Wild weather is about to hit Perth, SW


PERTH continues to close in on hitting its long-term average rainfall for August as the city braces for cold fronts to return with interest tonight and tomorrow.

After recording more than 19mm of rain between midnight and 9am, the Perth metro gauge had a reading of zero throughout today. The sun made an appearance at various times and the temperature topped 19 degrees.

It was a similar story around the suburbs, with Jandakot registering 3.2mm, Bickley getting 0.6mm and Swanbourne picking up 0.2mm.

But the break from the winter weather will be only brief.

A severe weather warning has been issued for the south-west of the state for Saturday night, with winds tipped to top 100km/h and have the potential to damage homes and property. Isolated gusts south of Augusta may reach up to 125km/h and there is also the danger of localised flooding due to heavy rain.

In Perth, the forecast is for rain picking up in the evening, with the possibility for falls of between 15 and 25 millimetres.

The “stay-at-home” weather will continue on Sunday.

“A third, much stronger cold front, likely the strongest so far this year is expected to affect the south-west corner of the State from Sunday night,” the Bureau of Meteorology warned.

Up to 30mm of rain is predicted in the metropolitan area, with the chance of a thunderstorm and heavy falls possible in the southern suburbs.

As many as 25mm are on the cards for Monday, when there is again a chance of heavy falls, before drier conditions return on Tuesday.

As of 9am Saturday, Perth had recorded 107.6mm of rain through the first 11 days of the month – just 25mm shy of the long-term average for August.

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