Finally, the prayers for rain have been answered – it is raining in Australia, after a long time of raging fires going on, killing not only the habitat but also its inhabitants. Australia has received heavy rain, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods.
The pouring rains have already helped to extinguish 32 bushfires in New South Wales alone, as the number of fires fell from 120 to 88 on Thursday. The Bureau of Meteorology said that they are expecting 30 and 80mm worth of rain in the east of New South Wales, between Thursday and Sunday. Although more fires have also been warned to occur, people are speculating that this rain might finally bring relief to the exhausted firefighters who have been battling the deadly flames for over three months now.
Finally, it is raining in Australia!
The local meteorology bureau reports that there were some “good falls” in the state of New South Wales, which is the part of the country where many of the most damaging bushfires occurred. New South Wales Rural Fire Service shared a video of the rainfall and wrote: “Relief is here for a number of firefighters working across NSW. Although this rain won’t extinguish all fires, it will certainly go a long way towards containment.”
And what’s better, wetter season it’s on its way, which will finally give the exhausted firefighters some time to rest.
The meteorology bureau has also reported that “The hit & miss nature of thunderstorms means it’s difficult to forecast exactly where the heaviest rain will be—some parts of bushfire & drought-affected eastern Australia could see 50–100 mm over the next few days; while others may see very little.”
32 bushfires have been already put out with the help of rain
The regions of New South Wales and Victoria, have received approximately 15mm of rain. And it came at the right time, as these two regions were needing it so desperately this Wednesday and Thursday. The severe thunderstorms have also caused flooding in Melbourne. While the rain has dampened the fires, more than 80 of them continue burning in the New South Wales area and 18 of them – in Victoria.