ECHUCA could break a heat record today.
If not, we are set to swelter through our hottest April day in 32 years.
The mercury is expected to reach 36C; the highest temperature for the month since 1986 when it reached 36.4C.
This month has been unusually warm, with not one day under 25C — which is at least three degrees above average.
‘‘I suspect that is within striking distance of a record,’’ Bureau of Meteorology senior climatologist Blair Trewin said.
Mr Trewin said Echuca would be one of many towns across north-west and north central Victoria experiencing temperatures between 36C and 39C today.
‘‘A lot of hot air has been building up over north-west Australia for a while now. Even since the last week of March, we were seeing temperatures up over 45C in parts of Western Australia which we have never seen in Australia at this time of year,’’ he said.
‘‘The winds are now turning south east, with record high temps in South Australia yesterday (Monday) and now it’s heading to the north west of Victoria and NSW.’’
Temperatures are then expected to drop slightly to tops of 30C and 27C tomorrow and Friday before the weekend will see cooler maximums of 20C and 23C.
‘‘On the weekend there is also the potential for reasonable rain,’’ Mr Trewin said.
Although a total fire ban day had not been declared by late yesterday, today is a very high fire danger rating.