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Sodden wet season in Darwin

Ben Domensino, Thursday February 22, 2018 - 14:39 EDT

Darwin is close to surpassing its long-term average wet season rainfall total with two months to spare.

It's been a healthy wet season so far in parts of the Top End and Kimberley thanks to bursts of monsoon rainfall and a few well-positioned lows and cyclones.

Earlier this month, Broome broke its annual rainfall record after amassing a whopping 1497.2mm between January 1st and February 19th. This is more rain than Broome has seen in any calendar year since records commenced in the late 1800's.

While Darwin hasn't broken any records yet, the city is about to reach its average rainfall total for the entire wet season. This is an impressive feat for mid February, as the wet season runs from the start of October to the end of April.

As of 9am today, Darwin had registered 1659.6mm of rain since the beginning of October. According to a climate summary issued by the Bureau of Meteorology at the end of the 2016/17 wet season, Darwin's long term average between October and April is 1684mm.

Last season was Darwin's third wettest wet season on record (2484.4mm), while 2918.4mm during 2010/11 was the highest total to date.

- Weatherzone

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