If you thought the weather that’s hit Tamworth over the past couple of days was strange, you’d be correct.
Tamworth and Region Weather page founder David Farrenden said: “It’s more or less a winter storm but in the middle of spring.”
Mr Farrenden added: “The system coming through now is very rare for this time of year.
“Remember the 2009 dust storm which turned NSW red skies, this is a similar system.
“Back in 2009 it was, of course, pretty dry around then and it’s dry now. It could pick up a fair bit of dust and whip it over the ocean.”
While Tuesday’s storm was more bark than bite, with a spectacular light show but just 4.4mm of rain in Tamworth, the rest of the week looks set to produce more rain.
“Yesterday, it was only ever going to be 1-5mm [in Tamworth],” Mr Farrenden said on Tuesday morning.
“Most of the rain is coming today."
Mr Farrenden said to expect strong winds to whip up over the next few days as well.
“There could be wind gusts in excess of 80 kilometres per hour around the mountains and 30-50 kilometres per hour around Tamworth. There won’t be too much today [Tuesday] but [look out for it] from Thursday to Saturday.”
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the maximum temperature to sit between 24 and 26 degrees for the rest of the week and a low of nine degrees on Friday.