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Moderate chance of NT cyclone this weekend

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There's a moderate chance of a tropical cyclone hitting the Northern Territory this weekend but monsoonal conditions are more likely to ease.

The Bureau of Meteology says a weak tropical low is developing near the southern coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria and is expected to move over Gulf waters later this week.

There's a 20 to 50 per cent chance of the system forming into a tropical cyclone on Saturday, BoM Senior Forecaster Graeme King said.

"It's too early to say which direction the tropical cyclone will move in if it does form in the Gulf of Carpentaria, but Darwin is not under a cyclone threat from the current system in the Gulf," he said.

"The bureau will be monitoring the tropical low around the clock and will be providing ongoing updates."

Territorians are set to see much more of the sun over coming days, with much lower rainfall totals predicted than during the past week.

As the focus of the rainfall is shifting towards the Gulf of Carpentaria, the flood watch has moved to the eastern Carpentaria Coastal Rivers.

A moderate flood warning remains for the Daly River, which is expected to fall below the minor flood level mid-next week.

There's no further flooding expected at the Katherine River at Gorge Road and the Waterhouse River at Beswick in the short-term.

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