Perth weather: winds top 100km/h in a winter battering

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WINDS clocked more than 100km/h as homes were damaged and left without power in a wild winter night in Perth.

The number of properties that lost power went into the thousands in the southern half of WA.

State Emergency Services responded to 79 calls for help, mainly for roof damage in the Wanneroo and Rockingham areas.

A severe weather warning remains in place for Perth, the South West, the Great Southern, the Midwest and the Goldfields.

It snowed on Bluff Knoll near Albany, and it looked like it had snowed in some areas of Perth after hail teemed down and covered backyard lawns.

Winds reached 106km/h on Rottnest Island, while on the mainland, winds hit 100km/h about midnight in Ocean Reef.

Winds were less intense south of Perth, where gusts reached about 80km/h at midnight on Garden Island, more than 70km/h in Mandurah about 11pm and more than 55km/h in Jandakot about 10pm.

Pearce was the area heaviest hit by rain with 26.2mm having fallen since yesterday.

Central Perth received 17.6mm.

The coldest area of Perth was Bickley where the temperature dropped to 4.3C at 6.30am.

The wild weather is expected to ease today, but there is a high chance of showers this morning and possible hail with a top of 17C.