Drought-stricken southeastern Australia will benefit from some much needed rainfall Friday and through the weekend. A series of storms moving east will help fuel the rain, which has been lacking across Victoria, southern and western New South Wales, and South Australia.

Since the beginning of the year, southeastern Australia has received less than half their normal rainfall. This is in contrast to Queensland in the northeast where more than double the normal rainfall has fallen year to date.

Rainfall across southeastern South Africa, southern and western New South Wales and Victoria can exceed 1 inch in many locations through the weekend.

While this is welcomed rain, it will not be enough to erase the ongoing drought across the region.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller