If you’re a Melbournian you know just how uncomfortable the heat has been – the temperature has been above 30 for days, while the nights have been warm.
But it’s not over yet: we’ve got at least a week or more of searing temperatures. According to the BOM, by Monday of next week we will be reaching temperatures in the mid-to-high 30s. My daughter has found it hard to sleep, while I’m doing my best to keep my flat cool.
We’ve just passed through the hottest summer on record, and yet the temperature records continue to tumble.
Officially its Autumn, and yet we are set to enter a record-breaking 10 days of temperatures above 30 degrees:
Melbourne is set to break its record for the most number of consecutive days above 30 degrees.
The past three days have exceeded 30 and the next seven are forecast to be above 30, said duty forecaster Cameron Henderson.
This would make ten days in a row of over 30 degrees – a record for any month, not only for March.
“Indeed, that would be a record…we’ve had Monday, Tuesday and today and we’re about to get another seven days of it,” said Mr Henderson.
“The record for the number of consecutive days with a maximum temperature greater than 30 is eight, and that’s happened on more than one occasion. In March, we’ve had seven-day runs a few times.”
Mr Henderson said that 1899 was the last time there was a hot spell of this length in March.
On that occasion, nine out of ten days between March 7 and March 16 were above 30.
The hot spell poses a risk of bushfires this long weekend for holidaymakers. Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley has urged holidaymakers heading out to take care.