It was neither widespread or long-lasting, but yesterday's rainfall was the most Forster has received this year, and the second most received since October.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) recorded 8.6mm of rain at Forster in the 24 hours up to 9am yesterday, January 14.
It was the highest recorded since Christmas eve, when 11mm fell in the area.
However, the rain was very much isolated to Forster, with Tuncurry, Pacific Palms and Bungwahl all recording just 2mm, while elsewhere in the Manning-Great Lakes no rain was recorded.
So far Forster is sitting on a total of 17.3mm for the month of January, which is already better than the total received in January 2019, when only 13.2mm fell, but still well below the long-term average of 104.2mm.
But there is some positive news, with BOM predicting the possibility of 30-80mm of rain falling across Australia's east from Thursday to Sunday.
While the largest downpours are likely to occur along the ranges, the Great Lakes is forecast to receive between 5-10mm on Thursday and Saturday and 10-20mm on Friday.
The rain is also expected to provide some relief to firefighters, with the hope that significant falls will occur over affected areas and help extinguish or at least dampen some of the many bushfires burning across the State.
This includes the 20 fires still active in the Mid Coast region.
Thunderstorms are also expected to accompany the rain.
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