TEN towns across Western Australia have on Sunday broken their previous records for the hottest November day registered, the Bureau of Meteorology reports.
Norseman, in the state’s Goldfields region, sweltered through 45.4 degrees, three degrees higher than the 42.4C it endured in 2007.
Salmon Gums, north of Esperance, followed with a top of 45.0 degrees, with Kalgoorlie (44.7), Mount Magnet (44.3) and Leinster (44.0) next on the list.
Laverton (43.4), Meekatharra (43.0), Newdegate (42.6), Lake Grace (41.8) and Jacup (41.1) reached moderately lower marks but were all still higher than the 40.4C registered on Perth on Saturday.
The capital’s peak made for its hottest November day since records began in 1897.
The heatwave conditions have prompted total fire bans in most of the state, with several bushfire warnings issued throughout the day for a fire sparked near the Shire of Esperance town of Cascade.
A scorcher of a weekend in #WA, with a large, slow-moving trough dragging exceptional heat from northern and central parts of the State into the south. A number of locations recorded their warmest November day on record. pic.twitter.com/iD7qYsZdhd
— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) November 18, 2019
Another scorching day in WA with temperature records tumbling in the Central Wheat Belt, Great Southern, Goldfields and South East Coastal districts. Kalgoorlie peaked at 44.7°C, and 45.0°C at Salmon Gums, both smashing previous November records. 80 years of data at both sites! pic.twitter.com/yQ4Dgc2CZm
— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) November 17, 2019