Wild weather smashes Perth record for longest summer thunder

The West Australian
Lightning over Perth.
Camera IconLightning over Perth. Credit: Syan Dougherty/twitter/supplied

Perth’s wild weather over the last week has broken records as the city experienced its first five consecutive days of thunder and lightning in the summer months.

A severe storm hit the metropolitan area on Tuesday afternoon, flooding roads, tearing roofs off homes, uprooting trees and trapping some people in their cars.

On Thursday night came another severe weather warning from Gingin to Mandurah as a freak electrical show filled Perth’s skyline.

Motorists battled wet roads on the Mitchell Freeway on Friday morning.
Camera IconMotorists battled wet roads on the Mitchell Freeway on Friday morning. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

The Perth area today recorded its fifth consecutive day of thunderstorm activity, which the Bureau of Meteorology said was a record for the summer months.

On average, Perth has around two days of thunderstorms in February.

The wild weather continued this afternoon, with two separate weather systems delivering heavy rainfall and thunderstorms to the North East and South West of the State.

The city under a clouded sky as commuters head towards the city at 7.30am today.
Camera IconThe city under a clouded sky as commuters head towards the city at 7.30am today. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

In the Kimberley, the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Esther produced 170mm of rain in the 24 hours up to 9am .

The heavy falls from the cyclone are expected to move to the south over the next three days, with just a low risk it will re-intensifying to Tropical Cyclone strength.

Flood Watches are in place for the Kimberley, Fitzroy and Sandy Desert Rivers.

BOM is also continuing to monitor Tropical Cyclone Ferdinand off the coast north of Exmouth.

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