The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a weather warning for Western Australia. While Perth is currently enjoying 22 degrees of mostly sun and light winds, this is soon to be replaced by a practised 14-degree weather and rain, descending into a possible storm on Saturday.
Things should settle in and around Perth by the 22nd, according to BOM. This weather will be the first significant cold weather to affect WA this year.
Marine wind warnings were issued 10:24 a.m. WST on Friday May 20 lasting until Saturday May 21 as well as gale warnings in place for Leeuwin Coast, Albany Coast and Bunbury Geographe Coast.
There are strong wind warnings in place for Esperance Coast, Perth Local Waters, Perth Coast and Lancelin Coast well as wind warnings for Saturday 21 May, with gale warnings in place for and strong wind warning for a lot of WA.
BOM warns that this upcoming weather event has the likelihood to have widespread winds that are likely to cause significant damage to property and homes.
This weather will also bring higher-than-normal tides in the lower-lying coastal areas. Surfers should avoid all beaches as these conditions are likely to cause beach erosion.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services have issued some helpful advice:
- Put cars away undercover.
- Weigh down or put away loose objects, for example, any outdoor furniture.
- Prepare an emergency kit that includes a battery-operated radio as well as other items, for instance, a first aid kit and a torch.
- Keep pets inside and safe.
- Make sure boats are secure.
- Campers need to find shelter away from power lines, streams, trees, and drains.
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By David Francis