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Morning zap for Hunter’s coast

Morning zap for Hunter’s coast The storm over Newcastle harbour. Picture: Jan Lowe

Lightning strikes over Stockton. Picture: Jan Lowe

The storm off Bar Beach. Picture: Andrew Black

The storm off Nobbys. Picture: Sharni/2300images南京夜网419论坛

Dawn storm over Newcastle Harness Racing Track. Picture: Nathan Rice

The storm over Boat Harbour. Picture: Braeden Hopkin

The storm over Stockton. Picture: Jan Lowe

Stormy sunrise at Wallsend. Picture: Glenn Baxter

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The light show over the region failed to deliver any relief to parched paddocks, with Bureau of Meteorology rainfall data showingless than two millimetres of rain in any part of the region since 9am on Tuesday.

Meteorologist Steph Spackman said the dry conditions had likely amplified the early morning storm’s impact.

“When it’s raining that sound kind of muscles out the storm,” she said.

The storms were fairly typical meteorologically, Ms Spackman said, the result of instability as remnants of a cold front were pushed north by a change.

“There was nothing particularly unusual about the storms [but] they were moving quite quickly,” she said.

Ms Spackman estimated the storms were shifting at between 40 and 50 kilometres per hour.

The lightning had appeared along most of the NSW coast, including as far south as the Illawarra, before they petered out near Port Macquarie.

Possible morning showers on Wednesday are due to give way to overcast but dry conditions along the Hunter’s coast on Thursday before skies of mostly sunshine for Friday and Saturday.

Another cold front is due on Sunday but Ms Spackman said it was unlikely to deliver a deluge.

“To be frank a lot of Newcastle might not get a lot of rain from that,” she said.

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