Ballarat is set for another day of poor air quality and heavy smoke in the air, forecast to be worse than Monday.
The air quality in Melton (the nearest station to Ballarat) has been at its worst possible rating since 9pm on Monday.
It remains rated as "hazardous" this morning and could remain so for the rest of the day.
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However, the amount of fine particles in the air does appear to be dropping, according to the Environmental Protection Authority.
The haze is likely to prove troublesome to those suffering with coughs and other respiratory illnesses and the Chief Health Officer recommends avoiding strenuous exercise and to remain indoors if people experience difficulties.
Ballarat is forecast to reach 33 degrees and 31 tomorrow, before a cool change arrives.
Between 10mm and 20mm of rain is forecast tomorrow evening, with thunderstorms expected once the cool change arrives.
What you should do if there is "hazardous" air quality
The air is probably extremely dusty or smoky. Everyone could be experiencing symptoms like coughing or shortness of breath.
- Listen to your local emergency radio station or visit Emergency Vic for advice
- Stay indoors away from smoke and dust.
- If you are sensitive to air pollution, follow your treatment plan. If you can, remain indoors and keep physical activity levels as low as possible.
- Close your windows and doors to keep smoke and dust out of your home.
- If you think the air in your home is uncomfortable, consider going to an air-conditioned building like a library or shopping centre for a break if it's safe to do so.
- If you are worried about your symptoms, see your doctor or call Nurse On Call on 1300 606 024.
- Seek urgent medical help if anyone has trouble breathing or tightness in the chest. Call 000 for an ambulance.