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WA weather: More rain, hail on the way as cold fronts hover off coast

Rebecca Trigger, Wednesday August 9, 2017 - 19:59 EST
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WA's wet weather will continue into the weekend. - ABC

There's no end in sight to the wet weather for Western Australia with more cold fronts expected to bring heavy rain and possible hail over the next few days.

A front dumped 47.2 millimetres of rain on Perth through Tuesday and overnight, with more rain and strong winds on the way.

"We're basically going to have showers off and on during the day, and there's also the risk of a thunderstorm and we could also see small hail associated with that as well," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mark Paull said.

"We're expecting another [cold front] to come through on Saturday and another one on Sunday."



Perth recorded another 6mm of rain to 5:00pm on Wednesday after reaching a top of 14.2 degrees Celsius, with the temperature forecast to increase to 16C on Thursday and 19C on Friday.

WA's drought-stressed Wheatbelt saw some rain relief, with several towns including Cunderdin, Narambeen and Beverley getting more than 25mm overnight.

A host of other towns and centres in south-west parts of the state also surpassed that mark.

Rain and moderate winds are expected to continue across south-western areas for the next few days.

Main Roads have advised drivers to switch on headlights, ensure a safe braking distance and to allow extra time as conditions become slippery amid the deluge.

There are marine gale warnings in place for the Geraldton, Esperance and Eucla coasts today, while the metro, Gascoyne, Bunbury and Albany coasts are subject to strong wind warnings.


- ABC

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