NSW firefighters and rural communities welcomed rain on Thursday but warned it was only just the start of what they needed.
Rain fell over much of the state with a trough driving humid air and thunderstorms across most districts.
It was welcome relief as it fell over firegrounds and allowed the Rural Fire Service to further strengthen containment lines.
"Although this rain won't extinguish all fires, it will certainly go a long way towards containment," the RFS said on Twitter.
However, the RFS reinforced the point that the summer's bushfire crisis wasn't yet over and they still had 1700 firefighters and support personnel battling blazes on Thursday.
On Thursday night there were 82 bushfires burning across the state, none of which were at "watch and act" or "emergency" levels.
The RFS said the favourable conditions allowed them to secure a number of "big wins" in their battle against some of the state's biggest fires, including the Northern Tablelands.
The Gospers Mountain megablaze northwest of Sydney has now been contained and crews have formed a perimeter around it in an attempt to prevent flare ups and spot fires.
It's predicted it will take another several weeks to be fully extinguished.
Bureau of Meteorology NSW forecaster Abrar Shabren said rain could continue until Monday.
Moree in the state's north-west recorded NSW's biggest falls with 51.2mm however the town's deputy mayor Greg Smith said it was inconsistent and didn't fall over the entire region.
"It only fell over town and it was a bit patchy," Mr Smith said.
"It won't make a big difference unless we get a lot more. It was a bit narrow. Fingers crossed for some more."
Williamstown, Inverell, Nowra, Springwood, Cowra and Parks all received falls in excess of 30mm.
The Bureau of Meteorology on Thursday afternoon issued a strong wind and heavy rain warning for most of the eastern and central parts of the state.
The warning was issued for the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Sydney metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Northern Tablelands regions.