NSW Grazier Finally Gets To Shave His Beard After Rainfall

Nick Andrews has been growing his beard for 21 months after vowing to avoid the clippers until more than an inch fell on his property -- now he's finally been able to shave it all off.

The NSW grazier had pledged to grow his beard until an inch of rain fell at Farmcote Station near Broken Hill.

What he didn't realise is that he would be waiting for almost two years.

Andrews said even his beard "gave up" growing because it was so dry.

On Wednesday, 36 millimetres fell on the property and Andrews was finally able to grab the clippers.

He told ABC News that it was a "momentous occasion".

"I got the clippers out last night and off it went," he said.

"I thought we were just getting a dust storm because it was pretty dusty and windy, but yeah, I was very surprised," Andrews said.

"We probably got more rain yesterday than the whole of last year."

While the rain has brought welcome relief, the Bureau of Meteorology said it is not expected to last much longer than this week.

Forecaster Jonathan How said the end of January and into February is expected to remain dry.

"Unfortunately the short-term to medium-term outlook is looking quite dry and warm," he said.



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Victorian residents are assessing the damage after parts of the state were hit by severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.

The NSW Blue Mountains suburb of Faulconbridge recorded the state's highest rainfall in the past 24 hours with 45 millimetres.

Bushfires burning near the Biriwal Bulga and Cottan-Bimbang national parks in the Mid North Coast region received some help from the rain, with 38.2mm recorded in nearby Mount Seaview.



'Double-Edged Sword': Bureau Warns Of Risk In Rain Forecast

Firefighters on the east coast are hoping predictions of rain across fire-affected areas will come to fruition over the next week. 

The South Coast and Southern Tablelands are predicted to receive up to 30mm but the BOM said the rain will be patchy.

The NSW SES said the rainfall could increase the risk of flash flooding, falling trees and landslips where fire has wiped out trees and growth.

"While the rain is welcomed, heavy rainfall and storms in fire-affected areas can lead to dangerous conditions such as a higher risk of flash flooding, falling trees and landslips," NSW SES assistant commissioner Paul Bailey said.

The SES warned residents to prepare their properties by trimming overhanging branches, cleaning gutters and pipes, securing loose items in their backyards and not parking under trees or powerlines.

With AAP.  

Feature image: Sarah McConnell/ ABC