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Melbourne Just Sweltered Some of Its Hottest April Days on Record

And the warm weather looks like it'll stick around for the long weekend, too.
By Libby Curran
April 18, 2019
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Melbourne Just Sweltered Some of Its Hottest April Days on Record

And the warm weather looks like it'll stick around for the long weekend, too.
By Libby Curran
April 18, 2019
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If you've spent the past few days puzzling over the weather and regretting your choice to stick that fan back in the garage, you're well within reason. As it turns out, parts of the state have this week smashed seasonal records, with an unusual autumn warm spell clocking some of the highest April temperatures we've seen in decades.

On Tuesday night, Cape Otway took the cake, sweating through its highest April minimum in a whole 156 years.

Around Melbourne Airport, the average maximum temperature usually sits around 20.4 degrees in April, though this week, the city hit 30.3 degrees on Tuesday and 30 on Wednesday. As the Bureau of Meteorology told The Age, the last time time we scored two consecutive days over 30 so late in April, was way back in 1922 — a whopping 97 years ago.

The balmy temperatures look like they'll be sticking around for Easter, too, with BOM forecasting a warm start to the long weekend. After a cooler top of just 18 degrees today, Melbourne's looking at a sunny 22-degree maximum on Good Friday and 28 degrees on Saturday. Showers might threaten some of those Easter egg hunt plans on Sunday, though, when a cloudy 25 degrees is on the cards with 30-percent chance of rain.

Top image: St Kilda by Visit Victoria.

Published on April 18, 2019 by Libby Curran

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