Up to 300,000 lightning strikes hit WA during wild thunderstorm

Kate PhillipsThe West Australian
VideoThe wet weather is expected to linger until Wednesday before a cool change on Thursday

Western Australia was hit by up to 300,000 lightning strikes during yesterday’s wild thunderstorm, as well as massive downpours and strong winds.

The Bureau of Meteorology said between 7am and 7pm yesterday, at least 250-300,000 lightning strikes were recorded across WA.

“It impacted the broader south west region from Jurien Bay through to Busselton — it was a very active lightning system — with prolonged lightning activity,” said BOM’s Pete Clegg.

Between 6.30pm and 7.30pm alone, there were between 30,000 to 40,000 lightning strikes recorded across the State.

“It’s not the first time we have seen something like this, but it is definitely a specific set of environmental conditions the lead to this kind of very active lightning situation.”

Impressive photos and vision of the lightning were shared across social media overnight, including this shot on Perth Weather Live.

Lightning crak over a Perth home.
Camera IconLightning crak over a Perth home. Credit: Facebook/Perth Weather Live

Jon Jon captured some of the lightning in Perth, posting this video on Twitter.

As did Goodnight Day Star.

While Ross Nagle caught this lightning strike on camera from his back patio.

Amazing lightning show in Perth last night.
Camera IconAmazing lightning show in Perth last night. Credit: Facebook/Ross Nagle

WA also recorded some hug rainfalls, with the south west copping the brunt of it. Witchcliffe near Margaret River received a soaking with 52.8mm of rain recorded, while Bunbury received 26mm.

In Perth, the southern suburbs were hit hardest with 16.4mm of rain recorded in Mandurah.

Emergency services responded to six calls for help overnight, but there were no reports of major damage.

The thunderstorm warning has now been cancelled, but the wet weather is set to last until at least Wednesday.

Perth recorded just over 4mm overnight, but that number is expected to grow as more rain hits the city this morning.

PERTH FORECAST:

Monday: 19C, shower or two.

Tuesday: 17C, a few showers.

Wednesday: 17C, shower or two clearing.

Thursday: 16C, partly cloudy.

Friday: 18C, mostly sunny.

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