Australia: WA drenched, wettest July in 13 years in parts

(Weatherzone) -- Widespread rain once again drenched much of WA on Wednesday, lifting rain totals for July above average across most western and southern regions.

Heavy falls hit the west coast early Wednesday morning as a front moved in from the Indian Ocean. Bickley received 79mm by 9am, their heaviest rain in seven years. Nearby Mundaring's 64mm was their highest fall in five months but heaviest July fall in seven years.

The front also brought strong winds to the southwest of the state with gusts reaching 98 km/h at Cape Leeuwin at around 7am.

The rain will ease during Thursday as the front heads into SA but another front will bring further rain to southwest WA during the weekend.

In the Central Wheat Belt, Goomalling has now received 120mm this month, around double the long term average and wettest July in 13 years. The welcome rain has significantly boosted the states crop prospects.