Chance of another monsoon this season diminishes

Chance of another monsoon this season diminishes

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Tropical cyclone Marcus battered Darwin exactly two years ago.

Tropical cyclone Marcus battered Darwin exactly two years ago.

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It looks like the monsoon is gone for this wet season.

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It looks like the monsoon is gone for this wet season.

On Wednesday, The Bureau of Meteorology said with seven weeks left in the wet season, "it's increasingly unlikely we'll get another monsoon burst between now and then".

Climatologically, the chance of a monsoon burst during late March or April is significantly lower than January, February or early March.

"This is because the monsoon trough moves north of the continent late in the season, following the sun's movement towards the northern hemisphere," a bureau spokeswoman said.

"That does not mean we won't see rain. We'll still see showers and thunderstorms, like the one we had in Darwin and surrounds on Saturday night, throughout the remainder of the wet season."

And cyclones still remain possible.

"It is also possible that more tropical lows or cyclones could develop, bringing heavy rainfall (and strong, possibly damaging winds too) to the Territory. Tropical cyclone season continues until the end of April."

It has been another poor wet season right across most areas of the Territory.

Ahwoing exactly how poor the wet season has been. Graphic: Bureau of Meteorology.

Ahwoing exactly how poor the wet season has been. Graphic: Bureau of Meteorology.

With just over 1000mm recorded this wet season so far, Darwin has about 70 per cent of the long-term average rain to date.

The Katherine region has been even worse, down 400-800mm.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible across the Top End for the next few days with generally sunny and warm conditions otherwise throughout the Territory.

Warm temperatures forecast for this week across the Territory are higher than average for this time of year during the day, but on par with overnight averages.

Wednesday also marks two years since Tropical Cyclone Marcus arrived in Darwin. TC Marcus was the strongest tropical cyclone to affect Darwin since Tracy in December 1974.

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