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Perth has set a new record for its hottest-ever September day as a mass of hot air moves across Western Australia.

At 3.40pm (local time) the state capital registered 34.3 degrees, beating its previous high of 34.2 set in 2014.

It wasn’t the only part of the state to set a new temperature record for the first month of spring on Wednesday.

A hot air mass moving across Western Australia.
A hot air mass is moving across Western Australia. (Weatherzone)

The town of Geraldton smashed its own record, reaching 38 degrees at midday, marking a significant increase on the 2010 record of 36.1 degrees.

According to Weatherzone, other areas of the state had soared to far higher temperatures around the same time.

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“Temperature records are being broken in WA today as a searing air mass spreads across the state’s north and west,” it said.

“A high pressure system centred over the Great Australian Bight is causing a pool of hot air to intensify over northwestern Australia, with temperatures soaring 15 degrees above average in some areas today.

“As of midday on Wednesday, September 27, temperatures in the state’s north had already reached as high as 41.4 degrees at Mardie.”

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The WA town of Geraldton has recorded its highest-ever September temperature. (Erin Jonasson)

Perth avoided the worst of the heat, with the state capital reaching a high of 33.8 degrees in the suburb of Swanbourne at 2:14pm (local time), according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The soaring temperatures come barely a week after the east coast sweltered through an unseasonable early spring heatwave, with Sydney going through five consecutive days of temperatures over 30 degrees.

July, meanwhile, was the hottest month ever registered globally, and last month was the warmest August in recorded history.

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