Severe weather: Shock as hail storm hits Perth’s Curtin University
Parts of Perth have been smashed by hail as a storm passed over the city on Tuesday, with Curtin University appearing to cop the worst of it.
Grounds around the university were blanketed in white after a thunderstorm produced a wintry blast.
There have also been reports of hail in Pearsall, Pearce air base and Herne Hill.
The Bell Tower Times posted incredible vision of the aftermath, writing: “Time to get that Aldi snow gear out.”
Main Roads WA has warned motorists to take care after Stirling Highway southbound was flooded.
And in the South West, staff at the Busselton Jetty recorded footage of hail falling near the end of the timber structure.
“It's snowing at the end of the Jetty today,” staff at the jetty wrote.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Jessica Lingard said thunderstorms had passed over the city on Tuesday morning, producing the icy shower and more could be on the way.
“We’ve still got some more (thunderstorms) developing off the coast so absolutely the risk of small hail is going to be with us for the rest of the afternoon,” she said.
“We have a low pressure system moving over tonight and into tomorrow so that will bring some more cold air, and more chance of small hail as well.”
Ms Lingard said hail was a common side effect of thunderstorms.
“It is not unusual to get hail stones out of storms through summer, that’s nothing unusual, a dusting quite like this one is interesting,” she said.
“A thunderstorm has a really nice updraft which sort of sucks the air upward into the cloud and, because it is so cold up there, that allows the water droplets to remain suspended in the air rather than falling down due to gravity.
“That’s how little hail stones can form and when they get too big, gravity overcomes the updraft strength and that’s why they fall out.”
Ms Lingard said weather conditions would start to improve tomorrow and into the evening as a ridge of high pressure in the south of the state pushed the bad weather over to the east, and she promised the sun would return for the end of the week and the weekend.
Tuesday: 17C — Showers, possible storm, 4-10mm
Wednesday: 9-18C — Showers, 10-15mm
Thursday: 7-20 — Partly cloudy
Friday: 9-21C — Partly cloudy
Saturday: 10-25C — Sunny
Sunday: 11-25C — Mostly sunny
Monday: 12-23C — Mostly sunny
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