West Australia prepares for extreme heatwave after BOM issues warning

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West Australia will swelter through an extreme heatwave with some areas tipped to reach close to 50C.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the heatwave warning ahead of the weekend, with Perth preparing for a top of 41C on Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, Gascoyne Junction is forecast to reach about 46 degrees on Friday and Saturday before peaking at 48 degrees on Tuesday.

The severe heatwave warning is in place for Kimberley, Gascoyne, Central West, Lower West, South West, South Coastal and Great Southern Districts.

Areas likely to be impacted include Broome, Geraldton, Gingin, Kalbarri, Katanning, Manjimup, Margaret River, Mount Barker, Narrogin and Perth Metropolitan Area.

“Maximum temperatures in the high thirties to low forties in the southwest grading to mid to high forties in the northwest,” the Bureau forecasted.

“Overnight minimum temperatures in the high teens to low twenties in the southwest grading to mid to high twenties in the northwest.

“Severe heatwave conditions continue to develop over the Gascoyne district and Dampier Peninsula, and are expected to increase in intensity and area, extending along the west and north coast by the weekend then easing into early next week.”

WA residents are being warned to keep cool over the coming days and keep an eye out for friends, family and neighbours who might be at risk during the extreme heatwave.

“Severe heatwaves can be dangerous for many people, especially older people, babies, children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, people with medical conditions and people who are unwell,” the Bureau stated.

“Seek a place to keep cool, such as your home, a library, community centre or shopping centre.

“Close your windows and draw blinds, curtains or awnings early in the day to keep the heat out of your home.

“If available, use fans or airconditioners to keep cool.”

The high temperatures after Bureau’s latest annual climate statement revealed 2023 was the sixth warmest year on record for WA with an annual mean temperature 1.03 degrees above average.

Meanwhile, in Sydney temperatures are set to reach 27 degrees on Friday and 26 degrees on Saturday.

In Melbourne the forecast shows the capital reaching 22 degrees on Friday before it gets slightly warmer with a top of 27 degrees on Saturday.

The Bureau forecasts 29 degrees on Friday and 30 degrees in Brisbane, with a 70 per cent chance of rain both days.

Adelaide is also facing a warm weekend, with temperatures set to hit 29 degrees on Friday and 31 degrees on Saturday.

Meanwhile, it’ll be slightly cooler in Hobart with a top of 23 degrees on Friday and a maximum temperature of 20 degrees forecast on Saturday.

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