Parts of Melbourne baked in almost 40-degree heat on Sunday as the city sweated through its hottest December day in two years.
The mercury peaked at 39.2 at Melbourne Airport in Tullamarine, 39 at Essendon Airport and 38.8 in Avalon.
The state’s top temperature of 41.9 degrees was recorded at Walpeup in state’s north-west at 3.18pm.
Temperatures in the Melbourne CBD reached 38.3 shortly before 5pm, and remained above 34 at 7.25pm.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Terry Ryan said the cool change was forecast for about 9am on Christmas Eve.
‘‘A very warm night is expected for most of suburban Melbourne,’’ he said.
The bureau is predicting a top of 28 degrees for Melbourne on Monday, with a 50 per cent chance of rain.
Christmas Day is forecast to have a morning shower or two and a maximum temperature of 22 degrees.
Sunday was the hottest December day since New Year’s Eve in 2010, where a top of 41.1 was recorded.
Total fire bans have not been declared for any Victorian regions for Monday, although the Country Fire Authority says the fire rating is high or very high for all districts.
On Sunday, a total fire ban was declared for the Mallee, North Central, Northern Country, Wimmera and South West districts.
With KRISTIAN SILVA
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