Wimmera weekend heatwave expected

WIMMERA residents are bracing for another heatwave during the weekend.

A scorching weekend is in store with the temperatures in Horsham predicted to hit 41 on Friday, 41 again on Saturday and 44 on Sunday.

Relief will arrive early next week, with 37 predicted for Monday, 28 for Tuesday and a top of 34 for Wednesday.

Tuesday was another scorcher in the Wimmera with temperatures of 44 recorded at both Horsham Aerodrome and at the Longerenong weather station.

Very high fire danger is predicted for today and will remain high throughout the weekend.

Temperatures in Horsham have been 1.5 degrees over the January average of 30.9.

Rainfall has been well under average for the month.

Nhill has recorded 5.8mm – almost 24mm under the monthly average of 29.3mm.

Most of the region had the majority of rain on January 2, with 25mm recorded on that day at Edenhope but just 29mm for the entire month.

The highest maximum for the month was at Longerenong where it reached 46 on January 14 – the second hottest January day in the town and the third hottest for any month since 1958.

Ambulance Victoria has reminded people of the 374 deaths that occurred in the days before Black Saturday in 2009 and has urged people to stay inside, drink plenty of water and never leave people or pets in a car.

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