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Mostly warm and sunny conditions forecast for Easter in the Territory

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It is shaping up to be mostly warm and sunny across the Top End over Easter with occasional showers and thunderstorms in the afternoons.

Senior Meteorologist Rebecca Patrick says there could be some storm lines, bringing gusty winds that people should be cautious of particularly if they are out on the water.

She says there will be cool winds on the coastal waters, with some strong winds in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria.

The weather bureau has been monitoring a low pressure system hundreds of kilometres offshore, near Timor-Leste but it is not expected to impact the Territory.

Ms Patrick says at the moment there is only a 5 to 20 per cent chance of it forming into a cyclone.

“The likelihood is that that low pressure system will continue to develop with a reasonable chance of developing into a cyclone north of Western Australia,” she says.

“It is expected to remain north of Western Australia throughout the Easter weekend and we’ll just keep an eye on it and see its progress next week.”

It will be great camping weather in Central Australia, with sunny conditions and temperatures getting down to the mid to low teens and maximum temperatures getting up to the low 30s.

Sunny conditions are also forecast for the Barkly and Tennant Creek regions, with daytime temperatures to hover around 22 to 36 degrees.

Dragon flies are starting to emerge, which is a sign that the wet season is nearing its end despite the dry season officially starting in May.

The Bureau says it is not expecting any more monsoons this wet season.