Perth Christmas Day weather: Forecasters expect 30-year dry spell to remain unbroken

Taylor RenoufThe West Australian
Experts predict temperatures between 25C and 35C for Christmas Day this year.
Camera IconExperts predict temperatures between 25C and 35C for Christmas Day this year. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Perth can expect a hot and dry Christmas Day this year with the Bureau of Meteorology expecting the holiday’s 30-year dry spell to remain unbroken.

While it’s too early to determine the exact temperature, experts predict the weather will be similar to previous years.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Bob Tarr said the temperature could range about 10 degrees.

“Often (the average range) for Christmas is above 25C and below high 30s,” Mr Tarr said.

“It hasn’t rained on Christmas since 1991, so it’s been a long dry spell.”

As temperatures reached a scorching 40.4C last Christmas — a mere 0.6C off the highest recorded Christmas Day temperature — a slightly cooler maximum may come as a pleasant surprise to those looking to spend the day in Perth.

Thousands are expected to flock to Perth’s beaches to keep cool and enjoy the festivities.

A busy Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia on a beautiful Summer afternoon. Photographed: December 22, 2017.
Camera IconThousands are expected to flock to Perth's beaches. Credit: beau - stock.adobe.com

However, families may be kept apart for a third Christmas as Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan put in place a number of hard border restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

WA currently has hard borders with Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia — meaning citizens cannot enter from those States.

Perth can also look forward to warm weather on the run-up to Christmas with the average maximum temperature for the next week ranging from 33C to 36C.

PERTH FORECAST

Saturday: 33C, sunny

Sunday: 33C, sunny

Monday: 34C, sunny

Tuesday: 36C, sunny

Wednesday: 33C, partly cloudy

Thursday: 33C, mostly sunny

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