A cool change has ushered in relief for Melburnians after an extended heatwave but the warm weather will linger in Sydney and across NSW.
Total fire bans are in place on Monday in the three NSW Riverina districts and in six Victorian districts including the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North East and North Central and East Gippsland.
Two homes are also feared to be either damaged or destroyed by an uncontrolled bushfire in the hills southeast of Adelaide in South Australia.
But temperatures across Melbourne and Victoria’s southwest and centre – which spiked at 42C at Laverton – began on Monday afternoon to settle down, with a wind change bringer cooler conditions.
The same wind change will hit Victoria’s east and north later on…