Less chance of damaging winds but some heavy rainfall likely

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There is the chance of some heavy falls from rain and thunderstorms over the weekend.

DAMAGING winds forecast for areas of the west coast on the weekend, most likely between Carnarvon and Lancelin, are no longer expected to eventuate but the Bureau of  Meteorology says an increase in rainfall across the western half of WA is likely.

Today at 8.35am BoM said ex-tropical cyclone Charlotte was located 740km west northwest of Exmouth and moving west southwest at 8km/h.

BoM said ex-tropical cyclone Charlotte was expected to remain well off the coast.

While the system would not redevelop into a tropical cyclone, gales may occur in southern and western quadrants from Friday.

The risk that the system tracks close enough to the WA coast to produce damaging winds has reduced significantly.

An increase in rainfall across the western half of WA is likely over the weekend as the system drags tropical moisture southwards.

There is the chance of some heavy falls from rain and thunderstorms over the weekend in a broad area across western parts of WA.

Tides over much of the west coast will be higher than normal over the weekend.

Yesterday about 3.40pm BoM said there was some uncertainty on the future location and wind strength within the system.

But if the system tracked close to the coast, damaging winds were possible for areas of the west coast on the weekend, most likely between Carnarvon and Lancelin.

The weather forecast for Lancelin for Saturday is 29 degrees, showers and a possible storm and for Sunday the same temperature with a possible morning storm and showers.

For Gingin on Saturday the temperature is expected to be 32 degrees with showers while the forecast for Sunday is 29 degrees and a shower or two.

Yanchep is expected to be 30 degrees on Saturday with showers and the forecast for Sunday is 28 degrees with a possible shower or storm.