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Best rain in months for southwest WA

Ben McBurney, Sunday March 30, 2014 - 14:40 EDT

After a prolonged dry spell lasting several months, Western Australia's southwest has finally received some rain as a cold front swept over the region.

The region has seen little rain since December last year, with Perth enduring a 109 day dry spell, its second longest on record which was only snapped last week when 1mm fell.

While falls were only light, the rain was quite widespread with most centres in the South West Land Division seeing at least some rain.

For many places, it was the best rain since spring, including Perth which picked up 5mm, Jandakot 13mm and Pemberton 15mm. While Jacup recorded only 8mm to 9am, it was the town's heaviest rain since last winter.

Even further east, thunderstorms formed in a trough ahead of the front, bringing 33mm to Bulga Downs and 12mm at Kalgoorlie, the heaviest rain in two months for both towns.

Looking further ahead, another front will bring a few showers to the far southwest of the state on Monday and early on Tuesday, however falls will be much lighter and not as widespread. A high pressure ridge will then cause dry conditions until the weekend.

- Weatherzone

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