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Cold front moves of southwestern WA

Guy Dixon, Monday July 14, 2014 - 13:27 EST

A band of thick cloud approached southwestern parts of Western Australia around midnight last night bringing showers and offshore thunderstorms. By 4am, these showers had moved onshore and increased in intensity. Thunderstorms with this front also moved over the region between Augusta and Rockingham where 81 strikes were recorded within a 200 km/h radius of Bunbury between midnight and daybreak.

The most significant totals fell to the south of the state's capital where Jarrahwood picked up 26mm and Dwelling up with 22mm to 9am.

Westerly winds became gusty ahead of this front about Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste where maximum wind gusts were clocked at 89 km/h. Coastal parts of Perth also experience strong winds with Dolphin Pylon seeing gusts of 87 km/h.

The worst of the showers have now subsided over southwestern parts as the front and associated cloud band pushes east. Speckled cloud with an unstable flow in the wake of this front will maintain scattered light showers over the region this afternoon.

A high pressure ridge strengthening from around Wednesday will allow skies to clear and winds to ease. The risk of cool early morning temperatures will once again become a risk under these clear skies mid-way through next week.

- Weatherzone

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