Perth set to scorch this weekendBen McBurney, Saturday February 9, 2013 - 18:26 EDT
The mercury is set to soar this weekend across Perth, with the city
possibly seeing its hottest February day in three years on Sunday.
A very hot air mass is being directed over the Western Australian
capital as a low pressure trough combines with a high pressure ridge
which is bringing in hot easterly winds from the interior.
Perth is set to reach 37 degrees today, which would make it the fourth day out of nine so far this month where it has risen above 35 degrees. However, tomorrow it is going to be even hotter, with it set to soar to an unpleasant 41 degrees.
If it gets this hot, this would make it the hottest day the city has
seen since December. This would also make it the hottest February day
in three years, when it also reached 41 degrees.
Temperatures this high can be potentially dangerous, particularly for
young children and the elderly. If it is necessary to go outside make
sure you drink plenty of water and stay properly hydrated.
Into the new week, Monday is also set to reach around 40 degrees,
although thunderstorms may bring some much needed relief during the
afternoon. Maximums should then remain in the mid 30's until around
Thursday, when a cool change drops temperatures back to average.
© Weatherzone 2013
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