Where the rain fell in the Hunter over NSW’s stormy weekend

Wet weekend arrives late in city with Sunday afternoon downpour CLOUDS GATHER: Foreboding clouds above Newcastle Ocean Baths on Sunday afternoon. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TIME TO GET OUT: Swimmers defy the afternoon rainfall at Newcastle Ocean Baths on Sunday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SHOWERS: Bathers end their weekend early after a burst of rain on Sunday afternoon. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebook Sunday afternoon bucketing in NewcastleRainfall at Newcastle Ocean Baths. Pictures: Max Masone-HubersA brief, but powerful,burst of rain disrupted an otherwisedry Sunday for Novocastrians.Adownpour hitthe city at2.30pm.

Nobbys Beach recordedthreemillimetresof rain in less than half-an-hour, while a continuous drizzle brought that up to five millimetresby the evening.

It was a wet weekend for some areas of the Hunter,Katarina Kovacevic of the Bureau of Meteorology said, with“isolated heavy falls”arrivingonSaturday.

Maitland Airport recorded the highest rainfall in the region on Saturday, totalling 43 mm.

“Closer to home it seems like there was a report of 40 mmat Barnsley [in Lake Macquarie]. That was one of the higher totals in theNewcastle region,” shesaid.

“It seems like there was less rain in Newcastle itself.”

Nobbys Beach recordedjust one millimetre, and Newcastle University two.

On SundayBarnsley was soaked again, receiving37 mm of rain, the highest rainfall in the region.

“Tocal had8.4 and that was one of the higher ones,” Ms Kovacevic said.

Showers areexpected throughout the week in Newcastle until Friday.

The meteorologist said there was a chance of a storm on Monday afternoon, and a “slight chance” of a shower on Tuesday.

Wednesday will likely be wet with thepossibility of anotherthunderstorm. There is also a chance of showers on Thursday and Friday.

“We’ve got a trough over eastern parts of NSW,including the Hunter region. It’s drawing really humid air fromQueensland, and that air is full of moisture,” Ms Kovacevic said.

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