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Relief for Melbourne at last

Mellissa Mackellar, Wednesday March 13, 2013 - 16:20 EDT

Melbourne's run of record breaking heat has come to end but not before having its hottest March night on record.

On Tuesday Melbourne smashed the record for the longest run of consecutive days above 32 degrees, the ninth day in a row of at least 32-degree heat. This beat the previous record of eight days set in February 1961.

Hot northerly winds ahead of a cold front then kept the mercury lingering in the high 20s for much of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Much to the discomfort of restless sleepers, it remained warmer than 26.5 degrees all night. This is a whopping 13 degrees above average, breaking the previous March record of 26.3 set in 1927. This made it the hottest March night in 157 years of records.

Elsewhere in the state's capital, it was also the hottest March night on record at Scoresby and Essendon Airport after remaining above 26.1 and 25.3 degrees, respectively.

The front brought a gusty cool change to the city just after 9am, causing the temperature to drop several degrees just minutes after the record minimum was declared.

Both the northerlies ahead and the southwesterlies behind the front were blustery, gusting over 60km/h at St Kilda and Fawkner Beacon.

Melbourne is likely to warm to the mid-to-high 20s over the coming days before a stronger cold front arrives early on Saturday, causing temperatures to plummet. Saturday and Sunday should be the coldest days of the month only reaching the low 20s, with some showers and brisk southerly winds.

The airmass with the next front will even be cold enough to bring a chance of flurries of snow to the peaks in Tasmania on Saturday night. This is a sure sign that summer is on the way out.

Melbourne will warm up again in the middle of next week, however it won't last nearly as long with just a couple of days reaching the low 30s.

- Weatherzone

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