Darwin has just baked in its hottest day since April and hottest August day since 1998.
The temperature hit 35.6 degrees early on Monday afternoon, four degrees above average.
The Top End city is making a late recovery after a fairly cool start to the month.
During the past week long hours of sunshine and gentle winds have allowed heat to build over the region. During this time maximum temperatures have averaged about 33 degrees, taking the running monthly average to a touch above 31 degrees. The long-term monthly average is 31.4 degrees.
Looking, Darwin should continue averaging 33 degrees through to the weekend as sunny skies and gentle winds persist. Thankfully for those who don't like the heat, sea breezes are cooling the afternoons.
It will take at least until the weekend for the city to cool down noticeably due to the lack of strong cold fronts across southern Australia.
© Weatherzone 2012
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