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  • 14 July 2014, 22:48

Giant Hailstones Batter Sunbathers On Beach

Beach-goers were left shocked and bruised when a cloudburst struck - and battered them with hailstones the size of golf balls.

Crowds were sweltering in temperatures of 37C (99F) on a popular river beach in Novosibirsk, Siberia, when the clouds suddenly darkened.

Heavy winds hit the area as people tried to stop their beach gear blowing away.

Footage of the freak weather shows swimmers running out of the water, covering their heads as hailstones rained down.

Others crowded under parasols to shield themselves from the bombardment.

"If we die, I love you," a female voice is heard saying on the video.

Some children were in tears, sheltering under nearby trees, said The Siberian Times.

"It was like being hit by raining bullets from the sky," one sunbather told the newspaper.

"My husband was protecting my young daughter but his back was exposed to the hailstones and he has bruising all over it," another beach-goer said.

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