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Perth families made the most of the spring weather yesterday, flocking to parks and beaches on the hottest September day in six years.

The temperature reached 29.3C at 2pm in Perth city, while Perth Airport recorded the hottest temperature across the metropolitan region at 29.5C just before 2.30pm.

About 20,000 people visited Kings Park, with up to half of them enjoying the first in a series of free Sunday concerts in the Botanic Garden.

Bands including local five-piece The Brow Horn Orchestra played as part of this year's Kings Park Festival.

The Adorable Florables provided children's theatre entertainment as part of the festival, in which most events are free or a gold coin donation.

Event co-ordinator Zoe Fulwood said the record turnout was pleasing, especially since West Coast were playing a final at Subiaco in the afternoon.

"We wanted to open the park up to lots of families and get them down here in spring which is when the park is the most beautiful with the wildflowers," she said.

Father of two Joergen Hagen and daughters, Aurora, 5, and Cornelia, 18 months, joined those enjoying the sunshine at busy Scarborough beach.

Surf Life Saving WA reported a routine weekend with few rescues or emergencies.

Its helicopter has been patrolling metropolitan beaches for the past two weekends but has not spotted any sharks.

Three great white sharks were reported off Lancelin, Margaret River and Albany.

The Weather Bureau said a front coming through today meant cooler temperatures were forecast early this week but a high pressure system would raise the temperature to 27C on Friday.

The West Australian

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