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Darwin takes breather after achieving wet-season average rainfall

Brett Dutschke, Thursday February 16, 2017 - 13:46 AEDT

Parts of Northern Territory's Top End, including Darwin, have already achieved their wet-season average rainfall with more than two months of the season to go.

Darwin exceeded its seasonal average of 1683 millimetres last weekend, making it the wettest wet-season-to-date in six years and about 500mm more than the early-October-to-mid-February average. In the 2010-11 wet season, a record 2494mm was measured to the same date.

One of the wettest places in the region so far this season has been Channel Point where 2049mm has been received, about 200mm more than the seasonal average.

It has since been drying out with no rain recorded at the city's airport since Tuesday morning and it should stay rain-free until about Saturday night when showers and thunderstorms return.

This gives residents a bit of time to tidy up around the yard and mow the lawn.

Over the coming weekend we should see moisture drawn across the Top End from a low pressure system over the Gulf of Carpentaria. The heaviest falls should be to the east and south of Darwin (potentially more than 100mm), while the Darwin area itself gains less than 30mm before it dries out again during next week.

- Weatherzone

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