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Nice weather for ducks: Sydney’s rainfall brings parched pond to life

“The ponds are a haven for wildlife and thankfully the water levels increased significantly over the weekend,” she said.

“We’ve seen a variety of birds, turtles and eels in the ponds and of course the grass, trees and plants received a much needed soak.”

In the past week the Bureau of Meteorology recorded rainfall totals of more than 90 millimetres in parts of Sydney. Parramatta received 48 millimetres of rainfall, while Belrose and Terrey Hills got 87 and 93 respectively.

Meteorologist Bimal KC said the rain had settled a bit on Sunday.

“We’ve had light falls, maybe five to 10 millimetres in eastern parts of the state,” he said.

While downpours over the past few days have provided relief for parts of drought-stricken NSW, the bushfire-ravaged South Coast and Snowy Valley have remained relatively dry.

But this could change on Monday with thunderstorms forecast for the south-east.

Birds enjoying the refilled Busbys Pond on Sunday.

Birds enjoying the refilled Busbys Pond on Sunday.Credit:Edwina Pickles

“There is a chance of thunderstorm activity tomorrow with damaging winds in the south-east part of the state,” Mr KC said.

Despite the rain easing over the weekend, more than 1300 firefighters were battling blazes across nearly 70 firegrounds on Sunday. About 19 of those fires remained uncontained.

The NSW Rural Fire Service said crews were working to strengthen containment lines before fire danger conditions were expected to worsen this week.

With AAP

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