UPDATE (11:30 a.m.) — While this rain is bringing hope that some of the fires devastating the country will be put out – or at least slowed, officials are warning that lightning could start new fires due to foreseen thunderstorms.
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA/CNN) – Rainfall over parts of eastern Australia are bringing hope that some of the fires devastating the country will be put out or at least slowed.
“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,” tweeted Australia’s NSW Rural Fire Service.
According to 9 News Australia, last month was one of the driest Decembers on record with New South Wales recording some of Australia’s lowest rainfall levels on record at just 7.8 millimeters.
Meteorologists said multiple states around the country have seen more than a month’s rain in the past 24 hours.
But officials are warning that lightning could start new fires.
Meanwhile, the wet weather has improved some air quality in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open.
Forecasters predict some areas will get more than four inches of rain over the weekend.
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