Drought-hit farmers to receive ‘substantial’ rain
DROUGHT ravaged towns across NSW can expect some welcome relief this weekend.
As much as 40mm of rain is expected between Friday and Sunday - with towns like Tamworth, Walgett, Narrabri, Dubbo, Orange and Coonamble all expected to receive the heaviest rainfall on Saturday.
Up to 40mm is also forecast to fall from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay on Saturday alone.
This month is on track to be the driest August since 1995.
The weather system will travel across the country from Western Australia and head straight into NSW, with Queensland, parts of Victoria and even Tasmania feeling the effects.
Sydney is expected to see between 12 and 37 mms of rain between Friday and Sunday.
Tamworth could receive between 15 to 25 mms on Saturday, while Walgett will be showered by up to 16 mms over Friday and Saturday.
Neighbouring Narrabri is set to be showered with between 15 and 30mms on Saturday and Coonamble could see up to 20mms.
On Saturday, Dubbo is expected to receive up to 20mms of rainfall, while Orange and Bathurst could both see highs of 10mms.
The forecast comes after 30,000 Muslims gathered in Lakemba on Tuesday to pray for rain, but a NSW Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said that, although welcome, the rainfall appeared "relatively ordinary."
"It's a pretty benign amount of rain numbers wise, but it is significant because lot of people have been waiting for it for so long," he said.
"These dry conditions have persisted for so long so that's why even moderate amounts will be significant - the timing is more significant than rainfall itself."
While BOM experts are downplaying the significance of the rainfall, the measly 1.4mm of rain that has fallen in Sydney throughout August so far is a far cry from the usual average of about 55mms.
"This is the first significant rainfall of the month - and it might be the only one this month and in the near future especially heading into September which is the driest month," the BOM spokesman said.
"This August is approaching record-low numbers which could make it the driest August since 1995, where no rain fell at all."