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Melbourne's hottest ever day

Melbourne's city centre was a 'no-go' zone on Saturday

When the temperature hit 46.4 degrees in Melbourne's CBD at 3:04pm on Saturday it became the city's hottest day since the Bureau of Meteorology started keeping records 150 years ago.

The previous record was 45.6 (January 13, 1939) on a day known by many as 'Black Thursday'.

The town of Avalon, 50km south-west of Melbourne, also broke its hottest-day record reaching 47.9 degrees at 2.50pm.

Hot, northerly wind gusts of 82kmh were reported near Tullamarine Airport, where it was 46.8 degrees at 3.03pm.

Other top temperatures around the state according to The Age include 47.6 at Hopetoun airport (2.30pm), 47.1 at Geelong airport (2.40pm), 46.8 at Laverton (2.41pm), 46.4 at Longerenong in the Wimmera (2.30pm), 46 at Mildura (2.35pm) and 46.3 at Swan Hill (2.30pm).

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