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The heat has rolled on and on and on in Melbourne this month. Photo: Glenn Campbell
If you noticed it has been particularly hot in Melbourne lately, you would be on the money. Yes, it is summer, but this month's run of hot weather breaks a record.
If, as predicted, the mercury hits 30 degrees in the city on Monday, it will be the 15th day of February to reach the mark.
The previous record of 14 days over 30 was reached in 1997, equalling that set in 1898.
Weatherzone meteorologist Josh Fisher said that there had been consistently warm conditions in Melbourne during the month, largely driven by humidity.
The warmest day of the month was the 6th, when the temperature was 37, Mr Fisher said.
While that's a far cry from the 46 degrees on February 7, 2009 - the day of the deadly Black Saturday bushfires, when the mercury topped 47 in some segments of the city - he said that this month's humidity was far higher than normal.
Melbourne could also reach its 16th day of temperatures above 30 if the warmth remains until Tuesday.
But those who hate the heat are in for a treat – albeit brief. On Wednesday, Mr Fisher said, rain is expected with a cool change, with the temperature dipping into the low 20s.
That cooler weather is expected to persist until Saturday. Next week, the hot weather should return, Mr Fisher said, with temperatures back to about 30 degrees.
This week's rain is expected to be heaviest in the north-east and east of Victoria, with between 50 and 80 millimetres forecast. Melbourne will largely miss out, with 10 to 20 millimetres tipped.