Cool breeze, showers blow into Perth

Rain and thunderstorms could be on their way. Picture: iStock
Rain and thunderstorms could be on their way. Picture: iStock

PERTH looks set to welcome a sun soaked Christmas, after a cold front blows in to bring relief from the hottest start to December in nearly a decade.

It may be raining in Perth – and a cool 22 degrees – but locals should enjoy the break before temperatures ramp up again next week.

Expect more showers into Thursday afternoon before the temperature climbs to 27 on Friday.

Partly cloudy, warm days with light winds will follow over the weekend and early next week, until a very hot and sunny day on Christmas Day.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a maximum temperature of 36 degrees, with east to southeasterly winds of 15 to 25 km/h during the day.

Meanwhile, Australia has endured its driest spring on record, setting the scene for a devastating bushfire season in which fierce blazes have swept across the country.

As the nation prepares for a sweltering heatwave and temperatures above 40C, the Bureau of Meteorology on Wednesday confirmed spring was also the second-warmest ever recorded.

Rainfall was 62 per cent below average, making the spring of 2019 the driest since the previous all-time low in 1967, the BOM said in a special climate statement.

“The low rainfall added to pre-existing rainfall deficiencies and low soil moisture, exacerbating the meteorological and hydrological drought conditions and meaning forest fuels remained dry,” the BOM said.

The average maximum daytime temperature was 2.41C above average, the second-warmest on record behind 2014.

The country also struggled through record high fire weather danger – as measured using the Forest Fire Danger Index – in each of the country’s states and territories during spring.

“The dangerous fire weather conditions during spring 2019 is consistent with the increasingly severe fire weather seen in many areas of the country, owing to increasing temperatures and reduced cool season rainfall,” the BOM said.