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Thunderstorms sweep across Australia’s bushfire-ravaged east coast

By Linda Kelly
Reuters
January 15, 2020
Category: Forest Fires
Region: International

MELBOURNE — Thunderstorms and heavy rain swept across parts of Australia’s east coast on Thursday, bringing hope that some of the fierce bushfires razing the country will be extinguished – or at least slowed. Officials warned, however, that short, intense thunderstorms could lead to flash flooding, while lightning brought the risk of new fires being ignited. “We’re expecting unsettled weather for the next four or five days or so at least,” Jake Phillips, a senior meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio. …The wet weather brought some respite from the smoke haze that has plagued Australia’s major cities for weeks and has been tracked by NASA circumnavigating the globe. …Fire and weather officials have also warned the current cool and wet weather change will only be a temporary relief.

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