Wild weather lashes coast

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Large seas off the South Coast have made for spectacular viewing.
Camera IconLarge seas off the South Coast have made for spectacular viewing. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

It was a wet and blustery end to the weekend as wild weather hit the south coast.

Wind gusts of 124km/h were recorded at Cape Leeuwin, while the Albany Airport recorded winds up to 91km/h — the strongest in the region — about 8pm on Sunday.

The Gap from Sharp Point.
Camera IconThe Gap from Sharp Point. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Severe weather warnings were in place over the weekend as a cold front brought in damaging winds, high swells and heavy rain.

Albany’s major tourist attraction The Gap was a popular spot over the weekend as many locals and visitors enjoyed the huge swells.

Albany also experienced hail and thunderstorms on Sunday night.

Large seas off the South Coast have made for spectacular viewing.
Camera IconLarge seas off the South Coast have made for spectacular viewing. Credit: Laurie Benson/Pictures: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Albany Airport recorded 17.6mm of rain on Saturday and 2.2mm on Sunday, making a total of 74.mm for the month. The average July rainfall is 119.3mm.

A significant swell was also running off the coast, with peaks of up to 8m recorded.

The State Emergency Service said there was no significant damage inflicted and crews attended no call-outs over the weekend.

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