While suburban temperatures were recorded at about 45 C yesterday, the thermometer on my mum's balcony almost blew the mercury at 47 C! With an overnight temperature of 26 C it was already 36 C by 9am.
Late in the afternoon they relented and finally decided to turn on the air conditioner, only to discover that power shortages had left them without electricity.
Melbourne was today officially in its hottest-known three-day heatwave, after the temperature again broke through the 43 degrees celsius barrier. Today's temperature of 43.8 degrees recorded at 1.52pm (AEDT) marked the first time since records began in 1855 that the city has had three consecutive days above 43.
Read more about the effect of record-breaking temperatures in Victoria:
Photos from around the state.
Vic blaze destroys homes as town runs out of water.
Sudden deaths in sweltering city.
Water supply drops in Victoria as temperature soars.
We got out of there just in time.....