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WA soaked by strong front

Ben Domensino, Wednesday June 18, 2014 - 13:01 EST

Roads and airport runways in Perth were left wet this morning after the heaviest rain in six years.

A strong front slammed into the west coast of Western Australia on Tuesday, bringing damaging winds, lightning and heavy rain.

Perth Airport recorded 47mm the 24 hours to 9am today, the highest total since June 2008. The city picked up 51mm in the same period, making it the wettest day since June 2011. Further inland Bickley registered 71mm, the heaviest June rainfall in 17 years.

Falls of 20-30mm spread inland to parts of the Central Wheat Belt, north to the Gascoyne and south to the South West District.

Yorke in the Central Wheat Belt saw its heaviest June rain in at least 18 years, with 27mm in the gauge by 9am. A bit further south, Beverley collected 25mm making it the wettest day for June since 1998.

The front also caused water to pile up along the coast during Tuesday, producing a storm surge that reached about 0.5 to 1 metre above the high tide.

The strongest winds from the system were ahead of the front itself, gusting to 111km/h at Busselton Jetty shortly before 10am on Tuesday. Rottnest Island also registered a gust of 1.5km/h around midday.

Showers will ease over the southwest of WA today as the front weakens and the low moves into the Bight.

The next good bout of rain will reach the South West Land Division on the weekend, although falls will not be as heavy.

- Weatherzone

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