After months of punishing drought, our devastated farmers finally got some relief as the heavens opened in parts of NSW.
Farmers across the state rejoiced as some of the hardest-hit NSW drought regions received a little respite after the first significant rainfall in months.
One Dubbo farmer was filmed rejoicing as he sprinted through the downpour wearing nothing but a hat.
The nude man appeared ecstatic as he splashed about the field yelling “woohoo” as rain pelted down.
Much of the Northern Tablelands and Central West received rainfall on Saturday, with a low pressure system forecast to deliver a wet start to the week.
Inverell received 16mm between 9am and 9pm on Saturday, while Dubbo recorded almost 10mm.
More rain on the way
There is more rain on the way today with parts of northern New South Wales recording falls of up to 17mm.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting up to 20mm for Parkes, where some farmers have been battling to feed livestock and others face the prospect of not harvesting a crop.
The BOM is also forecasting a wet week for Sydney, with up to 15mm predicted for the city on Sunday.
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That rain is expected to continue throughout the week as another cold front emerges from the Tasman Sea.
The rain comes as the Sydney Desalination Plant prepares to kick into action if the city’s water supply drops below 60 per cent. Dam levels sat at 65.2 per cent on Saturday evening.
Southeast Queensland rainfall
Southeast Queensland is also experiencing good rainfall with thunderstorms developing.
Some drought-affected areas in southeast Queensland have received up to 50mm of rain this weekend, the BOM says.
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Some Queensland drought-affected areas have received more rainfall this weekend than in months.
Areas east of Charleville, in the state’s south, have received as much as 50mm of rain, while Brisbane has taken 15 to 20mm since Friday.
”Areas west of Roma are quite clear at the moment and they won’t see any further rain. But they have seen that pattern of generally 5 to 20mm,” Bureau of Meteorology’s Lachlan Stoney said on Sunday.
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