Whyalla has been lashed with strong winds of up to 76km/hr as a dynamic cold front moves across the western Eyre Peninsula.
The winds, which have stirred up raised dust and blown it across the town, have reached sustained speeds of 50km/hr. Despite the overcast skies, Whyalla is yet to get much rain out of the cold front.
Bureau of Meteorology Senior Forecaster Simon Timcke says because the conditions in Whyalla and surrounds are so dry, most of the rain is evaporating before it hits the ground.
“It’s trying to rain right now but we’re struggling to get much on the ground,” he said.
Fortunately Mr Timcke believes as the change continues to move over the Eyre Peninsula, the amount of moisture in the air will increase, and more rain should hit the ground.
Western parts of the Eyre Peninsula have had falls of as much as 12 millimeters, but Mr Timcke doesn’t expect Whyalla to get that much.
“Hopefully we’ll see around two to five millimeters,” he said.