Victoria is bracing for a second bout of extreme heat this month, with temperatures across Greater Shepparton expected to be high and humid.
From Thursday onwards, a heatwave will develop across the entire state, persisting through to the following week across northern Victoria.
Temperatures are predicted to not fall below 30°C for more than a week, and are expected to peak in Shepparton on Friday with a forecast 42°C.
Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Rod Dickson said although a slight cool change would offer respite to the south of the state, daytime temperatures across the north would not fall.
With the weather, he said a significant fire danger period would no doubt be imminent.
‘‘North-westerly winds will once again freshen up on Friday and become quite gusty over the central and western parts of the state,’’ Mr Dickson said.
‘‘That’ll produce probably severe fire danger across a lot of central and western Victoria on Friday.’’
Mr Dickson said the predicted high temperatures would be the first time since 2015 when the state had received two consecutive days above 38°C.
‘‘The other thing to note, in northern Victoria we will see minimum temperatures not falling below 20°C throughout that period, and that’s where we’re going to see heatwave conditions with little relief in the overnight hours as well,’’ he said.