Tamworth woke to a wet Sunday yesterday, with nearly 20mm of rain falling overnight.
The rain falls as DPI statistics show none of the Tamworth region is classed as in "drought", with the region slowly recovering from its worst drought in history.
The Department of Primary Industry's Combined Drought Indicator shows that 100 per cent of the Tamworth region is classed as "drought affected" after a wet start to 2020.
Some 19.6mm of rain fell at the BoM station at the Tamworth airport on Sunday morning.
The rain fell between about 4.39am and 9am, but the city remained damp most of the day.
It's the best rain in over a month, since 21.2mm fell on May 1.
But the weekend rain adds to a wetter-than-average year. The city has turned a corner, receiving more rain in a few months of 2020 than all of last year.
That's reflected in new statistics, which show the Tamworth region is slowly recovering from its worst-ever drought.
The DPI drought indicator shows what were intense drought conditions have ended across the entire Tamworth region.
The indicator classes 100 per cent of our region as "drought affected", which is the middle category of five.
At the height of last year's historically low rainfall year, 100 per cent of our region was classed as in "intense drought", the worst category. As late as April over 10 per cent of the region was classed as "drought".
Though none of our region is yet classed as "recovering" that is the next step.
DPI uses three indicators - rainfall, soil water and plant growth - to judge the severity of drought across NSW.
Armidale received 7.8mm of rain on Sunday, with Gunnedah receiving 27mm and Glen Innes receiving a massive 32.2mm drenching.