Cold fronts with rain and strong winds will hit southern Western Australia in the first week of August


Cold fronts are forecast to bring wet and windy weather to the southern part of the state of Western Australia over the next week from Monday August 1st.

Australian meteorologists have predicted that the weather system will bring strong winds, rainfall and dangerous surf conditions to the said region.

The Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) released the weather forecast on Friday July 29, warning that a series of strong cold fronts are expected to produce strong gale force winds for most of the first week of August.

The bad weather is caused by a system on the coast off Western Australia.

The weather phenomenon is unique but common at the same time at this time of year in Australia, which is currently on its winter season from June to August.

Since late May, there have been instances of cold fronts over Australia bringing cold air from Antarctica, causing heavy snowfall accompanied by precipitation.

While the current cold front is not expected to pose life-threatening hazards, coastal areas are exposed to large waves due to surf conditions.

Weather forecast for the cold front

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The BoM said the front will cross Australia’s west coast from Monday morning and the severe weather is expected to persist until Wednesday evening August 3.

Flash floods due to torrential rains are also expected; with heavy showers accumulating between 50 and 100 millimetres, affecting coastal areas of Geraldton and Albany.

Meanwhile, 10 to 30 millimeters of rain should cover interior areas.

Although ground flooding is possible, the Australian Meteorological Agency said river flooding is unlikely at this time.

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Damaging winds and surf conditions

The agency also pointed out that damaging wind gusts could reach around 100 kilometers per hour in the southern half of Western Australia.

Additionally, said dangerous surf conditions can result in total wave heights of seven to 10 meters between Shark Bay and Esperance.

Coastal erosion is also possible in the areas mentioned above. This implies that flood waters from the ocean could enter the mainland and affect sites close to the coast.

During a hurricane, strong winds from the storm system push water into the shore.

This causes a weather phenomenon called storm surge, which is almost similar to coastal erosion or coastal flooding.

Coastal erosion is a combination of storm surge, as well as high tide and wave conditions, according to the National Tidal and Sea Level Facility (NTSLF), which reports to the National Oceanography Center (NOC).

Climate Australia

The impending cold front comes weeks after heavy rains and flash flooding forced thousands to flee their homes in Sydney and other parts of New South Wales in early July, according to Reuters.

Rainy weather in Australia is always possible, even during its winter season.

This is because Australia’s climate is governed by relative warming and cooling based on the sun’s movement south or north across the equator.

In this context, the country of Oceania has a total of four seasons, including spring, summer and autumn.

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