Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Thunderstorms to hit the Central West

Thursday December 27, 2012 - 16:26 EDT
ABC image
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast thunderstorms across the Central West (file). - ABC

The Weather Bureau is forecasting thunderstorms this afternoon across parts of the Central West, stretching from Wongan Hills to Moora, Mullewa to Murchison and from Cue to Mount Jackson.

A high pressure system is being blamed for the bad weather conditions, which are expected to carry through to early evening.

The Bureau of Meteorology Duty Forecaster Mark Paul says residents are likely to experience strong winds and heavy rainfall with the possibility of hail.

"That high pressure system will move into the bight during this evening and that will persist there for the next four or five days," he said.

"That does have the potential for severe thunderstorms."

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued a warning to residents to get ready ahead of the storms.

They recommend storing and weighing down loose objects and ensuring medical kits are on-hand complete with battery-operated radios, torch and batteries.

They have warned against travelling in the lead-up to the storm.


© ABC 2012

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Darkness descending on Australia

16:55 EDT

The March Equinox occurs in Australia on Wednesday morning, marking the end of the astronomical summer in the southern hemisphere.

Cyclone Marcus: Recovery payments available for some residents, council considers removing mahoganies

16:01 EDT

Federal relief funding is now available for Top End residents affected by power outages for more than 72 hours caused by Tropical Cyclone Marcus.

BOM issues flood warning as NSW coastal regions brace for severe rainfall

15:58 EDT

Severe rainfall and potential flooding may hit the Central Coast, Newcastle, Lower Hunter and Manning Rivers from tomorrow morning, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).