40 degrees and Total Fire Ban
Temperatures will reach into the 40s in parts of Gippsland today with hot northerly winds to increase in strength ahead of a cool change tonight.
Bairnsdale is forecast to hit 41 degrees; 40 in Sale, Lakes Entrance and Orbost; and 39 in the Latrobe Valley.
A Total Fire Ban is in force until midnight and there's an alert for a heightened risk for asthma sufferers, with the increasing threat of bushfires, extreme heat and wind.
The National Asthma Council says people with asthma should follow their action plan but others also need to be alert to the possible signs of an asthma attack.