Monday, March 12, 2012

Perth sweltering in four-day heatwave

Perth is sweltering through a record-breaking eighth heatwave.

The Bureau of Meteorology defines a heatwave as three consecutive days at or above 35C.

The record was reached during the weekend and on Monday the temperature remained high, peaking at 40.6C.

Maximum temperatures for the previous three days were 38.9C on Friday, 39.5C on Saturday and 41.4C on Sunday.

It is the third time that Perth has recorded four consecutive days above 38C in March, the bureau says.

The other occasions were between March 12-15, 1922 and March 7-10, 2003.

Only once before has Perth previously recorded two heatwaves in March and that was in 1988. Read More

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