The Sydney Morning Herald has reported (03/02/2014) on the recent belting heatwaves of Victoria. It has been the sixth-hottest January on record.
The state recorded the warmest January since 2001 with maximum temperatures reaching 3 degrees above normal. Rainfall levels reached only half the typical amount.
Last month, Melbourne experienced it's warmest January since just prior to the Black Saturday bushfires. The average maximum temperature was 28.6 degrees.
The Bureau of Meteorology said that Melbourne only received just over a quarter of the average rainfall at 13.2 millimetres.
Maryborough and Falls Creek set new record highs over January. Temperatures soared at 43.8 degrees on January 14 in Maryborough with Falls Creek measuring 29.7 degrees on January 16.
Despite the highs, Victoria experienced a rather cool start to January. Nhill and Swan Hill saw the mercury reach just 17.4 degrees and 19.8 degrees, respectively, both more than 13 degrees below average.
Victorians should expect temperatures to climb again on Wednesday as another heatwave is on the way.
In the coming spell, Melbourne can expect five days above 30 degrees, including 36 on Friday and 38 on Saturday.
Nationwide, January was the 12th-warmest in more than a century of standard records. Maximums were a degree above the long-term average.
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