Record heat hits Vic­to­ria

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

RECORD-BREAK­ING tem­per­a­tures in Vic­to­ria helped spark more than 60 bush­fires in a stark preview of what could be a ter­ri­ble sum­mer.

As 100km/h winds picked up, the heat­wave moved from north to south. Mel­bourne’s 40.9C matched the 1894 record for its hottest Novem­ber day.

The state’s high­est bush­fire warn­ing, Code Red, was is­sued for cen­tral and north­west­ern parts of the state. Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­caster Kevin Parkyn said: “In over 30 years work­ing at the bureau, I don’t re­call a day like this.”

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