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Rain welcomed in WA

James Casey, Sunday April 27, 2014 - 13:57 EST

Record breaking rain has fallen in the drought stricken western state providing much needed relief for farmers.

The event brought widespread rain from the Pilbara to the South East Coastal for the dry state.

Learmonth in the Pilbara received the state's heaviest rain in the past 24 hours with 154mm, the heaviest 24-hour April rain on record. The rain in the Pilbara was very heavy and isolated with 65mm of Learmonth's 24-hour total falling in just two hours. Nearby Onslow only received 17mm in 24-hours.

Further south Kalbarri was soaked with 52mm in 24-hours, the heaviest April rain in 44 years.

Perth finally got into the double digits for rainfall this year, recording 13mm in 24 hours, the heaviest rain since October last year.

In the Central Wheatbelt, Cunderdin received 50mm, the first 24-hour rain total over 3mm for the year and the heaviest in April for 15 years.

This rain event was caused by a moisture laden low pressure trough and strong cold front. More rainfall is on the cards today as another strong cold front passes to the south of the state.

For the remainder of the week a high pressure ridge will dominate the state bringing mostly dry conditions.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2014

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