Feb 8, 2016

Western Australia is getting way too hot

Western Australia
Australia
by
The New Zealand Herald
Perth could see temperatures "into the 50s" if action is not taken, a leading climate scientist has warned. Photo: Getty
Perth could see temperatures "into the 50s" if action is not taken, a leading climate scientist has warned. Photo: Getty

[Western Australia] baked through the start of a heatwave on Saturday as the temperature peaked at 35C - but that was just a warm-up for the week ahead with an expected 40C on Sunday, 42C on Monday and Tuesday, 41C on Wednesday and 39C on Thursday.

That's equal to the longest run on record of days above 39C, set in 1933 and again in 1965.

A leading climate scientist has warned Perth will be hit by longer, hotter heatwaves capable of sending the mercury "into the 50s", unless action is taken.