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Territory Experiences Driest November Since 2006


The weather bureau says we should Get ready for another warm week following a month of extraordinarily hot and dry conditions.

November 2019 stands out for:

  • Being the third driest November on record for the NT (behind only 2006 and 1901)
  • Receiving 48% less rainfall across the NT compared to the long-term average (lowest since 1961 and second lowest on record)
  • Most of the southern NT receiving only 5mm or less of rain all month
  • Monthly mean maximum temperatures across the northern half of NT being in the top 10% of all records
  • 2⁰C above average mean maximum temperatures recorded across the NT

This week's forecast

As the week progresses there's less chance of showers and thunderstorms over the Top End, compliments of dry air pushing up from down South. Chances of showers and thunderstorms in the northwest and northeast coasts due to increase by late weekend, early next week.

Katherine will continue to swelter, with expected daytime max temperatures of over 40⁰C this week.

Alice Springs is due for clear sunny days and cooler nights until a warmer weekend approaches.

Hot Spot

Victoria River Downs, west of Daly Waters, recorded the hottest temperature in the Territory this week, with an uncomfortably toasty 42.9⁰C last Friday

Cold Spot

Arltunga, east of Alice Springs, takes out last week's coldest spot again, recording 17.4⁰C last Friday.

Wet Spot

Majestic Orchids, in the Darwin River rural area, recorded 142mm, the majority of which fell Saturday and Sunday.

Record Breakers

For a full list of November's record breaking stats please click here.