Severe weather hits WA

Ben Domensino, 4 July 2019

A strong cold front will bring a burst of heavy rain, thunderstorms and possibly damaging winds to Australia's west coast on Thursday.

The front reached the state's southwest capes just before 7am on Thursday and will arrive along the remainder of the west coast before lunchtime.

Blustery winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms will occur near and behind the front, affecting parts of the state's Gascyone, west Pilbara and west Goldfields Districts, and the Southwest Land Division by Thursday night.

By 9am on Thursday, gusts had reached up to 82km/h at Busselton Jetty and 74km/h on Rottnest Island.

Some parts of the west coast could see 30-40mm of rain on Thursday, with isolated totals in excess of 50mm. Falls of 10-20mm are also possible across the state's wheatbelt.

Image: Forecast accumulated rainfall on Thursday and Friday morning, according to the ECMWF-HRES model.

The strongest winds and heaviest rain are likely to occur along the coast and adjacent inland between Geraldton and Port Augusta. A severe weather warning for damaging winds, heavy rain and abnormally high tides has been issued for parts of the Central West, Lower West and South West Districts, which includes Perth.

Today's rain comes after Perth registered its wettest calendar month in 14 years during June, with the city picking up 212mm throughout the month.