Stormy skies over Lake Keepit make for great shots

THE storm front that brought hail and rain to parts of the north west made for a spectacular sight at Lake Keepit on Friday afternoon.

Gunnedah photographer Peter Lorimer captured these shots as the storm moved across the district.

Parts of Quirindi were battered with hail – some pieces the size of golf balls – but it caused little damage.

Tamworth also got the storm, but only endured heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

A spokesman from Tamworth SES said there hadn’t been any further damage since the major hailstorm hit Tamworth on December 3, although they still had callouts from the aftermath.

“Since the storm, we been averaging two to three callouts a day because the winds we’ve been having are upsetting the tarps or residents have tried to fix things themselves,” he said.

New Year celebrations don’t look like they will be affected by storms or rain, with hot weather predicted for the next few days in the region.

Tamworth is looking at temperatures of 15 to 34 degrees today and will see in 2013 with a partly cloudy day with temperatures expected to reach 35 on New Year’s Day and 36 on January 2.

The next lot of showers for Tamworth are not predicted until Tuesday, January 8, with warm weather expected until then.

Armidale and Guyra, though, can expect cooler temperatures of 28 degrees today, 29 tomorrow and 31 on Wednesday, with their first rain predicted to fall on Thusday with showers forecast for the area.

In Moree and Narrabri, residents can expect very warm temperatures of 34 degrees today, 36 tomorrow and 39 on Thursday, with no rain predicted in the next 10 days.

For emergency assistance in storms call the SES on 132 500.

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