Perth, Australia has recorded its hottest April day ever on Saturday, April 11, 2020, as temperatures hit 39.5 °C (103. 1°F). The previous record was 37.6 °C (99.7 °F), set in 1910.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Max Strack, the warmer temperature in the region of Gascoyne had been pushed south by a trough off the west coast.
"It's a pattern that we typically see during the summer, so it's fairly unusual to have it this late in the year," she stated.
Authorities have been on standby to shut down beaches also in observance of the Easter break. Officers have also been out to enforce social distancing guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Western Australia Police commissioner Chris Dawson commended the public for abiding by the guidelines. "We’ve seen good behaviors generally right across our beaches, our high-contact areas where people generally congregate."
Dawson continued, "People are really accepting the advice and we’re not seeing many instances at all where people are grouping together."
#Perth has broken a 110 year temperature record, with a current temperature of 38.3°C, and still rising! The old record was 37.6°C set back in 1910. #RottnestIsland, #Dwellingup and several other sites have broken their April maximum temperature record.https://t.co/YphAVUoNLz pic.twitter.com/U1T2Sf7QOC— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) April 11, 2020
Many sites around #Perth and the South West have seen record breaking maximum temperatures today. Some have broken the old record by more than 2°C!— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) April 11, 2020
Cooler on Sunday with a weak cold front brushing the south west of the State.
Latest forecast at https://t.co/OmYKfhQEwF pic.twitter.com/CjAELopQv2
So far, 20 people in WA had been fined or charged for not following safety measures against the coronavirus.
Premier Mark McGowan expressed hopes that WA would eventually be able to lift some of the restrictions within the state. "We've had very, very low levels of community transmission."
"That’s a really good sign. That’s better than virtually anywhere else in the world. What I’d like to see happen over time is watch how it develops, review it each month, to see if any can be eased and any tightened up."
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