Through the first week of February, heat has been building across Western Australia with high temperatures recently climbing well over 39 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit). As dry conditions remain across the region, the hot spell will continue with dangerous conditions for outdoor activities.
In stark contrast to the cooler-than-average conditions that were seen across western portions of Australia during the beginning of February, highs into the middle of the week will be 6-8 degrees Celsius (10-15 degrees Fahrenheit) hotter than normal.
On Sunday, the temperature soared to 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in Perth. Only one other day was hotter so far this summer. It will turn even hotter during the beginning of this week with highs expected to hit 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) on Monday and on Tuesday. AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will be near 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit).
If the temperature hits this mark, these will be the hottest days in over two years. An offshore wind will cause hot conditions to extend right to the coast.
Even hotter conditions will be seen to the north of Perth, in the northwestern portion of Western Australia. Highs in this area will hit 46 to 49 Celsius (115 to 120 Fahrenheit).
Residents are urged to limit outdoor activity during the afternoon and early evening hours. Be sure to stay hydrated be drinking plenty of water.
A cold front will cause the wind to become onshore later in the week across southwestern Australia, leading to slightly cooler, but still warmer-than-average temperatures.
However, the onshore flow of air will also increase the humidity across the region. As a result, while air temperatures will be a little lower, the increase in humidity will cause RealFeel® temperatures to remain very hot.