Recent rainfall and cooler weather allowed firefighters to contain some blazes across Victoria and New South Wales in the past week; however, more than 100 fires are ongoing in New South Wales and nearly 20 blazes continue to burn in Victoria as of Monday.

A period of more widespread and substantial rainfall is in the forecast from late this week into early next week.

A cold front advancing into the region on Thursday will bring relief from the heat and also spark widespread showers and thunderstorms.

Central and eastern Victoria and New South Wales, as well as the Australian Capital Territory, will all have an increased chance for rainfall starting Thursday.

Daily downpours will be possible across the same areas from Friday into early next week.

Rainfall amounts of 25-75 mm (1-3 inches) will be common through Sunday with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ rainfall of 150 mm (6 inches) in eastern New South Wales.

While this rainfall will not be enough to fully extingish the largest blazes, some smaller bushfires may be brought under control by the upcoming rainfall.