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Ferry services to Rottnest Island have been cancelled over the weekend due to severe weather.

Swells of up to five metres and strong winds of up to 30 knots are expected to hit the island’s coastline from Saturday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned against any coastal activities, with a strong cold front currently sitting off Garden Island expected to sweep across Perth on Friday afternoon, bringing gale force winds, heavy showers and potential thunderstorms.

“There’s an active front of thunderstorms predicted to come through, which could mean wind gusts of up to 100km per hour,” duty forecaster Jessica Lingard said.

Camera Icon28/11/12 Credit: Lincoln Baker/WA News, Lincoln Baker/The West Australian.

She added that the high swells and choppy seas, combined with the storms, was not unusual for this time of year but said the weather conditions were “on the higher end of the scale” this weekend.

The Rottnest Express announced the company had cancelled its weekend services on its website.

“’Please Note: Due to the inclement severe weather forecast we have cancelled all ferry services on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June,” the alert on the webpage states.

WA’s big swell alert comes after a warning was issued to Sydneysiders just three days ago to avoid the water due to huge waves battering the coastline.

School children enjoy the huge surf at Austinmer Beach as a high tide combines with large swell in Wollongong, Wednesday, August 25, 2021. A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging winds and damaging surf for Sydney's metropolitan, Illawarra and south coast regions. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING
Camera IconSchool children enjoy the huge surf at Austinmer Beach as a high tide combines with large swell in Wollongong, Wednesday, August 25, 2021. A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging winds and damaging surf for Sydney’s metropolitan, Illawarra and south coast regions. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING Credit: DEAN LEWINS/AAPIMAGE

PERTH FORECAST:

Friday: 23C, showers developing.

Saturday: 18C, showers

Sunday: 18C, showers easing

Monday: 18C, partly cloudy

Tuesday: 19C, mostly sunny

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