THE Wimmera sweltered through a burst of summer heat this week as the mercury hit 41.6 degrees in Horsham at 4pm on Thursday.
It was the hottest day of the month.
At 4pm, the temperature in Edenhope was 40 degrees, Nhill recorded 42 degrees and Stawell hit 39.9.
Bureau of Meteorology weather services assistant director Alasdair Hainsworth said it was the first heatwave of summer.
“Widespread temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s were forecast for large parts of the country,” he said.
He said it was important to stay hydrated and avoid prolonged exposure to heat.
“Holidaymakers are urged to be mindful of the weather conditions when making their travel plans,” he said.
“Fire danger was very high to extreme across the state.”
Mr Hainsworth said the forecast for Horsham today was 37 degrees, before gradually easing following a cool change this afternoon.