Sydney Feb 7: Extreme weather of heavy rain, damaging winds and flash flooding is not something that would usually be celebrated, Australia farmers and firefighters on the east coast, however, are cheering on the downpour.
In the midst of the worst drought on record, the huge rainfall on Friday is predicted to stick around for at least a week and may bring relief to the long-suffering communities.
However, inland areas that are also in the midst of the drought are likely to miss out on the deluge.
"A coastal trough near the northern and central New South Wales (NSW) coast is bringing increased rainfall and other severe weather to the area," the Bureau of Meteorology said in a forecast.
"This trough is expected to deepen and gradually shift southwards, increasing rainfall and bringing dangerous winds and surf conditions along the central and southern parts of the coast and adjacent ranges during the next few days.
"Thunderstorm activity or the formation of mesoscale lows embedded within the coastal trough are possible, according to the forecast. (UNI)