Drought-affected farmers across New South Wales and Queensland affected by the worst drought in 50 years could be in for some relief this weekend with decent falls finally on the cards.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts 10 to 15mm could fall in south-east Queensland and northern NSW, but also warns it is likely to be patchy.
“While there’ll be rain in the North East it’s still too early to safely say what the impacts will be in drought areas,” the BOM tweeted.
The bureau says Tamworth and Armidale in NSW’s New England region and surrounding areas could receive between 5mm and 10mm of rain from Friday.
The showers are forecast to extend south through to Sydney and as far south as Bateman’s Bay on the south coast.
The rain is expected to continue into Saturday, with the heaviest falls of up to 50mm forecast around Narrabri, Inverell and Moree.
There’s also some chance of between 5mm and 10mm of rain falling around Wagga Wagga in NSW’s Riverina, and further north toward Griffith and Cobar.
In Queensland, up to 10mm of rain is forecast to fall in and around Brisbane, and in areas stretching west to Bollon and north to Roma.
Bundaberg and Emerald are also expected to receive showers.
“Storms may produce isolated heavier falls in #Queensland, but the results are likely to be patchy,” the bureau tweeted.
“Fingers crossed for our farmers.”
The falls are not going to be drought-breakers but should improve air quality and reduce the risk of bushfires, say Weatherzone.
Some areas will see the most rain in up to nine months, and some lucky places could receive up to a month’s worth.
Meanwhile, Melbourne is in for a mostly sunny and warm end to the week with pleasant winter weather ahead.
Thursday through to Sunday is forecast to reach 17 degrees in the city, with mostly sunny skies.
But the warm and sunny days are expected to come ahead of brutally cold nights. Thursday night, temperatures will dip to only two degrees.
In Adelaide, temperatures will hover between 17 and 20 degrees over the next four days. No rain is forecast for the region but tomorrow expected to be a mostly cloudy day.
Perth is also forecast to be dry over the next four days, with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees. The sunny weather will come to an end next week though, with rain forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Hobart is set for chilly weather over the next few days, with shivering overnight lows near 2 degrees. Luckily the sunny days will bring some relief from the cold, with temperatures covering between 14 and 17 degrees.