Severe weather warning for Perth, southwest WA

Wild winds at North Beach Jetty.
Wild winds at North Beach Jetty.

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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Rain clouds hover over Mandurah. Picture: Jon Hewson
Rain clouds hover over Mandurah. Picture: Jon Hewson

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.

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.

Dawesville Foreshore jetty/boat ramp has been flooded with heavy rain.

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.