Ballarat swelters through hottest night in four years

IF you thought it was unusually hot in Ballarat overnight, you weren't wrong.

Ballarat recorded its hottest night in four years, with the temperature only falling to 23.3 degrees - and that was at 5am.

For most of the night, Ballarat looked set to mark a new record for the hottest ever night, with the mercury still sitting at 26 degrees at 3.30am.

However the temperature dropped just before sunrise to fall just below the hottest night on record.

Ballarat's hottest night was recorded in January, 2010, when a minimum temperature of 24.6 degrees was recorded.

But according to Weatherzone meteorologist Ben McBurnie, it is a record that could very well be broken tomorrow night.

"It could potentially be even warmer on Thursday night," he said.

"We are looking at seeing some hot northerly winds sweep through the state which will result in some very hot nights."

A minimum of 24 degrees is forecast for Friday (Thursday night), which Mr McBurnie said was due to clouds locking in the hot air.

"The patchy cloud cover, especially in the Ballarat region, trap in the heat and make for some pretty uncomfortable nights," he said.

Today is forecast to reach 39 degrees, with the temperature expected to fall to 21 tonight.

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