CHRISTMAS Carols by Candelight in Cottesloe has already fallen victim of unseasonal wet and windy weather from a cold front forecast to hit Perth from late Saturday into Monday.
“The roads are going to be wet, there’ll be a few showers about, there’ll be winds, and it may feel like winter again,” Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Gianni Colangelo told Community News.
The bureau is currently tracking Southern Ocean weather, which modelling has consistently maintained could bring rain, winds over 30 knots and temperatures down to the low-20s on Sunday and Monday.
Mr Colangelo said the actual weather system had yet to form, and its impact on holiday and summer activities, apart from the South-West, would depend on how far it travelled up the west coast.
He said the front’s edge, a “rarity” for December, could start affecting Perth late on Saturday.
Surfers could get a mid-wintery 4m-high swell early on Monday morning, and summer beach patterns may take a battering.
Cottesloe council is taking no chances, and yesterday announced the cancellation of its annual Carols by Candlelight because rain and thunderstorm forecasts for Sunday.
The carols will instead be held at 7pm the following Friday on the lawns of the Cottesloe Civic Centre, Broome Street, at which picnics can start from 6pm.
As of 7am, the Bureau has predicted thunderstorms on both Sunday and Monday.