Long wait for heat over, more to come
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.
Charlotte Marie and Matilda Cunningham with Alby at Peasholm dog beach.