After a cool start to the month, the warmer weather will rear its head by the end of this week, finally signalling the beginning of warmer temperatures.
Fine and sunny conditions are expected throughout the next seven days for Greater Shepparton, with temperatures heading into the high 20s from today, according to Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Rod Dickson.
‘‘For Shepparton, we’re forecasting temperatures to reach 34 degrees by Tuesday next week, but it looks like we’ll probably see a potential change towards cooler temperatures from Wednesday onwards,’’ Mr Dickson said.
‘‘Conditions will warm up next week ahead of that though, and we’ll see those climb into the mid-30s.’’
Day-time temperatures are soon likely to be warmer than average across Victoria, and while rainfall across Australia for the spring period is showing no particular shift towards a wetter or dryer period, rainfall totals for spring in northern Victoria have been well below average.
Globally, this year will likely be in the top-three warmest years on record, according to provisional figures from the World Meteorological Organisation.
Scientists argue that the long-term trend of warming, driven by human activities, continues unabated, and that 2017 is likely to come in 0.47°C warmer than the 1981-2010 average.
Mr Dickson said the region would experience a dry spell during the next few days, as a result of a slow-moving pressure system moving north-east.
‘‘We’re also going to see reasonably light winds throughout that period, so we may see some of the fire-danger warnings get into the high category, but nothing too extreme there,’’ he said.
‘‘So dry, hot and mildly windy conditions are forecast for the next week.’’