Perth weather: City to be hit with rainfall and thunderstorms this weekend despite 34C forecast

Morgan De SmidtPerthNow
A weather warning has been issued for parts of the State.
Camera IconA weather warning has been issued for parts of the State. Credit: Ross Swanborough/BoM

After a month of scorching heatwaves and the hottest February on record, many West Aussies would welcome autumn with open arms.

But perhaps we should have been careful what we had wished for!

Perth is expected to kick off the new season with rain and a maybe even a thunderstorm, with a weather warning issued for parts of the State.

The threat of a storm is forecast to linger over the weekend but the hot temperatures are tipped to stick around, with maximum temperatures of 34C.

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The Bureau has issued a severe weather warning for “damaging” easterly winds expected along the Darling Escarpment — an area east of Perth including Armadale, Harvey, Kalamunda, Midland and Pinjarra — from Saturday morning.

The warning area.
Camera IconThe warning area. Credit: BoM

Gusts are forecast to reach up to 90km, with the strongest winds expected to hit about 2am. The Bureau says the conditions are forecast to ease by about 9am.

BoM duty forecaster Catherine Schelfhout said thunderstorms were most likely to hit the Wheatbelt and Great Southern.

While temperatures were forecast to remain in the early 30s next week, she didn’t rule out a March heatwave.

“Next week’s conditions are fairly mild, we have temps ranging from 27 up to 34 so nothing extreme - it’s not unheard of for us to get very hot days in March so there’s still a chance we might have a heatwave,” she said.

In February, Perth was hit by several heatwaves. By the second week of the month, Perth had already matched the record of four days over 40C — on February 1, 2, 9, and 10 — then was hit again by scorching temperatures on February 15, 18 and 19.

Last month, Bureau Of Meteorology forecaster Robert Lawry told PerthNow the reason for the string of baking hot days was because the State was stuck in a cycle of troughs that were moving down to Perth from the north of WA, getting hotter and hotter on the way.

“By the time they get to Perth, it’s stinking hot,” Mr Lawry said.

“It’s almost a stall of the weather system.”


SATURDAY: 19-34C, possible shower

SUNDAY: 22-34C, possible storm

MONDAY: 20-28C, partly cloudy

TUESDAY: 17-30C, partly cloudy

WEDNESDAY: 17-32C, sunny

THURSDAY: 19-35C, sunny

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