Victoria is expected to swelter through one of their hottest days in three years with temperatures caross Melbourne soaring to 42C.
Emergency services have released severe weather warnings for parts of the state and warned of a state-wide total fire ban.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the temperature would peak at about 4pm before falling.
Victoria is expected to swelter through one of their hottest days in three years with Melbourne soaring to 42C
Emergency services have released severe weather warnings for parts of the state (pictured: girl skateboarding at St Kilda Beach, Melbourne)
Kids jump into the water off Altona pier in Melbourne on Friday to cool off
Beachgoers make use of warm weather at St Kilda Beach in Melbourne
‘After an early morning low of 19C around 4am expect a top of 42C near 4pm,’ the Bureau said on Twitter.
‘A squally cool change will rapidly drop temperatures just after that.’
Senior meteorologist at Weatherzone Jacob Cronje said the widespread distribution of the high temperatures across the state is quite unique.
Bendigo, Shepparton and Swan Hill are expected to reach 45C and Mildura should hit 46C.
Mr Cronje said it will be between 42C and 46C for most inland parts of the state except the south-west where conditions will be cooler.
‘It grades from the high 20s in the far south-west to about the high 30s over places like Hamilton and Edenhope and then further north and east it’s almost exclusively 40s,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the temperature would peak at about 4pm before quickly dropping again
Melbourne can expect a high of 42C on Friday afternoon at about 4pm according to the Bureau of Meteorology
The Bureau said a cooler southerly change will cross the state on Friday afternoon
‘It’s quite the distribution of temperatures, especially over the north-western, central and eastern parts of the state.’
If Melbourne reaches the forecast, it will be its hottest day since January 2016 when the temperature hit 42.2C.
The high temperature in Melbourne is not anticipated to last long as the cool change coincides with the hottest time of the day.
‘It looks like the cool change will come in somewhere between 3 and 5pm,’ Mr Cronje said. ‘The cool change is coming at the peak of the heat.’
Senior meteorologist Jacob Cronje said the widespread distribution of the high temperatures across the state is quite unique (pictured: beachgoers at St Kilda Beach in Melbourne)
If Melbourne reaches the forecast, it will be its hottest day since January 2016 when the temperature hit 42.2C
There is a fire ban across the state amid the soaring temperatures.
‘There’s extreme fire danger across four districts, Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country and North Central,’ Mr Cronje said.
Severe Fire Danger is also forecast for the South West, Central and West and South Gippsland districts.
‘Those northwesterly’s ahead of the cool change together with the southwesterly’s coming in behind that cool change certainly elevating fire danger,’ Mr Cronje said.
There is a fire ban across the state amid the soaring temperatures
A dolphin appeared at Bondi Beach, Sydney, as beachgoers enjoyed the water
Weatherzone meteorologist Lachlan Maher explained that strong northerly winds brought hot air mass across from South Australia.
‘A strong northwesterly wind present over much of the western parts of the state (Victoria) and that will help bring in some hot air mass from a low pressure trough that’s extending from the interior,’ Mr Maher said.
Sydney is also feeling the burden of the heat as the harbour city ednures a prolonged period of heat.
‘Since the 28th of December temperatures have been at their lowest 4C above average,’ Mr Maher said.
‘Roughly a week we’ve had above average temperatures.’
‘We can expect 31C on Friday and 33C on Saturday in the city. It will be warmer out west with Penrith at 39C both days.’
Beachgoers cooled off at Altona Beach in Melbourne on Friday as the city braced hot conditions
Kite-surfers were seen at Port Melbourne beach in Melbourne on Thursday making the most of the scorching weather
Mr Cronje urged those in parts of Victoria hit with the heat to stay vigilant: ‘Stay hydrated and stay out of the sun as much as possible’
Parts of Tasmania are also expected to nudge the 40C mark on Friday.
The Bureau has forecast 36C for Hobart and Campania and Brighton in the state’s southeast are expected to soar to 39C.
A total fire ban has also been declared for the east half of Tasmania on Friday.
Hobart became engulfed by thick dark smoke on Friday after bushfires in the southwest.
Pictures shared on social media showed the sky became covered by black and orange smoke.
Hobart became engulfed by thick dark smoke on Friday after bushfires in the southwest
Pictures shared on social media showed the sky became covered by black and orange smoke
‘Fire under these conditions can be difficult to control,’ the Tasmania Fire Service said
The fire at Gell River, north west of Maydena, Tyenna, Mt Field and National Park is uncontrolled, the Tasmania Fire Service said.
