Patchy rain and storms are spreading into the WA inland agricultural regions, bringing a little relief from recent heat.
The rainfall is caused by a trough that has been gathering moisture over a warming Indian Ocean. This trough combined with a significant cold front is spreading rain and storms inland.
In the Perth region the morning showers delivered 3.8mm in the city gauge and 4.4 in Jandakot and Gosnells. This brings Perth's monthly rainfall total to almost 25mm, about half of it's long-term monthly average.
Southerly winds will bring a cool relief to inland parts of the state where heat has been building into the low 40s. On Sunday Mount Magnet in the Gascoyne reached a top of 41 degrees which was their hottest October day in 16 years of records.
The hot and dry conditions of the past days have raised concerns about fire danger. A fire weather warning was issued for Port Hedland, the shire of Ashburton Coast and the shire of Roebourne.
Monday's trough and front will only bring a brief period of cooling with temperatures set to reach the mid-to-high 30s by next weekend.
© Weatherzone 2012
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