Temperatures are set to soar at the end of the week, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting a scorcher for Friday.
The bureau is predicting Shepparton will experience its first 40°C day of the summer, 2.8°C shy of the hottest December day on record — New Year’s Eve 2005.
A prediction for light winds lessens the possible bushfire danger, along with a slim chance of rain.
In the days leading up to Friday’s peak, the bureau is warning of extreme UV conditions, cautioning those outdoors to cover up and apply sunscreen between 9am and 5.30pm.
The mercury is predicted to hit the high-30s on Saturday, before easing off on Sunday.
The entire region is expected to swelter on Friday with Kyabram, Cobram and Yarrawonga all predicted to break the 40°C mark.