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Flooding in WA Stirling Range a taste of what's heading east

Anthony Sharwood, Tuesday June 22, 2021 - 12:05 EST

On the 21st of May, it was all about the prospect of snow on Western Australia's Stirling Range, and the snow duly delivered too.

On the 21st of June, it was all about the rain, and bucketloads of it, which caused localised flooding in and around the scenic region of southern WA which lies approximately an hour north of the coastal city of Albany.

Image: Anyone bring a boat? Source: @smilingadventurer on Instagram.

The weather station at Kojaneerup South, just south of the Stirlings, recorded 64mm in the gauge to 9 am Monday morning. Similar falls elsewhere in the area were sufficient to inundate roads and low-lying areas.

The downpour was caused by rain associated with a cold front and deep low pressure system which has now moved east and is currently affecting South Australia. As we told you earlier this week, the system will impact eastern Australia from Wednesday onwards.

Image: Not ideal picnic weather, unless you're having mud cake. Source: @smilingadventurer on Instagram.

A cold airmass remains in place for now across southern WA, with a max temp of just 15°C expected in Perth on Tuesday, and 14°C for Albany.

A sheep graziers warning is in force for the South Coastal, South East Coastal, Great Southern and Central Wheat Belt forecast districts.

The good news is that things look likely to warm up in WA in the second half of the week.

  • Albany is set for a balmy 19°C (by local standards for June) on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Perth temps can be expected to reach 20°C or a little higher on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Perth's June average max is 19.5°C.

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