Rain hits WA’s south as north on a heat run

Natalie Richards and Jackson Lavell-LeeThe West Australian
VideoFrom 42 to 22 in just three days, Perth's weather has seen it all.

WA’s weather was a tale of two extremes today, as unseasonal heavy rain and wind battered the South West while up north, Newman broke a record for its longest stretch of high temperatures.

Cape Leeuwin was soaked by 57mm of rain by 8am — its biggest daily January rainfall since records began 123 years ago and more than three times the average for the month.

Gusts in the notoriously windy cape peaked at 80km/h about 3am yesterday.

Witchcliffe, near Margaret River, was drenched by 41.4mm of rain, breaking the previous record of 27.8mm in January 2007. The downpour was more than four times the average for the month.

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VideoSouth Eastern Australia is facing more extreme conditions this week.

In Busselton, 20.4mm of rain fell in the gauge, more than 5mm more than the January average for the holiday city while the famous jetty recorded gusts of up to 72km/h.

Dunsborough local Candice McKiernan said she had to rush home from work to deal with a tree that had fallen on to her property.

“Our shed and fence got squished but nothing too bad happened inside,” she said.

“It’s just been crazy weather all of a sudden.”

VideoPerth's weather forecast.

Busselton resident Pat Abbott said she had to prepare for the record winds.

“I’ve been rugged up all day and it’s January,” she said.

“We might even have to wear rain jackets at the Busselton Cup tomorrow night.”

The North West town of Newman recorded its 30th day in a row of temperatures above 40C.

While the Eastern States complained about a few sweltering days, Newman broke its previous record of 29 consecutive days without a reprieve from 40C-plus temperatures.

Kimberley communities were warned of a possible cyclone that could bring heavy rain and damaging winds.

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