Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for Widespread Damaging Winds with Locally Destructive Gusts and Abnormally High
For people in areas southwest of a line from Geraldton, Merredin to Hopetoun
including Geraldton, Perth, Bunbury, Busselton and Albany.
Issued at 11:30 am on Thursday 17 July 2008
The passage of cold fronts in a strong westerly airstream is expected to cause
widespread damaging winds to 100 kilometres per hour during Friday. There is
also the potential for locally destructive gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per
hour. Severe winds are expected to develop about the west coast by mid Friday
morning then extend to remaining parts during the day. Thunderstorms with hail
and local heavy rainfall are possible.
Higher than normal tides may result in inundation of low-lying coastal areas
along west coastal parts close to the expected high tide at 9 am on Friday
morning. Heavy surf conditions are forecast and significant beach erosion is
The FESA - State Emergency Service advises that people should secure loose items
and stay indoors when strong winds develop. Boat owners should ensure that small
craft are securely moored. Driving conditions will be hazardous. Should flooding
occur, avoid flooded roads, watercourses and floodways in the vicinity until
safe to proceed.
The next warning will be issued by 4:00 pm Thursday
This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au
or call 1300 659 213.
another forecast with hail in it... last time we had this type of forecast... well you know what happened ... a fizzer!
Forecast for Thursday
A few showers during the afternoon increasing this evening. The chance of a
thunderstorm. N/NW winds becoming fresh and gusty later.
Precis: Showers increasing. Storm risk.
City: Max 18
Mandurah: Max 16
UV Alert: Nil , UV Index predicted to reach 2 [Low]
Forecast for Friday
Windy. Showery periods with possible thunderstorms and hail. Strong to gale
force westerly winds.
Precis: Windy. Showers, thunderstorm, hail.
City: Min 10 Max 16
Mandurah: Min 11 Max 15
Saturday Shower or two clearing. Min 6 Max 15
Sunday Fine. Min 2 Max 16
Monday Fine. Min 2 Max 16
Tuesday Fine. Min 3 Max 17
Wednesday Late showers . Min 6 Max 20