Perth weather: Residents warned to expect damaging winds, heavy rainfall, hail as thunderstorms hit Perth

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Residents have been warned to expect possible damaging winds, heavy rainfall and hail.
Camera IconResidents have been warned to expect possible damaging winds, heavy rainfall and hail. Credit: Lincoln Baker/WA News

Residents have been warned to expect possible damaging winds, heavy rainfall and hail as thunderstorms continue to sweep Perth over the next few days.

Thunderstorms over Perth today brought some rainfall, but it was barely enough to register in the city’s rain gauges. Although further north, Badgingarra received 12.6mm in the space of about half an hour.

High levels of humidity, a slow moving surface trough of low pressure and favourable conditions mean thunderstorms are possible for the South West Land Division, including the Perth metro area for much of this week, Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Neil Bennett said.

Mr Bennett said the isolated nature of the thunderstorms meant some suburbs could miss out entirely while other could be hit hard.

The thunderstorm activity is not out of the ordinary, with Perth experiencing on average of two days in February when thunderstorms occur.

Tropical Cyclone Ferdinand, which formed off the northern WA coast at 8am on Monday, is 730km north of Port Hedland and moving to the south west at 11km/h. However, it is not expected to pose any threat to the WA mainland.

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