Wild weather rocks Perth

Perth saw plenty of rain over the weekend

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Perth saw plenty of rain over the weekend

Joanne Brewer, Staff reporter

Perth has been drenched by up to 90mm of rain over the weekend, with the southern suburbs bearing the brunt of the storm.

The wild weather was caused by a cold front moving through on Saturday morning causing heavy rainfall and wind gusts of between 80-90 km/h.

Continuing into Sunday, the storm intensified with Perth experiencing prolonged showers and thunderstorms that were the result of cooler air behind Saturday’s cold front.

Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson Neil Bennett said that over the weekend there was significant rainfall.

“On the Sunday, up to 9am this morning, we had 42.8mm, we had 32mm on the Saturday so over the two days we’ve had nearly 75mm,” Mr Bennett said.

The highest rainfalls were recorded at Bickley with 61mm and Swanbourne and Jandakot Airport which both received 51mm of rain.

Bickley recorded the most rain with 90mm over the two days.

Despite the heavy rain over the weekend, Mr Bennett said that Perth is still behind in the monthly rainfall average for May at 83.8mm.

“The average for May is 117mm so we’ve still got a bit to go yet. We are just over halfway through the month and it doesn’t look like there is going to be anything of any significance through until probably Sunday when we could probably see some more rain,” he said.

According to the State Emergency Service (SES) there were 131 calls for assistance during the storm, 122 of those were recorded in the Perth metropolitan area.

Mark Graham, spokesperson for the SES, said that the majority of the calls for assistance were for tree branches on roofs and leaks due to missing tiles and blocked gutters.

The SES advises people to prepare for this year’s coming storm season by checking and clearing all guttering and downpipes and by clearing debris from backyards and patio areas.

The forecast for the rest of the week is expected to be clear conditions and cooler temperatures, with rain not likely to returnĀ until at least next Sunday.