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Perth climate: People flock to city’s beaches as mercury hits 30C while AFL grand final beset by rain

AFL bosses may be regretting their decision to shun WA’s bid to host the grand final at Optus Stadium in favour of sending it north to the “sunshine” state.

On the day a huge downpour and possible lightning threatened to delay the big dance — set to be held away from the MCG for the first time at The Gabba in Queensland — conditions were perfect on the west coast.

People flocked to Perth’s beaches and parks today as the mercury rose close to a gloriously sunny 30C.

The city hit its forecast 30C at 2.25pm and is due to back it up with an even balmier 34C on Sunday.

And, conditions are set to be rain free for the rest of the week. The temperature will dip to the low 20s in the middle part of the week before rising to 30C and above for Thursday and Friday.

What could have been. Optus Stadium was drenched in sunshine — not rain — on grand final day, unlike The Gabba.
Camera IconWhat could have been. Optus Stadium was drenched in sunshine — not rain — on grand final day, unlike The Gabba. Credit: Samantha Rogers

The weather in Melbourne wasn’t much better for the $5m WS Cox Plate, which was run in the rain on front of empty stands.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the sunny conditions would be accompanied by gusty easterly winds near the coast on Saturday and Sunday morning.

Temperatures in the mid 30s on the coast were expected to shift to the Wheatbelt and the Great Southern on Monday.

The weekend’s high temperatures are well above the mean maximum temperature in Perth in October which is 23.4C, while the mean minimum temperature is 11.6C. The mean rainfall for the month is 38.8mm.

Perth forecast:

Saturday – 30C, sunny

Sunday – 17C-34C, sunny

Monday -19C- 29C, mostly sunny

Tuesday – 13-23C, partly cloudy

Wednesday: – 15C-24C, sunny

Thursday – 13C-30C, sunny

Friday – 17C-32C, sunny

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