Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

NT Top End copping a drenching

Ben McBurney, Wednesday March 27, 2013 - 12:43 EDT

The Northern Territory's Top End has received a soaking over the past
few days, and is likely to pick up much more.

After lingering north of the Australian tropics for much of the wet
season, the monsoon trough has finally returned, bringing with it
heavy showers and storms.

Over the past three days, some parts of the Top End have seen their
heaviest rain all wet season. There have been widespread totals over
100mm, with falls in excess of 150mm in Arnhem Land. Locations such as
Gove, North East Island and Groote Eylandt have also all seen their
heaviest three day totals since 2011.

The Top End looks likely to receive further heavy rainfall as the
monsoon trough deepens and a low develops. This low is expected to
move southwest towards the western Top End over the next few days,
with Darwin and surrounds likely to pick up heavier totals than they
have seen across the last few days.

For those closest to the low, winds are likely to become fresh to
strong and gusty, with rainfall totals in excess of 200mm possible.

While the low is expected to move west away from the Top End and decay
by the weekend, the monsoon trough is likely to linger over the
region, continuing to generate showers and storms into next week. The
low is currently regarded only a low risk of becoming a tropical
cyclone.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

A year of Australian weather captured in a calendar

18:00 EDT

Photographs of weather phenomena around Australia, some of them capturing rare events, have been chosen for the 2017 Australian Weather Calendar.

Temperatures soar in the west

16:36 EDT

Perth is enduring a sweaty end to the week, although a cool change is on the way.

Perfect storm photos: storm chasers give up their tips for taking best pic

15:55 EDT

While most Queenslanders sheltered inside during the past week of severe storms, a breed of professional photographers known as storm chasers were outside, braving the danger to get the best possible shot.