A toddler has been found locked inside a car in Melbourne as temperatures soar.

With temperatures heading towards 35 degrees, firefighters had to break into a car parked on the Dunns Road in Mornington at around 1.30pm today after a two-year-old girl was spotted inside.

The girl was “conscious and breathing” and the mother returned to the car a short time after the emergency services arrived.

Drinking will be banned on St Kilda foreshore permanently during the summer months.

Drinking will be banned on St Kilda foreshore permanently during the summer months.

Only this week, Ambulance Victoria revealed that there had been more than 1500 people found locked in cars in the last 12 months.

With the mercury expected to nudge 38 tomorrow, Melbourne is looking at its hottest start to December in 24 years.

An out-of-control fire is burning near Ballarat.

Port Phillip Council have moved to ban alcohol from St Kilda Foreshore.

Port Phillip Council have moved to ban alcohol from St Kilda Foreshore.

Avalon, south-west of the CBD, became the first metropolitan site to reach 35 degrees at 11.50am.

The warmest spot in Victoria so far is Walpeup with a sizzling 37 degrees.

Some centres in the state’s northwest, like Mildura, could surpass 41 degrees in the next two days, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

“Heat has been building, fanned by a northerly breeze … there’s plenty of sunshine, no real cloud,” bureau senior forecaster Chris Godfred said.

It's set to be the hottest first week of December in 24 years.

It's set to be the hottest first week of December in 24 years.

“We haven’t seen temperatures this high this early in December since 1994,” Mr Godfred said.

Initial forecasts for today and tomorrow were raised from the low to mid-20s after northerly winds persisted across the state.  

AUSTRALIA AT RISK OF FATAL THUNDERSTORM ASTHMA EVENT

The state government has released a warning covers districts including the Mallee and Wimmera.

“The chief health officer has issued a heat health alert to notify you of forecast extreme heat conditions at or above heat health temperature thresholds,” the statement read.

West and South Gippsland’s grass pollen count has been rated as ‘extreme’ today with most of the rest of the state forecast as ‘high.’

Melbourne’s pollen forecast is ‘moderate’ today and tomorrow before returning to ‘low’ over the weekend.  

PORT PHILLIP COUNCIL HAVE BANNED BOOZE FROM ST KILDA FORESHORE

Tomorrow’s fire danger will be high, ahead of a late cool change which should offer some reprieve moving into the weekend. Maximums in the mid-20s are forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

“There is a change coming, every heatwave has to end eventually, however this is not a very strong change,” Mr Godfred said.

“We should see it reach Melbourne very late on Friday night so unfortunately we’re not going to get real relief from the heat until Saturday.”

Rowers beating the heat on Albert Park Lake this morning.

Rowers beating the heat on Albert Park Lake this morning.

Today’s forecast maximums around the state:

Melbourne 35; Geelong 35; Mildura 40; Horsham 39; Bendigo 36; Shepparton 36; Seymour 35; Wangaratta 35; Warrnambool 36.

NSW AND QUEENSLAND

It is hoped the remains of tropical cyclone Owen will bring relief for hot and dry Queensland.

While Owen has maintained a category one level, the system will continue to weaken as it moves towards Queensland overnight.

Southern regions of the sunshine state have had some relief from higher temperatures with humidity rising along the eastern coastline and temperatures increasing in the north.

Severe storms are predicted for central and eastern tropical parts of the state in the coming days and while relief is welcome for fire affected areas along the central coast, gusty winds and storms could exacerbate some conditions.

Cloud and showers are forecast for New South Wales with coastal areas expecting warm winds and higher humidity along the northeast coast.

BUSHFIRE RISKS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

An emergency warning is in place for the Gosse Fire – Kangaroo Island, in South Australia.

As temperatures climbed towards 40 degrees at the first Test at the Adelaide Oval, hot air from central Australia drifting south raised fire danger ratings across the state.

Adelaide had exceeded 30 degrees by 8.30am today and is forecast to reach a top of 39 degrees by the mid-afternoon.

Very High to Severe fire danger ratings forecast for 12 of the state’s 15 districts. Total fire bans are in place until midnight on Thursday for the West Coast, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula and Mt Lofty Ranges districts.

RECORD NIGHT IN DARWIN?

Darwin Airport may have experienced its warmest night on record last night, with the mercury struggling to drop below 30 degrees.

The lowest temperature measured at Darwin Airport yesterday evening and today was 29.9 degrees  temperature record of 29.7 degrees, which has occurred on five separate occasions since the site commenced in 1941.

However, last night’s oppressive minimum temperature won’t go down as the new record officially.

Daily weather extremes are measured during the 24-hour period from 9am to 9am each day. The official maximum and minimum temperatures are simply the highest and lowest temperatures observed during this period, respectively.

The lowest temperature recorded at Darwin Airport during the 24 hours to 9am on Thursday was actually 29.6 degrees, which occurred at 9am yesterday. This will be the official daily minimum temperature registered at 9am on this morning.

This means this morning’s low of 29.9 degrees may not have broken the record. While it still may have been, there is no way of knowing whether other previous overnight periods were warmer than last night, using the 9am to 9am rule.

Elevated relative humidity, light to moderate winds and high temperatures made most of the night feel like 35 degrees, so it would have been a sweaty night without air conditioning.

– With Weatherzone

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