Strong front to bring wild weather

Phoebe WearneThe West Australian
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UPDATE 3pm: Damaging winds are expected to pummel a stretch of WA coast from Geraldton to Albany tonight and tomorrow.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for for destructive winds, damaging winds, heavy rain and abnormally high tides for people in the Central West, Lower West, South West, South Coastal, South East Coastal, Great Southern and Central Wheat Belt forecast districts.

"These cold fronts are expected to be windier than typical cold fronts, and are

likely to produce the kind of weather that is only seen once or twice a year," the Weather Bureau says.

"This is for people in parts of WA southwest of a line from Jurien Bay to Merredin to Hyden to Israelite Bay. This includes people in, near or between the following towns: Jurien Bay, York, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Bridgetown, Narrogin, Katanning, Albany, Esperance, Mandurah and the Perth metropolitan area."

The deep low and associated strong cold front is expected to cross the south-west of the State late tonight and early tomorrow morning.

"The weather systems are likely to cause widespread damaging winds to 100km/h that could result in damage to property. In isolated areas dangerous gusts in excess of 125km/h could cause

significant damage," it said. "Damaging winds and dangerous gusts are likely to develop south-west of a line Jurien Bay to Merredin to Bremer Bay after 11pm, and then south-west of a line Walpole

to Narrogin to Hyden to Israelite Bay after 8am Sunday."

Higher than normal tides could cause flooding in low-lying coastal areas between Perth and Albany.

Dangerous surf conditions are likely which could cause significant beach erosion.

A gale warning has been issued for tomorrow, with areas around Perth, Geraldton, Lancelin, Bunbury, Leeuwin, Albany, Esperance and Eucla tipped to be battered by strong winds.

Conditions should ease for a period during Sunday afternoon, before another strong cold front

moves over the southwest late Sunday evening and during Monday.

Clouds and isolated showers are forecast for Perth this afternoon.

The maximum temperature today is expected to reach 21C.

A maximum of 19C, clouds, isolated thunderstorms, heavy early showers and possible damaging winds are forecast for Perth tomorrow morning.

The Weather Bureau says farmers in the Great Southern, Central Wheat Belt, Central West and South Coastal districts should be aware that cold temperatures, severe thunderstorms and strong westerly winds are expected on Sunday, posing a high risk of lamb and sheep losses if livestock are exposed to the weather.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should store or weigh down loose objects such as outdoor furniture; have an emergency kit with a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit; ensure pets and animals are in a safe area, move vehicles under cover; boat owners should securely moor their boats; campers should find shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams.

If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.

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