Fire season has started in September in Australia. The wildfires destroyed many acres of land, buildings, and homes, and they killed one billion animals and at least 25 people. The rain could be the only thing that can stop these wildfires in Australia.
Fortunately, the moment that the whole world was waiting has arrived! Finally, Australia received heavy rain, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods. The rain already put an end to 32 bushfires just in New South Wales, and the number of fires decreased from 120 to 88 on Thursday.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, it’s expected 30 and 80mm worth of rain in the east of New South Wales, between Thursday and Sunday. People believe the rain will also bring relief to the tired firefighters who have fought the ravaging fires for more than three months.
New South Wales Rural Fire Service posted a video online of the rain and wrote: “Although this rain won’t extinguish all fires, it will certainly go a long way towards containment.”
According to the meteorology bureau, it’s difficult to forecast where the heaviest rain will be due to the thunderstorms. However, some parts of Australia that have been affected by the fires and are dry as bone may expect 50–100 mm over the next few days.
Thankfully, New South Wales and Victoria have already received around 15mm of rain that was so desperately needed during the week.
Unfortunately, thunderstorms have also caused flooding in Melbourne. Although the rain has extinguished some of the fires, there are still 80 wildfires burning across the New South Wales area and 18 in Victoria.
Many people shared the good news on Twitter. User Tamara wrote: “Nothing better than hearing the downpour of rain after months and months of fire, smoke and less than desirable air conditions! Come on Australia!”
Other users are also thankful for the rain. We are hoping the end of the wildfires is near, but that’s not what professionals are forecasting. As they believe the wildfires won’t stop until March.