Photo: Collins St, Melbourne. December 2009.
After a searing day, Melbourne is set to record its hottest-ever night, with daily minimum temperatures hovering well above 30 degrees across the metropolitan area.
Melbourne's CBD recorded an overnight low of 32.3 degrees at 5.57am, while Essendon reached 31.4 at 12.45am, Moorabbin fell to 31.8 at 5.11am, and Viewbank recorded 31.6 at 6.18am.
Some parts of the city experienced cooler conditions, but not by much. The mercury dipped to 28.3 in Frankston, Avalon recorded 25.8 degrees and on Mount Dandenong fell to 27.6.
Taking a dip at Brighton.
Taking a dip at Brighton. Photo: Penny Stephens
Elsewhere in the state, Airey’s Inlet fell to only 27.6, Ballarat hit 25, Portland enjoyed a comparatively cool 21.4, but Mildura fell to only 30.7 at 6.08am.
The oppressive overnight heat means Melbourne could have a new weather record on the books by 9am, when the Bureau of Meteorology will announce the official daily minimum.
Senior forecaster Peter Blake said the city's current highest recorded daily minimum temperature of 30.6 was set in February 1902.
But with the mercury dipping to only 32.3 at 5:57am, and rising to 32.6 by 7.50am, Mr Blake said a new record was on the card.
Full report in The Age