Heavy rains drench some Australia bush fire zones, helping firefighters contain the raging blazes

Heavy rains drench some Australia bush fire zones, helping firefighters contain the raging blazesHeavy rains drench some Australia bush fire zones, helping firefighters contain the raging blazes

Heavy showers and thunderstorms have flared up across parched bush fire zones in southeastern Australia, and in some cases these storms are delivering the most rain these areas have seen in months. Due to a shift away from hot, dry conditions across southeastern Australia and toward more typical summer thunderstorm activity, storms have formed during the past two days from Victoria northward into Queensland. The forecast calls for more rains through the weekend, particularly across eastern New South Wales and Queensland. However, the hit or miss nature of the thunderstorms means that some fire zones could miss out on the wet weather entirely. [Firenadoes, ember attacks and megafires: Australia is seeing sci-fi weather] Some spots picked up more than 2 inches of rain on Wednesday into Thursday, while other areas saw just a few raindrops as thunderstorms rumbled past. The storms have brought with them severe weather including large hail, damaging winds as well as dust storms given the drought conditions. They could also cause landslides and debris floes to form in recently burned areas. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, widespread rainfall amounts of between 0.4 to 1 inch has fallen across a large area from Melbourne northeast to Gladstone, Queensland. Localized amounts of 2 inches or more was associated with some slow-moving thunderstorms, including in the Melbourne metropolitan area and areas just north of Brisbaareas just north of Brisbane. Large hail and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning have also been occurring with these storms. The rain is courtesy of a trough of low ...
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