Much of Australia's bushfire-ravaged east coast was drenched on Friday (February 7), dousing some of the most risky blazes and providing welcome relief to farmers battling prolonged drought.
James Jackson, the president of NSW Farmers, told Reuters: "This one event won't replenish the whole soil moisture profile".
Stormy weather has brought days of chaos and destruction in the country's east, with one man missing after his auto was swept off a road in Sydney's north and hundreds more rescued from floodwaters.
While several major bushfires have been extinguished by the deluge, including a "mega-blaze" that burned through 500,000 hectares north of Sydney and a similar-sized fire to the city's south, bringing relief to residents and firefighters, there are still about 24 fires burning.
Nearly 400 millimetres (15.8 inches) of rain fell in the Sydney area and surrounding areas.
Between 200 and 400 millimeters (7.9 to 15.8 inches) of rain drenched the Sydney area out to the Blue Mountains and farther south over the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology said, which led to rivers flooding and forced more than 60 schools to shut on Monday.
Sydney itself received 391.6mm, its wettest four-day period since 1990. Water could be drawn from deeper in the dam or from elsewhere in the network if there were quality concerns.
"At this stage, it's very good news, and certainly much more than people could have wished for or expected", he said of the rainfall.
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Around 11.7 million hectares of Australian wilderness have been razed by a series of huge wildfires since September that have also killed 33 people and more than a billion animals and destroyed thousands of homes.
"We are trying to ask people to reconsider their travel, a number of roads are closed", Mr Kirby said.
Warnings are also in place for the Orara River at Coutts Crossing, the Tuggerah Lake at Long Jetty, the Paroo River at Willara Crossing and Wanaaring, the Wallis Lake at Tuncurry and St Georges Basin at Sussex Inlet.
A bushfire burns near the town of Bumbalong, south of Canberra on February 2, 2020. Thunderstorms are forecast for NSW and neighboring Victoria state in coming days.
According to the Associated Press, some areas of the country experienced the most rain they've had in 50 years, causing severe weather warnings due to high winds, unusually high tides and flooding.
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"Some of the driest parts of Queensland have received a drenching, which will help pasture growth", he said.