POOLS and lakes across the region look set to be popular spots for residents and tourists seeking an escape from the heat, as Bendigo braces for scorching weather into next week.
The mercury is set to tip 40 degrees tomorrow and it is expected to stay hot until at least Tuesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast temperatures in the high 30s this week before two days of 40-degree weather on Monday and Tuesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s David Morrison said January was typically the hottest month of the year for Bendigo.
“The last three months of 2012 were very dry, with Bendigo having well below the average rainfall, so this run of warm weather is not unusual for this time of year,” he said. “I would think the risk of a fire would also be high.
“People need to take care of themselves and stay cool over the next few days.”
CFA state duty manager Brett Boatman yesterday said it was likely that tomorrow’s fire danger rating would be at severe, the third highest on the rating scale.