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Rainy weather on the way as parched Perth set for first big autumn drenching

By Irena Ceranic, Tuesday April 17, 2018 - 22:53 EST
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The Bureau of Meteorology says people in Perth should get their umbrellas ready. - ABC

Perth could get more rain this weekend than it has received in the past three months when the first serious cold front of autumn hits south-west WA.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is predicting 15 millimetres a day could fall in Perth on Saturday and Sunday.

"It has certainly got the potential to be the first significant frontal system of the season," forecaster Gianni Colangelo said.

"If it does bring with it a decent amount of strength, it can certainly drop [a large amount] in the Perth region."

However, the metropolitan area is expected to escape the heaviest falls — which are forecast to hit areas between Mandurah and Walpole.



"It's entirely dependant on how the system structures itself as it approaches," Mr Colangelo said.

"But you could easily get into the 20mm or higher in certain locations."

Downpour to end dry spell

The front is expected to reach the south-west corner of the state about midnight on Friday and hit Perth mid-Saturday.

Strong winds are also possible, but BOM will decide later in the week whether to issue a warning.

It has been a dry month for Perth so far, with the gauge collecting just 0.6 millimetres of rain — well short of the April average of 36.3mm.

The city's last significant rainfall was on January 16,



Since then, Perth has received a total of just 6.2mm of rain.

Perth's forecast:
Wednesday: 23C, shower or two, clearing
Thursday: 21, cloudy
Friday: 22, possible shower
Saturday: 22, showers
Sunday: 21, shower or two


- ABC

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