The Wet Season is not far off over the Top End with thunderstorms flaring up over the region over the last few days.
There have been typical build-up conditions, with the mercury reaching into the mid-to-high thirties and dewpoints into the low to mid twenties, making for oppressive conditions.
These conditions however, are perfect for thunderstorm formation and is a reason why the region is renowned for its frequent and intense thunderstorms.
Batchelor collected 29mm to 9am today, its heaviest rain since May, and its heaviest for September in at least 16 years.
Meanwhile Tindal, very close to Katherine collected 10mm, its heaviest fall since April, with 6mm of this falling in just 10 minutes.
Sultry conditions will continue over the next few days, allowing for further afternoon thunderstorms to flare up over the region.
However, from the weekend, drier southeasterly winds will begin to push in, making thunderstorms less likely.
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