Perth weather: City smashes average March rainfall in just 24 hours in wet start to Autumn

The West Australian
VideoThe wet weather will continue for the rest of the week before clearing for the weekend

It took just 24 hours for Perth to smash its average rainfall total for March as thunderstorms battered the city yesterday and locals can expect more of the same over the next few days.

Monday’s 26.2mm drenching blasted through the 19.7mm March average and, with showers and possible storms forecast through until Thursday, umbrellas will continue to be a must-have accessory.

Across the WA, Mount Noddy near Northam was the wettest yesterday, copping a 49.6mm soaking.

The rain gauge at Bickley collected 30.6mm, the highest of any metropolitan station.

Little farmers Archer, 3, right, with sister Goldie Lee-Steere, 2, enjoy some puddles in Toodyay.
Camera IconLittle farmers Archer, 3, right, with sister Goldie Lee-Steere, 2, enjoy some puddles in Toodyay. Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian

Up to another 40mm is predicated to fall this week, with Bureau duty forecaster Mark Paul saying a storm warning may be issued later today.

But there’s a long way to go before the monthly rainfall record is threatened. That was recorded in March 1935 when 145.2mm fell. The modern record, after the bureau’s recording station was moved, was in 2013, when 69.6mm fell.

Friday is expected to be our first rain-free day this week with partly cloudy conditions in the mid to high 20Cs taking us into the weekend.

PERTH FORECAST

TODAY

Max: 31

Shower or two. Possible storm

Possible rainfall: 1-5mm

WEDNESDAY

Min: 21

Max: 26

Showers. Possible storm

Possible rainfall: 6-20mm

THURSDAY

Min: 20

Max: 25

Shower or two, possible storm

Possible rainfall: 3-15mm

FRIDAY

Min: 20

Max: 27

Partly cloudy

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