UPDATE: TAMWORTH had its wettest day of the year this weekend following a welcomed soaking on Sunday.
More 15mm of rain fell across the city on Sunday deposing February 10, when 13.2mm fell, as the wettest day for 2019.
It was a grey and overcast start to the day with the majority of the rain falling around the middle of the day.
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Armidale, Tamworth, Moree, Narrabri, Walgett and Lightning Ridge on Sunday afternoon.
The SES called on residents to brace for hail and heavy, but the storms petered out by mid-afternoon.
It was even wetter in the north of the region with Mungindi getting a 35mm drenching and reports of more than 60mm falling near Barraba.
Weatherzone is predicting showers for Tamworth on Monday and Tuesday as well, while temperatures will return to the 30s by midweek.
Meanwhile, Chaffey Dam dropped to 28.7 per cent capacity on the weekend with about 90 megalitres being released every day.
EARLIER: Emergency services have issued a warning for the New England North West region as a decent downpour fell on Sunday.
The New England SES has predicted hailstones and more heavy rainfall for the region in the coming hours.
Locations which may be affected include Armidale, Tamworth, Moree, Narrabri, Walgett and Lightning Ridge.
EARLIER: TAMWORTH people reacquainted themselves with the windscreen wiper function in their vehicles and popped up some improvised umbrellas as wet stuff fell from the sky on Sunday.
A dreary, overcast sky loomed over the New England as the day began and before long the heavens opened bringing much-appreciated rain to the region.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, more than 12mm of rain fell at the airport before midday which saw March 17 easily move up the list of wettest days in Tamworth this year.
It has been the wettest day in the country music capital since February 10, when 13.2mm fell.
Before Sunday, Tamworth had only recorded 49mm of rain for 2019, which was well behind the long-term average for this time of year.
Usually, the rain gauges have recorded more 194mm by mid-March in Tamworth.
There were much heavier falls in the north of the region with Mungindi recording 35mm before lunch, while Narrabri copped about 15mm.
Weatherzone is predicting showers for Tamworth on Monday and Tuesday as well.