Melbourne has had its hottest Christmas Day in 18 years, with the temperature reaching 36.3 degrees at 4.30pm today.  Bureau of Metrology senior forecaster Beren Bradshaw said it was the warmest Christmas since 1998.

“It’s been 18 years since we have experienced a Christmas Day with temperatures this hot,” Ms Bradshaw said.

The temperature hit 36.3 degrees in 1998, but the highest on record was 40.7 degrees in 1907.

Bureau forecasters report there will be no significant cool change in the city until tomorrow, with temperatures to dip slightly to 24 degrees overnight.

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