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Australia Thunderstorms mark end of bushfire season

03:40  30 march  2020
03:40  30 march  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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The NSW fires started in July last year, destroying 5.4 million hectares and thousands of houses. But on Tuesday, the season draws to a close.

New South Wales Rural Fire Service spokesperson Greg Allen said the rainfall over the coming days is good to see but warns the fire risk could return if there are days of high temperature, dryness or strong winds.

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"Fires can happen any time of the year," he said. "Fires can start quickly and burn rapidly no matter where you are."

Widespread thunderstorms will hit most of the east coast in the morning or early afternoon and some areas could see severe weather warnings issued. The storms will gradually clear in the evening.

"We are expecting [thunderstorm] action through Sydney," said the Bureau of Meteorology's forecaster Helen Reid on Monday. "Today, with the movement of the air masses, it could be quite widespread."

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Thunderstorms and rain are expected to help contain bushfires that have been raging across NSW. “We could see some very hot and windy conditions towards the end of next week,” he said. The Bureau of Meteorology on Sunday forecast severe thunderstorms in the state’s west and parts

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"There's a fairly significant trough moving through the state with a lot of moisture from the north, which is all combining to have a nice dynamic system with more showers and thunderstorms expected today."

Sydney may see light showers for the remainder of the week, with rainfall forecast to be between 1 - 5 millimetres. Temperatures will remain in the mid-high 20s.

NSW received significant rainfall overnight with widespread storms causing up to 30 millimetres of rain in parts of the central west.

Tuesday and Wednesday are likely to be drier for the state, but a broad trough on Thursday will see the rain return for the rest of the week.

"The main action isn't until Thursday and Friday as a significant front moves through the eastern part of the state," Ms Reid said.

The trough will bring widespread rain, thunderstorms and a drop in temperature.

Some areas of the state, including the central west region, could see as much as 100 millimetres fall over the next eight days.

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