Residents sweat through hot, dry January

THE sweltering heat has hit Bendigo again, with little relief until Tuesday. 

Hopefully the heatwaves will diminish into February. - Senior forecaster Terry Ryan

While this week's heatwave won't be as intense as the record-equalling spell of hot weather in mid-January, the Bureau of Meteorology said it would bring similarly high temperatures. 

Bendigo will experience tops of 42 degrees, 43 and 41 for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, respectively, with a cool change of 27 degrees expected on Tuesday.

"There will be very little rain, with the hot air sitting over the region for several days," senior forecaster Terry Ryan said. 

"Hopefully the heatwaves will diminish into February but we could get another couple of 40 degree days after this latest run."

The city experienced higher than average temperatures throughout January and very little rainfall. 

"We have seen an abnormally low rainfall in Bendigo throughout January, with only 2.8 millimeters compared to the average of 33 millimeters," Mr Ryan said. 

The maximum January average temperature was 32.2 degrees compared to the long term average of 28.9 degrees. 

The minimum January average was also one degree higher than the long term average, sitting at 15.4 degrees compared to 14.3 degrees respectively. 

The city had four straight days above 42 degrees between January 14 and 17 this year, which equalled the 2009 record for consecutive days above 40 degrees.

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