Australia sees early season heat wave

A full month away from the official start of summer, much of Western Australia is already measuring high temperatures that meteorologists predict could be a sign of a heat wave that will put energy providers to the test.

According to, a strong area of high pressure overhead coupled with warm easterly winds have accelerated temperatures to several degrees above normal for the past few days with more warmth slated for the weekend.

According to data obtained by, the industrial port of Dampier reported temperatures above 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) for each of the past three days and the more populous coastal city of Perth, Australia experienced above-average high temperatures for each of the past five days.

The peak of the current heat wave will arrive on November 17. High pressure to the south will send hot air from the arid desert region of the east toward the coast and bring near-record temperatures to Perth. meteorologists forecast a high of 92 degrees F (33 degrees C) for November 17. Average high temperatures for Perth, even during the peak of summer heat in January and February, do not exceed 89 degrees F (31 degrees C).

By November 18, the heat will temporarily relax as winds shift around to the southwest, forcing cooler air from the Indian Ocean into the area. Forecast high temperatures November 18 through November 20 are near seasonal averages.

Unfortunately, computer models hint at an even stronger heat wave for the middle and end of next week as high pressure re-develops to the east and southeast winds return.

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