Cold outbreak in WA’s South West moves east, while unseasonal rain in north continues


Much of South West WA was lashed by wind and rain this weekend and Monday morning, with the stormiest weather around Albany and Denmark contributing to significant damage and localised flooding.

A handful of rain records were broken for highest June daily rainfall (24 hour totals to 9am). Those recorded at stations with at least 30 years of records included 61.2mm at Rottnest Island on Sunday and 68.8mm at Northcliffe (south of Manjimup) on Monday.

24-hour rain totals to 9am Monday:

• 50-100mm+ in the Albany and Denmark area including 103mm at Denmark, 54mm at Albany Airport and 99mm at Narrikup

• 52mm at Lancelin East

72-hour rain totals to 9am Monday:

• 72mm at Rottnest Island

• 48mm at Jandakot Airport

• 38 at Perth

Rottnest Island recorded a gust to 106km/hr on Monday.

Rain is now easing in the south coastal region and moving east through parts of the Great Southern, where falls are expected to be less heavy.

Rain and a pick up in winds will be felt in Esperance as a low pressure system brushes the region from tomorrow.

Gale force winds are likely to develop along the Esperance coast during Tuesday, and there will be increasing seas and swell.

With the exception of the Kimberley, Western Australia is experiencing very cold temperatures. Daytime maximums below 15 degrees are being felt as far north as the Pilbara and these cold conditions are likely to continue tomorrow.

Rain in the North

In the north of the state a band of mid-level cloud is thickening, bringing rain to areas of eastern and central Pilbara today and the Kimberley tomorrow.

Broome could get 10-20mm of rain tomorrow. Typically, during this time of year the Pilbara and Kimberley are in their dry season, but cloud bands can still bring unseasonal rain, as has happened consistently this season.

/Bureau of Meteorology Public Release. View in full here.