Wet end to winter for southern WA

30 Aug, 2010 04:11 AM
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Southern parts of Western Australia are likely to see a wet end to winter with a developing trough set to deepen over the area in the next few days.

The rain may well be welcomed by the Southwest Land Division which has suffered below average rainfall this winter with most areas only receiving up to 60 per cent of what is normally expected in the winter season.

The dry conditions have been particularly evident in August. Perth has only received 55mm this month, well below the average of 128mm. Further south, Bunbury has also suffered, receiving less than half of their August average with 58mm.

The below average rainfall can in part be attributed to a lack of strong frontal systems that would normally trigger rainfall.

The coming rain will be triggered by an approaching front and trough but will not be enough to replenish winter rainfall totals.

The southwest can expect rainfall totals of up to 15mm from Sunday to Tuesday. The Goldfields and Eucla are likely to see up to 15mm as the trough moves east on Monday and Tuesday.

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