TOURISTS from Sydney and Melbourne were not hampered by rain; Taj Prasad, Jake and Jordy Gray and Yasmeen Prasad.
TOURISTS from Sydney and Melbourne were not hampered by rain; Taj Prasad, Jake and Jordy Gray and Yasmeen Prasad. FELICIA KOSEGI

Rain no damper for holidaymakers

HOLIDAY-goers at Tweed Heads and Coolangatta were not going to let a little rain ruin their beach fun yesterday.

Despite the overcast skies and miserable weather, tourists flocked to the area’s beaches.

But they may have to hang around until next week to see clear skies and sunshine, with rain forecast until the end of the week.

However, Reg Prasad from North Narrabeen, near Sydney, said he and his children did not mind the rainy weather.

“We all love to surf so we’re wet 99 per cent of the time anyway,” Mr Prasad said yesterday at Rainbow Bay.

“It’s just the wives that aren’t too happy because they can’t get a tan.”

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecasted scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms for the area last night and predicted more scattered showers today and tomorrow.

The rain was forecast to ease to isolated showers on New Year’s Day and Saturday.

The BoM yesterday afternoon cancelled its flood warning for the Tweed River at Murwillumbah, which had been current since Monday.

However, the heavy rain still caused mess for the Tweed Heads State Emergency Service who received five calls for assistance, unit controller Ian Carlson said.

“They were mainly leaking roofs and one was a fallen gum tree branch which had landed on a house,” Mr Carlson said.

“We’re still carefully watching the weather and will be on standby, ready to go if we need to.”

The Murwillumbah SES received no calls for assistance yesterday.

The area’s highest rainfalls from 9am yesterday, at time of printing, were Barneys Point on 42mm and the Tweed River at Murwillumbah on 33mm, according to the BoM.

These figures were followed by the Rous River on 20mm, Duranbah on 18mm, Murwillumbah on 17mm and Tumbulgum on 13mm.

An average of 64mm of rain fell across the Tweed River valley on Monday.

For the latest weather warning information check www.bom.gov.au/weather/nsw.



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