Bendigo has sweltered through its hottest December day this year, with temperatures approaching 40 degrees.
The mercury at Bendigo Airport climbed as high as 39.6 degrees at 4.23pm today.
Families headed to attractions like the Long Gully Splash Park for relief.
Temperatures in Bendigo peaked at 14 and 17 degrees during the first two days of summer.
Tomorrow is expected to be sunny with a top of 31 degrees.
The temperature ought to cool to 29 degrees on Wednesday, with maximums of 27 degrees predicted for both Thursday and Friday.
Weather at the weekend is likely to be similar, at this stage.
Temperatures this time last year peaked at 39 degrees on Friday, December 7.
The coolest day of the month was Thursday, December 13, when a top of 20.6 degrees was recorded.
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