COOL weather relief is not expected to last long, with temperatures expected to heat up again towards the end of the week.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Richard Carlyon said Bendigo hit a top temperature of 41.2 degrees at 1.50pm yesterday, before a cool change hit the region about 2pm.
He said temperatures dropped to 31 degrees about 3pm and 28 degrees at 6pm.
"It was a very good change," he said.
"It was a very blustery-southerly change but with little to no rain."
Mr Carlyon said with temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s the past few days, northern Victoria had experienced another heatwave.
He said hot conditions followed by cool weather was typical at this time of year.
"It is normal to have the temperature like this," he said.
"Normally it falls at a cool change and slowly builds again towards the hottest day.
"There is usually a cool change once a week on average for northern Victoria.
"You have those one or two cool days and then the heat builds.
"We have had very weak changes this summer, the last month, there hasn't been any of those milder days each week."
Mr Carlyon said a top of 28 degrees was expected for Tuesday, while Wednesday is expected to be 32 degrees, Thursday 35 degrees and Friday 37 degrees.
"The weather should be fine (on Tuesday) although there will still be a moderate to fresh southerly wind," he said.
"Then temperatures are expected to rise again towards the end of the week, with a top of 38 (degrees) expected for Saturday and 34 (degrees) for Sunday."
Meanwhile, fire crews in the Northern Country, North Central and Centre districts experienced a fairly quiet day yesterday.
A fire broke out in Bayless Road at Dingey just after 4pm yesterday.
A Country Fire Authority media spokesperson said 15 tankers and two aircraft from Bendigo and Shepparton took about two hours to control the blaze.
He said the fire burnt 80 hectares of grassland.
"The fire was brought under control due to management rather than luck," the CFA spokesman said.