Long wait for heat over, more to come

The West Australian - - NEWS - Shan­non Hamp­ton

Time to dust off your bathers — the warm weather has ar­rived and it looks like it is here to stay.

Yes­ter­day was Perth’s hottest day in eight months with the max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture hit­ting 33.8C at 3pm.

It was the first time the city recorded tem­per­a­tures higher than 30C since May.

Hot spots in the met­ro­pol­i­tan area in­cluded the Swan Val­ley, which hit 35.4C at 3pm, and Pearce, with a high of 36.2C at 4pm.

How­ever, it was still a lot cooler than Perth’s all-time hottest Novem­ber day, which was recorded on Novem­ber 11, 2003.

On that day, the tem­per­a­ture hit 40.3C.

The Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy’s Neil Ben­nett said yes­ter­day’s sum­mery con­di­tions were caused by warm air blow­ing into the city from the east to north-east.

Ac­cord­ing to the bu­reau, Perth’s balmy days will con­tinue into next week, with a max­i­mum of 28C ex­pected to­day and tops of 32C on Wed­nes­day and 31C on Thurs­day.

Mr Ben­nett agreed the warmer weather had hit Perth unusu­ally late in the year.

“It’s rel­a­tively late for us to get our first 30C day af­ter win­ter in Novem­ber, usu­ally we will get one in Septem­ber and some­times Oc­to­ber,” he said.

“On av­er­age, we will see the weather warm­ing up from here.”

Matilda Cun­ning­ham, who has re­cently re­turned from liv­ing in Lon­don, lapped up the heat at Peasholm dog beach with her in golden re­triever Alby and friend Char­lotte.

Ms Cun­ning­ham, of North Perth, said she was look­ing for­ward to soak­ing up even more sun as sum­mer nears.

“It def­i­nitely beats the sun go­ing down at 4pm in Lon­don,” she said.

Pic­ture: Iain Gille­spie

Char­lotte Marie and Matilda Cun­ning­ham with Alby at Peasholm dog beach.

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