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Rain brings relief to drought and fire-stricken farmers

Rain managed to make its way to farmers all over the country over the weekend, with the rainfall bringing some much-needed relief to those currently managing the drought and firefighters battling blazes.

On Saturday, a cold front pushed through New South Wales and Victoria seeing scattered rainfall make its way across the states with some people receiving rainfall of up to 100mm.

The highest recorded total of rainfall in Victoria was in Gippsland with Stratford receiving 127mm in seven days and Glencairn, south of Licola, receiving 93mm.

Bairnsdale Airport recorded 75.2mm which is 50 percent more than the amount of rain it typically receives in the month of January.

Across central and northern Victoria, Kyabram received 60mm in the past week while Yarrawonga (44mm), Bendigo (37mm) and Shepparton (36mm) all received a decent amount.

Despite fears of contamination in waterways from fire grounds, the rain was welcomed by firefighters currently battling blazes in VIC and NSW and from drought affected farmers who haven’t seen decent rain fall in years.

While the rain wasn’t enough to put out some of the larger fires, the easing conditions allowed firefighters to control blazes as NSW prepares itself for another weekend of high temperatures.

The rain has provided farmers with some much-needed moisture which will see some greenery return to paddocks and potentially ease demand for fodder.

Farming districts across southern Queensland picked up some of the highest rainfall, causing flash flooding in some areas.

Grafton received 304mm with Dorrigo (215mm), Beaudesert (160mm), Casino (142mm) and Stanthorpe (118mm) receiving high rainfall.

Across NSW, parts in northern and central NSW received good rainfall with Bonalbo receiving 140mm and Armidale (115mm) and the Krui Plains northeast of Moree (91mm).

In southern NSW, the highest falls were in Tumut (67mm), Coleambally (62mm) and Cootamundra (46mm).

Despite this batch of rainfall, the drought shows no signs of easing any time soon as farmers continue to manage the worst drought on record.

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