It has been a record-breaking summer for many parts of Australia, but especially for the state of Victoria - as chronicled by Deejay Rebel on Facebook.
It has been been the seond-hottest February in New Zealand as a whole and - I have not imagined it - the hottest recorded February for the Wellington region. I have known nothing like it in the 30 years I have lived here.
Victoria’s north west set to break heatwave records for March
But despite Melburnians feeling a little more hot and bothered than expected for this time of year, Mr Stewart said the unseasonal heat was nothing compared to what we sweated through in 2013.
“In March 2013 [metropolitan] Melbourne had a run of nine days at about 30 degrees and five of those days were above 35,” he said.
Melbourne will reach a top of 35C tomorrow and 32C on Wednesday.