Firefighters rejoice as heavy rain begins to fall across the state
Heavy rainfall is expected to fall on multiple firegrounds across New South Wales, bringing welcome relief for firefighters still battling 88 blazes.
30 to 80 millimetres of rain is predicted to fall in some areas of the state between Thursday and Sunday, with widespread storms also expected.
The hard-hit South Coast could receive up to 30mm, Sydney is forecasting up to 20mm but the state’s west and south-west are expected to miss out.
Hey #Sydney! You’re looking mighty fine under that #rain this morning! Best fall overnight in the metro 18mm at #Penrith. Today the chance of a #thunderstorm in the Sydney basin, mainly this afternoon and evening, with possible heavy rain. Latest forecast: https://t.co/6WjMBCQ4e1 pic.twitter.com/QYYsOYeBQe
— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) January 15, 2020
Although there are concerns the heavy rainfall could cause water pollution and flash flooding, it’s great news for firefighters who have been battling blazes since September.
James Morris from the NSW Rural Fire Service tells John Stanley they’re finally getting the upper hand on some of the fires.
“We’re halving the number of fires [over the past week] and hopefully that number will continue to decline. 39 of those fires are still yet to be contained and this rain will certainly help a number of those.
“We’re not expecting significant rain over every fire ground, but certainly enough to ease conditions for at least a number of days, if not weeks.”
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