Cold fronts deliver first taste of winter to region

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Picture: Callum Hunter
Camera IconPicture: Callum Hunter Credit: South Western Times

A series of cold fronts crossing the South West brought the first taste of winter to Bunbury over the past six days.

Heavy falls on Thursday night and Friday morning and persistent rain from early on Saturday afternoon through to Sunday morning helped ensure more than 77mm fell in the Bureau of Meteorology’s official gauge.

Winds remained consistently above 30km/h during the five day period except for lulls on Friday and Saturday night.

Gusts of 76km/h were recorded early Friday morning and up to 70km/h on Thursday evening.

Saturday’s maximum wind gusts were just below 60km late in the morning before almost reaching 70km/h again on Sunday and peaking at 78km/h yesterday.

Elsewhere in the region more than 80mm of rain fell in Busselton where wind gusts in excess of 100km/h were recorded at the Busselton jetty on Saturday.

Severe weather warnings were issued for the South West on Thursday and remained in place for all areas along the south coast until Saturday.

By Sunday the bureau had issued another warning encompassing the entire region as the third cold front of the weekend approached with the potential to bring damaging winds and surf as well as abnormally high tides.

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