Beach weather has finally returned – just in time for holidaymakers heading into the school holidays to experience the hottest day in five months.
In a sure sign that summer conditions are just around the corner, the mercury hit 28.9C by 2.26pm, allowing those lucky enough to score to go over the school holidays for a much-needed beach day enjoy.
It was the hottest day since April 25 – the end of the Easter school holidays – when it hit 30.9C in Perth’s CBD.
Thursday’s high temperature is slightly below the record for September, with the hottest day being September 20, 2014 when it reached a muggy 34.2°C.
And if you’re stuck in the office on Thursday, you have one more chance to soak up some sun.
Nearly identical conditions are forecast for Friday and Saturday, with temperatures of 29C and 28C expected.
But if you’re a sun-worshipper, don’t get too excited.
Joey Rawson of the Bureau of Meteorology described the recent hot spell as an “errant” and warned that a cooler change was around the corner.
Clouds are expected to return by Sunday, reaching 25C before the temperature is expected to drop to the low 20C early next week.
“When we arrive next Wednesday we will get another cold front. It’s not like we’re just going from winter to summer,” Mr Rawson told PerthNow.
Meanwhile, DFES has reassured Perth residents that a plume of smoke hanging over the city is not from a bushfire but from a mandated burn.
Smoke alerts have been issued for the area between Two Rocks, Rockingham and the Perth Hills because of the fire, which is being managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
The smoke is expected to clear by Friday morning.
Weather forecast for Perth (source BoM)
Thursday: 29C, sunny
Friday: 29C, sunny
Saturday: 28C, sunny
Sunday: 25C, partly cloudy
Monday: 24C, partly cloudy
Tuesday: 23C, mostly sunny
Wednesday: 22C, partly cloudy
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