Revellers wrap up festivities in rainy weather

AS THE music winds down, with only a smattering of gigs today, what was a smaller Tamworth Country Music Festival than usual finished in completely different weather conditions compared to how it kicked off.

From a blistering 41 degrees Celsius on the opening day on Friday, January 18, to a cool, soggy day yesterday of 25 degrees, the contrast couldn't have been greater in a year that saw less than the usual number of visitors at the festival.

Many campers hit the road early yesterday morning as welcome rain pattered steadily down.

Nine millimetres fell by 9am yesterday.

The soaking rain kicked in about midnight, with many deciding a soggy day sitting in their caravan was not going to be a fun way to spend the public holiday today.

The NRMA was run off its feet over the Australia Day weekend, with about 100 callouts, Tamworth NRMA patrolman Brett Robinson said.

He said it was mainly minor things such as flat batteries, flat tyres and people who had locked their keys in their car.

Inverell police have warned drivers to remember that double demerits apply for traffic offences over the long weekend.

Police have also reminded drivers to remember to take fatigue breaks while travelling, to take care and to drive to conditions.

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