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Rain Hits Drought Affected Areas But More Is Needed

Some drought-affected areas across New South Wales are receiving a much-needed drop of rain, though more is needed to ease the current dry.

The village of Pooncarrie, in the state's south-west, picked up 53mm overnight, while the small town of Ivanhoe received over 40mm.

A storm in Broken Hill delivered 34.2mm in just ten minutes, with strong winds of 109 km/h per hour picking up a huge dust cloud, which turned the skies red.

But according to the Bureau of Meteorology, follow-up rain will be needed to ease drought conditions currently affecting the entire state.

"Considering what we've had so far, it will be welcome rain for sure," bureau meterologist Zhi-Weng Chua told ten daily.

READ MORE: What A Drop Of Rain Means When You're In Drought

A complex low pressure system saw rain begin to settle across the Sydney Basin on Thursday morning, with about 8mm recorded by 11am. It's expected to pick up over the course of the day and become heavier into the evening.

Up to 45 mm is expected to fall in Sydney, the bulk of that being "persistent rain", before easing into Friday morning.

The trough was directed over eastern Victoria on Wednesday, but apart from 23.6mm recorded at Albury-Wodonga, totals did not exceed 5 mm.

Chua said the rain band will then move across the Central West And North West Slopes and the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, affecting north-eastern parts of the state by Friday.

The welcomed drop of October rain followed the country's driest September on record, according to the weather bureau's latest drought statement.

Rainfall was below average nationally, with September totals the lowest ever recorded at many sites in Victoria and Western Australia and a handful across New South Wales and Tasmania.

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Featured image: Bureau of Meteorology