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After Another Sizzle, Sydney to Welcome Cooling, Rain

Following another blast of heat late in the week, a turn to cooler and rainy weather will then grace Sydney and the surrounding wildfire-ravaged areas of southeastern Australia.

The week started on a cool note in Sydney with highs in the upper teens C (60s F), but temperatures will be on the rise Wednesday through Friday.

Highs will climb into the lower 30s C (around 90 degrees F) Thursday and Friday with the latter being the hottest of the two days. A gusty breeze accompanying the warmth will once again heighten the fire danger.

A high in the lower 20s C (lower 70s) is more common in Sydney this time of year.

The warming will occur ahead of a cold front that will sweep through the Sydney area Friday night. In the front's wake, the prolonged stretch of cooler, wet weather that this wildfire-ravaged region has been seeking will finally come.

The cooler weather pattern will last not only through the weekend but through most of next week stated Expert Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

"Saturday through Tuesday, the potential exists for the Sydney area to receive more rain than what fell during the entire month of October," Nicholls continued.

Sydney picked up only 15.7 mm (0.61 of an inch) of rain in October, which is 22 percent of the 71.1 mm (2.80 inches) that typically falls.

Early estimates point to Sydney recording around 50 mm (2 inches) of rain this weekend through early next week.