Just weeks ago, Perth was being clouted by a month’s worth of rainfall in just a few days. This week, it may be time to pack the beach bag for the hottest day in almost three months.
The mercury is forecast to hit 26 degrees Celsius on Thursday, with cloudless skies and brilliant sunshine marking a return to the Perth we all know and love.
If Perth hits the maximum forecast, the balmy winter’s day will be the hottest since May 3, when the city basked in 28.9 degree sunshine.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Jessica Lingard said the warm weather was a result of spring time weather patterns, with just days left until the start of the new season.
“It’s a trough forming down the west coast, which is a common summer pattern bringing down northerly winds. We see it a lot as we move towards summer,” she said.
But, anyone hoping for balmy barbecue nights in the backyard will be disappointed. The temperature is forecast to drop to just 9C on Thursday night, thanks to the cloudless sky.
And weekend sun worshippers are also set to miss out. A cold front is forecast to hit from Friday, bringing cooler temperatures on Friday and into the weekend.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued an alert last week, saying there’s a 70 per cent chance of La Nina developing in Australia this year, bringing cooler temperatures, more rain and an increased chance of widespread flooding.
But WA is less likely to see its full effect, with forecasts suggesting Perth will see average rainfall through September and December while the State’s north will potentially be even drier.
Despite a huge downpour earlier this month, Perth has recorded just 90mm of rain in August — more than 30mm less than average for the month.
PERTH FORECAST (source: BoM)
Today: 21C, partly cloudy
Wednesday: 21C sunny
Thursday: 26C, sunny
Friday: 20C, possible shower
Saturday: 19C, mostly sunny
Sunday: 24C, sunny
Monday: 19C, shower or two developing