The brush fires that have been ravaging the Australian countryside have been slowly coming under control and firefighters are getting a little bit of help from the heavens.
A massive rain bomb will help stop the Australian brush fires and bring water to stricken areas. Melbourne has already been drenched and the nearby suburb of St. Albans has seen a month's worth of rain. The rains have helped extinguish 32 of the 100+ fires that have damaged New South Wales and they're bracing for the biggest downpour since spring.
The storms are a relief to exhausted firefighters, who've been battling a blaze that has claimed 28 human lives and endangered many nearly extinct animals.
NSW Rural Fire Service Inspector Ben Shepherd said: 'It's the most positive forecast the RFS has had in months and will give crews a chance to regroup and work on containment lines.'
The relief does bring some dangers, as the local weather services have warned about high winds and lightning, which has damaged properties around the country.
'Thunderstorms, a bit of a two-edged sword. While they can bring some much useful rain, it can also come down in pretty fast, high quantities,' Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Kevin Parkyn said.'
There's high concentrations of ash, very vulnerable landscape when it comes to short bursts of heavy rainfall - which could see very quickly mudslides developing.'
This development has been seen as a blessing by people of all faiths, who have been praying all over the world for rain and a break from the deadly conflagration.