Feb 10, 2016

Perth, Australia, Ties Heat Wave Record

Perth WA
Australia
by
Jon Erdman
,
The Weather Channel
Upper-level weather pattern, featuring a dome of high pressure aloft, responsible for Perth, Australia's record heatwave from Feb. 7-10, 2016. Photo: The Weather Channel
Upper-level weather pattern, featuring a dome of high pressure aloft, responsible for Perth, Australia's record heatwave from Feb. 7-10, 2016. Photo: The Weather Channel

Perth, Australia, sweltered through four straight days of temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) from Feb. 7-10, tying a record-long such streak in the city from February 1933, according to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology. This streak also set a new record number of 40-degree-plus Celsius days for any summer in this western Australia city, seven days, topping the previous record last set in the summer of 1997-1998. Records in Perth date to 1897...

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