ARARAT - The Ararat region's heatwave came to an abrupt end on Friday evening when the cool change finally came through, however, it brought strong winds which played havoc with the fire situation in the Grampians National Park and the Black Range.
The heatwave began on Monday with a top temperature of 39 C as recorded officially by the Bureau of Meteorology.
Tuesday the mercury rose to a sweltering 43.1 C with people spending an uncomfortable night as the temperature did not dip below 27.4 C.
Wednesday again reached the 40s, with the temperature clocked at 41 C while Thursday slipped just under 40 C at 39.2 C and Friday reached 40.9 C before the cool change came through, bringing with it strong winds but cooler temperatures of 27.4 C on Saturday and 25.6 C on Sunday.
Unofficial temperatures as recorded on the Ararat RSL clock at 3pm each day were 41 C on Monday, 45 C on Tuesday, 44 C on Wednesday, 43 C on Thursday and 32 C on Friday.