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Huge rain bomb forecast gives hope to exhausted firefighters – but the downpour will be so heavy it could cause LANDSLIDES




Huge rain bomb forecast gives hope to exhausted firefighters – but the downpour will be so heavy it could cause LANDSLIDES

  • Rain is forecast for almost the whole of NSW in the next seven days, says BoM 
  • Their map was re-tweeted by the state’s Rural Fire Service celebrating rain
  •  Heavier downpours are due on Thursday with thunderstorms and showers
  • There will also be rain in Victoria – but no relief for fire-ravaged Kangaroo Island 

Firefighters have been given hope by this week’s weather forecast which predicts heavy downpours in New South Wales and rain in Victoria – although there will be no relief for Kangaroo Island.

The Bureau of Meteorology published a map which shows rain forecast for almost the whole of NSW in the next seven days.

The map was re-tweeted by the state’s Rural Fire Service with the caption: ‘If this 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.’

On Monday pockets of the central and northern coasts will see rain.

The heavier downpours are due on Thursday when thunderstorms and showers are forecast for most of NSW and up to 25mm is expected to fall on parts of the south coast.

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

However, forecasters warned that the rain could be so heavy it may cause landslides.

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.’

NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman Anthony Bradstreet said fire conditions are expected to ease on Monday and throughout the week with rain on the horizon.

‘We would love rain everywhere,’ he said on Monday.

‘Hopefully we will receive some good rainfall in fire affected areas.’

Mr Bradstreet warned thunderstorms could create the risk of falling trees and landslips.

Crews will take advantage of the easing conditions to establish and strengthen containment lines on some 40 bushfires which are not yet contained, he added.

He said rain was welcome but it would not be enough to completely put out all the fires.

‘Looking ahead, there still is plenty of bush to burn and a lot of summer to go,’ he said in a warning that the fire season was far from over.

The RFS said 111 fires were still burning across the state on Sunday night and many will take some time to fully contain.

Firefighters on Sunday brought under control one of the county’s most damaging blazes – the Gospers Mountain fire, which has burned for two-and-a-half months northwest of Sydney.

‘After lightning started the fire on October 26, it has burnt through more than 512,000 hectares across the Lithgow, Hawkesbury, Hunter Valley, Cudgegong, Blue Mountains and Central Coast local government areas,’ the Hawkesbury RFS said on Facebook.

‘It is important to remember not to be complacent as there are still a few months of the bushfire season to go with some bushland that still has not been burnt.’

Rain is also set to some bring relief to Victoria this week – but not enough to put out 19 fires.

Fires at Abbeyard in the high country and at Timboon in East Gippsland were both at emergency alerts early on Monday morning, but by 9am both had been downgraded.

Milder conditions are expected to last throughout the week, with rain developing in the state’s east on Wednesday and extending at least until Saturday.

Despite the respite, temperatures will hover about 30C and winds are still gusting, meaning the danger lingers and the fires show no sign of relenting.

‘These fires aren’t out and they’re not going to be out until they out themselves out or we finish with a really big rain event,’ Premier Daniel Andrews told KIIS FM on Monday.

‘And the weather bureau’s not telling us that’s likely.’

There are 19 active fires across Victoria, including one at Corryong in the northeast which has merged with a fire in NSW at the weekend.

More than 1.3 million hectares has been burnt and 1,500 fire fighters remain on the job.

Poor and very poor air quality conditions due to the bushfires are forecast statewide, with smoke and haze in the east, northeast and central Victoria.

Meanwhile, fires will continue on Kangaroo Island where there is no rain forecast until Sunday.

Travel restrictions have been lifted, but Country Fire Service incident controller Ian Tanner said non-essential travel should be avoided.

‘If you do need to come here to support relatives and friends, then it’s OK to come,’ he said.

‘But if you don’t need to come to Kangaroo Island at this point in time, then please give us a bit longer to get this sorted.’

The SA CFS said 30C weather and unfavourable conditions could lead to fire outbreaks and flare-ups on Monday.

