Mercury refuses to drop in region

High temperatures continue for region

EXTREME temperatures continued to impact central Victoria on Wednesday with the mercury barely budging.  

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Terry Ryan said Bendigo hit a high of 43.2 degrees about 2.46pm while Maryborough recorded 41.8 degrees about 3pm. 

Mr Ryan said Castlemaine hit 39.8 degrees and Echuca 43 degrees about 3pm. 

An RACV spokesperson said 15 to 20 per cent of call-outs to vehicle breakdowns were heat-related. 

The spokesperson said most car breakdowns in the heat were due to people not properly looking after their vehicles. 

Bendigo Health emergency department has experienced a "busier then normal" couple of days, with the hospital treating several heat-related cases. 

A hospital spokesman urged people to keep out of the heat, drink plenty of water and stay as cool as possible. 

He said people who worked outdoors were encouraged to use their common sense.

Coliban Water treated 67 megalitres of water at the Bendigo Water Treatment Plant on Tuesday. 

Chief operations officer Neville Pearce said it was the highest amount produced at the plant since it first started operating in 2002. 

He said the constant demand for water could cause areas of low pressure in areas such as Maiden Gully, Marong, Junortoun, Harcourt, Campbells Creek, Yapeen and Guildford. 

“Any areas with low or variable pressure will be short-term and normal pressures will return when customer demand on the system reduces,” he said.

“It is always a good idea for customers to have a supply of drinking water for use throughout the day – although we are working to maintain supply to all towns."

Mr Ryan said the hot weather would continue until the end of the week before cooling down at the weekend.  

He said 44 degrees and the chance of a late thunderstorm was forecast for Thursday, while a top of 43 degrees and storms were predicted for Friday.  

Any areas with low or variable (water) pressure will be short-term. - Neville Pearce

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