
A morning shower is expected on Sunday, with a top of 21, and by Tuesday, the mercury will have plunged to 19.
Regional residents will have a much harder time of it — the change is not expected in the north-east until Friday.