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Perth weathers rain and wind
This tree crashed through a backyard fence and blocked part of Walter Road in Morley after storms overnight. Picture: Melanie Coram

Parts of Perth have slept through their wettest night in over a year and the rain is expected to continue into next week.

A cold front has dropped nearly 50mm of rain on Swanbourne since 9am yesterday – the highest 24-hour rainfall for Swanbourne since 56.8mm in May last year.

The metropolitan area copped the brunt of the rain, with Perth recording 26.6mm and Collie topping the South West with 18.8mm.

SES volunteers responded to 14 storm-related call-outs across Perth, but there were no reports of severely damaged buildings.

Wind gusts in excess of 70kmh were seen at Ocean Reef and Rottnest.

The cloud cover brought warmer overnight temperatures, though, with most suburbs recording double-figure minimums.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mark Paul said there was a chance of hail and thunderstorms for Perth this morning.

He said the wet weather would persist across the south of the State after today’s storm activity.

“The cold front that’s pushing through the south of the state is going to combine with a rain band from the north,” he said.

“Once we get rid of this system the thunderstorms should move away and we’ll see the shower activity setting in.

“From tomorrow, the only thunderstorms should be in the far Eucla.

“Another cold front’s coming through on Saturday, so storms are a possibility.”

There is a chance of morning storms in the Goldfields, Wheatbelt, Great Southern and Eucla regions.

The West Australian

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