Thousands of homes were left without power as Victoria sweltered through its hottest night of the summer, with record demand being blamed for causing failures across the state’s distribution network.
Temperatures did not drop below 30 degrees Celsius in Melbourne until 4:00am, and remained above 30C in Mildura and the north-west.
About 50,000 homes across the state lost power, and many were still blacked out this morning.
The State Government said while there was plenty of power being generated, the spike in demand caused blown fuses and failed transformers on the distribution network.
Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said it was the highest peak demand ever recorded in Victoria on a Sunday.
“We had an astonishing 46,000 people who lost their energy supply due to a combination of factors, all related to the excessive heat and humidity built up over a number of days,” she said.