Perth weather: Return to school after record-breaking summer set to be a scorcher

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Families flocked to Matilda Bay on the fifth day of Perth's January heatwave. Pictured are Mila Jones, 5, and Hudson Anderson, 5.
Camera IconFamilies flocked to Matilda Bay on the fifth day of Perth's January heatwave. Pictured are Mila Jones, 5, and Hudson Anderson, 5. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

The first day of school after Perth’s long hot summer break is set to be a scorcher.

Students at public schools heading back into the classroom on Monday can expect a sweaty start to the school year with a toasty 36C forecast.

But first, there will be a stinking hot weekend, perfect for a trip to the beach to enjoy the last days of freedom.

The WA Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a very hot and mostly sunny Saturday top of 39C and Sunday will only be slightly cooler at 36C.

Locals will have to wait until Tuesday for relief, with temperatures finally falling to a more moderate 34C on Tuesday.

Duty forecaster Jessica Lingard said unlike the recent heatwave, city residents could expect an afternoon sea breeze to help cool things down on the weekend.

“It will be those north easterly winds throughout the morning but by the early afternoon, about 2-3pm, we should see those winds shift around to a south westerly, so there should be a sea breeze through the afternoon,” Ms Lingard said.

“So hopefully it won’t be too bad, not like that recent week where we had those constant hot winds moving through.

After the weekend temperatures were expected to hover in around the mid to low 30Cs.

Ms Lingard said the weather this month had been “quite exceptional” with Perth already posting a record run of six 40C days in a row, and we’d also already passed the record for the number of 40C days across the summer season - 10 and counting, and it’s only January.

PERTH FORECAST:

Friday: 35C

Saturday: 23C-39C

Sunday: 23C-36C

Monday: 22C-36C

Tuesday: 16C-34C

Wednesday: 35C

Thursday: 33C

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