Wet weather keeps early morning walkers away from coast

Frigates and a supply ship return. Picture: Jon Bassett
Leighton Beach was almost deserted of its morning walkers and swimmers. Picture: Jon Bassett
One walker was rugged up for worse weather.
Picture: Jon Bassett
The super-low tide and wind shore breaks at Telephone Box, Cottesloe. Picture: Jon Bassett
The offshore Deep-6 reef was exposed near Dutch Inn. Picture: Jon Bassett
Frigates and a supply ship return. Picture: Jon Bassett Leighton Beach was almost deserted of its morning walkers and swimmers. Picture: Jon Bassett One walker was rugged up for worse weather. Picture: Jon Bassett The super-low tide and wind shore breaks at Telephone Box, Cottesloe. Picture: Jon Bassett The offshore Deep-6 reef was exposed near Dutch Inn. Picture: Jon Bassett

A GREY pallor and exposed reefs matched the colour of returning Royal Australian Navy warships during almost wintery conditions on the coast from Fremantle to Cottesloe this morning.

A strong low tide at dawn and easterly winds combined to push down swells and expose shore breaks and offshore reefs at Dutch Inn, Cottesloe.

Dog walkers at Mosman Park beach were limited to three hardy souls and their pets who braved drizzle and temperatures that dropped to 14 C overnight.

However, one walker was rugged in an insulated coat, gloves and boots for even worse conditions as he took his morning stroll along the foreshore cliff top.

With the tide so low, and the skies so grey, it felt like an English summer and not typical WA at the height of the hot season.