A drenching for Darwin
After a relatively dry start to January for Darwin, rainfall set in during the middle of the month with some substantial falls most days since.
With the monsoon trough across the tropics, rainfall is in no short supply, with widespread totals in excess of 50-60mm across northern NT. For Darwin, although there were some significant falls earlier in the month, the last week has seen substantially greater totals and rainfall everyday.
24 hours totals up to 9am this morning measure 98.6mm, bringing the total for month up to 496.2mm, just over 70mm more than the average for January. Over half of this fell in the last 6 days with three quarters of it falling in the last 9 days.
While Darwin may have toppled the average for this month it is still a way of the record of 940mm back in 1995. Decent totals are expected to continue falling each day, around 30-50mm, for the remainder of this month, however even with this the monthly total will still fall well short of the record.
At this stage it is the wettest January since 2014 for Darwin, when 608mm was recorded. With the falls currently expected, this is a figure that could be topped by the end of the month.
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