A total fire ban has been declared for the Northern Country on Friday as warm weather and strong winds are predicted ahead of a stormy change.
The Country Fire Authority said that isolated thunderstorms are expected to develop from the west, with the potential for large hail.
The total fire ban also extends to the Mallee.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a fire weather warning for hot and dry conditions with fresh to strong and gusty winds over northern districts on Friday, ahead of a southwesterly change during the afternoon and evening.
CFA State Duty Officer Christian Thorley said the total fire ban was a reminder that all of Victoria was still in the fire danger period.
"Tomorrow we are expecting warm conditions with strong winds before a dry change sweeps across the state with lightning expected," he said.
"The conditions could make it difficult for firefighters to suppress a fire should one start, therefore we are asking people to take heed of the total fire ban conditions.
"People need to be aware of the increased fire danger and ensure your fire plan covers all possible contingencies."
A total fire ban means that no fire can be lit in the open air or allowed to remain alight from 12.01am to 11.59pm.
Sheep graziers have also been warned that cold temperatures, showers and westerly winds are set to affect parts of the Central forecast area. Lambs and sheep exposed to the condition are at risk.
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