Thousands of homes across Perth remain without power as the city prepares for another scorcher today, with a forecast top of 39 degrees Celsius.
Zane Christmas from Western Power said most of the 35,000 West Australians who sweltered through the hottest Christmas Day on record without air-conditioning had been reconnected.
He said crews had worked around the clock over the last few days to bring that number down.
"We've still got 4,000 customers off [the power grid], which is still a lot, but it's down from 11,000 yesterday," Mr Christmas told ABC Radio Perth this morning.
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Temperatures are set to soar across Western Australia again today, bringing with them another fresh wave of fire warnings. The two biggest fires burning across the state yesterday - at Margaret River and Perth Hills - were finally contained by the day's end, however it was too late for some residents' properties, with at least one home lost in the blazes and a number of structures affected.A grandmother, now homeless, will be confronted with the devastation today after a fire engulfed her home.
The power outages are still affecting people in areas including North Perth, Balcatta, Bayswater, Embleton, Nollamara, Westminster, Lower Chittering and Dunsborough.
Mr Christmas said a lot of the repairs were delayed due to fire weather warnings and hot conditions.
"It's just a combination of lots of different issues, mostly weather-related," he said.
"Ordinarily, we would be able to restore them quite quickly.
"But given the temperatures and the fire danger index that we're experiencing, we just can't restore supply until that index comes down a little bit and it's safe to do so.
"So it's really unfortunate. We understand the impact on the community, but it's just resulted in some really long outages."
Cool change on horizon
Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) duty forecaster Jessica Lingard said the hot weather was being caused by a broad trough extending offshore from the west coast, which was pulling hot, dry air from inland WA into the south-west of the state.
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The mercury is expected to drop from Thursday when that trough has moved onshore.
"So we will see the humidity increasing and temperatures cooling and we'll get that nice westerly breeze instead of these dry north-easterlies," Ms Lingard said.
But it will still be a scorcher tomorrow, with a maximum forecast of 38C before it drops to 32C on Thursday.
Perth maximum forecast:
- Wednesday: 38C
- Thursday: 32C
- Friday: 33C
- Saturday: 33C
- Sunday 34C
- Monday 34C
Tuesday forecast for regional cities and towns:
- Broome: 35C
- Exmouth: 39C
- Carnarvon: 40C
- Kalgoorlie: 32C
- Kalbarri: 42C
- Bunbury: 34C
- Esperance: 26C