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Shepparton on track for record summer

The number of summer days above 40C has already exceeded Shepparton's previous hottest summer.

DARREN LINTON February 13, 2014 4:54am

In 2009, the hottest summer recorded, Shepparton had 10 days above 40°C from December to February.

That year included the devastating Black Saturday bushfires and a heatwave that led to the implementation of a statewide heat warning policy and strategies to manage the serious health consequences of consecutive 24-hour periods where the mean temperature remains above 30°C.

So far this summer, Shepparton has had 12 days above 40°C, including two in December, a month that historically produces only one scorcher every decade.

Adding to the heat, summer 2013-14 has already notched up 24 days above 35°C, two more than in 2008-09 and more than double the long-term average for the season.

Including yesterday, they have been 50 days above 30°C so far this summer, 10 more than the long-term average, with the rest of February to go.

The region will get a break from the heat this weekend, with temperatures in the high 20°C range forecast, but by Monday temperatures will return to the mid-30°C range.

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