Bone dry and windy conditions have prompted a fire ban in the north-west parts of the Northern Territory.
It has been a while since Darwin has seen rain, although this is typical for this time of year. Only 0.2mm fell at the start of June and you would have to go back to May which saw falls of 21mm. Similarly, Batchelor has only seen 0.8mm in June and nothing in the rain gauge this July.
A high pressure ridge over the area is bringing day after day of clear skies. Gusty and dry easterly winds have been reducing the humidity. Wind gusts of 48km/h have been recorded around midday at Darwin.
The threat of an unpredictable and dangerous fire has prompted a total fire ban for the Vernon Fire Control Region which encompasses Darwin, Batchelor, the Adelaide River Emergency Response Areas, as well as the Litchfirld and Coomalie Shires. The total fire ban will remain in place until early Friday morning.
Stay up-to-date with the latest warnings: www.weatherzone.com.au
© Weatherzone 2013
23:46 EST The Australian Government has committed an extra $35 million of aid to help with the cyclone recovery effort in Vanuatu.