Beach beckons as mercury climbs
Cable Beach was the best place to be last week as the mercury in Broome soared to a sweltering October record of 43.4C.
The temperature peaked at 11.21am on Monday, October 30, but an on-shore breeze during the afternoon helped cool things down to about 41C by 2.30pm.
The forecast maximum for the day was 42C.
The scorching temperature broke the previous record for Broome in October, which was 42.8C on October 30, 1953.
The highest temperature for any month in Broome was 44.8C on December 10, 1951.
A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said excessive heat occurs when hot easterly or north-easterly winds stop the sea breeze from reducing temperatures.
Local Blake Riley made the most of the sweltering heat, heading to the beach with visiting friend Kieran Tomlin.
But Divers Tavern general manager Pat Jennings encouraged the town to get indoors, throwing an “air-conditioned happy hour” at the popular pub.