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Storms strike the tropics

Drew Casper-Richardson, Sunday February 10, 2013 - 11:21 EDT

A broad area of low pressure across the tropics has brought the heaviest rain in nearly 2 years for some areas.

The low and an associated trough has been lingering over the region in recent days, bringing showers and storms to tropical parts of the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland.

To 9am on Saturday some of the heaviest falls were in the Darwin-Daly district. Foelsche Headland recorded 75mm, making it their highest daily rainfall in a year. Further east, Sleisbeck picked up 70mm. Across the border in Western Australia, Wyndham Airport in the Kimberley, had their highest daily rainfall since April 2011. They had 67mm including a whopping 36mm in just 16 minutes.

On Saturday the trough extended the showers and storms into Queensland. Kowanyama in the Gulf Country had 31mm with 9mm falling in 10 minutes. Storms continued in Western Australia. Broome had a storm roll through at 1am on Sunday morning. The storm delivered 31mm with 11mm falling in 10 minutes along with a 68km/h gust. Those struggling to sleep in the heat would've welcomed the storms arrival. At 1am the mercury still sat above 30 degrees and as the storm passed over it dropped to 22 degrees, with 5 degrees shaved off in 10 minutes.

The area of low pressure will continue to linger over much of the tropics and bring further rainfall and storms. Widespread daily totals of 10-20mm are likely with isolated falls of up to 50mm.

- Weatherzone

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