Perth set for down­pour as ex-trop­i­cal Cy­clone heads south

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Perth could see five times its monthly av­er­age rain­fall in one day when the rem­nants of ex-trop­i­cal Cy­clone Joyce ar­rive in the metro area after track­ing south from the Kim­ber­ley.

The cy­clone was down­graded to a trop­i­cal low on Satur­day, but the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy warned the sys­tem was still bring­ing dam­ag­ing winds and the risk of flood­ing.

BOM duty fore­caster Pete Clegg said Perth res­i­dents could be in for a sur­prise.

“Five to 10 mil­lime­tres would be the av­er­age amount of rain­fall that we’d get out of a cold front in Perth.

“You’re talk­ing of get­ting 30 to 50 mil­lime­tres — ob­vi­ously a fair bit more than that — and def­i­nitely not what you’d [or­di­nar­ily] get in sum­mer, like you’re see­ing to­day, a nice sunny clear day,” Mr Clegg said. The pop­u­lar Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park near Tom Price has re­mained closed after rangers moved peo­ple out of the camp­sites and Kar­i­jini Eco Re­treat on Fri­day.

Del­uge could reach south of Perth

Perth could see heavy rain from late Sun­day through to tom­morow morn­ing.

“It’s still a lit­tle bit un­cer­tain ex­actly how much we’ll get, be­cause as far as the track of the low as it comes down through the South West Land Di­vi­sion it may push off­shore, in which case those heav­ier falls could re­main to the north-west of us,” Mr Clegg said.

“But cer­tainly it looks likely that we’ll see at least more rain­fall than you’d ex­pect for an av­er­age Jan­uary day.

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