Thankfully Victorian kids have a student-free day today for the start of the school year - it's going to be scorcher.
34 degrees is the forecast high but there are strong north-westerly gusty winds whipping up around the state and for the first time this summer, a state-wide total fire ban has been declared.
Fire authorities have 72 aircraft on standby as Victoria braces for a day of extreme heat and fire danger.
A late cool change is tipped, with the bureau saying there could be showers this afternoon and evening.
CFA and MFB crews are on edge, they are bracing for extreme bushfire danger.