Great weather for cake judging

DON’T put your brolly away just yet as we may be in for more scattered showers and storms this weekend, according to the bureau.

Isolated showers and the chance of storms are forecast across the region until Tuesday, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Nigel Smedley said.

It comes after light, but persistent rain fell for much of the working day yesterday, promoting the closure of Tamworth’s No.1 Oval and Gipps St sporting fields at 2.30pm due to soggy surfaces.

A number of Gipps St fields were scheduled to be used late yesterday for training by teams preparing for the upcoming Tamworth District Football Association season.

But council feared damage to the grass cover, which had been reduced as a result of the ongoing dry spell, and pulled the plug.

It is good news for avid gardeners and dam levels alike though, with the precipitation expected to stick around next week.

Monday should provide the best prospects for the district, with Tamworth expecting an 80 per cent chance of 2mm to 10mm of rain, Moree a 70 per cent chance of 3mm to 10mm and Armidale a 70 per cent chance of 2mm to 10mm.

Mr Smedley said while the instability would produce mainly isolated showers, those areas lucky enough to “get under a storm” had the potential for substantial falls.

He said it was too early to predict whether the storms that eventuate would be as ferocious as the one that lashed the area last Sunday, levelling trees and cutting power to more than 12,000 homes and businesses in the New England North West.

The chance of wild weather should fall away by Wednesday, Mr Smedley said, with the possibility of more showers until the end of next week.

Tamworth Regional Council staff and cricket association officials will re-evaluate the condition of fields this morning, a council spokeswoman said.

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