Weather forecast: Huge storms to hit Perth and regional WA

Meleva ThornThe West Australian
Wet weather is predicted to hit Perth on Sunday and Monday.
Camera IconWet weather is predicted to hit Perth on Sunday and Monday. Credit: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

A severe weather warning has been issued across WA, with a cold front and severe thunderstorms expected to hit Perth this afternoon.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued the weather warning on Sunday, saying that a cold front and severe thunderstorms were expected to hit Perth about 2pm.

The department said that West Australians living in areas such as Perth, the South West and the Midwest-Gascoyne should prepare for stormy weather.

DFES tweeted about the need for West Aussies to “take action for severe thunderstorms” if living in areas that will be struck by the worrying winds and rain.

Apart from Perth, cities including Bunbury, Geraldton, Busselton, Margaret River, and Mandurah will possibly be impacted by the severe weather.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, damaging, locally destructive winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area from midday today, then expected to affect the Perth Metro area from around 2pm, and continue into the afternoon,” wrote the department in a media release.

Warning that roads may potentially be closed, DFES told West Aussies to be particularly careful if driving during the wet weather and to refrain from entering “water of unknown depth and current” with their cars.

Watching out for debris and fallen power lines, as well as being careful of other motorists, was also advised for drivers.

The department recommended those who are not on the roads to stay inside, unplug their electrical appliances and keep a distance from any windows.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast a 95 per cent chance of rain in Perth, with 5mm to 15mm expected to drench Perth on Sunday afternoon and into the night.

A maximum temperature of 24C is predicted for Sunday and the bureau expects showers will continue well into the week – with Monday forecast to bring 30mm to 45mm of rain to Perth.

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