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Summer-like warmth bathes WA's northwest coast

Brett Dutschke, Wednesday August 13, 2014 - 18:13 EST

While chilly weather persists in southeastern Australia, parts of the Western Australia's northwest are being bathed by 30-degree warmth, more typical of December than August.

Coastal areas of the Central West and Gascoyne have been breaking August records with temperatures reaching as high as 33 degrees, 10 above average.

Today in the Gascoyne, Carnarvon reached 33.1 degrees, which would have been their warmest August day in 69 years of records if not for yesterday's 33.6-degree effort.

With several warm days already this month Carnarvon is now averaging 29.2 degrees this August, six degrees above average and equal to the December average.

On the Central West coast, Kalbarri reached 32 degrees which would have been a 44-year August high if it hadn't already broken the record last Saturday and again on Sunday.

A high south of WA has been near-stationary for about a week, sending dry, gusty easterly winds across the state, warming up as they travel over the land, becoming unseasonably warm by the time they reach the west coast.

This high pressure system is now starting to weaken and head east, causing the easterly winds to ease, giving relatively cool sea breezes more opportunity to develop earlier each day.

Tomorrow should be two-or-three degrees cooler than today and the day after another degree cooler again. Despite the cooling trend, each day for the next week should still be warmer than average due to a fairly warm airmass lingering over the region and warmer-than-normal waters just offshore.

This August has potential to be the warmest in several decades for this part of the world.

- Weatherzone

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