Another heatwave set to scorch Victoria

Melbourne is set for another scorcher, with temperatures expected into the 40s.
Melbourne is set for another scorcher, with temperatures expected into the 40s.

A heatwave that will bring temperatures over 40C across the whole state during the weekend will reach Victoria on Friday.

As the weather starts heating up before it drops again on New Year's Eve, emergency services have urged Victorians to be extremely aware of weather conditions.

Statewide heat alerts will be in place on Saturday and Sunday. Melbourne is forecast to reach 43C in some suburbs on Monday.

New fires have also been deemed as likely to start as a result of dry lightning, particularly in the east of the state.

Authorities urged people to be aware of potentially dangerous fire conditions has been particularly stressed in East Gippsland.

Plans to walk, hike, cycle or or drive in remote parks and forests were discouraged, as new fires can quickly threaten lives.

Significant fires burning can impact communities from the Great Dividing Range to the coast between Bairnsdale and Marlo.

The fires in East Gippsland have been burning since November 21, burning more than 100,000 hectares while travelling more than 1000 kilometres.

Smoke from fires burning in Gippsland and New South Wales is currently affecting air quality in the North East of Victoria.

Australian Associated Press