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Pictures: Dan Avila

The south west faces the chance of a more thunderstoms after a dramatic electrical storm swept through last night.

Storm clouds built up during the day as the temperature hit 38C.


The weather bureau warns that there is a risk of severe thunderstorms developing late this morning and continuing until this evening for areas around Newman, Wiluna, Southern Cross, Bridgetown, Bunbury, Perth, Jurien Bay, Kalbarri, Minilya and Millstream.

This includes people in, near or between Newman, Meekatharra, Southern Cross, Narrogin, Bridgetown, Bunbury, Mandurah, Perth Metropolitan area, York, Dalwallinu and Northampton.

This does not include people in the towns Jurien Bay, Geraldton or Kalbarri.

"Storms may be accompanied by: heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding, large hail and damaging winds," the bureau said.

The WA Flood Warning Centre has also issued a flood warning for Nullagine.

"Isolated rainfall has been recorded in the De Grey catchment for the 24 hours to 9am Wednesday which include 10mm at Bonney Downs," the centre said.

"Isolated thunderstorms are expected for the rest of Wednesday and for the remainder of the week.

"The Nullagine River at Nullagine is currently above the minor flood level. Areas of minor flooding around Nullagine are expected to continue throughout Wednesday and into Thursday.

These spectacular pictures were taken around midnight overlooking Coogee beach and South Fremantle.

Despite the storm overnight, rainfall was isolated.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Matt Boterhoven said Perth recorded slight rainfall of 2mm, Jandakot received 4.2mm while Meekatharra recorded 44mm.

“Meekatharra had a good drop of rain from a thunderstorm,” he said.

“We have got the chance of another thunderstorm today. It’s 28C and very humid out there.”

Part-time photographer Dan Avila said the lightening was so intense he felt like it was going to crack his house in half.

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