Perth set for hottest week in 47 years
NICK SAS, The West Australian January 24, 2012, 5:26 am
Perth is bracing for its hottest consecutive run of high temperatures since 1965, with the mercury forecast to hit 38C or more for the next seven days.
The heatwave includes a prediction of 40C for Australia Day on Thursday, with thousands expected to converge on Perth's beaches to escape the heat.
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Weather Bureau climate information officer John Relf said there used to be a saying for this week's temperatures. "It's called no relief in sight," he said.
In addition to the extreme temperatures, the bureau is predicting strong winds tomorrow.
The impending heatwave has the Fire and Emergency Services Authority on high alert.
A Western Power spokeswoman said the power grid would not be pushed to its maximum because schools were still closed.
The Health Department has urged people to watch out in the heat for the elderly, children and babies.
The last time Perth experienced six days of temperatures of 37.8C or more - above the old 100-degree Fahrenheit mark - was from December 31, 1964, to January 5, 1965.
I'm glad school is still on holidays here!