NT swelters through record dry, hot month

Greg Roberts

Northern Territorians waiting for the Wet Season to start have sweltered through one of the hottest and driest Novembers in history with many areas experiencing a record breaking month.

November stood out for being the third driest November on record for the NT, behind only 2006 and 1901, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Darwin Airport received 87.4mm of rain in November, compared to an average 142.7mm.

So far this year, the Territory has received 48 per cent less rainfall compared to the long-term average, which is the driest year since 1961 and second-lowest on record.

Monthly mean maximum temperatures across the northern half of the NT were high and in the top 10 per cent of all records.

Many areas had their hottest ever November, including the Tindal RAAF base near Katherine, with an average of 40.4C for the month.

For the year, temperatures across the NT have been two degrees Celsius above average mean maximum temperatures, the fifth highest on record.