Melbourne is expected to reach 43 degrees and Adelaide 42 as the highest of fire warnings were declared for the majority of South Australia and the Wimmera region of western Victoria.
The CFA has warned people to leve the popular Victoria tourist region after issuing a "Code Red" for the western district that includes townships Horsham, Ararat, Horsham and Stawell.
Residents and visitors were advised to leave last night or early this morning.
Temperatures are expected to reach a scorching 44 degrees in the Mallee, North Central, Central and Western districts.
Other Victorian areas are expected to be upgraded to Code Red status tomorrow.
Total fire bans are also in place across the entire Victorian and SA states as well as southern NSW and Tasmania.
Adelaide will officially enter a heat wave today when temperatures top 35 for the fifth consecutive day.
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