After the driest January on record, two groups in particular are celebrating the arrival of rain this week: the Tasmania Fire Service, and farmers.
A sequence of cold fronts will also have Tasmanians putting their jackets back on.
At Liawenee in the Central Highlands – which was at risk from bushfire last week – it will be getting down to 0 on Wednesday, with single figures overnight throughout the week.
Rain and cloud cover is predicted around Launceston this week up until Friday, when the sun is due to show its face again.
Temperatures of 10 – 22 degrees are predicted for Sunday, with 16 – 21 and showers Monday, 15 – 18 and showers Tuesday, 8 – 19 Wednesday, 13 – 22 and possible morning showers Thursday, and 11 – 24 and sunshine on Friday.
Similar conditions are predicted for the North-East and East Coast, except with less cloud cover predicted for Sunday on the East Coast.
Georgina Wallace of Trefusis Merino Stud at Ross said the rainfall had been “very timely.”
“It’s been beautiful, it’s very welcome,” she said.
“We’ve got a few fodder crops in, and also for all our irrigated country, it gives it a little bit of a reprieve from having to run irrigators – because you certainly can’t beat what falls out of the sky.
“We’ve had close to an inch here this past week, so it’s been beautiful.”
However, she added that in her experience, an early break in the heat – as is the case now – can sometimes foreshadow a return to hot and dry conditions.
“We’ll just have to wait and see,” she said.
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