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Perth power outages leave thousands without air-con on hottest Christmas Day on record

More than 10,000 homes will be without air-conditioning after losing power as Perth endures its hottest Christmas Day on record.

Mandurah’s south is the worst affected area, with more than 5500 homes losing power in suburbs including Dawesville, Halls Head and Falcon.

Western Power crews have been forced to delay repairs planned for the electricity network because of fire danger warnings in place. Power is expected to be restored by 10pm on Saturday in the area.

In Perth’s south east, power is expected to return to nearly 2800 homes across Roleystone, Canning Mills and Kelmscott on Saturday night.

Hundreds of homes in other suburban pockets across Perth including Scarborough, Palmyra, Dalkeith and Midland will regain electricity by 10.30pm, according to Western Power.

Jandakot and Pearce both recorded a sweltering 43.3C about 4pm as Perth’s hottest locations on Saturday.

The record-breaking temperatures prompted thousands to flock to their nearby beaches to cool off, but putting another spanner in the works was an unwelcome surprise only hours after arriving for their morning dip.

At least 23 confirmed shark sightings were recorded in the Perth and South West with four beaches — Leighton, Port, Coogee and Mullaloo — closed for short periods.

One family, who spent their first Christmas on the beach since moving to Perth from the UK, said hearing the shark alarm was unnerving.

“It’s been a lovely, hot day but we were a bit anxious with the shark sighting and the helicopter circling the beach,” James Smith said.

“So we didn’t go in too deep.”

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