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Perth looks set to have its longest heatwave in 20 years. Residents are set to swelter with nine days straight of temperatures in the mid to late 30s. Perth temperatures have reached 35C or higher since Sunday and weather experts say there is no reprieve in sight. The record was 10 days in 1975. A strong high system and the low pressure system threatening to turn into a cyclone in the Kimberley region are blamed for the scorching temperatures. The combination of the two systems was pushing a lot of hot, dry air from inland Australia across the continent and into metropolitan Perth. “Basically it’s becoming a little bit more heated every day as we go along and we are likely to be some of the hottest temperatures in Australia over the next few days.” January saw above average temperatures in Perth, with February on target to be a similar story. Power consumption hit RECORD LEVELS on Monday. It was THE MOST ELECTRICITY USED IN THE NETWORK AT ANY ONE POINT IN TIME EVER.

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BRITAIN - temperatures reached double figures and Britain enjoyed its warmest day of the year so far on Saturday. The blue skies continued Sunday and forecasters say there should be more sunshine until Thursday. Forecasters described the temperatures as "VERY UNUSUAL", with southern parts of the country hitting 17C on Saturday. "We are enjoying some high pressure at the moment which is bringing with it some very settled weather. But it is VERY UNUSUAL for it to be quite this warm. Usually, if it is so clear and sunny at this time of year, it will be chilly."
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