Australia

Severe weather to hit WA

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Western Australia's southwest on Saturday.

A severe weather warning has been issued for Western Australia's southwest, with damaging winds and heavy rain forecast to hit the region.

The Bureau of Meteorology says a strong cold front will move across the area on Saturday, bringing wind gusts of up to 100km/h along with heavy rain, thunderstorms and possible flash flooding.

Areas to be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth.

"The potential for damaging winds commences from around 3pm Saturday in coastal parts between Jurien Bay and the South West Capes, including the Perth Metropolitan area," Emergency WA said.

"This area will extend eastwards to include Narrogin, Katanning and Albany by 8pm and to Hyden and Hopetoun by around midnight Saturday.

"Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is possible over the warning area."

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