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Northern Territory could see higher-than-average rainfall this wet season

By Sowaibah Hanifie, Sunday September 13, 2020 - 14:30 EST
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The Top End is set to get some much-needed rain in October after two years of historically low rainfalls. - ABC

The Top End can expect an early relief to the hot and humid build-up period, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting higher-than-average rain in October.

Senior forecaster Mosese Raico said the first 50 millimetres of rain would arrive in Darwin early in the month.

"It definitely makes it easier to deal with if we know we're going to get the rains coming earlier," he said.

Mr Raico said the monsoonal rain, which usually starts at the end of December to early January, would also arrive in Darwin earlier.

"Just depends exactly when, but it's normally before that timeframe."

For Central Australia, the first 50 millimetres of rain usually arrived around Christmas and New Year, but Mr Raico is expecting that to arrive in places like Alice Springs earlier in December.

He said it was driven by the potential La Nina event, which brings greater potential for cyclones, heavy rain and high winds.

"We currently have that La Nina as an alert at this stage, I believe it's at a 70 per cent chance of happening."

The last La Nina event in the Top End, from 2010 to 2012, saw the second and third wettest years on record in Australia.

At Darwin's Parap Markets, where many local farmers and growers go to sell their local produce, the news of early and more rain attracted different feelings.

For one local grower, Christina Mallias, who grows cucumbers, eggplants, chilis and tomatoes, the news was troubling.

"In the wet season everything is very hard", she said.

"We don't want it too wet, especially my place is really low, some times there's a flood and we can't even walk there," she said.

But for Grower Edna Evans, it does bring some reliefs are two years of drier conditions.

"The fruits and vegetables grow fast and healthier," she said.


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