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Heavy rain and strong winds lash Perth and the south west

Heavy rain and strong winds lash Perth and the south west

Perth and the south west have been drenched overnight as heavy rain fell across parts of WA.

The downpours began yesterday afternoon and rain has continued to bucket down this morning.

In Perth, Bickley recorded the highest rainfall with 38.6mm falling since 9am yesterday, Jandakot recorded 39mm while Busselton Airport recorded 17mm.

Rain gauges across the south west are expected to provide some pretty impressive readings when they are updated at 9am.

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Strong wind also hit the state as Busselton Jetty recorded wind gusts of up to 102 km/h, Cape Naturaliste recorded 89 km/h while Mandurah was also hit hard with gusts of up to 83 km/h.

The severe weather warning has been cancelled, however gusty showers are expected to continue throughout the day and the situation will be monitored and further warnings issued if necessary.

Tides will be higher than expected between Kalbarri and Albany, particularly during this morning. Damaging surf conditions may cause beach erosion between Bunbury and Walpole today.

The wet and stormy weather is expected to last for much of the week.

Perth forecast:

Today - 18C and showers

Wednesday - 19C and showers increasing

Thursday - 21C and possible storm

Friday - 17C and possible storm

Saturday -18C and a shower or two

Sunday - 19C and partly cloudy