SUMMER may be over but the hot weather hasn't eased up, sparking fire warnings for central Victoria.
Thirty-plus-degree days are forecast for the next week, with a high of 36 degrees predicted for Wednesday.
Rainfall across the state during the past three months has also been significantly lower than long-term averages.
Despite some recent rain, CFA Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said the grasslands were still very dry.
“This comes as a reminder that we are not out of the woods yet when it comes to fire risk,” he said.
CFA district duty officer Justin Dally said it was uncommon to have such a level of fire risk this late into the year.
“We've had a string of 30 (degree days) for the past five days and it looks like it will continue for the next five days, which is very unusual,” he said. “That rain did give us some relief but that has been short-lived because it’s been very hot since.”
He said tourists and campers should take particular caution during the long weekend in central Victoria.
“Be very mindful of keeping an eye and ear out for any signs of fire within their area and be very diligent about what they do which could start a fire,” he said.
Mr Dally also recommended holidaymakers stay in contact with the CFA via the Fire Ready app or the Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.
“Fires are still starting and burning within our communities and people must remain diligent so everyone can enjoy a safe and enjoyable long weekend,” he said.