Australia forecast to get some much needed rain

A trough is forecast to pass through Australia towards the end of this week, bringing rainfall to some of the driest towns around.

Over the past 48 hours, any showers have been fairly light and confined to the coast as a ridge of high pressure extends across the country's south.

It looks as though there could be a brief respite from Thursday through into Tuesday. Models are predicting a trough to make landfall over WA during Thursday.

The system should reach Adelaide by Saturday morning, and then Sydney during Sunday.

Models are indicating rainfalls of over 15mm, even in places such as inland SA and western NSW. Broken Hill is forecast to receive about 15mm over the weekend as is Bourke. Falls are expected to be some of the best in two months.

At this stage the forecast is still a little uncertain. It is, however, looking at least a little promising.