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Records broken as wild weather whips through South West

South Western Times

Wind gusts up to 76km/h whipped through Bunbury as unseasonal weather swept through the South West on Tuesday night and throughout yesterday.

As a low-pressure system crossed the coast, the weather was even wilder at Cape Naturaliste, where record gusts of 104km/h were measured around 9am yesterday.

At Busselton Jetty there were gusts of up to 87km/h.

“We are not sure if that is a record or not but there was certainly some substantial strength,” Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Neil Bennett said.

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While just over 7mm of rain was recorded on Tuesday night in Bunbury, further south at Cape Leeuwin there was 57.2mm of rain up to 9am on yesterday, which broke a 48-year-old record for the most rain on a January day.

A new January rainfall record was also set at Witchcliffe, where 43.8mm of rain fell in the same period.

Winds were expected to ease yesterday afternoon, while there is still a chance of showers today.

Conditions are expected to clear tomorrow, with maximums predicted to be in the high 20s for South West towns on Australia Day.

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