“It is not ruled out that we can see a gust of heavy rains, but that is more likely in the north of the state.”
There was 45 millimeters of rain in Faulconbridge, near the Blue Mountains, with places in the northeast, the north-north coast and the northern plateaus that exceeded 80 millimeters.
“The storms continue, so those totals will increase even more: there is a storm warning at this time for most of the state, and that is mainly because of the rain, but also because of the wind and hail,” Woodhouse said.
A wind gust of 93 km / h was recorded at Parkes airport at 4:26 pm. The risk of hail is through the southern part of the state and the western end of the state.
The southeast of the state saw between five and 20 millimeters of rain, with thunderstorms in the area.
Ben Shepherd, the main spokesman for the Rural Fire Service of New South Wales, said the falls of more than 30 millimeters in some of the state’s fires were “bright” given the dry conditions in much of the state.
“However, we have no illusions that this will break the drought,” said Inspector Shepherd.
On the contrary, the rains had finally brought the number of forest and grass fires below the 100 mark.
As of 6 p.m. Thursday, it was at 101, with approximately 30 of them still to be contained. Only one of the state’s 21 fire areas, the southern slopes, had a fire rating above ‘low-moderate’, which is the lowest possible during the fire season.
Also the first for a long time was the lack of a “difficult and windy day ahead” in the forecast, said Inspector Shepherd.
While rain on Sydney is likely to be higher near the coast, Blue Mountain villages like Katoomba can expect 6-15 and 8-30 millimeters during those two days, respectively.
However, further south, places near major fires such as Cooma may not rain much until Monday, and even then 6 to 15 millimeters can be all the city can expect.
Matt Bungard is a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.
Peter Hannam writes about environmental issues for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.