Perth weather: Hail, rain and wild weather wreak havoc in WA

Kate PhillipsThe West Australian
VideoPerth recorded 20mm of rain in just 30 minutes on Tuesday morning

Perth was hit with wild weather on Tuesday morning, blanketing suburbs in hail and causing traffic chaos.

The severe weather system, which swept across the southern half of WA, caused hail stones ‘as large as Maltesers’ to fall near some homes.

Heavy rain has also bucketed down, with Perth almost doubling its November average rainfall in just one hour.

The huge ‘Malteser-sized’ hail.
Camera IconThe huge ‘Malteser-sized’ hail. Credit: WA Incident Alerts
Perth Weather - Lachy Gatland
Not just possible. It’s been hailing for the better part of 15 minutes here in Winthrop
Camera IconHail in Winthrop Credit: Lachy Gatland /Instagram

So far, 40.4mm of rain was recorded in Perth, while 16.8mm was been recorded in Swanbourne.

Lightning also lit up the sky, with more than 100,000 strikes recorded overnight in WA’s South West alone.

And, with the wild weather came the chaos on the roads.

The left lane at the Erindale Road entry ramp to Mitchell Freeway southbound was blocked after a car rollover.

Main Roads said traffic was heavy on approach and urged drivers to take care.

Tonkin Highway in Bayswater was flooded, impacting the left lane south bound in Guildford.

While the left lane of Orrong Road northbound at Roberts Road in Lathlain was also blocked due to flooding.

Hail lands on a trampoline.
Camera IconHail lands on a trampoline. Credit: WA Incident Alerts
Handfuls of hail fell in backyards across WA.
Camera IconHandfuls of hail fell in backyards across WA. Credit: WA Incident Alerts

The Bureau of Meteorology says a stagnant trough through the eastern part of the State, combined with an unusually moist air mass over the region, produced the severe thunderstorms.

Severe weather warnings for the Lower West district and the western Goldfields have now been cancelled.

The rain and stormy weather is expected to clear up this afternoon, with a fine and sunny day predicted for tomorrow.

PERTH FORECAST

Tuesday: 22C, morning storm.

Wednesday: 23C, sunny.

Thursday: 24C, sunny.

Friday: 26C, sunny.

Saturday: 28C, sunny.

Sunday: 31C, mostly sunny.

Monday: 30C, mostly sunny.

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