July 22, 2024

Desperately-needed rain is en route for a large band across southern Western Australia in coming days.

Falls of 10mm to 20mm are expected as a low-pressure system moves inland today and on Thursday, Weatherzone reported.

The rain will also push further north and east than expected.

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It follows a year of below-average rain for Perth and the bulk of south-western WA.

Since July 2023, Weatherzone data showed, Perth has received lower than average rainfall, even recording zero millimetres during December last year.

Despite good recent winter falls, with more than 90mm of rain recorded for June so far, there are still about 33mm more needed for the city to attain its monthly average.

Weatherzone said it was a similar situation across much of the state.

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The incoming system will bring gusty northerly winds this morning ahead of a front and trough crossing the coast mid-morning.

“The majority of the rain will fall with the front and there is the chance of thunderstorms,” Weatherzone said.

“During Thursday and Friday morning, the core of the cold air, and the low-pressure centre will start to cross the region and develop into a cut-off low.”

This weather event, which will bring “bitterly cold” temperatures, could also spark thunderstorms, hail, even brief tornadoes.

Weatherzone said Friday morning could even see light snow on the Stirling Range.

However, the weather is expected to clear by the weekend.

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