‘The CFS advises everyone on Kangaroo Island to be vigilant tomorrow as there may be an escalation in fire activity,’ it said.

‘Please monitor your local environment and be aware that fire conditions will be constantly changing throughout the day.’


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Gates, the fourth richest man in the world with a net worth of $130bn, married Melinda in January 1994.

“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives,” they said.

“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.

“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.

The couple, who married on a golf course on the Hawaiian island of Lanai, have three children together – Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe.

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The British royal family gathered Saturday for the funeral service of Prince Philip inside St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, the first time they have appeared together in public in more than a year.

Pall bearers carrying the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh, followed by the Prince of Wales,

The funeral of Prince Philip, who died last week at age 99, was closed to the public and limited to just 30 people due to coronavirus-related restrictions.

Queen Elizabeth II, who was married to the Duke of Edinburgh for more than 73 years, sat alone during the service, donning a black face mask.

Prince Harry returned home for the services, making his first trip back to Windsor Castle since he and his wife, Meghan Markle, stepped away from the royal family in early 2020.

Queen Elizabeth II, who is will celebrate her 95th birthday next week, sat by herself in the front pew on Saturday due to Covid-19 concerns.


Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, holds back tears during a ceremonial procession to St. George's Chapel.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, holds back tears during a ceremonial procession to St. George’s Chapel.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Meghan Markle, posted a tribute to Philip on their website last week.

Prior to his passing, Prince Philip helped design the Land Rover that carried his coffin

Philip’s four children and some of his grandchildren (including William and Harry) walked in a procession behind his coffin as it was driven to St George’s Chapel.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was reportedly wearing a four-strand pearl necklace from the queen’s personal collection

More than 700 members of the Armed Forces were called to honor the Duke of Edinburgh at his funeral.


Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, did not attend the services. Markle, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, was reportedly advised by her doctor to remain in California.

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“We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our queen, by his service to the nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith,” Rev. David Conner, Dean of Windsor, said during Saturday’s funeral service. “Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humor and humanity.”

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100. Philip was mere weeks away from celebrating his 100th birthday when he died peacefully at home last Friday.


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The pair were seen leaving the service at Windsor Castle together along with the Duchess of Cambridge.

There has been limited contact between the brothers since Harry and his wife Meghan filmed a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.

Harry had referenced reports that his relationship with his brother was strained, saying “the relationship is space at the moment” and that “time heals all things, hopefully”.

In 2019, when asked about an alleged rift with William, Harry said he loved his brother dearly but they were “on different paths” and have “good days” and “bad days”.

At their grandfather’s funeral, the brothers were sat opposite each other, with William in a COVID bubble with his wife Kate and Harry sat alone.

The Duchess of Sussex, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, did not fly over from the US with Harry on the medical advice of her doctor.

Prince Harry has since been self-isolating at Frogmore Cottage after arriving back in the UK.

The funeral is the first time the Duke of Sussex has been seen publicly with the Royal Family following the bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Duke of Cambridge (left) and the Duke of Sussex (centre) follow the coffin of their grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, as it passes through the Parade Ground, during his funeral at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.

The interview saw Harry and Meghan accuse an unnamed member of the family of making racist remarks about their son Archie before he was born, and accuse the institution of failing to support the duchess.

Days later, Prince William defended the Royal Family, saying they were “very much not a racist family”.

Before the funeral service, the brothers had walked in a procession within the grounds of Windsor Castle, either side of their cousin Peter Phillips.

Later, Harry was sat 10 seats away from his grandmother, the Queen, who was sitting alone at the front of the quire, closest to the altar.

Dressed in a face mask and in sombre black, the monarch’s arrival at the ceremony was the first time she had been officially seen in public since the Duke of Edinburgh died eight days ago.

The congregation at Philip’s funeral was limited to just 30 people due to COVID-19 restrictions.

A small group of Philip’s close family and friends attended the televised funeral service, which began with a national minute’s silence at 3pm.

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