Weather

Darwin's searing quarter

Thomas Hough, 2 March 2019

One thing that will have stood out to most Darwinites from December to February (DJF) is the distinct lack of rainfall, with the city receiving only 57% (604mm) of the average (1051mm). This makes it Darwin's fifth driest DJF in nearly 80 years, significantly drier than last year which received 133% (1397mm) of the average.

The city hasn't been short on heat either, claiming the top spot of warmest (combined min/max temps)  DJF in nearly 80 years of records. This year came in at 1.22 degrees above average, a fairly substantial 0.36 degrees above that of 1982/83 which takes second place.

Breaking down the last three months, it is clear it wasn't the entire DJF period breaking heat records. Both December (+1.57) and February (+1.43) topped out at warmest in nearly 80 years, however January (+0.67) was only the tenth hottest. This difference is largely due to the amount of rainfall, so it should come as no surprise that out of the three months, January was wettest.

Looking ahead to the next couple of months, the warmer than average trend that has been experienced through DJF looks set to continue, with rainfall expected to be near average.