‘There may be embers, smoke and ash falling on Maydena, Tyenna, Mt Field and National Park and threaten your home earlier than the main fire.’
‘Fire under these conditions can be difficult to control.’
Flights are also facing delays amid the conditions.
‘#JQ707 to Hobart is now being diverted to Launceston Airport due to weather conditions in Hobart,’ Launceston Airport tweeted.
‘There are 3-4 others in the hold north of Hobart so this number may increase.’
There is a cool change anticipated to bring relief on Saturday.
Queensland is keeping a watchful eye over the latest tropical cyclone.
There were fears in Far North Queensland that Cyclone Penny, which devastated areas around Cooktown with heavy rainfall and howling winds of more than 125km/h, could re-form.
Sydney is also feeling the burden of the heat as the harbour city is enduring a prolonged period of heat (pictured: Bondi Beach)
‘Since the 28th of December temperatures have been at their lowest 4C above average,’ Mr Maher said (pictured: Sydneysiders at Balmoral Beach)
Penny crossed the cape and headed out to sea after losing cyclone status, but was expected to gather enough water and wind while over the ocean to become a category 2 cyclone.
Brisbane stays at 30C or 31C for the whole next week with the occasional smattering of rain, but mostly a bit of cloud just hanging around.
Perth is pinned to experience its usual, hot summer weather, going from 25C on Friday to 30C on Saturday and 35C on Sunday where it will stay in to next week.
Canberra is expected to reach 38C on Friday and 34C on Saturday before dropping to 28C for Sunday.
Adelaide is forecast to experience mostly sunny conditions over the weekend ranging from temperatures in the mid 20s to the low 30s.
Darwin is forecast for 33C over the weekend with the possibility of storms.
Four-day weather forecast
FRIDAY: Max 29, Becoming mostly sunny
SATURDAY: Min 24, Max 34, Shower or two developing
SUNDAY: Min 21, Max 25, Shower or two
MONDAY: Min 20, Max 25, Shower or two
TUESDAY: Min 21, Max 28, Shower or two
FRIDAY: Max 38, Hot and sunny
SATURDAY: Min 23, Max 34, Showers. Possible storm
SUNDAY: Min 16, Max 28, Shower or two
MONDAY: Min 13, Max 28, Partly cloudy
TUESDAY: Min 16, Max 29, Shower or two
FRIDAY: Max 25, Mostly sunny
SATURDAY: Min 15, Max 32, Sunny
SUNDAY: Min 20, Max 37, Partly cloudy
MONDAY: Min 21, Max 36, Sunny
TUESDAY: Min 20, Max 36, Sunny
FRIDAY: Max 31, Partly cloudy
SATURDAY: Min 22, Max 31, Partly cloudy
SUNDAY: Min 22, Max 31, Partly cloudy
MONDAY: Min 22, Max 31, Morning shower or two
TUESDAY: Min 21, Max 30, Possible shower
FRIDAY: Max 42, Gusty afternoon cool change
SATURDAY: Min 16, Max 21, Shower or two
SUNDAY: Min 14, Max 23, Partly cloudy
MONDAY: Min 14, Max 26, Partly cloudy
TUESDAY: Min 16, Max 27, Partly cloudy
FRIDAY: Max 31, Mostly sunny
SATURDAY: Min 15, Max 25, Partly cloudy
SUNDAY: Min 13, Max 28, Sunny
MONDAY: Min 14, Max 31, Mostly sunny
TUESDAY: Min 15, Max 30, Sunny
FRIDAY: Max 36, Very hot and sunny
SATURDAY: Min 14, Max 22, Partly cloudy
SUNDAY: Min 13, Max 23, Partly cloudy
MONDAY: Min 12, Max 24, Partly cloudy
TUESDAY: Min 14, Max 25, Late shower or two
FRIDAY: Max 33, Partly cloudy
SATURDAY: Min 27, Max 32, Shower or two. Storm likely
SUNDAY: Min 27, Max 33, Shower or two. Storm likely
MONDAY: Min 26, Max 34, Shower or two. Possible storm
TUESDAY: Min 27, Max 34, Shower or two. Possible storm
Source: Bureau of Meterology