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Australia seen waiting till March for sustained rains to douse bushfires

SYDNEY: Australia will have to wait until March for rains heavy enough to bring sustained relief from dry weather that has fuelled deadly bushfires, the country's weather bureau said on Thursday (Jan 16).

Over the past few months the bushfires have razed an area roughly a third the size of Germany, killed 29 people, and destroyed more than 2,000 homes.

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Some 100 fires are burning across the east coast, and authorities battling to contain them reckon most will stay alight until they doused by sustained rain.

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Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said there is a 50 per cent chance that the bulk of the country's east will receive average rainfall from Mar 1 through to May 30.

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Even then, the bureau warned more rains would be needed to end three years of drought on the east coast.

"While outlooks for drier than average conditions have eased compared to those issued for late 2019, several months of above average rainfall are needed to see a recovery fRead More – Source