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Perth's heaviest rain since September

Rob Sharpe, Friday March 15, 2013 - 15:33 EDT

Western Australia has received its second heavy burst of rain for the
week as a low pressure system and trough crossed the region.

Showers and thunderstorms fired across Western Australia yesterday
with falls beginning in Perth in the morning. Thunderstorms brought
heavy rain at times with 5mm falling in only 10 minutes at 5pm. Perth
gained a total of 26mm, their heaviest in half a year and more than
the average for all of March. This was also Perth's heaviest March
rain in three years. Nearby, Pearce picked up 34mm, which was the highest March total since 1990.

As the storms moved inland they delivered the heaviest March rain in 42 years to Newdegate in the Great Southern District, with 49mm. The heaviest rain in Western Australia was just to the northeast of
Perth, with Werribee gaining 51mm, their heaviest rain in twelve
years.

The low pressure trough is moving further east today and weakening,
leading to dry conditions for western parts of WA, including Perth.
The capital is likely to have a week of dry weather with the sun
becoming dominant on Sunday and Monday with the mercury reaching near
30 degrees.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2013

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