Baw Baw has sweated through almost-40 degree heat, but the forecast cool change might bring other problems.
Image: the Bureau of Meteorology’s warning map from 3.53 this afternoon.
The Nilma North weather station reached a maximum of 38.5°C at 4pm today, while those on Mount Baw Baw had a more comfortable maximum of 26.4°C a few minutes before.
Apparent temperatures (that is, how the air feels to humans) stand at 35.8°C and 20.9°C respectively.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a cool change, and expects it to reach the Latrobe Valley between 7pm and 8pm as it moves from the state’s south west.
The bureau has also forecast strong, squally winds with the change. A warning for damaging winds in areas just to the west of Warragul has been issued.
“A cold front over south-west Victoria will move across central and western districts later this afternoon and evening and will be accompanied by strong wind squalls,” the warning states.
“Damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts around 90 km/h are possible over parts of the Southwest, Wimmera, Central and West and South Gippsland districts this afternoon and evening with the passage of a cold front.
“Winds are expected to ease within an hour of the wind change.
“Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wonthaggi and Bacchus Marsh.
“The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- “Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;
- “Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony;
- “Keep clear of fallen power lines;
“The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 pm AEDT Saturday.”
The latest warning information can be found on the BoM website. You can find the latest temperature observations by clicking here.
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