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Soggy end to winter for WA

Ben McBurney, Monday August 26, 2013 - 12:36 EST

Rain has drenched western parts of Western Australia overnight, with more healthy totals on the way tomorrow.

A weak low pressure system slowly made its way across the state, bringing with it widespread areas of rain, particularly near the coast.

Along the coastal stretch between Kalbarri and Denmark, falls of 5-15mm were not uncommon, although even heavier falls were seen in the Central West and South West.

North Walpole in the South West recorded the highest official figure in the state, picking up 44mm, its wettest day in over a year. In the Central West, Geraldton collected 29mm, its heaviest rain since March; and Mumby 31mm, its wettest August day in more than two decades.

The state's capital didn't get quite as much, although it still picked up a handy 9mm.

While only a few showers are lingering in the wake of the system today, another, stronger low pressure system will bring another burst of rain and storms from tomorrow morning.

The heaviest falls are again likely to be along the coastal fringe, where widespread totals of 15-20mm are likely, though some places could see 30-40mm. Across the Central Wheat Belt, totals are more likely to be between 5-10mm, with potentially heavier rain in western parts.

The system will move east during Wednesday and dissipate, giving way to showers for the remainder of the month as a series of troughs and fronts cross the region, although they will not bring as much rain.

This will spell a damp end to what has been a mixed winter across the region.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2013

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