More blustery showers are on the way for Western Australians as a cold front approaches the southwest.
Strong winds ahead of the front have already been whipped up, giving people in the southwest a taste of whats to come. The gusty change will move through this evening, blasting the region with wind gusts over 80km/h.
Today, northerly winds have gusted up to 60km/h in the southwest and offshore Perth. There is currently a Gale Warning for the Perth to Leeuwin Coasts as winds have the risk of gusting over 80km/h for the remainder of the day.
These winds will generate a large swell which will linger for the rest of the week with waves likely to peak at about seven metres around the Margaret River region on Wednesday afternoon. Treacherous conditions are likely along the coast with strong onshore westerly winds making a mess of any potential surfing conditions. Anyone around coastal areas should take extra care until the ocean calms down later in the week.
The front will also bring a band of rain with it, focusing 20-40mm of rain around coastal areas of the southwest.
Looking ahead, the strong wind, large swell and rain will ease momentarily on Wednesday evening. However, another strong front will hit the southwest Friday morning bringing another bout of strong winds, large swell, heavy rainfall and some additional thunderstorms.
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