City cool as region swelters

Gareth ThomasThe West Australian

Albany continues to dodge the summer heatwave despite many towns in the Great Southern swelter through 40C today.

As Albany enjoys a comfortable 27C, Wagin is set to reach 41C, a day after 35C heat caused the rear window of a ute canopy to explode.

Wagin police first thought the window had been smashed by thieves, but later realised it was the heat that had created the damage.

Closer to home, Mt Barker will reach 38C while Albany’s nearest coastal neighbour Denmark will peak at 35C.

There are many inland towns clearing the 40C mark today with Lake Grace, Gnowangerup, Katanning and Narrogin all feeling the heat.

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There is little relief from the heat for towns outside of Albany today, with many towns still expecting temperatures of low to mid 30s.

Albany’s highest maximum temperature this summer was 38.8C in November with the mercury breaking through 30C just once so far in 2017.

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