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Australia: Perth weather offers little reprieve from searing heat as power remains off for 4,000 properties

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Power outages have left about 4,000 people in the dark across the metropolitan area. (ABC News: Gian De Poloni) © Provided by ABC NEWS Power outages have left about 4,000 people in the dark across the metropolitan area. (ABC News: Gian De Poloni)

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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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

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