Towering waves batter Perth coast as ‘once a year storm’ hits

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Towering waves of over 7 meters are forecast to batter the Perth coast as the first of a series of strong wintry cold fronts begin to hit the city this morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning with damaging winds and heavy rain expected to persist through Wednesday.

Perth weather radar Monday morning. Credit:nomenclature

“This weather system is expected to be windier and last longer than a typical front and is likely to produce the type of weather that is only seen once a year,” a spokesperson said.

“The cold front is expected to impact the west coast late Monday morning, pushing eastward in the afternoon.

“Significant thunderstorms are possible along the front itself as it reaches the coast, as well as in westerly winds following the passage of the front.

“Showers and thunderstorms are likely along the front, with westerly winds in its wake.”

The spokesman said significant wave heights exceeding 7 meters with periods of around 16 seconds are expected at some locations.

“Heavy surf conditions are likely to persist through Wednesday evening and tides are also likely to be higher than expected,” he said.

“Locations that could be affected include exposed coastlines near Albany, Bunbury, Geraldton, Mandurah, Margaret River and Perth.”

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