Southern WA produces coldest morning for 2021

Bureau of Meteorology records low temperatures in Perth, Mandurah and South West in the early hours of June 18, 2021.
Bureau of Meteorology records low temperatures in Perth, Mandurah and South West in the early hours of June 18, 2021.

Getting out of bed was difficult for most of us on Friday June 18 as southern WA records its coldest temperature for the year so far.

The Bureau of Meteorology announced that Perth woke up to its coldest morning of the year with a 3.8 degrees the minimum temperature.

The lowest temperature was last recorded on June 20, 2020.

However, places like Dwellingup and Bunbury recorded even lower temperatures this morning.

At 7.51am, Dwellingup recorded a chilly 0.6 degrees while Bunbury went down to 1.8 degrees at 7.07am.

Busselton Airport recorded 3.8 degrees at 12.18am, Witchcliffe hit 4.4 degrees at 2.08am and Mandurah was 8.2 degrees at 7.49am.

With light winds and no cloud around to blanket the South West Land Division, crisp overnight and morning conditions prevailed across a number of places, including:

  • Wandering -1.6°C (coldest in 8 months)
  • Southern Cross Airfield -0.2°C (coldest in 11 months)
  • Bridgetown -1.3°C (coldest in 21 months)

The chilly start to June 18 is a taste of things to come with a cold snap starting Sunday, June 20 across the South West land division which is expected to bring snow to the Stirling Ranges on Monday and Tuesday morning.

A cold front will approach south west WA Saturday afternoon, moving across the South West Land Division, southern Gascoyne and the Goldfields during Sunday, bringing cold, gusty and showery conditions with possible thunderstorms and small hail during Sunday.

These cold, gusty and showery conditions are forecast to continue Monday as a low-pressure system develops near the south coast and moves east during Tuesday.

Over the three-day period from Sunday to Tuesday across the South West Land Division rainfall between 10-20mm is expected with 30-70mm possible closer to the coast.

Rough ocean conditions are likely along the south coast of WA.

This story Frosty morning for most of the South West first appeared on Bunbury Mail.