Australia has been battered by wildfires, taking the lives of at least 28 people and wiping out more than a billion animals. It’s also estimated that 10 million hectares of land across the entirety of Australia have turned to ash in the bushfires.
The east of the country has now been offered a long-awaited reprieve, as thunderstorms and a huge ‘rain bomb’ soak the region. However, high-speed winds have also arrived with a storm, causing damage to a number of homes.
On Wednesday afternoon, January 15, storms arrived in Melbourne before sweeping into Sydney the next day – the suburb of St Albans experienced a month’s worth of rain in just half an hour, MailOnline
TThe rain’s not stopping there either, as a second weather system is forecast to hit Victoria, South Australia, and western New South Wales from Monday, January 20.
It’s a double-edged sword, however – while it’ll bring crucial precipitation to the regions, there’s also a possibility of supercell storms.
While NSW – a region particularly afflicted by the bushfire crisis – has been assisted by some heavy showers in recent days, there are still around 90 fires burning across the region. Over the next four days, the Bureau of Meteorology estimates NSW will be showered with between 30 and 80mm of rainfall.