Perth is experiencing one of the hottest Christmas Day's on record with forecasters predicting a six-day Christmas heatwave.
The mercury rose to a maximum of 38.3 degrees just before midday today, the sixth hottest Christmas Day on record.
The hottest ever recorded Christmas Day was in 1968 which reached a maximum of 42 degrees.
The hot weather and calm conditions prompted many to head to Perth beaches for their Christmas festivities.
A south-westerly sea breeze is expected to arrive early this afternoon, bringing down temperatures to a low of 22 degrees tonight.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology's seven-day forecast, today will be the first day of a Christmas heatwave with temperatures to top 37 degrees for the next five days.
A top of 37 degrees is forecast for Boxing Day, 39 degrees on Thursday and Friday and 40 degrees for both Saturday and Sunday.
There is a strong wind warning tonight for Perth coastal waters.
Winds east to north-easterly of 15-20 km/h will shift south-westerly 20-30 km/h in the early afternoon.
The seas are at 1m and will rise to 2-2.5m in the afternoon.The swell is 1m.