Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Top End swelters as the Wet plays waiting game

By Jano Gibson, Friday December 7, 2012 - 17:39 EDT
Audience submitted image
Humidity levels in the Top End have been hovering between 60 per cent and 90 per cent for the last few days. - Audience submitted

The weather bureau says Darwin has experienced its hottest December day for 36 years, and there are more hot, steamy times to come.

The temperature reached 36.3 degrees Celsius on Friday afternoon.

Thursday night was the warmest night in Katherine, 200 kilometres south of Darwin, since 1988, with the temperature only going as low as 28.9C.

But forecaster Chris Davies says Darwin's overnight low of 29.2C failed to break any records.

"It was hanging around in the high 29s for a while and we were thinking maybe we would get something," he said.

"But there have been quite a few days in the 29s.

"The last time it was this warm was 29.7C in 2009, about this time of year."

Humidity levels in the Top End have been hovering between 60 per cent and 90 per cent for the last few days.

While the wet season is supposed to have begun in the Northern Territory, very little rain has fallen in Darwin.


- ABC

© ABC 2012

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Wild dogs have reached 'epidemic' levels, according to a western Queensland grazier

16:42 EST

A western Queensland grazier believes wild dogs have reached epidemic levels in her region.

Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning

13:49 EST

Sydney-siders were graced with a beautiful sunrise this morning, a hue of orange and pink to start the end of the week.

Adelaide's April weather unseasonably warm, with only one day so far failing to hit 20C

13:18 EST

Adelaide's April 'warmwave' has seen only one day so far this month fail to hit 20 degrees Celsius ?? the first time that has happened in close to a century, the Bureau of Meteorology says.