Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Wild storms lashed WA's west, showers lingering

Rob Sharpe, Monday August 18, 2014 - 14:23 EST

Thunderstorms swept over Western Australia's southwest last night, producing damaging gusts over 100km/h.

Last night Busselton Jetty clocked the strongest gust for the night of 120km/h. Other coastal areas saw gusts over 100km/h, such as Ocean Reef, Rottnest Island and Cape Naturaliste.

In Perth, there were isolated gusts above 80km/h in the storms, such as at Swanbourne, but the city missed out, with gusts merely peaking at 50km/h.

Rainfall from the storms was heaviest just inland of Bunbury, with up to 46mm around Dardanup. Bunbury and Perth weren't as wet, with 16mm and 13mm respectively.

Today, showers are continuing along the coast, heading towards a peak during the afternoon. In the south there is the risk of a couple of weak thunderstorms with stray lightning strikes, but unlikely to be nearly as serious as what occurred overnight.

Light and isolated showers will come and go during the week until they increase on Thursday with the arrival of a cold front. Behind this next front a high pressure system will take over, bringing extra sunshine and calmer winds.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2014

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Drought concessional loan scheme to be reopened within days, says Federal Government drought co-ordinator

07:28 EST

A new "drought coordinator" working on the border of Victoria and South Australia says the next round of drought concessional loans will be opened within days and funding boosts will be announced for a list of service providers.

Police caution drivers as snow covers Tasmania again

07:15 EST

Tasmanian Police are urging drivers to be selective about where they travel today, with snow falling again to about 100 metres in the state's south and 400 metres in the north.

Volkswagen removes website references on ability of Multivan people mover to cross floodwaters

07:07 EST

Volkswagen Australia has removed all information from its website on the ability of one of its vehicles to cross flooded roads, after concerns from a Queensland MP and the RACQ over the claims.