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Scorching start to April in WA

Joel Pippard, Friday April 2, 2021 - 10:09 EDT

The first day of April has produced record-breaking heat over parts of Western Australia as summer-like temperatures continue into the Easter weekend.

The mercury reached 39.2°C in Dalwallinu, the hottest April temperature at the site in 66 years of records. Norseman reached 38.4°C, equaling its April record set last year. Finally, Badgingarra cracked the 40 degree mark for the first time in April since 1972.

Image: Observed temperatures over southern WA on Thursday afternoon 

The unseasonable heat is being drawn down in a persistent trough from the tropical north of the state in combination with a large high pressure ridge over the region. The Pilbara region in particular has been hot and mostly dry for the past 2-3 weeks, helping to keep some of the summer heat sticking around.  

The heat is moving east a little on Good Friday and will linger for much of Easter long weekend, with temperatures in the high thirties and possibly low forties over the Goldfields, Southern Coastal and Eucla districts. 

Gusty northerly winds are combining with the late-season heat to bring severe fire dangers over the southeastern districts over this weekend, resulting in total fire bans. Conditions may even hit extreme around Monday and Tuesday as winds increase ahead of a cold front. 

Image: Fire danger ratings today and wind streamlines, showing the hot gusty northerlies 

With the strong winds and severe fire dangers, keep up to date with the latest warnings here 

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