Severe weather warnings have been issued across WA, with a cold front and severe thunderstorms expected to make landfall in Perth this afternoon.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued a weather warning on Sunday, saying a cold front and severe thunderstorms are expected to hit Perth around 2pm.

The department said Western Australians living in areas such as Perth, South West and Midwest-Gascoyne should prepare for stormy weather.

The DFES tweeted about the need for the West Aussies to “take action on severe thunderstorms” if living in areas that will be affected by worrying winds and rain.

In addition to Perth, cities including Bunbury, Geraldton, Busselton, Margaret River and Mandurah are likely to be affected by severe weather.

“Major thunderstorms with the potential to produce strong gusts, locally destructive gusts and heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding in the warning area from noon today, which is then expected to affect Perth Metro area from around 2pm and continue until afternoon,” the department wrote in a media release.

In addition to Perth, cities including Bunbury, Geraldton, Busselton, Margaret River and Mandurah are likely to be affected by severe weather.

“Major thunderstorms with the potential to produce strong gusts, locally destructive gusts and heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding in the warning area from noon today, which is then expected to affect Perth Metro area from around 2pm and continue into the afternoon,” said the department.

Warning that roads could be closed, DFES told West Aussies to be especially careful if driving in wet weather and to avoid entering “water of unknown depth and currents” with their cars.

Watch out for falling debris and power lines, as well as being careful with other drivers, is also recommended for motorists.

The ministry recommends that people not on the road stay indoors, unplug electrical appliances and keep their distance from any windows.

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