A deluge … now that’s more like it
A short-lived deluge dropped almost an inch of rain on Maitland’s city centre yesterday afternoon.
Heavy storms delivered thunder and lightning to much of the Hunter shortly before 3pm.
Maitland Visitor Information Centre recorded 21.8 millimetres of rain in its gauge between 3pm and 4pm.
Torrential rain took some residents by surprise as High Street’s gutters flooded and water lapped onto the sidewalk.
WeatherWatch meteorologist Don White said Maitland missed out on a large storm mass that passed over Kurri Kurri and Newcastle.
At 3.34pm only 0.2mm had been recorded at Tocal while Cessnock saw 2mm.
Singleton had a better result with a 27mm downpour.
The best of the falls were felt in Newcastle where 33mm was recorded in the first 25 minutes of the storm and intensified to 13mm recorded in five minutes.
Maitland’s temperature peaked at 31 degrees before the storm but the high humidity made it feel hotter, Mr White said.
The highest nearbytemperature was 33 degrees in Tocal.
Showers were expected to continue into the night and ease by this morning.
Maitland can expect fine weather until the weekend when isolated morning and evening showers could arrive.
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