A SEVERE weather warning remains in place for Western Australia’s southwest, including Perth, with dangerous winds, damaging surf and abnormally high tides forecast.
The Bureau of Meteorology says a series of cold fronts which moved over the southwest of the state yesterday, will extend north and east across the southwest today.
Winds of up to 110 km/h are possible along with thunderstorms and hail. Cape Leeuwin recorded a wind gust of 109 km/h at 2.17am on Monday.
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The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued a severe weather warning for Perth, parts of the Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands, Great Southern, South West, and the Lower South West.
The second front is expected to move across the South West of WA from early Monday morning through to Monday afternoon.
Damaging winds are most likely over coastal areas between Jurien Bay and Hopetoun, but may extend to inland areas, BoM said on Sunday.
Damaging surf conditions are continuing, along with moderate to heavy rainfall on Monday, and up to 20 and 35 mm possible along the west coast south of Geraldton.
04:33 PM – Take action for severe weather warning in Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands, Perth Metropolitan, Great Southern, South West, Lower South West: https://t.co/ZSEIQCTb4B
— DFES (@dfes_wa) June 10, 2019
What a difference the last week has made for the rain in #WA. Image on left shows the weekly total to 6th June, one on right shows weekly rain to the 10th. Highest weekly total 151mm at #MargaretRiver. https://t.co/BPiiyYqCKX Northern half info is here https://t.co/UPovj3YNdc pic.twitter.com/XYHjIuarvb
— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) June 10, 2019
Perth metropolitan area may be affected, along with Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, and Northam.
BoM gale force wind warnings are in place for these areas on Monday: Perth, Geraldton Coast, Lancelin Coast, Perth Coast, Bunbury Geographe Coast, Leeuwin Coast, Albany Coast and Esperance Coast.
Strong wind warnings are also in place for Melville Waters, Gascoyne Coast and Eucla Coast on Monday.
Cold front to bring ‘significant strain’, DFES warns
WESTERN Australia’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services previously warned about significant strain on operational resources, planning and response as a wintry cold front blows into the region.
The Western Australian DFES Weekly Intelligence Briefing states that the region is likely to be susceptible to flash flooding, storm damage and coastal inundation amid the first heavy rainfall of the winter season.
Forecast weather conditions will “certainly alter the operational focus”, DFES warned, amid a diversity of hazards anticipated from a succession of trough and cold fronts.