Perth weather: Severe thunderstorm alert for Perth as downpours continue

The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled its severe thunderstorm warning for the Perth metropolitan area, with vigorous winds exceeding 100km/h in some areas and hail hitting others earlier in the morning.

In case it wasn’t already apparent, there was a 100 per cent chance of rain in Perth on Wednesday, along with blistering winds proving cause for a few unhappy quokkas over on Rottnest.

Meanwhile, it “hailed like crazy” up in the Perth Hills, according to a resident.

Photos published to the Glen Forrest Community Facebook page reveal marble-sized hail stones pockmarking the normally tranquil town.

Camera IconHail in Glen Forrest. Credit: Shelley Wakeham

The Bureau had warned people of the Lower West to expect squally showers and thunderstorms through the morning, thanks to a trough embedded in a “vigorous westerly flow”, but later updated its outlook to advise the threat of damaging wind gusts with thunderstorms had eased.

Rottnest airport was hardest hit by the early buffeting winds, reaching a maddening 103km/h at the island at 5.20am, followed by Garden Island at 98km/h and Swanbourne at 96km/h.

While the immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, the Bureau said it would continue to monitor the situation and issue further warnings if necessary.

Stay tuned.

Seven-day forecast

  • Wednesday – Showers. Possible storm. 16C
  • Thursday – Becoming cloudy. 5-17C
  • Friday – Cloudy 10-18C
  • Saturday – Partly cloudy. 8-20C
  • Sunday – Becoming cloudy. 7-20C
  • Monday – Sunny. 8-19C
  • Tuesday – Mostly sunny. 8-20C

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