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Wetting the whistle in WA

Kim Westcott, Saturday January 18, 2014 - 18:46 EDT

Heavy falls and cool days have graced Western Australia's Kimberley region, with more rain expected in the coming days as a low pressure system tracks inland.

Halls Creek saw 96mm of rain to 9am, and has received over 225mm in the past 72 hours, with this site exceeding the January's average by 75mm already. At West Roebuck, the rain came thick and fast with nine millimeters falling in ten minutes in the early hours of this morning, and bringing 40mm overnight. Landsdown in the Kimberley picked up the heaviest falls with 158mm falling in the 24 hours to 9am. Other stations also picked up over 100mm such as Elgee Cliffs and Mount Amhurst.

Due to the recent rain, minor flooding has been reported north of Fitzroy crossing at Mount Winifred, as well as west and south of Kununurra.

Under the thick rain clouds, many parts of the Kimberley have experienced very cool days. Halls creek experienced back-to-back days under 27 degrees. The last time this happened in January was over two decades ago. Warmun was eight degrees cooler than average, reaching a top of 29 degrees yesterday. Similarly, Mount Elizabeth only reached 27 degrees, which is six degrees below average.

The moisture-laden low that's bringing the desert rains will move from the Northern Interior to the Pilbara, before making its way into the Gascoyne next week. This will bring with it further heavy falls, especially along the eastern side of the system.

- Weatherzone

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