Perth’s spring weather replaced with winter-like rain, hail and winds across the weekend

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Perth’s sunny spring weather was replaced with rain and hail across the weekend, with the southern suburbs pelted by an overnight storm.

And there will more to come in other parts of our State, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a severe weather warning for the Great Southern.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Max Strack said in the 48 hours from Sunday morning the Perth metro area had experienced consistent rainfall between 10-15mm.

Strong wind gusts hit the coastline on Saturday evening, reaching 96km/h in Swanbourne about 5.45pm and Hillary's at 8pm.

The Darling Scarp between Bunbury and Perth recorded the bulk of the downpour with Dwellingup the State’s top with 33.4mm, followed by Bickley with 32.2mm.

Ms Strack said from Nannup to Albany the south of the State experienced a strong belt of winds and rainfall, the highest was 27.4mm at the Department of Agriculture’s research station in Denmark and Albany Airport with 26.6mm.

Across Perth metro, Millington in the Swan Valley recorded 15.2, Floreat Park 14.6mm, South Perth 11.6mm, the city 9.8mm and Perth Airport 9.6mm.

The city has recorded 5.6mm since 9am on Saturday, with a further one to three millimetres expected into Sunday evening.

The weather caused a power line to fall over a footpath in Lesmurdie about 8am on Sunday.

Lines were also down in Ravenswood after a car lost control about 8.30am and crashed into a power poll along Pinjarra Road and Jolly Rambler Boulevard.

Perth was hit with rain and hail after a storm on Saturday night. Pictured Christine Curran’s place in Halls Head.
Camera IconPerth was hit with rain and hail after a storm on Saturday night. Pictured Christine Curran’s place in Halls Head. Credit: Facebook/Supplied

Mandurah woman Lauren Holt joined a host of people from the southern suburbs to share photos of the piles of hailstones left over from Saturday evening’s downpour.

On Saturday, the city’s maximum temperature reached 17.6C before dipping to a low of 10.5C overnight.

The variation comes less than a week after the city experienced it’s warmest day in three months, hitting 26.9C on Monday.

Only 490mm of rain filled metropolitan gauges to the end of winter this year, which was 186.5mm or 27.6 per cent below the long-term average.

Showers are tipped to ease into the working week, with cloudy weather expected on Monday with a top of 18C and low of 9C.

The sunshine will return for Tuesday, with the temperature reaching above 21C, before a mid-week top on Wednesday of 27C and 29C on Thursday.

The see-sawing weather will continue on Friday, with rain forecast for Perth and a top of 25 degrees ahead of the long weekend.

Meanwhile BoM issued a severe weather warning for parts of the Great Southern and south east coast, with Albany, Esperance, Denmark, Mount Barker, Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe and Walpole expected to be hit with a thunderstorm, damaging winds, rainfall and possible hail into the evening.

The storm is predicted to bring wind gusts averaging 50 to 60kph, with peak gusts to around 100 kph, and damaging surf conditions which could cause beach erosion between Cape Naturaliste and Israelite Bay.

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