Pilbara heat records fall to start April

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Heat records have tumbled across the Pilbara during the start of April as residents feel the burn from a belated spell of hot weather.

Exmouth, Roebourne and Port Hedland have each broken maximum records, and temperatures have exceeded 40 degrees in most Pilbara towns over the past few days, according to Bureau of Meteorology data.

Roebourne Aero has equalled or bettered its previous record of 42.2 degrees twice this month, recording 43.7, 42.2 and 42.1 from April 3 to 5.

Learmonth Aero near Exmouth recorded 42.5 on April 4, eclipsing the previous high of 41.8 degrees.

Port Hedland Airport clipped the previous record of 42.5 degrees by 0.1 degrees on April 4.

The heat comes after a dry March where Pilbara weather stations recorded well below average rainfall.

Karratha recorded 1.8mm, Port Hedland 10.4mm, Newman 11.2mm, Paraburdoo 20mm, Onslow 23.6mm and Learmonth 5.6mm.

With only one month left, Karratha (82.8mm), Learmonth (55.2mm) and Onslow (45.6mm) have each only recorded one rain event above 20mm this wet season.

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