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Geraldton readies itself for more heat as weekend warms up to reach highs of 44C

Anna CoxGeraldton Guardian
Kids keeping cool at Champion Beach in Geraldton
Camera IconKids keeping cool at Champion Beach in Geraldton Credit: Anna Cox

Geraldton is preparing for another weekend of indoor, aircon-centric fun due to a continuing heat wave, the second in as many weeks, with the mercury tipped to reach 44C for the next two days.

Last week’s heat wave saw records being broken and a high of almost 47C reached on Friday, which made the Mid West the hottest place in the world that day.

The city is again in the grip of another heatwave, expected to last five days.

Wednesday reached a high of 39.8C at Geraldton Airport, while Thursday was forecast to reach a maximum of 43C, but exceeded expectations tipping 44.2C at 12.30pm.

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Friday and Saturday are both forecast to reach a scorching high of 44C, with the minimum temperatures on each nights expected to be a balmy 24C.

Sunday is predicted to be another sizzler, with a forecast of 42C, with a minimum temperature of 22C.

Monday is expected to bring a much more bearable high of 30C, with a predicted low of 19C, but people in Geraldton will not get much respite before it heats back up to a forecast high of 37C on Tuesday and 42C on Wednesday.

The ongoing toasty temperatures are due to a trough forming in the west of the State, which would usually move to the east — pushing cool winds.

The trough has remained stationary which has resulted in delayed sea breezes and less cooling winds on the coastline, putting the bottom half of the State into a heat wave.

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