Rain Drenches Parts Of Australia, Helps Contain Fires – And Even More Rain Is Forecast For The Weekend

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Multiple regions across Australia reported Thursday they had received more than a month’s rainfall in just 24 hours.

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.

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It’s now raining in Australia.

Amazing! Rain is now falling on Australia and more than ten communities across all three states currently burning in devastating fires, have received their best rainfall in years. That rain comes after one of the driest Decembers on record that prompted officials to cull thousands of feral camels.

The rain brings some relief to the drought-stricken country. Let’s hope some of the farmers are also getting some moisture.

And that little boy couldn’t contain his excitement at seeing rain for the first time.

Some good falls have been reported across some firegrounds. But there are still 85 bush and grass fires burning across NSW alone but 30 were contained as reported by NSW Rural Fire Service.

In some cases, severe lightning storms hit.

As shown in the below map, around 10,000 lightning struck across the Hunter this afternoon, causing power outages:

Weather forecasters say the rain will continue into the weekend, bringing more than four inches of rain to some areas.

However, it is hard to predict where the rain will fall.

Meanwhile, smoke from the Australian fires are carrying smoke around the world.

The bushfires in Australia have killed more than two dozen people and numerous homes have been destroyed. According to a conservation group estimates, 1.25 billion wild animals have perished in the unprecedented fire crisis. Similar headlines on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle [WKYC]

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