Perth families have flocked to the beach to beat the scorching Boxing Day heat with the mercury reaching a searing 39C before midday and soaring to 42C just after lunch.
The State’s capital is in with a chance of sweltering through its hottest December day on record with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a maximum of 44C on Boxing Day, followed by 40c on Monday.
The hottest December day on record is Boxing Day in 2007, when the temperature gauge hit 44.2C.
Perth smashed its previous Christmas Day record with a whopping 42.9C, which was recorded at Perth Airport at 4pm.
The previous record was set 53 years ago in 1968, when the temperature hot 42C.
The sizzling Boxing Day heat tempered crowds at Cottesloe Beach with plenty of parking bays available before 12pm.
While families carrying boogie boards and inflatable rings scrambled across the hot sand to find shade as the mercury climbed from 35C to 39c between 10am and 11am.
Shenton Park sisters Aimee, 9, and Rachel, 7, were excited to hit the water, spending Boxing Day morning paddling in the water and eating hydrating mango.
The McUtchen family of Claremont were one of many that chose to have a quick swim at Cottesloe, before quickly retreating to air-conditioned comfort at home.
Brother and sister Sahana, 12, and Edrick, 8, of Claremont, spent just 30 minutes at the beach with their mother Solmaz and step father Peter before packing up and heading home.
“We’re having a quick swim to cool down and then we will be in the aircon or at the shops for the rest of the day,” Mr McUtchen said.
Two-year-old Charlie Sippe, of Swanbourne, was thrilled to play in the shallows with a toy John Deere tipper truck he got from Santa for Christmas, decked out in a life jacket and rashie.
His father James Sippe said the family had spent the holiday season at the beach or at the park to keep cool.
While Mt Hawthorn resident David Evans and his 11-year-old Samuel travelled across Perth to Cottesloe Beach to swim in the safety of the beach’s shark net after at least 10 confirmed shark sightings were recorded in the Perth and South West within just a few hours on Christmas Day.
“We have been coming to Cottesloe nearly ever day these school holidays, because it’s been so hot,” Mr Evans said.
Friends Bella Bennington and Ruby Hall, of Doubleview and Joondanna, took to the waves at City Beach for about an hour this morning, saying the impromptu dip was the perfect antidote to the hot weather.
“We had family over in the air-conditioning, we woke up this morning and it was so hot so I called Ruby and we went and got a smoothie and had a dip,” Ms Bennington said.
“We are so lucky to have the beaches like we do at our doorstep.”
Perth is still set to swelter through the next two days before the cool change kicks in and the temperature drops to a maximum 36C on Wednesday before falling to a more manageable 31C maximum on Thursday and Friday.
The hottest ever day in Perth was on February 23, 1991, when it reached 46.2C.