BENDIGO residents have sweltered through the hottest January on record, with the spate of extreme hot weather conditions setting new standards.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s automatic weather gauge at the Bendigo Airport normally records 2.5 days where the maximum temperature exceeds 40 degrees a year.
Last month there were seven days above 40º, including Friday, January 25 where the mercury climbed to 45.9º – beating the previous record maximum set on Black Saturday, February 7, 2009 where the temperature reached 45.4º.
The previous January high was 43.8º, set back on January 14, 2014.
On Friday, January 25
the minimum overnight temperature of 25.8º left residents sweltering on a day where the temperature climbed to 34.5º before 9am.
The January median maximum temperature of 30º was also smashed, with the median reaching about 35.9º, almost 20 per cent up on the average.
Bendigo also normally experiences 15 days where the maximum temperature climbs to 35º or higher each year, but this figure has already been exceeded, with the mercury climbing past 35º at least 25 times this past month.
Warm weather is set to continue into next week, with forecast maximum temperatures ranging from 39º tomorrow to just 29º on Sunday and only a small amount of rainfall predicted in the coming week.
The city received just 7.6 millimetres of rainfall during January, well down on the expected average of 34mm.
Warmer than usual days and nights are very likely for most of Australia during February to April, and follows the country’s warmest December and warmest January on record.