Severe weather warning: WA’s south coast to cop two months of rain in two days as flash flooding expected
A severe weather warning has been issued for WA’s south coast, with heavy rainfall expected to cause flash flooding over the next 48 hours.
A low pressure system over the south west corner of the state may bring more than two months worth of rain in two days for areas close to the coast, prompting the Bureau of Meteorology warning.
In Bremer Bay, more than 71mm of rain has fallen in the last 24 hours — just under the 77mm recorded for the entire month of July.
The heavy rainfall has prompted a warning for flash flooding in the area, with a flood watch in place for the South Coastal Rivers.
The low is currently west of Perth and is expected to drift slowly to the north east today before moving east tomorrow.
Thunderstorms associated with the low are expected to hit the state’s south coast this afternoon.
Gale-force winds are also expected for the Leeuwin Coast, Albany Coast and Esperance coast and will continue into Tuesday.
Damaging surf conditions could cause significant beach erosion, as large swells lash the coast from an unusual south east direction.
The worst hit regions will be between Albany and Esperance.
It comes as showers hit Perth on Monday morning, with 5mm of rain falling on the city for the start of the working week.
The worst yet to come for the metro area, with more than double that rainfall expected to drench the city this afternoon and into the early evening.
Showers are expected to ease tomorrow morning.
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