THE weekend might have brought a chilly reminder of winter around the north but there are even lower lows to come this week.
We might be just about one third of the way through winter 2014, but our daytime and overnight temperatures are about to take a dive.
Yesterday in Tamworth it couldn’t even make 12 degrees Celsius, our coldest day of the month and our second coldest day of the year, but it’s a bleak outlook again today before it starts to warm up a bit for the rest of the week in our daytime maximums from the
middle of the week.
Up on the tablelands, there’s worse to come of course. In many places like Walcha, Armidale, Glen Innes and Guyra there’s single-digit maximums to look forward to and overnight lows as chilly as -5C.
For Glen Innes, this could be a decided improvement after figures of up to -8C recorded last week – nearly close to a record.
Quirindi, like Tamworth, is in for more of the same today as it saw yesterday, with similar overnight drops and at least three nights of minus figures to shiver through.
Around the tops, some locals expect the plunge in minimums tomorrow and Wednesday could see some snow on the highlands. Tamworth’s lowest ever June daily top was only 7.2C back in 1959 and its lowest minimum, -6.1C, recorded in 1971.
Tamworth reported 3.6mm of rain over the weekend but Armidale had 9.6mm, Guyra and Walcha 10mm, and Quirindi and Inverell 5mm. There were only sprinkles recorded at Moree and Narrabri.
While there were higher winds across much of southern parts of NSW, blustery conditions around the north saw some wild weather late Saturday and yesterday. Around the Nundle and Dungowan areas, there were reports of hundreds of homes without power for a couple of hours from 2pm and anecdotal reports of a light dusting of snow high up.
At least three incidents were reported in and around Tamworth, with the city’s SES volunteers responding.
In Moonbi, someone’s missing a trampoline – it was blown onto the New England Highway during storms on Saturday. The SES had responded and yesterday it was secured to a pole beside the road just north of the village.
A tree came down in Manilla and winds damaged a pergola in Tamworth.
An SES spokesman said the city “did very well considering the wind” with more expected in coming weeks.