June 20, 2021

Australia fires: Heavy rain extinguishes third of blazes in NSW

Torrential rain across the east coast of Australia has extinguished a third of the fires in the region – and could put more out, officials say.

A wide band of rain sweeping New South Wales (NSW) has put out 20 of about 60 fires in the state in the past day.

Authorities have welcomed the downpour, but warned of flash flooding in Sydney and other cities along the coast.

Some of the affected areas had received the most rain recorded in over a year, said the Bureau of Meteorology.

Australia’s largest city, Sydney, recorded its wettest day in over 15 months on Friday. Many locals cheered on the downpour despite the inconvenience.

“It was fantastic to wake up to much-needed rain this morning!” tweeted the city’s lord mayor Clover Moore.

Much of NSW has been in drought for over three years, and such conditions have fuelled the intensity of the summer’s unprecedented fires.

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