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Darwin shivers through cold snap, sunny Easter forecast


Darwin's shock cold snap has continued overnight, with temperatures struggling to get out of the teens.

The Weather Bureau says the mercury hovered around 18 degrees for most of the night.

Yesterday Darwin notched up one its coldest days in decades and the previous night was the chilliest we've had since last August.

The Bureau of Meteorology's Senior Forecaster Craig Earl-Spurr says temperatures are expected to climb higher today.

"Once the sun burns off a bit of this cloud, we should see the temperature rise. We're going for (a top of) 28 degrees, but this is very much relying on that cloud starting to break up and the sun finally getting through again", he said.

Meantime, the deluge associated with a tropical low passing by Darwin today has already pushed the Top End's bumper wet season up to the third wettest in history, with above average rainfall from October to April. Now we only need around 35 millimetres more to move into second place on the record list.

The good news is, the bureau is predicting sunny weather for Easter.

© AAP/with KB