Millions of Australians have sweltered through a scorching heatwave that sent temperatures soaring across the nation.
Melbourne hit 36.7C late on Monday afternoon, the city’s hottest day in almost a year, with residents flocking to the beach in droves seeking relief from the searing heat.
Parts of regional Victoria were even warmer, with Horsham, Mildura, Shepparton and Swan Hill all nudging the 40C mark.
Adelaide also bore the brunt of the heatwave sweeping parts of the country, with the temperature in the city of churches hitting 38.3C.
Melbourne residents flocked to the beaches in droves on Monday as the city recorded its warmest day in almost a year
The mercury in Melbourne hit 36.7C late on Monday afternoon, with St Kilda beach a popular spot for residents looking to beat the heat
The hot weather had well and truly set in by the late afternoon, with residents not expected to experience relief from the heat until about 11pm on Monday
Tasmania was not spared either, with areas in the southern part of the state almost 17C above average.
Hobart hit 36.3C, while Bruny Island south of the capital hit a state-high 36.8C, 16.7C above average.
A total fire ban was declared for Victoria’s Mallee, Northern Country and Wimmera areas, with the danger rated as severe across the three regions.
The fire danger in Central, North Central and South West regions is considered very high, while it is high in the North East and Gippsland regions.
Melbourne has not been as hot since January 31 last year when the temperature reached 42.9C.
Chris Arvier, a senior forecaster for the Bureau of Meteorology, said Melbourne’s weather was about 10C above average.
St Kilda was teeming with beachgoers as residents soaked up the hottest day since January 31 last year
There was plenty of fun in the sun as Melburnians hit the waves in a bid to cool down from the searing summer heat
The Bureau of Meteorology put out a heatwave warning for almost all of Australia, including South Australia, Victoria, NSW, the ACT, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and Western Australia
He said Victorians won’t see relief from the hot weather until well into Monday night.
‘A change is coming through in late in the evening and it will be a much cooler day tomorrow before the warm weather returns on Wednesday,’ he told AAP.
Melbourne is forecast to reach 34C on Wednesday before mild conditions return.
NSW is next in line for the sweltering conditions, with soaring temperatures set to bake parts of the state.
A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea is drawing warmer air across NSW, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting temperatures to hit the high 30s and lows 40s.
Southern NSW and the Riverina are already feeling the heat but it will build and spread across the state, likely until Friday.
‘We’ll see temperatures in Wagga Wagga (reach) 41 on Wednesday, the hottest time of the week for that area, (and) Griffith 42,’ meteorologist Melody Sturm said.
‘Those are both about nine degrees above the January average.’
Residents made the most of the scorching summer temperatures by relaxing at St Kilda beach
There were plenty of selfies taken as residents enjoyed being out in the summer weather
The nights won’t bring much relief either, with temperatures forecast to remain high.
With the heat comes heightened fire danger across the state.
The Riverina is currently the subject of a very high danger rating, which will extend until Thursday.
The ACT will also swelter this week, with Canberra expected to reach 36C.
The heatwave is impacting a significant chunk of Australia.
‘A low intensity heatwave can be seen over central and northern WA, extending across the country into northern Victoria, NSW, southwestern Qld and southern NT,’ the Bureau of Meterology said in a heatwave forecast for Tuesday.
‘Areas of severe heatwave can be seen over northern WA. An area of extreme heatwave can be seen over northern WA.’
The Western Australia Pilbara district will experience temperatures in the low to high 40C range all week, reaching as high as 47C on Friday.
FIVE DAY WEATHER IN YOUR CITY
Tuesday: Min 18. Max 29. Mostly sunny
Wednesday: Min 19. Max 29. Sunny
Thursday: Min 20. Max 30. Partly cloudy
Friday: Min 20. Max 26. Possible shower
Saturday: Min 18. Max 24. Cloudy
Tuesday: Min 17. Max 22. Cloudy
Wednesday: Min 13. Max 33. Hot and mostly sunny
Thursday: Min 15. Max 21. Partly cloudy
Friday: Min 13. Max 20. Partly cloudy
Saturday: Min 13. Max 21. Cloudy
Tuesday: Min 15. Max 34. Shower or two developing
Wednesday: Min 15. Max 35. Sunny
Thursday: Min 19. Max 35. Mostly sunny
Friday: Min 15. Max 29. Partly cloudy
Saturday: Min 11. Max 29. Partly cloudy
Tuesday: Min 26. Max 34. Shower or two. Possible storm
Wednesday: Min 26. Max 33. Shower or two. Possible storm
Thursday: Min 26. Max 33. Showers. Possible storm
Friday: Min 25. Max 32. Showers. Possible storm
Saturday: Min 26. Max 33. Shower or two. Possible storm
Tuesday: Min 20. Max 29. Partly cloudy
Wednesday: Min 20. Max 30. Partly cloudy
Thursday: Min 20. Max 31. Sunny
Friday: Min 21. Max 32. Sunny
Saturday: Min 22. Max 34. Possible shower
Tuesday: Min 15. Max 30. Mostly sunny
Wednesday: Min 17. Max 27. Partly cloudy
Thursday: Min 13. Max 25. Partly cloudy
Friday: Min 13. Max 23. Partly cloudy
Saturday: Min 11. Max 25. Partly cloudy
Tuesday: Min 19. Max 33. Mostly sunny
Wednesday: Min 16. Max 34. Mostly sunny
Thursday: Min 18. Max 35. Mostly sunny
Friday: Min 19. Max 34. Mostly sunny
Saturday: Min 22. Max 34. Partly cloudy
Tuesday: Min 16. Max 21. Early shower or two
Wednesday: Min 12. Max 27. Possible late shower
Thursday: Min 14. Max 21. Possible shower
Friday: Min 12. Max 19. Shower or two
Saturday: Min 12. Max 21. Partly cloudy
Bureau of Meteorology