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A southwest soaking

Rob Sharpe, Monday July 15, 2013 - 15:30 EST

Western Australia's southwest corner has been swamped with rain with most of southern WA getting ready for a healthy fall.

Witchcliffe has recorded its heaviest day of rainfall in 15 years with 99mm falling by 9am today. Amongst this rainfall total there was an hour when 44mm fell into the gauge. Elsewhere in the South West, Cape Leeuwin had its heaviest rain in two months with 42mm.

The heavy falls are due to moist northwesterly winds feeding into a slow moving cold front.

Today, the rain band has moved further north with the front and will reach Perth late in the afternoon as it skirts across inland parts of southwestern WA.

Tomorrow, a low pressure system will arrive bringing gale force winds to the coast and periods of rain and thunderstorms. Some of this rain will be heavy, particularly near the coast where falls of 20-30mm are possible.

Rain will fall across southwestern districts with southern parts of the Central Wheat Belt in for a shot of 5-10mm from this system, following last weeks heavy rain. Unfortunately for farmers further north, falls will generally be less than 5mm.

Dry conditions will resume in the wake of this system, with mostly sunny skies returning for the rest of the week.

- Weatherzone

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