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Shepparton to finally cool off

The mercury is tipped to dip below 20C overnight tonight for the first time since Monday morning.

DARREN LINTON January 18, 2014 5:49am

Sticky: The tar bleeds on Bitcon Rd near Toolamba on Tuesday.

The last day of the heatwave wasn’t the hottest, but Shepparton did reach 42.6°C at 4pm yesterday.

Perhaps it was just because we had endured a week of searing heat that, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, the apparent temperature — what it actually feels like when exposed to the elements — was as much as 5°C less.

Goulburn Valley residents had to endure another extremely warm night and the only relief today is the maximum temperatures will be 37°C and not above 40°C.

Things will really cool down overnight tonight, when the temperature will fall below 20°C for the first time since Monday morning.

During a 72-hour period to 2pm yesterday, Shepparton recorded nearly 24 hours of 40°C-plus heat and 36 hours above 35°C.

Yesterday was the fourth straight day above 40°C, but despite the heatwave, the monthly mean temperature to date is 32.4°C, exactly the same as it was for the whole of January last year.

The cumulative effect of that heat continued to have an impact yesterday, with Ambulance Victoria responding to another 30 heat exhaustion cases and 37 cardiac arrests statewide by noon.

Heat exhaustion cases peaked at 167 across Victoria on Thursday.

Incredibly, there were still three calls to children left in cars across the state yesterday morning.

A large fire at Craigeburn yesterday afternoon closed part of Hume Fwy and caused all rail services on the Seymour line to be replaced with coaches.

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