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Perth weather takes a wintery turn next week as strong cold front forecast to bring storms to WA

By James Carmody, Saturday June 2, 2018 - 09:24 EST
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The cold front is predicted to hit late on Monday. - ABC

More wild and potentially dangerous weather, the likes of which the Bureau of Meteorology warned was only seen once or twice a year, is set to hit Western Australia less than a week into winter.

A low-pressure system may bring thunderstorms, damaging winds and heavy rainfall to the west of the state with between 25 millimetres and 50mm expected along the coast and through the Gascoyne.

Powerful northerly winds blowing more than 90 kilometres per hour are due to arrive on Monday ahead of the system affecting an area between Onslow down to Albany, including Perth.

"During Tuesday those strong northerly winds will push right through the southern half of the state, so pretty much everywhere will experience these strong windy conditions, but the rainfall will be heaviest in the west," senior forecaster James Ashley said.

"It's not dissimilar to the system that moved through late last week with really strong northerly winds developing late on Monday."

A 'perfect storm' for bushfires

The cold front which hit the southern half of the state last week delivered warm dry winds in excess of 100kph, .

It created what authorities described as a "perfect storm" for bushfires following a recent dry spell in the area.

Blazes within 10km of Albany burnt through more than 20,000 hectares of land, destroyed a family home and killed hundreds of head of livestock.

A Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) prescribed burn in the Stirling Ranges which escaped containment lines was behind the largest of the two fires and it is believed private burn-offs led to the others.

The Department and private landowners and the State Government has indicated there will be a thorough investigation into the fires.

A DPAW spokeswoman said it had no prescribed burns scheduled for next week when the approaching system is due to hit.

City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said a total fire ban had been put in place, which would run until at least mid-June, as the community continues with clean-up and recovery efforts.

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said it would closely monitor the approaching system to see if fire bans need to be implemented elsewhere.

The low pressure system last week caused widespread damage throughout much of the state, including the Perth metro area.

One elderly couple suffered spinal injuries when a eucalyptus tree fell onto their moving car in Churchlands.

Another thunderstorm, which tore through the city on Thursday, brought hail and winds over 100kph and briefly left 25,000 properties in Perth's south-east without power.


© ABC 2018

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