Sunday Territorian - - FRONT PAGE - HAY­LEY SORENSEN

Af­ter 182 days of hell cop­ing with the hottest wet sea­son ever, to­day’s the day the dry sea­son has fi­nally ar­rived

BREATHE a sigh of re­lief, Ter­ri­to­ri­ans — Dar­win’s worst ever Wet is fi­nally through.

The last day of the Wet was, like six months of hell that pre­ceded it, hot and hu­mid.

The tem­per­a­ture peaked at 32.5C yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, with the hu­mid­ity rang­ing from 51 to 94 per cent.

It capped off the hottest wet sea­son ever recorded in the Ter­ri­tory.

The wet’s av­er­age tem­per­a­tures across all NT lo­ca­tions were the high­est recorded in the 73-year his­tory of the NT’s Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy.

Dar­win reg­is­tered the new record for high­est wet sea­son mean tem­per­a­ture at 29.5, with the pre­vi­ous record of 29.3, set in 2004.

While the Dry is ex­pected to bring some re­lief, the unsea­son­ably warm weather is ex­pected to stick around for a while yet.

The bureau says El Niño is rapidly de­clin­ing, but its ef­fects are still bring­ing high tem­per­a­tures to North­ern Aus­tralia.

Av­er­ages in April were the high­est on record.

Usu­ally tem­per­a­tures reach a max­i­mum of 35C dur­ing April for just one day, but this April Dar­winites ag­o­nised through 10 days of 35C heat.

Overnight tem­per­a­tures were also high, with Dar­win’s April av­er­age al­most one de­gree higher than the long-term av­er­age.

The rest of the long week­end is go­ing to be a stinker in the Top End, with a top of 34C ex­pected to­day and a slightly cooler 33C fore­cast for to­mor­row.

There’s a slight chance of show­ers both days.

It’s a toss of a coin as to whether next wet sea­son will be a bit more sat­is­fy­ing.

The chance of La Nina form­ing later in the year is about 50 per cent, with eastern trop­i­cal Pa­cific sea sur­face tem­per­a­tures cool­ing sig­nif­i­cantly in the past fort­night.


James Stephens is happy to see the end of ex­ces­sive sweat­ing at the end of the ab­nor­mally hot wet sea­son and ready to rug up for the cooler weather

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