Victoria’s sweltering spring continued with temperatures set to reach a scorching 34 degrees in Melbourne today, raising fears of further bushfires in the north of the state.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Phil King said the first half of October had been the second hottest ever recorded in Melbourne. But he told The Newsroom that the heat wouldn’t last all day, and he expected a cool change this evening.
“There would be some changes to the southwesterly later this evening with the temperature shifting cooler to 20 degrees this evening. We are expecting no rain and it will stay hot throughout the day,” he said.
High winds swooping across regional Victoria were creating dangerous conditions for bushfires. The Bureau issued a strong wind warning for the west coast region.
The Country Fire Authority issued a fire advice warning for areas north-west of Melbourne, including Baynton, Benloch, Cobaw and Lancefield.
Melburnians didn’t seem to mind the exceptional heat for this time of year. Many said they were going to enjoy the hot sun while it lasted.
The city parks and green spaces were full of sun-baking students and office workers enjoying alfresco lunches.
Lucy Wells, a student who had just returned from a trip to Japan, said: ”I woke up early and enjoyed the morning sunshine. It’s a lot better than the grey skies in winter, I love the hot weather.”
James Fodor, a telecommunication operator, was not quite so positive. ”It’s hotter than I would like it to be, we only just finished winter, In the shade it’s not bad. I tend to burn easily so I’m staying in the shade and keeping well hydrated,” he said. – Ayan Kut
Top photo by Sarah Allen