Severe heatwave sends temps over 40C for 4th day in a row in Perth, Australia
Twelve taken to hospital by midday in longest run of 40C days in Perth since 1933 as Marble Bar braces for week of 45C or above temperatures
The temperature in Perth, Western Australia, has topped 40C for the fourth day in a row, a phenomenon that has only been recorded once before during the exact same run of days 83 years ago.
The weather monitoring station in central Perth reached 40.3C at 11.30am on Wednesday, then dropped down a few degrees as the sea breeze moved in.
The heatwave began on Sunday, when the 40.4C temperatures caused a man to get second-degree burns on his feet from walking on hot sand at the beach. Dennis Bertoldo, from St John Ambulance WA, said the man was taken by ambulance from the beach to Joondalup health campus, where he received treatment for second-degree burns.
On Monday the temperature peaked at 43.5C, forcing the hospitalisation of a woman in her 70s who was playing golf when the day was still slightly cooler at 41C.
By Tuesday it had dropped down slightly to 41C but Bertoldo said St John Ambulance still responded to two significant cases of heat exhaustion: the first a man in his 20s who had to be rushed to hospital after collapsing while working on a roof in Huntingdale and the second an 11-year-old boy who suffered severe dehydration and dizziness in his lunch break at school. Bertoldo said 12 people had been taken to hospital for heat-related illness by midday on Wednesday.
A Bureau of Meteorology forecaster, Karl Brunckhorst, said it was the longest run of 40C days the city had seen since 1933 and directly mirrored that heatwave, which also ran from February 7 to February 10.
Wednesday was also the seventh 40C-plus day in Perth this summer, setting a new record for the city, which, despite its reputation for warm temperatures, normally hovers around the low to mid-30s.
Brunckhorst said the heatwave, which was caused by an “unusually stagnant” weather system, was unlikely to stretch into a fifth day, with a top of 38C predicted for Thursday.
“We’re expecting it to cool a little bit, as much as cool is the appropriate word,” he said.
Some 1,488km north, Marble Bar, generally conceded to be the hottest place in WA thanks to a 100-day run of more than 40C in the 1920s, is preparing for a week of temperatures above 45C, starting with 47C forecast for Wednesday then followed by two days at 48C then dropping back down to 47C before rounding out the seven-day forecast with three days of relatively cool 45C temperatures.
Courtesy of theguardian.com