Record-challenging August warmth in Perth

Ben Domensino, 28 August 2019

Perth is forecast to have its warmest August day on record today, with temperatures expected to reach nearly 10 degrees above average for this time of year.

Wednesday's official forecast maximum temperature of 28 degrees in Perth would be the citys highest August temperature since records began in 1897.

Prior to today, the August record in Perth was 27.8 degrees from 1940.

Image: Northerly winds carrying warm air towards southwestern Australia on Wednesday.

Warm northerly winds on the western flank of a high pressure system are responsible for Wednesday's unseasonably high temperature.

Perth's average maximum temperature during August is 19 degrees.