Relief at last: Australia's firegrounds are set to be drenched by heavy rainfall this week - giving hope to exhausted firefighters


Australia's east is set to receive its most significant rainfall in months this week, bringing some much-needed relief to bushfire-ravaged communities and firefighters, Daily Mail reports.

Rain is expected for much of New South Wales from Tuesday, including firegrounds across the Snowy Mountains, southwest of Sydney and along the south coast, and is predicted to hang around until the weekend.

Sydney is forecast to receive its most significant downpour in several months, with forecasts of 2-8mm on Thursday and 5-10mm on Friday.

However, the Bureau of Meteorology said it was difficult to predict exactly how much rain would fall because showers will be inconsistent.

'The best-case scenario, with the ongoing showers and storms from Wednesday onwards, is that they can really impact and help to extinguish some of the fires,' BoM weather forecaster Sarah Scully said. Daily Mail