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THE re­gion smashed through its pre­dicted max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture yes­ter­day in a scary sign a 40-de­gree day could be on the cards for to­day.

Avalon Air­port was one of the hottest lo­ca­tions in the state yes­ter­day, break­ing into the 30s just after 10am be­fore top­ping out at 38.2 at 4.37pm.

Gee­long Race­course wasn’t far be­hind, reach­ing 37.5 after northerly winds veered to­wards the north­west in the af­ter­noon to fan-bake the re­gion.

Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy se­nior fore­caster Chris God­fred said after only get­ting down to the mid-20s overnight, hot winds should strengthen to up to 40km/h in the morn­ing, to quickly take the tem­per­a­ture to­wards the fore­cast top of 39.

“It will be quite gusty at times dur­ing Fri­day and that will help bring down that very hot air, from the in­te­rior of the con­ti­nent, across south­ern Vic­to­ria,” he said. “We will see cloud in­crease, but that won’t stop the tem­per­a­ture get­ting up to around 38 on Fri­day.”

Gee­long also reached high pollen lev­els yes­ter­day, which are ex­pected to con­tinue into to­day but re­main moder­ate over the week­end.

A heat health alert re­mains cur­rent to­day.

Mr God­fred said a cool westerly change was not due un­til late tonight or early to­mor­row, mak­ing the week­end much cooler for Gee­long and sur­rounds.

There is also a chance of rain and thun­der­storms to­mor­row.

SCORCHER: Rachel Far­rell, Lau­ren McGeough and son Cian, 2, with Pippa the dog at Eastern Beach.

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