If you’re not there, spare a thought for your Melbourne pals quite literally peeling themselves out of bed this morning. And if you are, the tram and train-loads full of people wearing the same broken facial expressions are not coincidences. It was fucking hot overnight.
The Victorian capital sweated their way through the city’s second hottest night ever recorded, as the mercury refused to dip much below 30 degrees all night long.
Strong winds from the north that pushed temperatures up around 40 late yesterday afternoon also meant that the night was long and full of sweat, as the record books got another nudge for the second time inside 12 months.
The only thing that kept the overnight temperature in Melbs from being the hottest ever recorded was a brief southerly wind change at around 11pm, which sent the temperature down to an overnight minimum of 27.4 degrees at 12:30am, just shy of the all-time record of 27.7 degrees set back in March of this year.
But for much of the night it was bullshit hot. The mercury didn’t dip below 30 degrees until after 11pm, and after the midnight low, temperatures remained well above 28, even tipping back over 29 degrees at 2am.
Yesterday’s maximum high temperature of 37.8 was recorded at 5:45pm, and things stayed well above 35 degrees until around 9pm.
Prior to the record being broken in March, Melbourne’s previous hottest night was recorded in 2008, when the overnight minimum hit 26.9 degrees.
At the time of writing, the temperature in Melbourne was already starting to climb again, with Bureau of Meteorology data observing a temperature of 28.9 degrees at 7:50am.
Melbourne is set for a humid and cloudy day dotted by potentially heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. The maximum temperature is forecast to top out at 32 degrees at around 3pm this afternoon. The humid, sub-tropical like conditions are set to clear over the next 24-48 hours, ahead of a somewhat cooler/more comfortable stretch of “normal” summer weather come the weekend.
Source: Bureau of Meteorology.