Lifesavers gear up for busy festive season
City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club volunteers Belinda and Emma Stegmann and club director of lifesaving Richard Banks get prepared for the warm yet comfortable weather this festive season. Volunteer life guards will be patrolling the beach throughout the holiday period as people flock to the ocean to beat the heat.
It looks likely that Bunbury residents will enjoy reasonably comfortable weather for Christmas next week, while the mercury will climb higher for areas of the South West further inland.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s seven-day forecast predicts the city will be heading for a top of 27C on Tuesday.
It is 3C cooler than what has been recorded in Bunbury on three of the past four Christmas Days. Bureau spokesman Neil Bennett said it looked as though it would be clear and sunny across the State.
“We’ve got some very hot temperatures through the north and also away from the coastal strip down the west coast,” he said.
“Along the south coast it will be a little cooler with temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s.
“It’s looking like it will be very pleasant for much of the whole of the South West.”
The all important forecast for Christmas Eve also looks clear.
“It doesn’t look like there will be too much turbulence for the reindeer,” Mr Bennett said.
“It should be smooth flying for the sleigh, but Santa will have to have a change of clothes for when he flies into Australia.
“Nothing should be hindering the flight though and he should be around Western Australia nice and safely.”
Further inland temperatures are expected to climb into the low to mid 30s in Collie, Harvey and Boyup Brook without the aid of the cooling sea breeze.
Temperatures are forecast to climb above 30C this weekend before the the mercury falls on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
“We’re looking at cooling sea breezes on the coast to keep temperatures down a little but away from the coast the temperatures are really going to climb,” Mr Bennett.
“There really isn’t massive cooling and heating in the South West because the air mass will continue to sit there.”
Bureau of Meteorology's Neil Bennett.