Perth weather: City swelters through record summer hot streak

Greig JohnstonThe West Australian
People cool off at Scarborough during the December hot spell.
Camera IconPeople cool off at Scarborough during the December hot spell. Credit: Matt Jelonek/The West Australian

It’s official - Perth has never known a summer like this one.

As the mercury went past 40 degrees today for the third successive day, it marked the eighth time had sweltered past that mark this summer.

The previous record of seven 40-degree days in a summer was set in 2015/16.

And with 40 degrees tipped for tomorrow and Saturday, there is every chance the city could get to double figures - 10 40-degree days, and we’re not even into February yet.

But there is another record in the offing.

Should Friday and Saturday both reach 40 degrees, we would have recorded five successive days for the first time ever.

The previous record, four, was set just under a month ago, when the city baked through the Christmas period.

According to Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Jessica Lingard, we can expect to see more of these extreme heat periods.

“Definitely we could infer some sort of climate change element (in the hot spells),” she said.

“With this background of warming we are going to see more of these extreme days into future.”

And the hot weather is showing no signs of abating any time soon, with the lowest forecast tipped over the next week not until next Tuesday - when we can expect a cooler 34 degrees.

Perth’s long-range weather forecast:

Friday: 25-40 degrees

Saturday: 24-40

Sunday: 23-37

Monday: 21-35

Tuesday: 19-34

Wednesday: 20-34

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