Huge Rainfall Forecast For Drought And Bushfire Affected Areas In Australia
Firefighters and farmers will be hoping a massive rain forecast comes true when it rolls across Australia this week.
The Bureau of Meteorology has released a prediction for the coming the week and it is very colourful with rainfall.
The east coast of the country are predicted to get an absolute dumping of up to 100mm across the week, which will be a massive win for the firies who are still battling bushfires.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service is particularly excited for the coming rain.
It wrote on Facebook: "If this Bureau of Meteorology rainfall forecast comes to fruition then this will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one. Fingers crossed."
Places also hit hard by the drought will also get a little rain, albeit not as much as the coastal areas, but it'll still provide some relief for those people doing it tough.
BOM meteorologist Gabrielle Woodhouse said: "We are looking at a couple of days in a row of some showers and thunderstorms, some of which may produce significant accumulation over those couple of days.
"It will be quite welcome but there are some extra dangers and risks associated with it as the landscape is quite vulnerable with the fire damage.
"We've lost a lot of vegetations and there is the risk of landslips."
But you can have too much of a good thing, especially after a massive bushfire that has wiped out a lot of the vegetation.
The federal government's Water Quality page says: "High intensity fires can cause enormous damage to water catchments by destroying ground cover and changing hydrology, as well as altering the structure, behaviour and erosion of soil.
"The loss of riparian vegetation may result in high volumes of sediment (measured as turbidity) entering the stream and may also increase stream temperatures due to a lack of shade.
"Chemical reactions triggered by fire can release nutrients, metals and other toxicants stored in vegetation and soil. Rainfall after a fire washes these contaminants into waterways and reservoirs, which can have substantial implications for agriculture, human safety and amenity.
"Use of affected water may be unsafe for agriculture or human consumption without additional treatment or alternative water sources may have to be found."
Hopefully we won't get to a stage where our water sources become undrinkable, but until then, it'll be a win for people who desperately need rain to call.
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