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Stormy night in Perth

Ben Domensino, Monday July 6, 2020 - 10:39 EST

Thunderstorms caused more than 50,000 lightning strikes within a 100 kilometre radius of Perth on Sunday evening.

A passing cold front and low pressure system produced bands of showers and thunderstorms across southwestern districts of Western Australia on Sunday.

Image: Lightning strike near Burns Beach, WA on Sunday night. Source: @coen_87 / Instagram

Thunderstorms started affecting the state's South West Capes on Sunday morning, before spreading further north throughout the day. By 7pm WST, a line of storms was stretching from Bunbury up to Lancelin.

One of these storms moved over Bunbury around 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, causing a burst of heavy rain, wind gusts up to 72km/h and a temperature drop of five degrees in under one hour.

Impressively, there were roughly 313,000 lightning strikes detected within a 300 kilometre radius of Mandurah on Sunday. There were also about 55,600 lightning strikes detected within 100 kilometres of Perth between 5pm and midnight. These evening storms put on an impressive light show in and around Perth on Sunday evening.

Image: Lightning near Trigg Island on Sunday night. Source: @gregcrichtonphoto / Instagram

The cold front and low pressure system will maintain showers and blustery winds over some southwestern and southern districts of Western Australia today. Another weaker front will cause further showers and thunderstorms over the state's southwest on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

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