Victoria's Mallee and southwestern New South Wales received much needed and soaking rain over the past 24 hours, with many places seeing their heaviest falls since the floods of 2011.
The low pressure system that brought flooding rains to parts of South Australia moved into the region from yesterday afternoon, bringing heavy falls.
In VIC's Mallee, Werrimull and Ouyen both saw their heaviest falls since February three years ago, recording 68mm and 43mm respectively.
In NSW's Lower Western, rain was even heavier. Pooncarie collected the state's highest official figure with 95mm to 9am, its heaviest rain since 2011, and four times its monthly average. Hay and Lake Victoria recorded 41mm and 34mm respectively, their biggest rain in almost two years
While northern VIC and southwest NSW has generally not had it as bad as other parts of the nation with drought, the rain will nonetheless be welcomed with open arms. The area has been baking in intense heat since the start of summer, causing an increased rate of evaporation and lower soil moisture. Mildura has seen 20 days of 40 degrees this summer, the most since 1939/1940.
While rain has largely cleared the region today, the band will give northern and eastern parts of NSW a drink, although falls are not expected to be as heavy.
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