SATURDAY was a day of two halves across the south-west.
In the morning Warrnam-bool sizzled, with the mercury peaking at 30.7 degrees shortly before noon.
An hour later and the temperature had dropped 10 degrees, with the wind swinging to the south-west.
Over in Port Fairy it was a similar story.
The temperature there peaked at 31.5 degrees at 11.30am and by 12.30pm it had plummeted to 20.3 degrees.
The wind change also brought with it some powerful gusts — in Port Fairy, gusts of 63km/h were recorded, while windy Warrnambool lived up to its nickname with regular gusts up to 69km/h.
Hamilton reached 33 degrees just before 1pm.
But one of the hottest spots in the south-west on Saturday was Mortlake, where the temperature rose to 34.5 degrees just before 12.30pm.