Record-breaking Vic heat drives fire bans

By AAP Newswire

Total fire bans have been declared for northwest Victoria amid record-breaking autumn heat.

Temperatures are expected to reach into the mid-to-high 30s on Wednesday, alongside gusts of 40km/h, prompting total fire bans in the Mallee and Wimmera regions.

It comes after Mildura reached 39.2C on Tuesday afternoon, making it the state's hottest April day on record.

"The lingering record heat, plus the stronger winds tomorrow, mean the fire danger is once again elevated for the Mallee and Wimmera," Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Tom Delamotte told AAP.

Melbourne is forecast to reach a top of 26C on Wednesday, Geelong 24C, Bendigo 34C, Ballarat 28C and Echuca 36C.

Cooler temperatures were expected across the state from Thursday, BoM said.