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Rain to settle wall of dust moving across NSW towns

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 2/11/2019 9News Staff

Showers and storms will move across New South Wales today, bringing the first rain to some inland areas since autumn.

A low pressure trough and cold front is sweeping across the south and southeast of Australia this weekend, delivering patchy rain to southeast South Australia, parts of Victoria and western NSW yesterday and throughout the early hours of this morning.

The showers should settle dust storms that yesterday hit regional NSW towns.

Images captured by Georgie Fyfe and shared online show a slow moving wall of dust blanket the town of Lake Cargelligo.

a river running through a city: A wall of dust moves across Lake Cargelligo in central New South Wales. © Georgie Fyfe A wall of dust moves across Lake Cargelligo in central New South Wales.

NSW firefighters are also looking forward to showers as they work to contain bush and grass fires throughout the state.

The state's fire danger ratings will improve somewhat today as showers offer firefighters some reprieve.

The rain is expected to help clear out a persistent smoke haze that has affected Sydney and other parts of the state, NSW Rural Fire Service Inspector Ben Shepherd said.

"It looks like it's not as much as initially forecast but it will give us a little bit of reprieve from the fire dangers we've seen over the last few days," he said.

a close up of a mountain: Patchy rain is expected across much of the state. © 9News Patchy rain is expected across much of the state.

Insp Shepherd said the showers were expected through most of the state but they would have a clearer idea on Monday "about what got what and then where our risks are".

"We could see some very hot and windy conditions towards the end of next week," he said.

The Far North Coast, Greater Sydney, Central Ranges, North Western, New England, North Coast, Greater Hunter and Northern Slopes regions have been given a high fire danger rating today.

The rating for the rest of the state is low to moderate.

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