Perth has woken to its coldest morning in a year, recording 3.8°C, the lowest minimum temperature since 3.4°C on 20 June 2020.
With light winds and no cloud around to blanket the South West Land Division, crisp overnight and morning conditions prevailed across a number of places, including:
- Wandering -1.6°C (coldest in 8 months)
- Southern Cross Airfield -0.2°C (coldest in 11 months)
- Bridgetown –1.3°C (coldest in 21 months
The chilly start to Friday is a taste of things to come with a cold snap starting Sunday across WA’s South West Land Division that will bring snow to the Stirling Ranges on Monday and Tuesday morning.
A cold front will approach south west WA Saturday afternoon, moving across the South West Land Division, southern Gascoyne and the Goldfields during Sunday, bringing cold, gusty and showery conditions with possible thunderstorms and small hail during Sunday.
These cold, gusty and showery conditions are forecast to continue Monday as a low-pressure system develops near the south coast and moves east during Tuesday.
Over the three-day period from Sunday to Tuesday across the South West Land Division rainfall between 10-20mm is expected with 30-70mm possible closer to the coast.
Rough ocean conditions are likely along the south coast of WA.
Unseasonal rain in the north
A band of cloud currently causing some showers will increase to rain during Monday and Tuesday in central and eastern parts of the Pilbara and northern Interior.
Daily rainfall totals of 20-50mm are possible, with isolated heavy falls up to 100mm, particularly near the east Pilbara coast during Monday and Tuesday. The rain band may even reach Broome by mid next week
Typically, during this time of year the Pilbara and the Kimberley are in their dry season, but cloud bands can still bring unseasonal rain, as has happened consistently this season.