Over one million lightning strikes hit WA


Severe thunderstorms developed in the Gascoyne and Central West districts of WA on Sunday, lashing the region with fierce wind gusts and intense bursts of rain.  

Over one million lightning strikes were detected in WA on Sunday and Monday morning along a low-pressure trough extending across large areas of the state.  

The unstable weather proved difficult for firefighters on Sunday with several fires burning across the state, including an out-of-control fire near Mount Sheila in the Pilbara region that broke containment lines. 

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Image: @jaz.stewart.photography lightning fire Flora Valley WA on Sunday, October 12 

Strong wind gusts and heavy rain were recorded in thunderstorms across central WA on Sunday, with Mount Keith recording a 87km/h wind gust at 6pm WST. The storm that passed over the town brought also brought 7mm of rain in just 7 minutes on Sunday evening. 

The thunderstorm activity has continued on Monday morning as the stationary low pressure trough continues to trigger storms across parts of the NT, SA and WA. 

The satellite image below shows the thunderstorm activity near Perth and extending into the Central Wheat Belt district on Monday morning. 


Image: Satellite and lightning data for the 3 hours leading up to 8:30am WST on Monday, October 13. 

Widespread thunderstorms are expected to continue for the next 72 hours extending from the western Top End in the NT to western SA and southern WA.  

Rainfall should be heaviest in the northwest Top End and southern inland areas of WA, where 30-60mm could fall in 24 hours under thunderstorms. 

Image: ECMWF accumulated rainfall in the 72 hours leading up to 8pm on Wednesday, October 15 

Within the trough, severe thunderstorms are forecast to develop, so please keep an eye out for the latest warnings here.  

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