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Wild weather forecast in east Arnhem Land

Ruby Jones and Andrew Thompson, Monday January 21, 2013 - 11:14 EDT

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning the eastern part of the Northern Territory will experience strong winds today, with gusts expected to reach up to 80 kilometres an hour in east Arnhem Land.

The bureau's Ben Suter says the monsoonal weather around Darwin will ease as the low moves east.

"We're definitely going to see a decrease in activity as we go though the next few days," he said.

"And I think as we go through into Wednesday, Thursday, we're going to be back to mainly isolated showers and storms.

"So it does look like it's only been a very brief period of monsoonal activity and we'll be back to square one."

Meanwhile, the Northern Territory Farmers Association says the first monsoonal rains of the season have been a welcome relief for Top End growers.

The association's chief executive Grant Fenton says the monsoonal rains are vital for growers, even if this year's monsoon is the latest in 20 years.

"The late monsoon is always a bit troubling," he said.

"I suppose, you like to get that rain as soon as you can, not just for people in suburbs that are sweltering, but we like to know the bucket's been topped up and that there is going to be enough water for another 12 months."


© ABC 2013

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