Perth facing severe weather, floods


Perth is facing severe winter weather and flooding as a strong cold front is expected to barrel over Western Australia's southwest on Sunday evening.

The front is expected to hit Perth after 6pm.

"This cold front is expected to be windier than a typical front, and is likely to produce the kind of weather that is only seen around twice a year," the Bureau of Meteorology said in a statement.

A severe weather warning has been issued with widespread damaging wind gusts to 100km/h for the state's southwest and isolated gusts to 125km/h.

The blustery conditions could damage homes and make travel dangerous, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services has warned.

Heavy rain in the last week has caused river rises in the southwest.

There's been above average rainfall for Perth in July and August but the 88mm that fell in June was only half the 172.9mm average.