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I Bless The Rains Down In Australia: Heavy Showers Extinguish Wildfires Down Under

Finally, Australia seems to be getting a break—kind of. Heavy rainfall in New South Wales has extinguished some of the ongoing bush fires that have wreaked havoc across the state—but it’s also forced the evacuation of towns and the closure of schools. Oh, Australia! Land of excess.

Over the past 24 hours, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said that New South Wales had received 7.9 inches of rain. Sydney received 15.4 inches of rain over the past four days, which is the city’s heaviest rainfall in 30 years.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service tweeted that the rain is the “most positive news we’ve had in some time.”

“The recent rainfall has assisted firefighters to put over 30 fires out since Friday,” they said. “Some of these blazes have been burning for weeks and even months.”

According to New South Wales Rural Fire Service media officer James Morris, the rain helped put out the Currowan fire on Saturday. He said the continuing rain was expected to put out the rest of the fires in the state.

It’s great news that Mother Nature is helping put out the fires—we just hope Australia doesn’t turn into a flood zone.

Patricia Grisafi

Written by Patricia Grisafi