ON ITS WAY: Storm clouds build over Mcleans Ridges at 6:20pm on Saturday heading towards Bluesfest.
ON ITS WAY: Storm clouds build over Mcleans Ridges at 6:20pm on Saturday heading towards Bluesfest. Tiffany Hawkins

Rain can’t dampen Bluesfest parade

WHILE the weekend started sunny, an afternoon rise in humidity signalled a late summer thunderstorm which left Bluesfest 2016 revellers running for shelter from wind and rain.

There were gushes of water coming down from what looked like drains on the left-hand side of some tents over the Delta and Crossroads stages.

As if on cue, Thor - God of Thunder - aka Chris Hemsworth, and wife actress Elsa Pataky with three children were seen entering the VIP area and into the backstage of the festival.

At 7pm, American singer Elle King started her second show at Delta stage, and complained a couple of times about rain falling over her.

She later said to the crowd squeezing under the Delta tent: "Do not go anywhere! I know it stopped raining but you can't leave!"

Gumboots, plastic ponchos and umbrellas are now the fashion at Tyagarah as cloudy sodden weather has hung around after Sunday, ensuring muddy grounds.

According to the BOM's website records for Saturday, Crabbes Creek recorded 20mm of rain, same as Myocum, and 17mm at Mullumbimby.

Belongil Creek and Ballina stations both recorded 50mm of rain in the same period.

There was a slight respite for half and hour then at 9pm the heavy rain started again, although not as intense as earlier.

BOM's forecast for Byron Bay today is for showers with temperatures between 20 and 27 degrees.

The heavest fall was 53mm of rain fell in 30 minutes to 6.35pm near Coraki on Saturday night.

While wind gusts of 81kmh were recorded at Lismore Airport at 6.24pm.



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