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
It may have felt like sleeping in an oven but Melbourne’s hot night has failed to reach the record books.
A brief period of southerly winds decreased the temperature to 24.9 degrees celsius at 12.13am, before it returned to 32 at 3am.
If it had stayed above 30, the night would have equalled Melbourne's record overnight of 30.6, set on February 1, 1902, and January 12, 2010.
Melburnians suffered through a hot night.
The cool change has arrived in Victoria, with regional towns in the state’s west the first to receive relief.
In townships west of Colac, the temperature has already dropped to 23.8.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Richard Carlyon said the cool change remained on track to hit Melbourne about midday.
The mercury - which is currently 36.1 - is expected to drop about 10 degrees in 30 minutes.
Towns in the state’s south-east under threat from bushfires will not receive any relief from the weather until the late afternoon.
Mr Carlyon said strong northerly winds were picking up in West Gippsland and the La Trobe Valley. No rain is forecast today and the change would be dry and gusty, he said.
Humid conditions will continue for most of the week, with temperatures to remain in the low 30s.
‘‘But it won’t be the extreme weather we’ve seen in the last few days,’’ Mr Carlyon said.
Strong winds heard throughout Melbourne overnight caused minimal damage.
State Emergency Service spokesman Stefan Delatovic said the service received only ‘‘a handful’’ of calls reporting fallen trees across the city.
With Alana Schetzer