Melbourne swelters through record-breaking overnight heat

MELBOURNE has sweltered through its hottest March night on record with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees Celsius for most of the night.

Northerly winds kept temperatures above 30 degrees until midnight when the mercury dipped slightly to 29C.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Rod Dickson said there had been a severe heatwave weather set-up over Victoria for almost a week and the overnight temperature smashed the previous record of 26.9C in 2008.

Coldstream, Frankston, Moorabbin, Scoresby and Watsonia all had their hottest recorded March day on Tuesday and Melbourne hit a top temperature of 38.9 C.

The heat was expected to ease off later in the day as a milder southerly wind change makes its way across the state, but the northern parts of Victoria are set for another warm day.


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